Explore the most popular hiking trails in Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Easy to do with kids, best views found on difficult route.

Started out with the difficult way. The hike was pretty good for beginners. There were some spots that were a bit challenging for someone who is a complete novice. Lots of people there, beautiful views, and a nice hike. See a lot of people who brings their kids and dogs.

Easy and beautiful trail. I did ‘hard’up and ‘easy’down. Good for beginners

Great hike, left at 9 am and it was perfect, the snow and frost had started to melt on our decent that would have made going up a bigger challenge, beautiful view and easy to follow trails.

Great beginner hike!

I have done this trail for the last 3 years and I love the view every time

Great Trail! Hiked last weekend. Bring poles !@! As the trail was muddy and snowy or a mixture of the two! We saw so many people slip! Definitely worth the view at the top. Next time we shall go to the peak!

Little bit of snow and mud near the top of the treeline. Rest of the trail was dry. Top was windy but nothing terrible.

lots of fun, plenty of spots to chill some beers in the lake at the top and take it all in. We did the "hard" trail up and the easy down.

Short and Sweet - with some great views once you clear the treeline. I completed this for the second time on 14th May 2018 with two others. We completed it in about 2.5 hours. Its a relentless uphill struggle for the first kilometer or so, but then the ascent becomes more gradual. The trail is pretty much free of snow now, with the exception of the last stretch before you clear the treeline. As it warmed up, the slush made things a bit trickier, but you don't need any traction aids providing you have decent hiking shoes/boots. Its one of the most popular trails in the area, so expect a high level of congestion, especially on the weekend and good weather days.

beautiful views on the more difficult way up

Oh man, what a steep climb. You think it will be easy, because the distance is so short. Don't be fooled! But as someone that normally hates mountain hiking, you know that the pain is only temporary because it's only about 3km to the top and you get great views throughout, even peeking through the trees. At the moment it's still a bit icy in the last section - very slippy, but only lasts for a short stretch. Wish we'd had poles though, the descent was so steep (and difficult at the icy bit). Don't let it put you off though, crampons are definitely not needed and it's one of the few mountain summit hikes in the area that has defrosted enough from the winter. Such a popular walk that you won't need to worry about bear encounters!

Pays off to take the difficult path for the views, very busy on either trail. Watch for falling rocks from people descending when on the difficult trail.

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7 days ago

Was a great beginner hike, super easy with my medium sized dog, and 8 year old nephew and we took the difficult trail. Only downside is the amount of people, it was very busy but the veiws were still incredible!

Beautiful lake. Be careful of the falling rocks that can be triggered by the rock climbers.

Good way to spend a few hours.
Very busy even on the more difficult path
Great views

Very challenging hike. About 600 meters to the peak was still snowy and made it tough!! But totally worth the views.

Top 1/3 was icy and slushy and quite a mess. Poles and spikes recommended or be prepared to be sliding down. Super fun and challenging. But the view was worth it.

We took our kids, 14, 5 and 3 on this. Our five year old did the entire hike and the three year old spent some time in the carrier. It was a good hike for the kids and beautiful lakes at the top. We did the easy route both there and back. It took about an hour to get to the lake (with lots of stops) and then about half an hour back. Trail was dry and did see some pushing strollers up but I think it would be a hard push

This was a beautiful hike! Even the more difficult trail was fine for my 4 and 7 year old, they loved it! The views at the end are so worth it!

Awesome beginner, family friendly hike.
We took the difficult way in and easy way out. Carried a 10 week old baby and this was the perfect level of difficulty for postpartum exercise!
I was happy to find a few benches along the way to use for breast feeding and changing babies bum :)

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11 days ago

Hiked this yesterday and we loved it. I suggest taking the more difficult trail on the way up, you will be rewarded with better views.

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11 days ago

A fairly steady uphill trail that is a good intro for the season. The lakes at the top are a beautiful colour! The trail is moderately busy. There is also rock climbing at the lake!

Great hike and views. Steep incline. I went last weekend and there was still a lot of snow so on the way down basically was losing down and fell a few times. But I thought that was fun :). Make sure to take hiking poles otherwise it’s nearly impossible either the snow.

Really enjoy this trail. First of the year. Still a bit of snow and ice in the upper tree line.

Lovely easy hike with stunningly beautiful vistas!

SO BUSY, even on a weekday. Me and my partner were the few on this trail actually prepared for the conditions, which included spikes, proper footwear and clothing and kept our dog on a leash. If you’re like me and get annoyed by people screaming from not being prepared falling off the trail, leaving litter every where and have their dogs running wild pooping on the trail without it being picked up, avoid this hike. When will people understand that wearing street footwear and jeans is not suitable for a hike with snow and ice? Jeez.

It was a definitely a hard hike with beautiful and rewarding views at the top! Pack lots of snacks and water! The trails are still icy and a lot of snow on the way to the top! Crampons or cleats/hiking poles will help you! One of the hardest hikes I’ve done to date!

This hike was my first summit completed at the end of April. Half way through hike the trail gets super snowy, when you take 1 step forward you're taking 2 steps back but so much fun. Snow stops just before the scramble to the top leaving a sturdy climb to the summit. On the way down you can see people bum imprints in the snow, its a lot easier to slide down haha. Would definitely do again, really good hike.

When you get there you can take an easy way or a hard way. The hard way is shown on the map on the way down. It’s quite steep in areas but better views. Nice that there’s an easy option. Super cool looking lake.

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