Kananaskis

Alberta Parks

Road Trips

The Kananaskis region stretches from east of Calgary to the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Nine provincial parks and over 50 recreation, wilderness and natural areas provide outdoor adventures and protected wildlife habitat. At the western edge of the region, farms and ranchlands give way to craggy peaks in the mountain paradise known as Kananaskis Country.

Kananaskis is a leader in providing facilities and innovations that make Alberta’s provincial parks places that everyone can enjoy. Specially designed, three-wheeled Park Explorers and facilities like the barrier-free William Watson Lodge and campground make the region’s natural wonders accessible. Special programs are offered to introduce Alberta’s parks to new Canadians, seniors, and people from diverse socio-cultural communities so that to anyone who wishes to, can experience the outdoors.

Plan Your Kananaskis Trip

Kananaskis offers many camping options, including group camping, equestrian camping and backcountry camping.

If you’re camping with the kids, you’ll enjoy the playground and interpretive programs at Bow Valley Campground in Bow Valley Provincial Park. If rustic camping is your style, try Beaver Flats Campground in Elbow Falls Provincial Recreation Area. In Evan-Thomas Provincial Recreation Area, at the privately operated Sundance Lodges, you can camp in comfort in a tipi or trapper’s tent. Guests at William Watson Lodge can camp in a wheelchair-accessible campsite.


Must Sees

Parks

Explore and Discover

Kananaskis offers year-round activities for every age group and every level of ability. Visitors can reach out and touch nature in a diversity of landscapes, from the urban beach of Calgary’s Fish Creek Provincial Park to the remote backcountry of Don Getty Wildland Provincial Park.

Bike, stroll, climb or paddle in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, where crystalline lakes reflect towering mountains. Try some disc golf or orienteering at Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park.

Try ice fishing or dogsledding in Spray Valley Provincial Park. Or get off the beaten track and camp, fish, hike or paddle in the provincial recreation areas along Ghost Creek - Ghost Airstrip and Waiparous Creek.

There’s an adventure for every taste, from exploring the rugged backcountry to taking in a nature talk or studying an educational exhibit. Paved trails and boardwalks throughout the region make nature accessible to everyone.

For more information on travel in the area, check Travel Alberta.

Activities

There’s so much to do in Kananaskis! You can climb a mountain, scale a rock face, hike in the wilderness or stroll (or roll) along an interpretive trail. Strap on your snowshoes or glide along miles of cross-country ski trails. Canoe whitewater or cruise on a power boat. Cast a fishing line into a mirrored lake. Or just take a drive and watch the wildlife.

