The Meanderthals are a hiking group within the Canmore Seniors Association. The group was formed in 1993 after several seniors wishing to hike, but not alone, joined together to hike in our mountain surroundings. The initial members numbered 15, but over the last several years, the number has grown to over 300 seniors. Current membership in the CSA is required before participating in a Meanderthals hike or event, and to be aware of the Hiking Protocol found on website: www.canmoreseniorsassociation.org
Hike and Group Ratings:
A: For the fast hiker who likes to reach their destination quickly. These hikes are usually longer (10-30 km), with a greater elevation gain (1,000m being typical).
A+: An A hike that is extra-long or has extra elevation gain, and may contain some exposure or other challenges.
A hike at a B pace: Usually similar elevation gain and distance as an A hike, just a little slower.
B: For the hiker who prefers a little slower pace in order to spend more time on, for example, photography, or flower identification. Distance 10-20 km, elevation gain of 750m is typical.
B hike at a C pace: Same elevation gain and distance as a B hike, just a little slower.
C: For the hiker who prefers shorter distances (10-15 km), at a slower pace than the B group, but still able to climb a moderate elevation gain (300-400m).
D: For the hiker who prefers a slower pace than a C hike, but wants a full day hike
Website: www.canmoreseniors.orgTown: Canmore
Based in Lethbridge, Alberta, the Chinook Outdoor Club or COC organizes full day trips for its members to hike, scramble, cycle, cross-country ski, and snowshoe in the Southern Alberta Rockies. Our destinations include Waterton National Park, Glacier National Park (Montana), the Castle River drainage, the Crowsnest Pass and the Upper Oldman River area. We ask that participants in our COC outings be well-equipped for the mountains and fit and able to hike or ski up to eight hours.Website: www.chinookoutdoorclub.com/Town: Lethbridge
CORE (Calgary Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts) was formed in November 1999, primarily as a hiking club. Our activities now include: X-C skiing, snowshoeing, winter hiking, cycling, urban walking, occasional scrambling, camping, canoeing, and tennis as well as social events. The club organizes scheduled in-person meetings with presentations. We also run summer and winter weekend getaways. We are a smaller club with a range of age groups and skill levels. We all, however, share an enthusiasm for and love of the outdoors.Website: corehike.orgTown: Calgary
The Crowsnest Outdoors Society is a local group of outdoor enthusiasts and we coordinate hiking, scrambling, overnight backpacking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing trips throughout the year in the Crowsnest Pass and surrounding areas. We welcome CNP locals and visiting explorers to join us for evening and weekend trips that range from very easy to very difficult. Click here for more information about the club.Website: www.crowsnestoutdoors.comTown: Blairmore
The Evergreen Seniors Outdoor Club provides seniors (55 years and over) with opportunities to walk, hike, snowshoe or cross-country ski in the mountains year round.Website: evergreenoutdoorclub.org/Town: CalgaryAb
The 5th Dimension is a group of active seniors who hike, cross country ski and snowshoe in the areas around Calgary. Our trips are on Thursdays (most are by highway bus) and are organized for several levels of activity. We invite active individuals over 55 years of age to come along and enjoy these outdoor activities. For more information email the following: email@example.comWebsite: www.5thdimensionoutdoorclub.com/Town: Calgary
We are a group of outdoor enthusiasts, based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada,
that organizes trips for our members so that we can enjoy hiking, backpacking,
skiing, snow shoeing, mountaineering, climbing, and mountain biking
The club was formed in 1978 by a small group of people interested in the
safe pursuit of outdoor activity, particularly in the mountain back country.
The group's focus was one of respect and concern for the natural environment. They
took the name of a former Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, the Honourable
J.W. Grant MacEwan, in recognition of this gentleman's deep regard for the
wilderness of Alberta.
The club has grown steadily in size, and now averages over 200 members.
There are no special prerequisites to join, and there are activities
available for all skill levels, from beginner to advanced.
The club offers a wide range of trips throughout the year, as well as
courses, workshops and social events. Our informal motto is, "The eating
club with a hiking problem!"
Trip leaders are volunteers from within the club and members are responsible
for assessing their own ability level and choosing trips accordingly. There
is a strong emphasis on safety, and some of the trips require the completion
of specific courses, such as avalanche awareness, in order to participate.
Participants are also required to sign a waiver and assumption of risk
agreement for each trip.
Club meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm at
the Strathcona Community League, 10139 87 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2P3 Edmonton, Alberta.
The club newsletter, The Mountain High, is published on the web site to keep members
up to date and to inform them about upcoming events.Website: gmmc.caTown: Edmonton
Our group was formed in 1992. We are a group of active 55 plus who hike, cross-country ski and snowshoe mostly in Kananaskis Country and Banff National Park. We organize our activities for each Monday year round and are transported by coach. We have different levels of fitness. Guests are more than welcome.Website: www.mnmoutdoorclub.ca/Town: Calgary
Prairie Mountaineer Hikers is a Calgary, Alberta, based club that provides opportunities for members to share in the adventures and responsibilities of hiking. We are active hikers with a wide range of hiking abilities, who are committed to the joy of hiking and the common goals of safety, friendship, and the success of the Club.
