Walks to Water
GRASSI LAKES, Canmore (p 45): Hike an hour or two to gleaming greenish-blue waters. Marvel at the trail-building skills (through steep terrain) of legendary Lawrence Grassi, the impressive cliff face of Ha Ling Peak and the prowess of local rock climbers. The adjacent fire road is an easier route.
PLAIN OF SIX GLACIERS, Lake Louise (p 46): This top rated trail on TripAdvisor leads along the Lake Louise shore to a rustic teahouse with treats for hungry hikers. Continue 1.5 km past the teahouse to the Abbot Pass viewpoint for a closer look at the receding Victoria Glacier. Make a day of it (and admire the elevated views) by returning via the Highline Trail to the Lake Agnes teahouse.
MALIGNE CANYON, Jasper (p 132): Peer over the canyon rim and over the rails of six footbridges to appreciate the drama of the 52-metre deep limestone chasm. The churning waters of this Karst landscape run underground, and on the surface are most impressively displayed as a 25-metre waterfall. More trail suggestions p 45 and 132. Hiking beside a rushing river or toward a thundering waterfall elevates the experience. Here are a few of our favourite trails.