National Parks & Outdoor Activities near Calgary

All in the heart of the Rockies

Banff National Park

  • Banff National Park is Canada’s first national park and the world’s third. Spanning 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers, Banff National Park is one of the world’s premier destination spots.
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Lake Louise

  • Canada’s “Diamond in the Wilderness,” and the “Hiking Capital of Canada”. This area offers a tremendous diversity of recreational and sightseeing opportunities. Lake Louise is home to one of North America’s finest downhill ski areas, and has numerous hiking and walking trails. The region abounds with spectacular scenery, from glaciers to waterfalls.

Jasper National Park and the Columbia Ice Fields

  • Jasper is the wildest of the mountain parks, and contains a superb backcountry trail system as well as the world famous Columbia Icefields, one of the only Icefields in the world accessible by road. It is internationally-renowned for wildlife viewing, and is home to some of North America’s rarest animals, including healthy populations of grizzly bears, moose, caribou and wolves.

Drumheller Badlands and Dinosaur Provincial Park Royal Tyrell Museum of Palecentogy (World Famous)

  • The Drumheller Badlands are one of the few areas in the world where sedimentary layers from earlier time periods have been scraped off by natural processes, exposing a rich cache of fossils and even complete dinosaur skeletons.

Royal Tyrell Museum of Palecentogy (World Famous)

Kananaskis Country

  • The unparalleled beauty of Kananaskis Country captures the hearts of all who visit. Kananaskis offers superb four-season sightseeing and recreational opportunities such as hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, camping and skiing. Nakiska Ski Hill, Kananaskis Golf Course, Kananaskis Village and the magnificent “folded mountains” at the summit of the Highwood Pass are ‘must-sees’.

Bow Valley Provincial Park

  • Bow Valley Provincial Park is a mosaic landscape of open meadows and forest. As you explore the park trails in summer and winter you’ll see examples of both mountain and prairie plants and animals. Hike one of the park’s six interpretive trails, ride your bike, fish in the Bow and Kananaskis Rivers, or have a picnic at one of the many day use areas.

Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park Canmore–unique mountain resort town.

  • Designed and developed for the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, the Canmore Nordic Centre offers you exhilarating cross-country outings on over 60 kilometres of world-class cross-country and biathlon trail systems. The trails are designed to meet international Nordic competitive standards, with a variety of challenging terrain to please skiers of intermediate or advanced skill, with some novice trails as well.

Frank Slide Interpretive Centre

  • The Frank Slide Interpretive Centre highlights the rich history of the Crowsnest Pass amid the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Visitors can experience a variety of interpretive programs, presentations and special events. Displays throughout the Centre feature the 1903 Frank Slide (rockslide-avalanche), the Canadian Pacific Railway, European settlement, early underground coal mining and community life.

Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump

  • Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is known around the world as a remarkable testimony of prehistoric life. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump bears witness to a custom practiced by native people of the North American plains for nearly 6000 years.

Bar-U-Ranch Historical Site

  • The Bar U Ranch was one of a small group of very large coporate ranches in western Canada. Established in 1882, it was one of the foremost ranching operations in Canada.

Canmore