One of my favourite hikes is Sentinel Pass from Paradise Valley near Lake Louise, AB. The scenery is incredibly rewarding and the trails vary in difficulty and terrain. Highly recommended!
Less recommended but still amazing is a Labour Day weekend hike up to Abbott Pass Hut from Lake O’Hara. When we did this last year, we spent the last two hours crawling through a blizzard to the hut—which is precariously placed on the continental divide itself, above the Victoria Glacier. I reached a whole new level of fear, fortitude and accomplishment up there, and I didn’t even need to be rescued.
By the way, the banner image featured on every page of this blog was taken at Red Rock Canyon in Nevada, just outside Vegas. Forget gambling or shopping, this is the best attraction near the Strip.