the site where you won't be able to wipe the wag off your dog's tail
National Parks With Hiking
Banff National Park
Dogs are allowed on the trails and throughout this incredible park
Elk Island National Park
Dogs are allowed throughout this park
Jasper National Park
Dogs are allowed on the trails and throughout this gorgeous park
Waterton Lakes National Park
Dogs are allowed on the trails and throughout this park
Provincial Parks With Hiking
Dogs are welcome in Alberta provincial parks but are excluded from swimming areas.
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Your Dog's Favorite Hikes In Alberta
Submitted by Doug & Katie
One of the most spectacular hikes we've ever taken was in Banff National Park at Sunshine Meadows. The hike leads out away from the ski lodge over the ridges of the Great Divide, completely above the treeline. You pass through endless flower-filled meadows (in summer) down to Rock Isle Lake for some canine swimming and back across the tops of the mountains. Unfortunately the only way to the trailhead at the ski lodge is by shuttle bus which doesn't allow dogs so we had to climb 3000 feet or so up the mountain to start the hike. But it was worth every shin-busting step.
Submitted by Dan & Gumbo
There are beautiful hiking and walking trails starting near the outlet of Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park. There are beautiful small ponds so clear that you can see the trout swimming along the edges. Last year Gumbo and I were returning from a good hike when she turned around suddenly, growling and yanking on her leash. A doe was charging down the path at us and stopped only a few feet away. I didn't hear it coming, the ground being soft but thankfully my hound "Gumbo" did and put up enough fuss to break the charge of the doe. I believe the deer must have had a fawn nearby. A tourist from England had just joined us on the trail and took a lot of photos and left Canada with a good adventure tale. The deal with my hound is she carries the water bottles in saddle bags made by "Outward Hound". It works great for both of us.
Submitted by Judy & Happy
I have lived in Jasper National Park for about 30 years and have always either had a dog or have been hiking with some else's dog. This is a very dog friendly town and everyone who lives here seems to know everyone else's dogs. My dog, Happy, is only on leash when we are in an area that is frequented by elk during rutting season or shortly after calving season. There are good swimming spots on the lakes in the summer that are away from the main beaches. We also have two cross country ski trails where the dogs are allowed off leash.
From Lesley, Honor & Al Capone:
It is very hard to find a place within a city that has lots of running room plus swimming for dogs. In Edmonton AB, Hermitage Park North is an off-leash park that runs about 1.5km along the N. Saskatchewan river valley and includes a duck pond. The path continues south down the river where there are stocked fishing ponds, but in that area you are required to have your dog on a leash. There are always plenty of play-pals for Al Capone who is the social butterfly of my two babies. And there are tonnes of logs and large sticks for Honor, who has a sick sense of humour and actually believes that if she reaches me with a fallen down tree, I will just HAVE to throw it for her... The only down side is that the city has failed to ensure that a good supply of doggy bags are available in the boxes that they have installed, however, there is a thoughtful soul who always hangs a bag of grocery bags at the entrance to the off-leash area. The dogs and I highly recommend it.
Submitted by ?
hi we live in canmore alberta Canada during the summers .. and we discovered a great Hiking etc club in Calgery - link: http://www.calgaryoutdoorclub.com/.
Any way it 100% FREE TO JOIN AND all trips have a DOGS allowed yes or no flag... most hikes allow dogs.. so any one in the Canadian Rockies should check it out... canmore is next to Banff and the center for a lot of hiking(dogs on leash allowed almost every where) + hikes are 2.00 Canadian to join in on (voluntary also)
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