Park Activties Status
Big Elbow PRA Backcountry Camping Fishing Hiking - Backcountry Equestrian Open
Bluerock WPP Backcountry Camping Fishing Hiking - Backcountry Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Hunting Mtn. Biking/Cycling Geocaching Open
Bow Valley WPP Backcountry Camping Canoeing/Kayaking Fishing Hiking - Backcountry Equestrian Hunting Rock Climbing Snowshoeing Geocaching Open
Bow Valley PP Birding Camping Canoeing/Kayaking Hiking - Backcountry Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Mtn. Biking/Cycling Power Boating Trail Running Rock Climbing Wildlife Viewing Wind Surfing Snowshoeing Winter Camping Cross Country Skiing Backcountry Camping Geocaching Open
Bow Valley PRA Hiking - Front Country Open
Bragg Creek PP Fishing Hiking - Front Country Geocaching Open
Burnt Timber PRA Camping Fishing Hiking - Front Country Swimming Open
Canmore Nordic Centre PP Cross Country Skiing Hiking - Front Country Hiking - Interpretive Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Picnic FatBiking Geocaching Open
Cat Creek PRA Hiking - Front Country Open
Cataract Creek PRA Camping Fishing Hiking - Front Country Snowmobiling (Off-site) Geocaching Open
Cobble Flats PRA Fishing Open
Crane Meadow PRA Closed
Dawson PRA Camping Fishing Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Mtn. Biking/Cycling Snowmobiling (Off-site) Geocaching Open
Don Getty WPP Backcountry Camping Fishing Hiking - Backcountry Hunting Mtn. Biking/Cycling Wildlife Viewing Geocaching Open
Elbow Falls PRA Camping Canoeing/Kayaking Fishing Hiking - Front Country Trail Running Geocaching Open
Elbow River PRA Camping Fishing Group Use Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Horseshoes Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Geocaching Open
Elbow River Launch PRA Fishing Open
Elbow-Sheep WPP Backcountry Camping Fishing Hiking - Backcountry Equestrian Hunting Mtn. Biking/Cycling Rock Climbing Geocaching Open
Etherington Creek PRA Camping Fishing Group Use Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Snowmobiling (Off-site) Geocaching Open
Evan-Thomas PRA Cross Country Skiing Fishing Hiking - Backcountry Hiking - Front Country Hiking - Interpretive Equestrian Hunting Ice Fishing Interpretive Program Winter Camping FatBiking Mtn. Biking/Cycling Downhill Skiing Geocaching Open
Eyrie Gap PRA Fishing Hiking - Front Country Closed
Fallen Timber South PRA Camping Fishing Hiking - Front Country OHV Riding (Off-site) Snowmobiling (Off-site) Geocaching Open
Fir Creek PRA Closed
Fisher Creek PRA Camping Hiking - Front Country OHV Riding (Off-site) Snowmobiling (Off-site) Geocaching Open
Fitzsimmons Creek PRA Fishing Hiking - Front Country Open
Ghost Airstrip PRA Camping Cross Country Skiing Fishing Group Use Hiking - Front Country OHV Riding (Off-site) Snowmobiling (Off-site) Geocaching Open
Ghost Reservoir PRA Camping Canoeing/Kayaking Fishing Ice Fishing Power Boating Sailing Water Skiing Wind Surfing Geocaching Open
Ghost River WA Backcountry Camping Hiking - Backcountry No Fires Open
Gooseberry PRA Camping Fishing Hiking - Front Country Canoeing/Kayaking FatBiking Open
Greenford PRA Camping Fishing Open
Heart Creek PRA Hiking - Front Country Hiking - Interpretive Rock Climbing Open
Highwood PRA Fishing Group Use Geocaching Open
Highwood Compound PRA Closed
Highwood Junction PRA Hiking - Front Country Picnic Open
Indian Graves PRA Camping Fishing Group Use Hiking - Backcountry Equestrian Wildlife Viewing Open
Ing's Mine PRA Geocaching Open
Jumpingpound Creek PRA Geocaching Closed
Lantern Creek PRA Hiking - Backcountry Equestrian Open
Lineham PRA Hiking - Front Country Geocaching Open
Little Elbow PRA Camping Canoeing/Kayaking Fishing Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Mtn. Biking/Cycling Geocaching Open
Lusk Creek PRA Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Mtn. Biking/Cycling Geocaching Open
McLean Creek PRA Camping Fishing Hiking - Front Country OHV Riding (Off-site) Snowmobiling (Off-site) Geocaching Open
Mesa Butte PRA Camping Fishing Group Use Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Mtn. Biking/Cycling Geocaching Open
Mist Creek PRA Hiking - Backcountry Equestrian Open
Moose Mountain Trailhead PRA Hiking - Front Country Trail Running Open
North Fork PRA Camping Fishing Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Mtn. Biking/Cycling Open
Old Baldy Pass Trail PRA Hiking - Backcountry Equestrian Mtn. Biking/Cycling Geocaching Open
Ole Buck Mountain NA Hunting Open
Peter Lougheed PP Backcountry Camping Camping Canoeing/Kayaking Cross Country Skiing Fishing Group Use Hiking - Backcountry Hiking - Front Country Ice Fishing Mtn. Biking/Cycling Power Boating Sailing Snowshoeing Trail Running Wind Surfing Equestrian Geocaching Open
Picklejar PRA Hiking - Backcountry Equestrian Open
Pine Grove PRA Fishing Group Use Hiking - Front Country Geocaching Open
Pinetop PRA Hiking - Backcountry Mtn. Biking/Cycling Open
Plateau Mountain ER Hiking - Backcountry No Fires Open
Sentinel PRA Fishing Hiking - Front Country Geocaching Open
Sheep River PP Camping Cross Country Skiing Fishing Group Use Hiking - Front Country Hiking - Interpretive Equestrian Ice Skating Mtn. Biking/Cycling Geocaching Open
Sibbald Lake PRA Camping Hiking - Front Country Hiking - Interpretive Geocaching Trail Running Open
Sibbald Meadows Pond PRA Fishing Hiking - Front Country Geocaching Open
Sibbald Viewpoint PRA Hiking - Front Country Geocaching Trail Running Open
Spray Valley PP Backcountry Camping Camping Canoeing/Kayaking Cross Country Skiing Environmental Education Fishing Hiking - Backcountry Hiking - Front Country Hiking - Interpretive Ice Fishing Power Boating Sailing Wildlife Viewing Wind Surfing Winter Camping Snowshoeing Geocaching Open
Stoney Creek PRA Group Use Hiking - Front Country Open
Strawberry PRA Camping Equestrian Open
Trout Pond PRA Hiking - Front Country Open
Waiparous Creek PRA Camping Fishing Hiking - Front Country OHV Riding (Off-site) Geocaching Open
Waiparous Creek Group Camp PRA Fishing Group Use Hiking - Front Country OHV Riding (Off-site) Open
Ware Creek PRA Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Mtn. Biking/Cycling Open
West Bragg Creek PRA Cross Country Skiing Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Geocaching Open
Wolf Creek PRA Closed
Updated: May 28, 2019