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    Canoe Meadows Widow Maker Trail

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    4.2 km
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    123 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Canoe Meadows Trail is commonly used as an access point for river surfers and whitewater kayakers; however, it makes for a lovely walking trail. You’ll be walking along the incredible Kananaskis River that sits deep in a canyon, where watersports enthusiasts get their adrenaline fix.

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    Route Description for Canoe Meadows Widow Maker Trail

    From the Canoe Meadows parking area, you will take the obvious southbound trail into the forest and soon come to a large meadow, which is reserved for group camping. Cross the main camping area and re-enter the forest on the other side. Make your way along the trail, and views of the river will soon come into view. Enjoy the colours of the blue water as it rushes downstream. As you hike on, you will be able to spot a wooden viewing platform looking out to a stagnant wave. This is a popular river surfing spot that’s enjoyed by raft groups and kayakers too! Continue on the trail until the turnaround point and head back to the parking area.

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    Getting to the Canoe Meadows Widow Maker Trail Trailhead

    From the junction with the Trans Canada Highway, take Highway 40 southbound for 6.0 km and turn right into Canoe Meadows. Find the trail sign in the parking lot.

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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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