Backcountry Trip Suggestions
Easy backcountry trips for families and those new to backpacking
Kayak or canoe accessible backcountry campgrounds
Trips for people with limited mobility (assisted by a caregiver) or people with young children in chariots
- Elbow Lake Backcountry Campground is a 1.3 km hike in up a nice wide trail that is accessible to chariots and bikes.
- Point Backcountry Campground and Jewell Bay Backcountry Campground are great for people with limited mobility or young children as they're accessible by boat.
- For those with young children, both Point and Jewell Bay campgrounds can be accessed by short hikes (3-4 km) on trails that are wide enough for chariots. Both routes have minimal elevation gain. Note that there are sections on the trails to Point and Jewell Bay where you would need to pick up the chariot which would likely require 2 adults.
- Quaite Valley Backcountry Campground is usually a good hike for someone with limited mobility. The trail is typically smooth, with limited elevation gain. However, the 2013 flood damaged sections of the trail and repairs are upcoming.
Two-night backcountry trips with minimal elevation gain
- For a great, easy two-night backpacking trip, hike 3.4 km along Upper Kananaskis Lake to Point Backcountry Campground for the first night. Continue on through forested terrain via Three Isle Trail for another 6.2 km to Forks Backcountry Campground for the second night.
- Elbow Lake Backcountry Campground to Tombstone Backcountry Campground is another great option. It’s a 1.3 km hike to Elbow Lake on the first night, and then another 6 km to Tombstone on the second night. Bikes are permitted on this trail so you could ride to Tombstone. Note that the trail has some difficult sections due to large stones and washouts.
Difficult backcountry trips
Equestrian backcountry trips
Updated: Feb 28, 2018