The PMH began in 1995 when a group of friends with a shared love for the beauty and majesty of the Rocky Mountains decided to form a club. Over the years the club has grown to 250 active members from all walks of life.Website: www.prairiemountaineers.ca/Town: Calgary
The Red Deer Ramblers are a hiking group based within Central Alberta. We have hikes scheduled every second Saturday from April to October and also included extended trips throughout the season.
Membership is open to individuals that can hike at least 10km in the mountains. If you are interested in hiking and comfortable with our guidelines please feel free to join our group on one or many of our scheduled hikes throughout the season.Website: www.reddeerramblers.comTown: RedDeer
The Rocky Mountain Ramblers are based in the Calgary area and offer day hiking, scrambles and occasionally backpacks for much of the year. When the snow gets deep, activities mostly include track and backcountry skiing, plus snowshoeing. Our 300 or so yearly trips range from easy to challenging. Trips are posted for weekends and mid-week. New members are welcome. With the club having been around since 1954, we have lots of experience and destinations to share with our enthusiastic co-adventurers.Website: www.ramblers.ab.ca/Town: Calgary
Hiking, City Walks, Golf, Cross-country skiing, Snowshoeing for folks 55 and over. Travel outside of Calgary is by chartered coach. Hiking and winter outings are on Wednesday's. Different levels of fitness and ability are accommodated. City walks and golf are Monday mornings.Website: www.secondsixties.ca/Town: Calgary
Members of this club are active seniors (55+) who gather to hike, cross country ski and snow shoe on established trails mainly in the foothills and mountain parks West of Calgary. Some members travel to and from the trail heads every Tuesday by chartered bus. Different levels of fitness are accommodated. Others hike on Calgary walking paths in the summer every Thursday.Website: www.yourclub.ca/core/login.php?username=soccTown: Calgary
Our members are active seniors (55+ yrs) who participate in day trips every Friday to hike, cross country ski, and snow shoe on established trails, mainly in the foothills and mountain parks west of Calgary. Our group offers security in being with others and comfortable coach bus transportation. Activities also include city walks during the shoulder seasons. Different levels of fitness and ability are accommodated. New members and guests are welcome.Website: www.skrastinsoutdoorclub.ca/Town: Calgary
Since 1933, Skyline Hikers of the Canadian Rockies have offered the unique back-country hiking and camping experience in Canada’s mountain parks. Join us for great summer hiking memories and lifetime friendships.Website: skylinehikers.caTown: Canmore
Terra Firma Nordegg welcomes all abilities and ages to come out and explore the Bighorn region's tracks and trails with others who enjoy being out in nature and away from the pace and noise of city life. We are a group of avid hikers and explorers who appreciate getting our boots and hands dirty and who enjoy sharing our backyard with other enthusiasts. TFN holds regular hikes as well as offers special, thematic hikes that could include yoga, wine, painting and photography and many other options depending on interest. We look forward to welcoming you to our back yard!Website: www.terrafirmanordegg.comTown: Nordegg
The Volkssport Association of Alberta (VAA) oversees the seven clubs within the province.
Our program is non-competitive encouraging people to walk at their own pace. Walking routes usually feature the best the area has to offer and normally include a 5 to 6 km route as well as longer distances. Our program provides the opportunity to meet new friends from across the country and around the world.
Check out the VAA website at www.walkalberta.ca to find a club or activity in your area.
We walk for Fun, Fitness and Friendship come out and join us, everyone is welcome.Website: www.walkalberta.caTown: St. Albert
Waskahegan Trail is a 309 km long volunteer managed wilderness trail allowing excellent day hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing in the Edmonton area.
The Waskahegan Trail is a public trail for which the association has been given the responsibilities of stewardship and guardianship.
The trail is open to the public at the discretion and wishes of the landowners. Members have full access to the trail - excepting landowner conditions - and may purchase a trail guide to enjoy it.
Members of the public are welcome to take part in our public hikes, join the association or use sections which are open to the public (such as city, county, provincial and federal lands). Before doing so, please read our FAQs, Etiquette and Rules (links to the left) - for additional information about our Trail and Events.
The Association is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to hiking on, building, and maintaining this premier trail.
Website: waskahegantrail.caTown: Edmonton
West Winds Outdoor Club is a hiking group whose members are active, reasonably fit seniors (55+) and who gather for day-hikes in the mountains near Calgary from May to October, weather permitting. We use carpools from designated meeting spots and encourage guests to join our group of sociable and friendly people every Wednesday to explore the trails safely. We often have 2 different levels of hikes to accommodate different skill levels. In winter, we organize walks on paths within the city on Wednesdays and snow shoeing activities in the mountains near Calgary when conditions are right. For more information visit our website at http://westwindsseniorshiking.com/ or contact Susan at 403-271-9602 or Linda at 403-281-5965.Website: westwindsseniorshiking.comTown: Calgary