Finding the Right Trail in the Canadian Rockies

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As a full-time Canadian Rockies mountain man, I sometimes take for granted the amount of time I have to explore the many trails of Jasper National Park, Banff National Park and the Canmore/Kananaskis region.

I’ll amble along on just about anything in the woods where even the slightest hint of a trail can be discerned and walk for hours and hours to look at a mud puddles. As a mountain man, it’s practically my job to know every inch of every path in the mountains.

While Lake Agnes takes a pretty picture, there are better hikes. © Kathy Copeland

But I’ve come to realize that for someone on vacation, they may not want to spend their vacation ambling along a vague trail only to see a patch of dirt. They want to know where the good trails are, and get to them with no nonsense.

If you’re planning a tour of the Canadian Rockies parks then, and don’t want to waste time on the wrong trails, you may want to turn to fellow mountain people Kathy and Craig Copeland. Like me, they’ve done all the hikes. But they’re not afraid to tell you which are great, and which ones you may want to pass up on. Check out our selection of their Banff, Jasper, Canmore and Waterton hikes, and find out where you want to go to get the very best out of your Canadian Rockies hiking experience.

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