At the Park
The network of parks in Kananaskis are a renowned destination for cross-country skiers and winter enthusiasts. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Nestled in the Canadian Rockies, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park is an area of striking contrast where snow-capped peaks loom over quiet valleys. There are over 75 km of groomed cross-country ski trails in the park's Kananaskis Lakes area. Stop by the Discovery & Information Centre for ski info. Warm up at Pocaterra Warming Hut.
- Evan-Thomas Provincial Recreation Area has approximately 60 km of trails for your enjoyment. You'll find the serene, snow-covered forests and meadows of the Ribbon Creek cross-country ski area here. You can also discover Kananaskis Village which has accommodations, resort style amenities, and activities taking place year-round.
- The Mount Shark Trail system is found in Spray Valley Provincial Park. This system of six loops was developed for skiers interested in training and racing. It's a great location for lovers of skate skiing. This trail system also provides access (via the Watridge Lake Trail) for skiers heading into Banff National Park and Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park in BC. With a biathlon range as well, Mount Shark will get you race ready!
- So close to Calgary, West Bragg Creek is a fun and popular day trip in winter. This extensive, multi-purpose network of trails boasts over 100 km of winter adventure. There are more than 60 km of all-season trails for hikers, dog walkers, fat bikers, snowshoers and equestrian riders, a 50 km groomed cross-country ski trail system, and 15 km of snowshoe-only trails. The area has great signage and new visitors quickly become enthusiastic fans!