When we need a little break from the city, spending a day on one of the many dayhikes in either Kananaskis or the national park is the perfect escape. We try to hike routes that the dog can come on because he enjoys a hike in the mountains almost as much as we do.
Assorted Hikes on Fogo Island (Newfoundland, 2013) – Several short walks/hikes on Fogo Island.
East Coast Trail from Brigus South to Admirals Cove (Newfoundland, 2013) – A 12 km round trip to (almost) Admirals Cove. Great views and wildlife.
Barrier Lake Lookout (2012) – A 12 km round trip to a lookout over Barrier Lake in Kananaskis. No water on the trail for dogs (except at the lake) but the trail is shaded.
Chester Lake (2012) – A 6 km round trip to Chester Lake. The trail is quite wide and the elevation gain is very moderate. Busy hike but with an early start you can have the trail to yourself.
Jumpingpound Summit (2012) – A 7 km round trip to the summit of Jumpingpound Mountain in Kananaskis. No water on the trail for dogs except near the start. Great views for the effort and do-able in shoulder season!
Upper Kananaskis Lake (2011) – A fairly flat 15 km loop around Upper Kananaskis Lake. There are pretty views of the surrounding mountains, and it’s dog friendly. We also hiked this loop in 2008, and it was the first dayhike we did after moving to Calgary in 2005!Ha Ling Peak (2010) – A short hike just outside of Canmore. We’ve been up it a few times with the dog (2005 and 2006) and it always tires him out.Mnt. Fairview (2010) – This hike was surprisingly quiet for a long weekend. Lovely view of Mnt. Temple from the saddle.Wasootch Ridge (2010)– It has more elevation gain than you think, but makes a nice hike when you don’t want to drive too far. Dog do-able! We’ve also hiked this in the fall (2005).Moose Mountain – We’ve done this hike a few times (2006, 2007, 2010) – Patches loves it early in the season when there is still snow!C-Level Cirque (2009) – If you’re camping in the area it’s a quick outing. Patches liked it even if it wasn’t too exciting.Mnt. Indefatigable (2009) – We camped at Upper Kananaskis Lakes and then hiked this the next day. We had a little trouble finding the route once we got to the end of the main trail but even Patches made it up in the end.Mount Lady MacDonald (2009) – We’ve been up twice (2006) and never made it to the summit but it’s a nice shoulder season outing with the dog. No water along the trail but there might still be snow higher up if you are early in the season.Lake Minnewanka (2009) – Easy hike on a fairly flat trail. Lots of chances to scramble down to the lake and let the dog splash in the water.Horseshoe Canyon (2009) – Lots of trails to wander on in this prairie canyon. Hot, even in May, so bring water!Bear’s Hump (2008) – The only “hike” I’ve ever done in Waterton NP.Old Goat Glacier (2008)– a quiet hike for the start of the season. Limited parking at the trail head.Valley of the 10 Peaks (2007)– Stunning views make it worth the crowds. Ok for the dog too.Rae Glacier (2006) – We hiked here in June while visiting my parents in Kananaskis for the K-100. Perfect for a dog walk.Forgetmenot Ridge (2006)Prairie Mountain (2006) – Hikeable in shoulder season (mid-April) so it is an uninspiring summit but does have nice views of Moose Mountain.Rawson Lake (2005) – The first hike that we went on when we moved to Calgary was around Upper Kananaskis Lake. It was October so there was lots of snow but the trail up to Rawson Lake was still passable so we de-toured up to the lake. It added on an extra 5 km to our hike but was beautiful in the snow.