Lower Kananaskis Lake Trail

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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2-2.5h
Distance
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6.6 km
Elevation
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246 m
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Directions to Trailhead

The Lower Kananaskis Lake trail follows the lakeshore between William Watson Lodge and Canyon Creek campground. The trail has educational interpretive signs along the way and maintains a gentle grade that allows hikers to admire the surrounding peaks.

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Route Description for Lower Kananaskis Lake Trail

From the parking near William Watson Lodge, walk to the lakeshore and stay right, joining the William Watson Lodge Lakeshore trail. This becomes the Lower Kananaskis Lake interpretive trail and leads to the Canyon Creek Campground. This is a gentle trail with great educational opportunities and stunning views.

Getting to the Lower Kananaskis Lake Trail Trailhead

From Highway 40 at the junction with the Trans Canada Highway, travel southbound on Highway 40 for 40.0 km before turning right onto Kananaskis Lakes trail. Stay on this road for roughly 6.5 km before turning right following signs for William Watson Lodge. Park close to the lakeshore and follow signs for the William Watson Lodge Lakeshore Trail.

Route Information

  • When to do

    May-October

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    High

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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