Top Snowshoe and Winter Hiking Trails in Canmore and Kananaskis
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- Tourism Canmore Kananaskis - October 31, 2023
Winter in Canmore and Kananaskis is not merely a season; it is a spectacle. Snow blankets our majestic mountain peaks and serene landscapes provide a fresh perspective on the unfiltered beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Discover the quiet alpine wonderland with the best winter hiking trails and snowshoeing spots this region has to offer.
One of the most popular winter hiking trails in Kananaskis is Chester Lake. This 9.2 km (5.7 mi) hike takes you through a forested trail and leads you into a vast clearing with stunning views of Mount Chester. For an enriching twist on a classic adventure, Heather Black, also known as Buffalo Stone Woman, offers unique Indige-scape tours so you can infuse your winter hiking experience with authentic Indigenous culture. Learn about the Blackfoot language and traditions on your journey as Heather shares the beauty of her Indigenous culture and stories of resilience.
At 6.8 km (4.2 mi), Rawson Lake is a moderate trail for those looking for a winter hike in Kananaskis. Starting at Upper Kananaskis Lake, this top-rated trail traverses through frosty woodlands and ends at a tranquil lake surrounded by snowy mountain peaks. The best way to hike Rawson Lake is through a curated tour with Canadian Rockies Experience. Guides will pick you up from your accommodation armed with an array of hot beverages and local pastries. With equipment and lunch also provided, all that’s left is for you to truly immerse yourself in the mountain vistas.
Kananaskis Outfitters has expert guides who can lead you on a laid-back trek through the Spray Valley where you will discover hidden gems and best vistas. Traverse the dense snow as your guide unfolds the rich tapestry of Kananaskis Country’s history and reveals how its diverse inhabitants weather the winter season.
If you’re looking to venture out without a guide, pick up some rental gear and try one of these top-rated snowshoe trails in Canmore and Kananaskis:
Hogarth Lakes: This gentle 4.2 km (2.6 mi) circuit skirts along several alpine lakes. This soft terrain is a must-do for families and beginners!
Black Prince Cirque/Warspite Lake: Located in the Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, this 4.3 km (2.7 mi) return trail takes you to a frozen lake surrounded by snow-covered peaks. It offers a moderate level of difficulty and is a good option for those looking for a bit of a challenge.
Shark Lake Trail: A longer option, this 14 km (8.7 mi) return trail traverses through the woods and skirts the edge of Shark Lake. It provides a steady, consistent route ideal for those wanting a longer trek without significant elevation changes.
Watridge Lake: Suitable for families and beginners, this 8 km (5 mi) trail starts in the Mount Shark parking lot and leads to Watridge Lake. It is a multi-use path known for its clear markers and straightforward route – you will likely see lots of cross-country skiers here as well.
Gear up and get out
Before your outing, get fully equipped with snowshoes and/or ice cleats and make sure you are properly dressed for whatever weather conditions might come your way. If you need to rent or buy any additional gear, check out Sports Garage, Sports Experts, GearUp Mountain Sport and Rentals, or Kananaskis Outfitters.