Kananaskis Country, near Calgary, is fantastic to explore in winter, especially on snowshoes. Often accessed via Canmore, the Kananaskis Country has a wide range of snowshoe trails, from easy, family-friendly beginner trails to epic, full-day routes for experienced snowshoers.
The best snowshoeing trails in Kananaskis are accessed by either the Smith-Dorrien Trail or Highway 40. Expect great snowshoe trails that take you past frozen lakes and to beautiful mountain viewpoints on our Top 10 snowshoe trails in Kananaskis Country.
(7.0km, 680m, 4-6h)
The ascent to Rummel Ridge is a gradual worthwhile trail in the Kananaskis. The views from the summit are spectacular, with Mount Galatea right in front of you, and many colossal peaks of the Rockies in the distance. When you break out of the tree line you can see the Spray Lakes behind you.
(6.9km, 550m, 3-6h)
If you are looking for some spectacular mountain scenery then snowshoeing up to Commonwealth Ridge is a good choice. Even before you leave the tree line, you get an amazing view of The Fist and the scenery at the top is also worth the effort. The trip is very exciting because there is never a dull moment.
(5.5km, 480m, 3-6h)
If you are looking for a shorter snowshoeing trip, then the ascent to Little Lougheed is a good one. It has several rock formations along the way that are worth seeing and, of course, the view of Spray Lake and its surrounding mountains is outstanding. The trail is challenging, though short, and is a good snowshoe trail for beginners.
(6.8km, 300m, 4-5h)
The snowshoe trail to Rawson Lake travels through thick pine forests and ends at this frozen mountain lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains. The huge granite wall called Mount Sarrail surrounds part of the lake is impressive beyond belief, and lookers right is the popular summer Sarrail Ridge hike, which is a no-go in winter due to avalanches. It’s easy to see why this is one of the most popular snowshoe trails in Kananaskis.
(3.7km, 50m, 2h)
Almost like a casual stroll, this is a very popular family trail. You can usually do this trail in hiking boots unless it’s snowed recently. You will see Troll Falls frozen, which is really a magical sight, then continue on to the pretty Hay Meadow and views over Kananaskis River. This is one of the best snowshoe trails in Kananaskis for the whole family.
(13.0km, 485m, 3.5-5h)
Another great snowshoe trail in Kananaskis is trail up Galatea Creek to Lillian Lake. The closer you get to the lake, the deeper the snow gets. Lillian Lake is the destination for this short snowshoeing adventure because any further takes you into prime avalanche territory.
(7.8km, 150m, 3-4h)
Mount Burstall is in the background for this easy adventure, another one of the best snowshoe trails in Kananaskis. The path follows the same trail summer hikers take to Burstall Pass. There is dense forest along the way and you are rewarded with a view of the frozen Burstall Lakes. You will also see the majestic peak of Mount Robertson and have a chance to see its glacier.