Ghost River WA Wilderness Area

Ghost River WA Wilderness Area

Information: 403-678-0760

Park Boundary




      Backcountry Camping
      Hiking - Backcountry

    Note Permitted activities may vary within a park. Please confirm details with park staff.

    • Access: The best access is from a road off Hwy. 1/1A to Lake Minnewanka that leads to a day use area in Banff National Park.  Vehicles can also be driven to within a few kilometres of the area's eastern border from a seasonal road off Hwy. 40.  Travel within the park is by foot only.
    • Camping: Random backcountry camping only. There are no developed facilities in Ghost River Wilderness Area.
    • Hiking: Trails undulate through rolling alpine tundra, across boulder fields to high alpine lakes. Topographic map - NTS 1:50,000 scale 82 O/6-Lake Minnewanka. Before visiting, inform family/friends of intended route and return time. Horses and mountain bikes are not permitted.
    • Hunting and fishing are prohibited.  

    Park Management

    ClassificationWilderness Area
    LegislationWilderness Areas, Ecological Reserves, Natural Areas and Heritage Rangelands Act
    Park Size37,849.6 Acres  /  15,317.18 Ha
    Legal BoundaryGhost River Wilderness Area
    Administration / Information403-678-0760 
    Regional OfficeKananaskis Regional Office
    District OfficeCochrane-Glenbow District
    Natural RegionRocky Mountain - Alpine and Sub-alpine 
    Natural Region Description

    Ghost River Wilderness Area consists of rugged mountain terrain and glacier-carved valleys. Aylmer, Apparition, Oliver and Costigan mountains reach elevations of 2743 to 3353 metres. Below 2100 metres there are sub-alpine forests of Engelmann spruce, white spruce, fir and lodgepole pine; above 2100 metres are grasses, sedges and wildflowers. Many rare species of butterflies are found in the area. Wildlife includes bighorn sheep, deer, moose, cougar, bears and wolves.

    Land Use Framework RegionSouth Saskatchewan 

    Public Safety

    Updated: Aug 9, 2017