Off-the-beaten path hikes in the Canadian Rockies: 3 amazing alternatives to Banff and Jasper

The Banff and Jasper National Parks are stunning. But let’s be real – they can get a little busy (and that’s an understatement!). The hustle and bustle of tourist crowds, overpriced hotels, and the constant competition for a good spot can be overwhelming. Luckily, the Canadian Rockies don’t end in Banff and Jasper! There’s a world of jaw-dropping hikes beyond Banff and Jasper that are less crowded, but just as stunning and fun.

If you’re looking to escape to hidden spots, reach incredible heights, uncover secret valleys, and enjoy more off-the-beaten-path hikes in the Canadian Rockies, we’ve got you covered. This is exactly the mission behind Uplift Adventures – to take you out into the most beautiful parts of the South Canadian Rockies in a safe way.

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In the meantime, explore these three amazing alternatives to hikes in Banff and Jasper:

  1. Rowe Lakes in Waterton Lakes National Park
    Rowe Lakes has a lot of option for several fitness levels and all options provide spectacular views. For someone who doesn’t want to go as far, hike to Lower Rowe Lake and the meadows before the hike starts climbing up to Upper Rowe Lake (in the spring there are incredible wildflowers). Options for someone who wants to experience more, check out Upper Rowe Lake or even Lineham Ridge. The trailhead can be found along the Akamina Parkway.

  2. Table Mountain in Castle Provincial Parks
    This hike gives awe-inspiring views and Instagram-famous cliffs as you look down on Beaver Mines Lake and look west towards to the limestone-towering mountains along the Continental Divide. The trailhead for Table Mountain is found at Beaver Mines Lake.

  3. Turtle Mountain in Crowsnest Pass
    Turtle Mountain is not for the average person as the terrain is rougher and there isn’t a manicured trail. It has loss scree and the trail can be hard to follow in sections, but it is stunning. Turtle Mountain is the mountain that slid on part of the town of Frank in 1903 and created what is now known as the Frank Slide. From the top of Turtle, you look down on Frank Slide and you also get incredible views to the west of Crowsnest Pass and the Continental Divide. It’s a win-win-win if you are okay with a trail that isn’t polished. The trailhead is in Blairmore and there are signs that lead to the trailhead. It’s a tricky start as it’s not well marked.
    Turtle Mountain Crowsnest View

For more inspiration, check out our guides to hiking to Southfork and Barnaby Lakes in Castle Provincial Park and Whistler to Table Mountain traverse in Castle Provincial Park.

More mountains, less crowds: Discover some of the best hikes in the Alberta Rockies

Sure, Banff and Jasper have their charm, but we know the real secret spots that’ll make you feel like you’ve stumbled upon paradise. Ditch the crowds, say goodbye to hefty price tags, and prepare to be amazed by the pristine beauty of these off-the-beaten-path hikes in the Canadian Rockies.

Our guided treks will lead you through untouched trails, surrounded by nothing but nature’s wonders. Discover our day hikes in Waterton, Castle Parks, and Crowsnest Pass. For a more immersive outdoor adventure, our multi-day backpacking trips take you to some of the most pristine regions in the Canadian Rockies.