Ensure you are prepared for rapid weather changes, wildlife
encounters, equipment breakdowns and accidents. For more
Kananaskis Country has hundreds of kilometres of cross-country
ski trails suitable to all ski levels and techniques
- skate skiing, classic technique, skiing with dogs.
Dogs on Ski Trails
- Dogs are NOT permitted on the groomed ski trail system accessed
via the Kananaskis Lakes Trail in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park or at the
Canmore Nordic Centre.
- Dogs are allowed on non-groomed trails IF on a leash.
- To find trails that permit skiing with dogs, search
"dog" and look for the "Dogs Allowed on Ski Trail" icon. Mount Shark
is one recommended trail.
- You must remove your dog waste from the area.
Winter Trail Etiquette
- Watch out for accidental litter at lunch or snack breaks.
- Step off the track to let others by. Tuck in your poles
when you pass.
- If you stop to eat, change clothing or take a photo, step off
- Yield to skiers coming downhill. It's easier for an
uphill skier to step off the trail than it is for the faster skier
- Carry a plastic bag and toilet paper for when nature calls and
there's no outhouse. Pack out your used paper and sanitary
- Professional guides are available to take you on a dog
sledding or skijoring adventure.
- If you have your own dog sledding team, we recommend using West
Side Road, directly west of the Spray Lakes Reservoir. Please
ensure that you don't interfere with commercial dog sled operations
in the area.
Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding
- The Mount
Shark trails network is the recommended area for
- For additional information, search "Skijoring" in Trails.
Kananaskis Country has three snow vehicle areas with challenging
More info for snowmobiling
Snowshoeing is allowed on designated snowshoe trails or off
- To find these trails, search "snowshoe" and look for the
- A few of these trails allow dogs on leash to accompany
snowshoers. Search "Snowshoe dog" in Trails and look for
the "Snowshoeing with Dog" icon.
If you are not experienced in
winter travel in the backcountry, stay on these marked
Do NOT snowshoe or walk on the
ski tracks when you are on a trail shared with skiers. Travel
along the edge of the ski trail.
Backcountry Snowshoeing Safety
If you are experienced and equipped for winter backcountry
travel, you may snowshoe on other trails or areas. If you venture
off marked trails you should have significant experience and
- Route finding
- Winter travel
- Dealing with natural hazards such as avalanches, cold
temperatures and short days
Ensure that you let others know your route and return time.
There are no "trail sweeps" by patrollers or Conservation Officers
at the end of the day.