Discover the natural beauty of Kananaskis Country this summer with our top recommendations for hiking trails, lakes to visit, and outdoor activities.
What you can expect.
As the new owners of Sundance, we are extremely thrilled to welcome guests this coming season and for future seasons to come. We are also looking forward to implementing several upgraded features, amenities, facilities and activities as we are committed to enhancing your summertime experience. Starting in 2023, we will be upgrading our accommodations, including new tipis, improved beds and linens, upgraded facilities and food and beverage offerings, with pre-packaged meals provided by Rhythm & Howl. We are also working closely with several local businesses to provide partnerships and exclusive deals for Sundance guests. This includes discounts at Boundary Ranch, Kananaskis Golf Course, Kananaskis Outfitters and more on the way. More info on those partnerships soon.
Over the coming seasons, we will be adding new amenities such as wood burning hot tubs, saunas and outdoor showers. We believe these improvements will offer our guests a truly unique mountain experience set against the unparalleled natural beauty and adventure of Kananaskis Country.
Top 6 Hikes to Do in Kananaskis Country this Summer
Now let’s dive into the top 6 Hikes in Kananaskis Country:
1. Grizzly Peak Trail - 5.8km (3.6miles), 891m (2923ft), Out & Back
This is a popular and technical hike in the Kananaskis Valley, offering stunning scenic views of Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. To access the trailhead, simply park your car on the side of the highway at the intersection of Highway 40 and Ripple Rock Creek, as there is no formal parking lot.
The trail is steep and requires some minor scrambling, with loose dirt and rocks along the way. But the challenging ascent is well worth it when you reach the summit and are rewarded with panoramic views of Mount Evan Thomas, Opal Ridge, Grizzly Creek, and the Kananaskis valley stretching all the way to upper Kananaskis Lake. Make sure to take a stroll along the ridge for the best views!
For more detailed information on the Grizzly Peak Trail, check out AllTrails. Don't forget to bring plenty of water, sturdy shoes, and a sense of adventure for this exhilarating hike.
Ptarmigan Cirque is a stunning 3.4-km loop trail near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta that is considered to be moderately challenging. The trail takes an average of 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete, and it's a popular area for hiking and running, so you're likely to encounter other people while exploring. The trail takes you through a beautiful alpine meadow filled with wildflowers, and it provides breathtaking views of Mount Rae, Mount Arethusa, and the Kananaskis Range. Don't forget to bring your camera to capture the stunning vistas along the way!
For more information and to other hikers' reviews, head to AllTrails.
3. Rawson Lake - 6.8km (4.23miles), 526m (1726ft), Out & Back
Rawson Lake trail is a stunning hike that takes you through a beautiful mossy green forest with a decent amount of incline. The trail is relatively short compared to many other hikes in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, leading up to the picturesque Rawson Lake. During the warmer months, the trail is generally clear and dry until about halfway up, where you may encounter mud, ice, and patches of snow. It's important to come prepared with appropriate hiking gear and be mindful of changing weather conditions. This popular trail is well-maintained and offers beautiful views of the surrounding mountain ranges.
4. Upper Kananaskis Lake - 15.6km (9.7miles), 478m (1568ft), Loop
The Upper Kananaskis Lake Trail is a picturesque and adventurous day hike that offers stunning views of the Canadian Rockies. This 17-kilometre loop trail is best hiked in a counter-clockwise direction, starting with the most scenic part of the trail. Along the way, you'll pass through the Interlakes area, which is known for its rocky terrain. If you prefer a smoother trail, you can turn around after 4 kilometres.
The last 6 kilometres of the trail are covered by a dense forest, which provides a cool and shaded environment even on hot summer days. As the area is home to grizzly bears, it's important to make noise while hiking and bring bear bells, whistles, and bear spray. Moose are also commonly seen in this area, and while they are generally less agitated by human activity, they should still be approached with caution.
5. Mount Allan - 17.1km (10.63mile), 1450m(4757ft), Out & Back
Mount Allan is a challenging hike with stunning views from the summit. The trail is not very technical for experienced hikers and is suitable for trail running, but be prepared for numerous false summits. Hikers recommend bringing poles, ample water and food, good hiking shoes, and a windbreaker. The first hour follows nice trails in the trees and prepares hikers for the grind ahead. The more alpine meadows are an incredible carpet of colour and shapes with amazing wildflowers. At the Olympic Summit, the trail becomes more difficult for 2.5 kilometres before flattening out to a more reasonable slope. The Rock Garden is a sight to behold, and the final ascent to the summit is worth it for the 360° views of the Lougheed Range, Wind Mountain, and Mount Collembola.
6. Ribbon Creek - 5.6km (3.5miles), 226m (741ft), Loop
Ribbon Creek is an easier loop option with a mix of shade and sunshine, and a lovely walk in the woods. The second half is especially interesting, as hikers will be walking along the creek with lots of water access points and scenic views. The clockwise route is a steady uphill hike for more than two kilometers at the start, while the counter-clockwise route is easier. Be aware of black bears in the area, especially during summer hikes. The trail has some muddy spots, so waterproof footwear is recommended.
Kananaskis Country offers some of the most stunning natural beauty and scenic hikes in the Canadian Rockies. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or just starting out, there's a trail that will suit your needs and provide a memorable experience. And after a day of exploring, what better way to relax and recharge than at Sundance By Basecamp? So start planning your trip today and get ready for an unforgettable adventure in this breathtaking location!
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