Watridge Lake

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8.2 km
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194 m
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Directions to Trailhead

Hiking to Watridge Lake is a great way to spend a few hours in Kananaskis. The wide, well-maintained trail to the lake is accessible to all abilities and makes for a quiet stroll through the woods. The trail is easy to follow and leads directly to the lake, which is the turnaround point.

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Route Description for Watridge Lake

Starting in the parking lot, follow the clear signs to Watridge Lake trail. Follow this wide open trail that leads you all the way to the lake. You will pass some junctions along the way that you can ignore, remaining on the straightforward trail. Don’t worry, there are plenty of signs. Once you reach the lake, take some time to enjoy the scenery before turning back.

Getting to the Watridge Lake Trailhead

From the town of Canmore, make your way to the Nordic Centre and Join the Spray Lakes Road. Travel 35.0 km on this road to Mount Engadine Lodge and turn right. Follow signs for Mount Shark and continue beyond the helipad to the main parking area.

Route Information

  • When to do


  • Backcountry Campsites


  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


  • Route Signage


  • Crowd Levels


  • Route Type

    Out and back

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