Panorama from Rummel Ridge snowshoeing trail in Kananaskis near Canmore
Rummel Ridge snowshoeing trail in Kananaskis near Canmore

Snowshoe Trails in Kananaskis Country

Region in Alberta, Canada
Kananaskis Country Snowshoeing Map

The best snowshoes in Kananaskis Country take you to stunning frozen lakes, along beautiful valleys and up ridges, with the beautiful Canadian Rockies below. These trails cover snowshoe routes along Highway 40 (Kananaskis Trail) and Highway 742 (the Smith-Dorrien), as well as around Kananaskis Lakes.

THE TOP 10 SNOWSHOES AROUND KANANASKIS TRAIL, ALBERTA

  1. Rummel Ridge (4.3mi, 2231ft, 4-6h): The Snowshoe trip to Rummel Ridge is a relatively safe and easy ascent to an incredible viewpoint above Rummel Lake. The in-your-face view of Mount Galatea and those of massive peaks across the valley compete for your attention.
  2. Commonwealth Ridge (4.3mi, 1804ft, 3-6h): Snowshoeing up Commonwealth Ridge is no easy feat, but you will be rewarded with an up-close view of spectacular Mount Smuts and The Fist. The wonderful cornice scenery on the upper slope make Commonwealth Ridge an exciting snowshoe outing.
  3. Chester Lake (5.5mi, 1148ft, 3-5h): Snowshoeing to Chester Lake is one of the most popular Snowshoe routes in Kananaskis. The spectacular view of Mount Chester rising above the meadows surrounding Chester Lake justify this trip as the most popular snowshoe trail in Kananaskis.
  4. Rummel Lake (7.8mi, 1263ft, 3-5h): Snowshoeing to Rummel Lake brings you to some wonderful views in the Kananaskis Range. Mount Galatea, the highest in the area, towers over Rummel Lake while awesome snow scenery and views of peaks in the Spray Valley keep the ascent interesting.
  5. Little Lougheed (3.4mi, 1575ft, 3-6h): The snowshoe up to Little Lougheed offers a perfect vantage point to view the spectacular Spray Lake and the snowy peaks surrounding it. An entertaining maze of boulders on the ascent and the challenging avalanche terrain turns this shorter route into a challenging and interesting day out!
  6. Rawson Lake (4.2mi, 984ft, 4-5h): Enjoy snowshoeing through giant pine forest as you gain steadily towards Rawson Lake. This picturesque lake is stunning in all four seasons, and will surely leave you in awe. Follow the lakeshore around to the left to catch a glimpse of Sarrail Ridge above and the surrounding peaks that tower over the lake.
  7. Troll Falls + Hay Meadows (2.3mi, 164ft, 2h): This easy trail winds around Kananaskis Village and passes by the impressive frozen Troll Falls. This trail is great for all abilities.
  8. Lillian Lake (8.1mi, 1591ft, 3.5-5h): This pleasant trail takes you from the Galatea parking lot to Lillian Lake. Unfortunately, the trails above Lillian Lake go into prime avalanche territory, so you need to stop here.
  9. Burstall Lakes (4.8mi, 492ft, 3-4h): Snowshoe along the summer hiking trail for Burstall Pass and enjoy travelling through dense forest as you make your way to the incredible lakes. Enjoy grand views of Mount Robertson and its impressive glacier from the meadows.
  10. Hogarth Lakes (2.6mi, 148ft, 2h): Cross the edge of Mud Lake en route to the small Hogarth Lakes as you snowshoe this moderate loop. Combine with Burstall Lakes trail for an accomplished day!
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The best Snowshoe Trails in Kananaskis Country

Rummel Ridge snowshoeing trail in Kananaskis near Canmore

01. Rummel Ridge
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4.3mi 2,231ft 4-6h

The Snowshoe trip to Rummel Ridge is a relatively safe and easy ascent to an… Read More

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Scenery from Commonwealth Ridge snowshoeing trail in Kananaskis near Canmore

02. Commonwealth Ridge
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4.3mi 1,804ft 3-6h

Snowshoeing up Commonwealth Ridge is no easy feat, but you will be rewarded with an… Read More

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Scenery from Chester Lake snowshoeing trail in Kananaskis near Canmore

03. Chester Lake
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4.3mi 984ft 3-5h

Snowshoeing to Chester Lake is one of the most popular Snowshoe routes in Kananaskis. The… Read More

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Rummel Lake snowshoeing trail in Kananaskis looks amazing on winter

04. Rummel Lake
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6.5mi 1,263ft 4-6h

Snowshoeing to Rummel Lake brings you to some wonderful viewpoints in the Kananaskis Range. Mount… Read More

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Little Lougheed snowshoeing trail in Kananaskis near Canmore

05. Little Lougheed
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3.4mi 2,559ft 3-6h

The snowshoe up to Little Lougheed offers a perfect vantage point to view the spectacular… Read More

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Scenery from Rawson Lake snowshoeing trail in Kananaskis near Canmore

06. Rawson Lake
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4.5mi 984ft 2-3h

Snowshoeing to Rawson Lake is a Kananaskis Classic! Enjoy this trail as it goes along… Read More

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Scenery from Troll falls snowshoeing trail in Kananaskis near Canmore

07. Troll Falls + Hay Meadows
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2.3mi 164ft 1-2h

Snowshoeing to Troll Falls is a classic family outing in Kananaskis. This easy trail is… Read More

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Scenery of Lillian Lake snowshoeing trail in Kananaskis near Canmore

08. Galatea Creek and Lillian Lake
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8.1mi 1,591ft 3.5-5h

The snowshoe to Lillian Lake gets you into some very pretty country. Be aware to… Read More

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Scenery from the Burstall Lakes snowshoeing trail in Kananaskis near Canmore

09. Burstall Lakes
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4.8mi 492ft 1.5-2.5h

Snowshoe along the summer hiking trail for Burstall Pass and enjoy travelling through dense forest… Read More

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Scenery of Hogarth Lakes snowshoe trail in Kananaskis near Canmore

10. Hogarth Lakes
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2.6mi 148ft 1-2h

Hogarth Lake is a nice, easy snowshoe, perfect for a family. With nice views and… Read More

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