Take some time for yourself and head up to the mountains to get some fresh air and relax with the scenery. Bring a friend for a nice chat - or, if you have a dog, even better.
You will come back refreshed and relaxed. Sometimes you just need to unwind and enjoy the bigger picture - nature.
TIME: 2 hours round trip on EASY trail
We started the year off with a super easy hike only 1 hour and 15 minutes from Calgary - north of Canmore. It is super popular, because it is gorgeous, and super short and easy to get to. The paths are well marked and wide enough for your dogs. They do have a portapotty at the base of the hill.
Going early is important, as because it is popular, you can bet that by 11am - you will struggle to find parking. We left Calgary late however, assuming as it was chillier today at 8 degrees, there would be less people. We arrived at around 1030am and it was pretty empty, around 10 vehicles, and as you can tell, there was still some snow on the paths.
This is one of my fave websites for Alberta Hikes, it is more old school: TRAIL PEAK
However this is a newer one called ALL TRAILS with maps included and more updated reviews.
The lake is beautiful and the view is amazing. You arrive at the lake and there are benches for you to rest, snack and enjoy the view. For easy hikers, you make a quick loop around and head back down the same path to the parking lot.
If you like a challenge, up the Lake is a steep path marked difficult.
We love this hike as the end result is beautiful, and it is not strenuous. You also get your 10,000 steps for the day and come back happy and fulfilled. Happy dogs, happy life!