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Far & Wide: 10 Top Hikes In Alberta With Jeff Bartlett

Based in Jasper National Park, adventure photographer Jeff Bartlett knows a thing or two about the area. When I asked him to pick his top ten, Jeff replied:

“I am a touch biased about my 10 top sights and hikes in Alberta. I could visit a dozen locations that all qualify for this list without going more than an hour from my house; however, when I force myself to be impartial I’m always shocked by how diverse and, most importantly, beautiful Alberta is from border to border.”

Calling Alberta home for the past five years, Jeff has been fortunate to explore the majority of the province whether on assignment or simply exploring on his own. Take a look at Jeff’s top 10 Sights and Hikes in Alberta alongside his words below…

10. Hike Window Mountain Lake In Crowsnest Pass

Crowsnest Pass is so often overlooked as people race back and forth between Calgary, Alberta, and Fernie, British Columbia, but it is quite the destination in its own right.

While scrambling Crowsnest Mountain would be the region’s highest attraction, hiking to Window Mountain Lake remains memorable. The sunrise blew our minds.

9. Canoe To Spirit Island

It’s easy to reach Spirit Island on a Maligne Lake Boat Cruise, but it’s far more rewarding to canoe there while checking out the many coves and bays. For a true wilderness experience, spend the night at Hidden Cove or Fisherman’s Bay.

Another evening at Spirit Island and another image that I love. This place is amazing. #myjasper #explorealberta

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8. Watch Sunset Above The Peace River Valley

The Peace River doesn’t get a lot of attention; however, it cuts straight across Northern Alberta before joining the Athabasca River to form the world’s largest freshwater delta.

7. Hike/Scramble Mt Indefatigable

Upper Kananaskis Lake is one of the most stunning locations in Alberta, but it’s often overlooked because it’s located just outside the Banff National Park boundary. Hiking Mt Indefatigable to get an aerial view of the lake is stunning and it’s possible any month of the year.

Photo: Jeff Barlett
Photo: Jeff Barlett

6. Jasper’s Night Sky

As the world’s second largest dark sky preserve, Jasper is known for its limited light pollution footprint and the clear views of the night sky. The result is a stunning opportunity to see millions of stars and, on occasion, the northern lights.

Photo: Jeff Bartlett
Photo: Jeff Bartlett

5. Travel The Entire Icefields Parkway

The Icefield Parkway links the two Rocky Mountain towns of Jasper and Lake Louise and passes the 230 ice fields that it’s named after. It’s hard to imagine a more scenic road anywhere on the planet.

Photo: Jeff Bartlett
Photo: Jeff Bartlett

4. Stand Amid The Endless Prairies

The Rocky Mountains are Alberta’s most known destination; however, the majority of the province is located on the Canadian Prairies.

Photo: Jeff Bartlett
Photo: Jeff Bartlett

3. Hike Bears Hump In Waterton Lakes National Park

It’s a short 45 minute hike from the Waterton Lakes National Park visitor centre to Bear’s Hump, which might make it the most rewarding hike for the effort required in the entire province.

Waterton Natuonal Park, you are one beautiful place! #explorealberta #stayandwander

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2. Hike The Tonquin Valley

There are plenty of backcountry experiences in Alberta, but hiking the Tonquin Valley wins my vote for the most spectacular. It’s a 40-km round trip hike that takes 2-3 days. The sight of the Rampart Mountains above Amethyst Lake is unforgettable.

Photo: Jeff Bartlett
Photo: Jeff Bartlett

1. Take in Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake is one of the easiest viewpoints to reach in the entire Canadian Rockies – it’s a 5-minute hike from the parking lot – but it remains the most stunning location to visit.

Photo: Jeff Bartlett
Photo: Jeff Bartlett

Do you agree with Jeff’s top 10 Sights & Hikes? Let us know in the comments below…

Far & Wide: Road Trip Alberta This Winter

Road trips aren’t like they used to be. With the selection of luxury, glamping and spa offerings in Alberta, you can experience the most luxurious five-day winter road trip ever by simply following our route below. You can thank us later

Day One:

Fly into the newly renovated YYC Calgary International Airport and stay at the brand new Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel . Not only can you check into your hotel without leaving the airport, but there is a full-size gym, pool and multiple lounges to enjoy in the morning and evening. Once you are ready to start your road trip, rent a car from the airport and hit the road. First stop is UNA Pizza & Wine on 17th Ave for lunch. And when we say lunch we mean the best pizza you have ever had paired with a tasty glass of wine. And don’t worry if pizza isn’t your thing they have noteworthy salads. After lunch, explore 17th Ave (between 2nd and 14th st SW) for some shopping and then grab dinner at Pigeonhole for some world class vegetarian dishes. Is shopping not your thing? Why not check out The Calgary Tower instead and take in the best sights of the city. Once you are satisfied head to Le Germain Calgary, get a treatment at The Sante Spa and a good night’s sleep. If you are looking for a more rustic accommodation, why not drive 45 minutes south of the city to Aspen Crossing where you can glamp in the converted train cabooses.

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