Hikes in Kananaskis Country

Region in Alberta, Canada

We love hiking in Kananaskis Country. There is so much hiking in The Kananaskis that we have broken the region into four smaller regions. These regions are based around major access roads into the Kananaskis. You can see the regions in the icons below.

Located south of Banff National Park, Kananaskis Country (also known as K-country or The Kananaskis) is a stunning collection of provincial parks that is still largely undiscovered by tourists. This means you can usually expect fewer crowds on hikes in the Kananaskis compared to hikes in Banff National Park.

The main access road into the Kananaskis is along Highway 40, also known as Kananaskis Trail. We also include the hikes around the Kananaskis Lakes in this region. The best hikes along Highway 40 includes hikes in Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park and Elbow-Sheep Wildland Provincial Park. There is a summer-only area at the southern end of Highway 40 known as the Highwood, which has some incredible family-friendly hikes.

The other major access road into the Kananaskis is Highway 742 (Smith Dorrien Trail). The best hikes along the Smith Dorrien includes hikes in Spray Valley Provincial Park and hikes in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.

Finally, there are two main access roads that go from east to west into Kananaskis. The first road is Highway 66, which includes great hikes around Bragg Creek and out on Highway 66 towards Little Elbow, and is adjacent to Don Getty Wildland Park. The second road is Highway 546, which leads to hikes in Sheep River Provincial Park and Bluerock Wildland Provincial Park. These hikes along the Sheep River and combined in a region with hikes

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Cox Hill Hike

Hard
13.4 km
774 m
4.5-6.5h

Hiking Cox Hill Ridge is a great way to spend a half-day in the summer. Save this one for wildflower season, and you won’t be disappointed. The multi-use trail can get busy with bikers, hikers, and runners, so be prepared to run into some speedy trail users.

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Rummel Lake Hike

Moderate
13.3 km
380 m
3.5-5h

The hike to Rummel Lake is a Kananaskis classic, with people returning year after year. The colours in autumn are spectacular, and if you have the energy push the trip a bit farther up to Rummel Pass for very special views.

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10.0
Technical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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Eagle Hill Trail

Moderate
14.2 km
453 m
4-5.5h

The Eagle Hill trail climbs the foothills of Kananaskis Country to reach a ridge that looks out into the Prairies. It is an easy-to-follow, gradual trail that is the perfect day trip from Sibbald Lake Campground. There are no technical sections on this trail, making it excellent for hikers of various abilities.

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10.0
Technical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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Lillian and Galatea Lakes

Hard
16.7 km
740 m
5-7h

The hike to Galatea Lakes is spectacular. The first bit to Lillian Lake is through forest, the route above Lillian Lake is outstanding, especially the circuit around Lower Galatea Lake. This hike takes in Lillian Lake, Lower Galatea Lake and Upper Galatea Lake.

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Overall Rating
9.8
Technical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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Intermediate (Square)
Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
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Sibbald Flats Trail

Easy
1.9 km
92 m
0.5-1h

The Sibbald Flats interpretive trail travels around Sibbald Lake and includes many educational signs. It starts in the central Sibbald Flats Recreation Area, which makes it great for those looking for something quick and easy from a central area.

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Sarrail Ridge Hike via Rawson Lake

Hard
11.5 km
670 m
4-5.5h

The hike to Sarrail Ridge offers some of the most stunning views in the Canadian Rockies, it is truly spectacular. The final push up Sarrail Ridge is also perhaps the steepest hike we share in the Canadian Rockies. The informal route is degraded and challenging, and not one we’d do when icy or wet.

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9.7
Technical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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Advanced (Diamond)
Suitable for advanced experience level looking for a solid adventure.
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Burstall Pass

Moderate
15.5 km
450 m
4-5.5h

The hike to Burstall Pass is an iconic Canmore route for good reason – it's stunning! Although a great trail for intermediates, those with energy can scramble up Snow Peak for one of the best views in the Rockies. And in autumn, the sights of the larches are incredible!

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9.8
Technical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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Intermediate (Square)
Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
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ForgetMeNot Ridge

Hard
24.5 km
944 m
7-9.5h

Great views without a ton of work? Sign me up! This walk up Forget Me Not Mountain gives great views of the surrounding peaks, the elbow river valley, and gravel fields.

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9.8
Technical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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Intermediate (Square)
Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
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Pocaterra Ridge Hike

Hard
12.0 km
985 m
5-7h

This wonderful hike along Pocaterra Ridge is a stunner! A challenging hike, but with spectacular views, we love hiking Pocaterra Ridge in autumn with the beautiful fall colours. Pocaterra Ridge is known as one of the best places to hike among the autumn larch trees in Alberta.

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Overall Rating
9.9
Technical Difficulty
Intermediate (Square)
Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
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Advanced (Diamond)
Suitable for advanced experience level looking for a solid adventure.
Open details for Chester Lake Hike

Chester Lake Hike

Easy
9.3 km
320 m
2.5-3.5h

The Chester Lake hike is a great family route in Canmore, complete with a stunning alpine meadow and glistening lake nestled among towering peaks. The walk is perfect for multiple seasons, whether you come to snowshoe or take a ski tour in winter, or to see the larches change color in autumn. The trail is closed from May to late-June each year to prevent trail damage.

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Overall Rating
9.9
Technical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Physical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.

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