This four-day trip travels through Peter Lougheed Park in Kananaskis country, jaunts into British Columbia for part of a day and then back into Alberta! You’ll get to camp in the alpine, visit two amazing mountain passes of South and North Kananaskis and take a day hike to get up close to a glacier, Haig Glacier.
This hiking trip is rated as moderate. We will be carrying four days of food with us, but we’ll stay at the same campsite for two nights, minimizing the weight we need to carry for the whole trip. Each person will be carrying a share of the group equipment and food, with pack weights up to 40 lbs, depending on how lightweight you can pack. You will need to be fit enough to carry a backpack for multiple days in hilly terrain.
We will be staying in lightweight backpacking tents and in established Kananaskis backcountry campgrounds. Each campsite is equipped with outhouses and food storage facilities. You are responsible for supplying your own tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad, however, we will arrange for rentals on your behalf if you require, extra charge will apply.
Meals will be lightweight backpacking dried food, although we will have some fresh food earlier in the trip. Each day will consist of three nutritious and tasty meals and some snacks to keep us fueled throughout the day.
We meet in Canmore the evening before the trip start date to sign waivers, discuss the logistics and to ensure everybody has appropriate equipment for the trip.
On day one, we drive to the trailhead at upper Kananaskis Lakes about 1.5 hours from Canmore. From there we will hike along a beautiful alpine creek, up a short headwall with spectacular views to Three Isle Lake. The distance is 11 km, elevation at 525 meters up.
Day two will see us go from Three Isle Lake and we’ll head up and over South Kananaskis Pass and down to Beatty Lake. We’ll continue down Beatty Creek and then wrap around to Leroy creek and up to North Kananaskis Pass and the exquisite Maude Lake. From there, we’ll head downhill to our campsite at scenic Turbine Canyon. The distance is 14.2 km with an elevation of 750 meters up, 650 meters down.
On day three, we’ll stay at Turbine Canyon for a second night, enjoying some scenic day hiking. We’ll take a day trip up to view the Haig Glacier, which is an important climate and glacier study site, as well as a high altitude training location for cross-country skiers during the summer months, six km return. There are several other locations we can explore as well, or possibly return to Maude Lake for an afternoon of relaxing by the water.
On our final day, we’ll pack up and head down past the lovely Lawson Lake. We’ll pass by the Forks and continue out to our starting point at upper Kananaskis Lakes. The distance is 15 km with an elevation of 500 meters down.