Pack your water bottles and ice cleats and make sure to bundle up for these winter hikes and snowshoeing trails near Calgary. Endless fields of snow and frost-covered evergreens await as you explore. Don’t let the colder weather keep you from exploring the beauty our province has to offer. Bring lots of hot chocolate and mitten warmers and then head off on your winter adventure!
Located just over an hour and a half outside of Calgary, Johnston Canyon is a classic hike during the warmer months. However, the beautiful falls freeze during the winter months and create beautiful scenery. There are multiple stops to be made along this hike, with one of the first being the lower falls at 2.3km in. If you want to push yourself, you could hike an extra 2.8km to the upper falls to experience the best ice fall of the hike. And a major plus to doing this hike in the winter is that it is not as busy. This easy to moderate hike is perfect for winter hiking.
Located just over an hour outside of Calgary, Troll Falls is an easy 3.4km hike that can be completed in one to two hours. During the hike you will experience views of the country, snow covered evergreens, and a stunning ice fall. This is a great hike for snowshoeing and if you are up for even more adventure, make sure to wear your ice cleats and walk behind the frozen waterfall.
If you are up for more of a challenge, then this 6.6km hike an hour outside of the city is for you. After a long and steep climb, you will see mountain views from the summit and if it is clear, you may even be able to see the city! It is always great to bring people hiking with you for company and safety, but if you are travelling solo, why not bring your furry friend along? This hike is dog-friendly as long as they are on a leash.
If you want to stick close to home while still feeling like you are outside of the city’s hustle and bustle, then Nose Hill Park is a great place for you. It is a great option for some winter walking and snowshoeing. The full loop is 12.7km, but there are many different sections to exit to make it a shorter trip.
Just under an hour drive outside of Calgary, this trail will have you feeling like you are nowhere near the city. This route is not for the lighthearted as it is a 12.9km hike, however the views are breathtaking and the ice cave is worth it all. With a large portion of the hike being flat, it is also a great option for mountain biking!