Hiking with your dog is one of life’s little pleasures. Not only do you get to enjoy the beautiful scenery with your dog by your side, hiking can be an amazing workout too.
If you’re looking to take your pet on an amazing hike in Calgary, then we’ve got you covered. Take a look at the best hikes in and around Calgary to give you some serious dog walking inspiration.
1. Glenmore Reservoir Trail
Located south of Calgary
Glenmore Reservoir Trail is popular as it’s a moderately easy loop that any dog should be able to handle. It’s located just south of Calgary, and offers stunning views and plenty of sunshine.
Be mindful that whilst this is the perfect spot to hike with your dog, they will need to remain on a leash as there is a paved trail for bikes which sometimes can wreak havoc at intersections. It’s also a very long trail – coming in at 15km for a round trip, so be sure to plan ahead and make sure you have everything you need.
It’s a beautifully sunny route that’s perfect for a summer’s day, so be sure to pack your sunscreen and some water before you embark on a long hike.
2. Weaselhead Flats
Located south west of Calgary
Another wonderful Calgary hiking trail to take on with your dog. This 4.8km hike is ideal for those looking to get into hiking and wanting to ease themselves in with a peaceful and relaxing trail through the forest.
This natural river delta park is located just south west of Calgary and is full of stunning nature that your pet will love. You’ll be able to enjoy some scenic views as you weave across the paths and woodland that are home to lots of wildlife such as deer, beavers and a variety of birds.
It can get muddy in Spring and Fall time though, which will be great fun for your dog but possibly not as fun for your car seats. Be sure to take a car blanket for this track!
3. Fish Creek Votier Flats Trail
Located 20 minutes south of downtown Calgary
This beautiful hike takes you through the forest via a route that stays close to the river. It’s a great workout at 13km, however the flat ground makes it ideal for new hikers.
At just 20 minutes outside of Calgary, this is a popular route for those looking to experience some stunning natural scenery whilst still being nestled within a city. You and your pup will be able to take a pit stop along the way at many of the benches that are ideal for watching the wildlife around you.
The trail is also a popular biking route, so keep your dog on a leash to ensure that they don’t get into trouble with cyclists.
4. Paradise Trail
Located south west of downtown Calgary
Aptly named, because this trail offers some stunning conservation areas that can be enjoyed all year round. It’s an 8.2km route that’s situated just 25 minutes outside of Calgary, making it a great place for those trying to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
Sadly, dogs aren’t welcome here, but there’s no reason that you can’t leave your dog with a trusted dog sitter whilst you enjoy the track with your friends or family.
Being located in the heart of the Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area, there are some amazing wildflowers, wildlife and views of the mountains to be enjoyed.
5. Nose Hill Nature Loop
Located 15 minutes north west of downtown Calgary
The Nose Hill Nature Loop is exactly what the average dog walker is looking for in a weekend hike. It’s long enough to tire your dog out, but not so long that your legs are aching by the end of it.
At 5.6km long it’s a relatively easy hike for any skill level and will be loved by all types of dogs. Be sure to keep your dog on a leash, as there are biking trails that can come into contact with the pedestrian paths from time to time. If your dog is new to their leash or isn’t a fan of it, take a look at our handy tips on how to walk dogs on a leash.
If you’ve enjoyed reading about the Top Calgary Hikes, then why not take a look at our other articles on dog walking? Our Dog Walking Archives are sure to cover all of your questions and will give you some more dog hiking inspiration.
As always, Rover is here to help for the times when you need an extra pair of hands. However, if you fancy tackling these hikes with your pet, then take a look at our ultimate dog walking playlist to get you in the mood for some serious walking.