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Top 5 Spring Things to Do In Kananaskis With Your Family

by Karen Ung
Spring is a wonderful time to visit Kananaskis. The peaks are snowcapped and stunning against blue skies and the longer days mean more exploring! If adventuring with kids, stick to lower elevation trails so you won’t have to posthole (i.e. sink in to deep snow) and seek out south facing slopes as these dry out quickest. Paved bike trails also melt quickly, but expect snow patches in the shade until late April.

1. Bike the beautiful paved Bill Milne Trail from Kovach Pond Day Use/Ribbon Creek* to Wedge Pond (18 km return, mostly flat). This trail easily rivals the Legacy Trail and sees far less traffic. If you need a pick-me-up along the way, Mount Kidd Campground has ice cream and a concession. Check park advisories before you go as there have been several closures this spring. An early season alternative is the Bow Valley paved biked trail.

**Note: Kovach Pond Day Use opens April 29th each year. Prior to that, or if the parking lot is full, park at Ribbon Creek.**

Bill Milne Trail, Kananaskis Valley

2. Hike Troll Falls and Hay Meadow. Get a bite to eat in Kananaskis Village after! We like the authentic Japanese beef bowls at Moose Family Kitchen (next to Kananaskis Outfitters) and the Fireweed Grill at Delta Kananaskis Lodge.

Hay Meadow, Kananaskis Valley

3. Bike the Peter Lougheed Bike Trail. This paved and rolly trail connects the Peter Lougheed Provincial Park campgrounds and lakeside picnic areas. Stop at Boulton Creek Trading Post for an ice cream! Usually snow free from May onwards.

Lower Kananaskis Lake, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

4. Go fishing!
Several ponds including Mount Lorette Ponds and Grotto Pond have been stocked. For more information, please see the Stocking Report and Alberta Fishing Regulations.
Mount Lorette Ponds, Kananaskis Valley

5. Take a hike in Bow Valley Provincial Park! Flowing Water Trail, Many Springs, and Heart Creek are short and easy hikes perfect for little hikers.

Flowing Water Trail, Bow Valley Provincial Park

Grassi LakesWest Wind Pass and Black Prince Cirque are great higher elevation options once most of the snow has melted. Grassi and West Wind Pass have been dry for a while, but Black Prince still has snow patches near the top. Note that Rawson Lake has deep snow & Highway 40 is closed until June 15.Hike Finding Tool: For more great hikes in Kananaskis, check out the Dafferns’ Trailfinder page. There you can sort hikes by difficulty and region (which part of Kananaskis). It’s an amazing resource! For complete trail details see Gillean Daffern’s Kananaskis Country Trail Guides.
Black Prince Cirque, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
West Wind Pass, Spray Valley Provincial Park
Chiniki Village is a great stop on the way home with a restaurant and well stocked convenience store.

Feel free to share photos of your adventures with me on Facebook or Twitter. I love seeing what other outdoor families are up to!

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Playoutsidegal May 31, 2016 - 3:17 PM

You're welcome, Jacqueline! Have fun!! Hopefully we can go somewhere together one of these days. 🙂

Jacqueline Hayes May 21, 2016 - 2:38 AM

Thanks for these tips! We'll use these suggestions for sure over the next few months since we can only do day trips

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