Memorial Lakes Hike

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Very Hard
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18.2 km
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805 m
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Directions to Trailhead

The trail to Memorial Lakes begins in the central Kananaskis Village area, following the Ribbon Creek trail before branching off on its own. The route can be tricky at times due to flood damage and maintenance; however, it is worth it. The three lakes are spread out, making the last segment of the trail much more exciting than the lead up to the lakes.

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Route Description for Memorial Lakes Hike

The Memorial Lakes Hike starts from the Ribbon Creek day-use area. From here, follow the Ribbon Creek trail or the Kovach Trail for the first 4.0 km. Follow cairns leading to the right at the second Ribbon Creek junction, 4.0 km into your hike. The trail wraps around Ribbon Peak following Ribbon Creek as it climbs up to the first Memorial Lake.

The lakes are located at kilometres 7.5, 8.2, and 9, respectively. In order to make it to the third and highest lake, be sure to save this for early to mid summer when the snow has melted.

Getting to the Memorial Lakes Hike Trailhead

Take the exit to Highway 40 from the Trans Canada Highway and follow this for 22.0 km before turning right into Kananaskis Village on Mount Allan Drive. Turn left onto Centennial, and right onto Ribbon Creek Drive. Park at the day-use area.

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  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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