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Beautiful Elbow Lake

The Rae Glacier – Elbow Lake Hike, Kananaskis Country

One of the easiest hikes to do in Kananaskis Country is the hike to Elbow Lake. It's only 1.3 kilometres in from the trailhead with about 137 metres of elevation gain. If you're a keen hiker that won't be enough but there is the option to continue to Rae Glacier. Note that the hike to Elbow Lake is ideal for families. And it makes a great first camping trip. Getting to Elbow Lake from the…

The King Creek Ridge Hike in Kananaskis Country

The fabulous 3.5 km 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. 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 Ridge.…

Hiking in Kananaskis: The Wasootch Ridge Trail

The Wasootch Ridge Trail in Kananaskis Country is a great early season hike. I decided to go for it one weekend in early May after seeing photos on Instagram. You can often see in real time the condition of hikes you want to do - and get ideas for future ones, especially if you're following local people.  While I've never met Don @mcc617 I know he spends a lot of time doing hiking in Kananaskis,…

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

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 the Troll Falls hike on foot, snowshoes or even by fat tire bike which you can rent from Kananaskis Outfitters. You could also do the short spur to the falls either before of…

14 Fantastic Day Trips From Calgary in Winter

I've put together 13 suggestions for winter day trips from Calgary with the hope that some of these recommendations are completely new to you. I think there should be something for everyone on this list no matter what your age or fitness level. If you break up your winter routine and get outside - even on the coldest of days, I can pretty well guarantee you'll feel amazing for having done something. Spending time outdoors…

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 hike. 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…

The Fantastic Pocaterra Ridge Hike in Kananaskis

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…

8 Things to do in Kananaskis Country in Winter

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 of the things to do in Kananaskis Country mentioned below can be done as a day trip but it's a real treat if you can spend a weekend up at the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge. The hotel is perfectly situated with skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and fat tire biking literally…

Groomed Trails And The Fresh Scent Of Pine And Fir In Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

Cross Country Skiing in Peter Lougheed Park

Cross country skiing in Peter Lougheed Park in Kananaskis Country is a fantastic way to spend a winter day. Weaving through the park are approximately 75 km of superb cross-country ski trails. When we finally had a December weekend, clear of obligations and a weather forecast that was favorable we made for the park, located about 90 kilometres west of Calgary along the Kananaskis Trail. Even the drive to get to the park was beautiful.…

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