Kananaskis Trail


The Kananaskis Trail (HWY 40)

Alpine Adventure 

Distance: approx. 300 km (186 mi), round trip 

Overlooking Barrier Lake, my friend is sputtering with excitement. He waves his binoculars in the air and shouts, “A grizzly bear! It’s a grizzly bear!” Sure enough, a huge bear with the distinct grizzly hump on its shoulders is clambering up a velvety patch of alpine glade. We came prepared with bear spray, noisemakers and the common sense to be bear aware in the backcountry. Fortunately for us, it’s a long way away and headed in the opposite direction, but what a thrill!

  • From Calgary, head west on the Trans-Canada (Hwy 1) about an hour to the Kananaskis Trail (Hwy 40) turnoff. 
  • Go south on Hwy 40 for 8 km (5 mi) to Barrier Lake and do all or part of the easy 10 km (6 mi) hike around the lake. Gorgeous! 
  • Continue south to Kananaskis Village for lunch. Rent a bike or rollerblades and explore the paved trails. 
  • Continue south on Hwy 40 for 30 km (15 mi) to the turnoff for the Smith Dorrien-Spray Trail (secondary Hwy 742, gravel). Follow it north 30 km (18.6 mi). Turn left onto Mt. Shark Road where you can stop for tea at rustic Mount Engadine Lodge
  • Back on Hwy 742, head north again for 40 km (25 mi) to Canmore; back to Calgary is about an hour east on Hwy 1. 


"Top notch golf with breathtaking scenery at Kananaskis Mt. Lorette course. Teed off at 5 p.m. and came in with plenty of light at 10!" ~ ronnyber, Ontario

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