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[bc, ab] beginner friendly hiking trails to explore in canada this summer
[BC, AB] Beginner-Friendly Hiking Trails to Explore in Canada this Summer
[bc, ab] beginner friendly hiking trails to explore in canada this summer

[BC, AB] Beginner-Friendly Hiking Trails to Explore in Canada this Summer

As summer approaches, it’s time to lace up those hiking boots and explore the beautiful trails in Canada. If you’re new to hiking, don’t worry! There are plenty of beginner-friendly trails waiting to be discovered. Let’s discover what you’ll need to begin your Canadian adventure!

What to bring

  • Map or guidebook 
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Headlamp
  • Extra waterproof and warm clothing
  • Cellphone or satellite communication device
  • A backpack
  • Comfortable sneakers or hiking shoes
  • Food (or snacks for shorter hikes)
  • Lots of water (to avoid dehydration)
  • Bear spray and bug spray  
  • First-aid kit
  • Navigation tools (such as maps, guidebooks or compasses)
  • Trekking poles (optional)  

British Columbia

1. Emerald Lake Loop

Take a stroll through dense forests to reach the foot of a breathtaking 30-meter waterfall, the largest along the Kicking Horse River.

Length: 5.2 km

Hiking time: 2 hours

Elevation: minimal

Where: Columbia-Shuswap, BC V0A 1G0

 

2. Wild Pacific Trail Lighthouse Loop

This 2.6-kilometre path is a favourite among storm enthusiasts due to its proximity to the ocean. Experience the raw power of strong winds, rain, and crashing waves against the rocky coast.

Length: 2.6 km

Hiking time: 45 minutes

Elevation: flat

Where: 1002 Peninsula Rd, Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0

 

3. Lower Gold Creek Falls Trail

Ideal for early-season trips or combined with camping at Golden Ears Provincial Park, this brief hike offers views of mossy rainforest, Gold Creek, and surrounding mountains.

Length: 5.5 km (round-trip)

Hiking time: 2 hours

Elevation: minimal

Where: Lower Falls Trail, Fraser Valley F, BC V0M 1H0

 

Alberta

1. Policeman’s Creek Boardwalk

Accessible from downtown Canmore, this scenic trail passes ponds and forests, offering sightings of ducks, songbirds, elk, and deer. Suitable for all skill levels, with options to explore more challenging routes in the town’s trail system.

Length: 3.9 km

Hiking time: 58 minutes

Where: 400 Railway Ave, Canmore, AB T1W 1P4

https://www.solararesort.ca/blog/spend-a-beautiful-day-in-downtown-canmore

 

2. Bow Falls Trail

Easily reached from downtown Banff, this trail surprises with its stunning viewpoint above Bow Falls. Cross the Bow River Bridge, follow the shaded path along the river, and don’t forget to experience the misty spray of the falls up close.

Length: 1.2 km (one way from Central Park to Bow Falls)

Hiking time: 30 minutes one way

Elevation gain: 50 m

Where: Bow Falls, Banff, AB

Sources: University of Calgary, Town of Banff, Emerald Lake Loop, Wild Pacific Trail Lighthouse Loop, Lower Gold Creek Falls Trail, Policeman’s Creek Boardwalk, Bow Falls Trail

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