Heart Creek Trail is a beautiful out and back trail just under an hour drive from Calgary, Alberta and just outside of Canmore. The trail boasts beautiful mountain views and 7 bridges to keep little ones engaged. The trail is slightly longer for little feet but the minimal elevation makes it easier for them to complete the hike. If your lucky you might even spot some climbers on the side of the trail.
Heart Creek Trail
Distance and Elevation: 4.2 km, 100 m
Facilities: Outhouse, Parking lot.
Hike Highlights: Creek; 9x Bridges; Mountain Views ; Picnic Table
Accessibility: Child Carrier Friendly, *Trail Rider
*Trail Riders could access this trail. The challenging parts would be the narrow bridges, which would easily fit the one wheel, the elevation at the beginning of the hike and the bit of hiking on the creek bed. If you do hike with a Trail Rider and try this hike out let us know how it goes!
Just one hour from Calgary down the Trans-Canada Highway AB-1 W. Before reaching Canmore take exit 105 towards Lac Des Arcs. Turn left onto range road 91A and make your way to the parking lot.
There are two ways to start Heart Creek. The main trail head is located to the left of the washrooms and picnic table in the parking lot. The other trail starts by parking on the side of the highway and heading into the trees to connect with the creek bed. The main trail is easier to find but the trail on the side of the highway avoids some of the elevation and distance to the hike.
Note: All of the bridges are more like crossing two large flat logs side by side. Most of them have a railing on one side.
Heart Creek is an out and back trail. The first 500 m of the hike are the most challenging since that is where the majority of the elevation occurs. At the end of the initial elevation the trail opens up to gorgeous mountain views and a small “field” before reaching the creek. After stepping over some running water and crossing over a few big rocks you will reach the first bridge of 9! The bridges are really two flattened logs that are side by side and they all have a railing except for the final bridge
After going over the bridge there will be a junction. Take a right to continue on the creek bed alongside Heart Creek. After hiking on the rocks for a short distance you will reach the dirt trail. Continue on the trail and enjoy traversing the bridges along the trail.
The hike is beautiful with mountain views and the many bridges are really fun to cross. The destination is not necessarily the most exciting which means that there is no need for disappointment if you need to turn around before the end. The end of the trail is a beautiful place to listen to a waterfall and throw rocks. Note that the waterfall is not visible on the hike.
Return the way you came.
Want more hikes like this one? Check out these 10 Hikes for Preschoolers To Do Near Calgary
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