Hiking

Our guided hikes are perfect for beginners or those wanting to be introduced to a new trail. Learn skills and meet other hikers.


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Prepare for Day Hiking

Want to experience the Rocky Mountains up close this summer? Get started on the right foot by learning about clothing for hiking, footwear selection, blister prevention, daypack essentials, animal safety, and suggestions for great places to hike.

Discover Day Hiking Series

Learn about hiking by getting out with our experienced guides! This introductory course includes the Prepare for Day Hiking lecture and three day hikes that progress from easy on-trail walking to hikes with more distance and elevation gain, and some off-trail travel. This series is ideal for people who are new to hiking.

Guided Day Hikes

Join us for a day of hiking with an experienced guide, and meet other hikers! Enjoy spring flowers, ridgetop views, pristine lakes, alpine meadowds, and fall colours while learning about local ecology, pacing, travel skills, map reading, group safety, and more! Trips are available for all fitness levels and interests.

Choose 3 Hikes Series

This summer, sign up for our 3-week series that fits your schedule! Each series includes four possible dates with trails of progressive difficulty, visiting a variety of locations on a particular theme. Pick the three dates that work best for you, and enjoy the trails! Optional Prepare for Day Hiking lecture before the series for new hikers, or those who could use a refresher.  

Interpretive Hikes

Do you love learning more about the mountains in which you hike?
On these trips, we do a day hike, but also stop to explore one aspect of the Rockies in more detail.
If you love colourful meadows, join our Wildflower Hike, and learn the names of some of the common species.
Want to learn more? Our Edible and Medicinal Plant hike will teach you how the plants were used by natives and early European explorers, and show you what can still make a tasty snack today.  

Our regular guided hikes can be found on the Guided Day Hikes page.

Geology Field Trip

Geology enthusiasts and rockhounds alike will enjoy this full-day tour through the Bow Valley with professional geologist, Jon Noad. We'll make several stops to explore different rocks and landforms, and learn all about the origin of the Rockies and what treasures can be enjoyed today.  
We'll make several road stops as well as enjoy a couple-hour hike at one stop.  

Summit Series

Take your mountain experience to new heights!

Join other experienced hikers to experience challenging hikes and spectacular views.We meet for 5 Saturdays with each destination chosen to make best use of the conditions, progressing in difficulty week by week.

Grades of difficulty will start around level 4-5 hikes, and go up from there.
Transportation is by car pool.

Hiking - Easy Does it (Fitness)

Change your lifestyle over 8 weeks with this series that combines outdoor fun with indoor fitness training. This series is ideal for those new to hiking and who have been fairly inactive. At the end of the program, you can expect to be able to complete a level 3 hike. Includes weekly training sessions led by a certified trainer, 3 evening workshops on a fitness or hiking topic and a day hike in the mountains each weekend, progressing in distance and elevation each week. Prerequisite: none. Includes: guide, fitness trainer, 3 evening workshops, 8 x 1-hour evening training session, 8 x full-day weekend hike.

The Hiking Fitness Builder

Ramp up your fitness and commit to a series that will get you out hiking every weekend. It is designed for people who are currently active, but want to prepare for big summer goals. At the end of the program, you can expect to complete level 5 hikes and more. Includes weekly training sessions led by a certified trainer, 3 workshops on a fitness or hiking topic and a day hike in the mountains each weekend, progressing in distance and elevation each week. Prerequisite: moderate physical condition (ability to comfortably complete a level 3 hike). Includes: guide, fitness trainer, 3 evening workshops, 8 x 1-hour evening training session, 8 x full-day weekend hike.

Bear Safety

Are bears, cougars, or other animals keeping you out of the backcountry? Conquer your fears with information. Learn about bear signs and behaviours, how to avoid them, and what to do when you do meet an animal on the trail. Then get outside!

Scrambling

Scrambling is a way of ascending non-technical peaks using your hands and feet, but minimal equipment. Typical scrambles involve steep hiking off-trail or on rock, including hands for balance or upward progress. 
Our courses teach the skills you need to enjoy scrambling safely, including navigation, group management, route-finding, movement on rock, managing advanced terrain with a rope.    

Multi-Day Hiking: Yoho

Want to visit other areas, but not interested in carrying everything on your back? Our new Multi-Day Hiking trips are for you!
We travel to an interesting area, then do a series of day hikes, while relaxing in front-country comfort at night.

This year, visit Yoho National Park and spend 3 days exploring its trails on your choice of L2 or L5 trips.

C: Hiking & Fishing

Are you an angler who has always dreamed of fishing high mountain lakes?
Our experienced hiking guide and fly fisher will take you on a moderate trail hike to a beautiful lake, where you can spend the day fishing with a chance to catch cutthroat trout.
Learn about angling options in the Rockies, and get new destination ideas!

Participants 18-64 must have a valid Alberta Sportfishing License.

Intro to Tracking- NEW

Ever wondered how 'Mantracker' tracks his prey? Join us for an introductory course taught by a Search and Rescue expert. This weekend course will be a blend of classroom and outdoor practical field exercises, designed to set you up with the skills you need to be able to detect, read and follow tracks and signs in the backcountry. Prerequisite: none. Includes: certified instructor, course manual, course completion certificate.

Outdoor School - Schools

Take your class outside and into nature! Through outdoor education and experiential learning, your students will have the opportunity to develop communication skills, grow as a team, and have fun! Our programs are designed for the grades 1 - 6 Alberta science and physical education curriculum, and are intended to facilitate teachable moments. Our program coordinators will work with you to develop and modify programs to meet your classroom’s needs and learning objectives.
 For more information or to book a field trip please contact Bridget and Dena at outkids@ucalgary.ca or call 403-220-7090