To stay safe, and build skills gradually, it is important to choose hikes appropriate to individual skill levels and capability. Following are a few hikes worthy of consideration by beginners. Nearly anyone can do these short and easy day hikes. Also, I have created a new category entitled ‘Easy Hikes’ to provide some guidance for beginners. Consult a good hiking guide and gear up appropriately for the terrain and weather.
1. Eau Claire Trail – Kananaskis Country – Hiking Alberta
Historical Eau Claire Trail beneath Mount Kidd and beside the Kananaskis River in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada.
2. Wedge Pond – Kananaskis Country – Hiking Alberta
Wedge Pond between Mount Kidd and ‘The Wedge’ on Kananaskis Trail in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada.
3. Big Hill Springs Provincial Park - Airdrie or Cochrane – Hiking Alberta
Beautiful Big Hill Springs Provincial Park near Airdrie and Cochrane northwest of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
4. Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park – near Cochrane – Hiking Alberta
The old Glenbow Store and brick factory in historically rich Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park near Cochrane northwest of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
5. Paskapoo Slopes – Canada Olympic Park – Calgary – Hiking Alberta
The Calgary skyline from Paskapoo Slopes near Canada Olympic Park in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
6. Writing on Stone Provincial Park – Milk River – Hiking Alberta
Note: Writing-on-Stone, near Milk River, is a four-hour drive from Calgary. An overnight should be considered as an alternative to a very long day. This pristine, little park is isolated near the Montana border in South-east Alberta and offers a unique, incredibly beautiful and historically rich experience. Highly recommended.
Hoodoos in the beautiful and historically vibrant Milk River Valley southeast of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
7. Forget-Me-Not Pond – Kananaskis Country - Bragg Creek – Hiking Alberta
Gorgeous and pristine Forget-Me-Not Pond west of Bragg Creek in Kananaskis Country, Alberta Canada.
8. Baker Park – Bow River – NW Calgary – Hiking Alberta
The Bow River from the banks of Baker Park across from Bowness Park in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
9. Cascade Ponds – Banff National Park – Hiking Alberta
Pathways and picnic grounds beneath spectacular Cascade Falls and Cascade Mountain in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.
10. Colonel’s Cabin – Barrier Lake – Kananaskis Country – Hiking Alberta
Historically relevant Guard Tower Number 8 near the Colonel’s Cabin at Barrier Lake in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada.
These ten examples are a few among many possibilities. Calgary is a mecca for outdoor recreational opportunity. The City of Calgary publishes a paper pathway map annually. There is also a downloadable PDF electronic version as well as a mobile app.