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The King Creek Ridge Hike in Kananaskis Country

The fabulous 3.5 kilometre King Creek Ridge hike off of Highway 40 in Kananaskis Country offers truly exceptional mountain scenery but it's definitely not a beginner or even a family-friendly hike. But once you reach the ridge itself after about two kilometres of hard, steep hiking, the grade moderates and the rest of the hike is positively glorious. It's one of the best ridge walks I've done - though I'd also highly recommend nearby Pocaterra…

Hiking in Kananaskis: The Wasootch Ridge Trail

With good weather and some free time on weekends I've been chomping at the bit to go hiking in the Rocky Mountains. Although I have a hiking wish list, I know many of the peaks I want to climb this year are still snow bound. That's where Instagram comes in handy. You can often see in real time the condition of hikes you want to do - and get ideas for future ones, especially if…

Kananaskis Hikes: Don’t Miss Family-Friendly Troll Falls

The majority of Kananaskis hikes are easily accessible from Calgary via a dramatic drive on Highway 40 off of the Trans-Canada Highway. The hike to Troll Falls is a standout as a year-round family-friendly hike. It's only 3.4 kilometres round-trip and it climbs just 60 metres to end at the falls. It's especially lovely in winter when the waterfalls turn to ice. You can do it on foot, snowshoes or even by fat tire bike which you…

The Nihahi Ridge Hike in Kananaskis Country

If you're looking for a great hike that won't take all day and is relatively close to Calgary, you would do well to choose Nihahi Ridge. The trailhead at Little Elbow Campground is just an hour's drive from Calgary via Highway 66 near Bragg Creek. There is road access to get to the trailhead from May 15th until November 30th. Walking along the trail beside the Little Elbow River is a very pleasant way to…

The Fantastic Pocaterra Ridge Hike in Kananaskis Country

The Pocaterra Ridge hike in Kananskis Country deserves to be on your must-do list. It ranks as one of the best day hikes I've done in Alberta. I did this hike with three women around the third week in September when the larches were at their peak. It was absolutely stunning. A summer hike would also be very beautiful as much of the day is spent on a long ridge above tree line with views…

An Overnight Backpacking Trip to Lillian Lake

Summertime is made for backpacking and with so many options within a short drive of Calgary, it can be incredibly hard to choose where to go.  Several months ago I decided on Tombstone Campground in Kananaskis but last week the permitting team called me to see if I wanted to switch to Lillian Lake as it had just reopened. I’d been to Lillian Lake previously but just as a day trip so the option to…

7 Winter Adventures in Kananaskis Country You’ll Want To Do

Those of us who live in Calgary are lucky to have easy access to Kananaskis Country. The area is truly a winter adventure playground. All seven of the adventures mentioned below can be done as a day trip but it's a real treat if you can spend a weekend up at the Delta Hotels Kananskis Lodge in Kananaskis Country. It's perfectly situated with skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and fat tire biking literally right outside your door. Downhill skiing, hiking…

10 Winter Day Trips Out of Calgary

Here are 10 ideas for winter day trips out of Calgary. There is something for everyone. Go downhill skiing. Out of Calgary you have numerous options. The closest resort to Calgary is Nakiska in Kananaskis Provincial Park. In Banff National Park you have the choice of Sunshine Ski Resort, Mount Norquay or Lake Louise. To the south, about 2.5 hours away you'll find Castle Mountain Resort in the Westcastle Valley of the Rocky Mountains, the…

Cross Country Skiing Trails in Peter Lougheed Park

Peter Lougheed Provincial Park in Kananaskis Country has an amazing set of cross country ski trails. Last weekend we finally had a day that was clear of obligations and a weather forecast that was favorable. The mountains had been calling for some time and it was time to heed that call. Our destination was Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, about 90 kilometres west of Calgary along the Kananaskis Trail. Even the drive to get there was beautiful. Before…

A Hike to Lillian Lake – A Real Singing Lake

An October hike to Lillian Lake in Kananaskis Country was a visual and surprisingly, an auditory treat. It seems that Lillian Lake in the Kananaskis area, under the perfect storm of circumstances is really a singing lake. Let me explain. We arrived at Lillian Lake about noon yesterday. The sun was shining but it was still freezing outside - probably about -5°C and Lillian Lake was covered in about two inches of ice. Initially all…

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