Best river trails in Canada

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#1 - Lake Agnes Trail
Banff National Park
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 51 m
The Lake Agnes Trail is an accessible and relatively short hike up to the Lake Agnes Tea House which was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1901 as a refuge for hikers. The trail has an elevation gain of 1,312 feet and offers fantastic views of the Nokhu Crags and Lake Louise. The Tea House is a real treat while enjoying views of the lake and is open from early June through October. Note that there is no garbage/recycling bin at the tea house as the staff are responsible for trekking supplies up and down the mountain. Please do your part to help the staff and keep our parks clean by being prepared to pack out any garbage from your visit. The trailhead can be accessed from Lake Louise near the Fairmont Chateau Hotel. For those looking for a longer hike check out Little Beehive or Big Beehive.Show more
#2 - Ha Ling Trail to Ha Ling Peak
Bow Valley Provincial Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 48 m
The Ha Ling Peak towers over the town of Canmore. It's a striking mountain and a great hike. Drive west on 742 from Canmore, and the parking area will be on the right. The trail is often very busy, especially on warm weekend days. If you arrive early, there shouldn't be that many people on the trail. Keep in mind that during the winter, the road leading to the trailhead may be closed. The hike is fairly difficult as you zig-zag up to the peak. The trail is maintained until the saddle 0.4 km from the summit. From here, the trail is unmaintained and can be quite rocky. In winter conditions, this trail is a difficult mountaineering trip and should be attempted only by experienced hikers. There is an avalanche hazard here. Warning: you may encounter bears on this trail. Whistles and pepper-spray are recommended.Show more
#3 - Plain of the Six Glaciers Trail
Banff National Park
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 4 h 58 m
NOTE: This trail is not safe for travel in the winter unless you have avalanche training and equipment. The avalanche zones on both Teahouse trails are clearly marked. See Parks Canada for further information. From the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, follow the lake shore to the back of the valley. Stop at the teahouse for a cup of tea and watch for mountain goats and glaciers.Show more
#4 - Tunnel Mountain Trail
Banff National Park
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
The Tunnel Mountain trail is a short hike to an amazing viewpoint on top of the mountain overlooking the town of Banff and surrounding scenery. The trail begins from Tunnel Mountain Drive in Banff. It follows along long, nicely graded switchbacks along the side of the mountain through the forest. Some of the switchbacks are steeper than others and some of them level out which provides a chance to catch your breath. There are some glimpses of the views along the way through the trees. The best views can be seen from the top of the mountain at the end of the trail. There are some bare rocks surrounded by forest which are perfect places to sit and admire the views overlooking Banff and the surrounding mountains and valleys. It is beautiful! Would recommend this short hike for a good leg workout and opportunity to see great views.Show more
#5 - Sentinel Pass via Larch Valley Trail
Banff National Park
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 4 h 30 m
NOTE: The parking lot at Moraine Lake fills up early in the morning. Once it fills up, the park closes the road and makes people utilize the shuttle to reach the lake. To read more about the shuttle, please see https://roamtransit.com/2020/03/important-roam-service-information/ The Larch Valley is an amazing trail, but the final 1.5km to Sentinel Pass can get slippery if there is snow, so be prepared. The hike up to Larch Valley is short with consistent incline. The trail to the Sentinel Pass needs a little bit of effort. A good pair of hiking shoes, hiking poles and shoe cleats for snow are must haves. Temperature drops at the top so extra layers are highly recommended. Going down from the trail can be a bit challenging with the traffic of people going up. The trails are really narrow so patience and kindness are expected. Do not expect much social distancing!Show more
#6 - Ptarmigan Cirque
Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 2 m
This is a beautiful hike with such little effort required for stunning views. The short distance and incredible views make a great quick hike good for young children. You will likely see lots of wildlife (squirrels, chipmunks, big horn sheep) with nice small waterfalls and great scenery. This is a fragile alpine area and people should respect that and stay on the trail. It is also advisable to carry bear spray. Note: The highway leading up to the hike is closed Dec-June. In winter conditions (that includes early spring and later in fall) this trail is considered backcountry and avalanche hazard exists. Show more
#7 - East End Of Rundle (EEOR)
Spray Valley Provincial Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 3 h 21 m
Caution: Rocks may fall from higher up on the trail as people are scrambling, be cautious and courteous to other hikers. This trail offers beautiful views the entire way up. It is definitely a steep and strenuous hike, with a few portions where you will need to use your hands. In some seasons be prepared for large quantities of snow and icy conditions at the top. Micro spikes, crampons and hiking poles highly recommended. Show more
#8 - Grotto Canyon Trail
Bow Valley Provincial Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
This is a great hike with incredible views throughout. It's a good challenge for kids and can be busy on weekends. During the winter you may need snowshoes or crampons since the trail can get icy and slippery. About halfway through, there is a waterfall followed by an Inukshuk Garden and a cave!Show more
#9 - Sarrail Ridge via Rawson Lake Trail
Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 5 h 11 m
Parts of this trail can be closed due to bear activity during the summer months. Please check here for status updates: https://albertaparks.ca/parks/kananaskis/kananaskis-country/advisories-public-safety/trail-reports/peter-lougheed/rawson-lake/ In winter, this trail is considered backcountry and an avalanche hazard exists. Please exercise caution and refer to the park page for more information. Proper footwear and poles recommended. Show more
#10 - Prairie Mountain
Kananaskis Country Public Land Use Zone
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 3 h 5 m
Prairie Mountain is usually harder in the spring due to conditions left over from the winter. The trail gets easier to hike from mid-summer to early fall. The trail will turn into a small creek during a heavy rainstorm and some parts will become slick from the mud. Hiking poles are highly recommended.Show more
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