K-Country Info

After a hiatus of three years, Powderface Trail the Road finally opened on May 16.  We and everyone else out inspecting the road can report that it’s in pretty good condition especially the northern half. Occasional soft spots elsewhere will need a bit more ditching and gravelling.

K Country’s Forgotten Trail

The Lac des Arc Waterfowl Viewing Trail is promoted by a sign at a popular pull-out on westbound Trans-Canada Highway. However, the start to the trail has been overlaid by the new guard rail. So visitors new to the trail squeeze through a gap in the guardrail at the garbage bin and then what? With no trail in sight do they go left, [...]

Recently we went back to the lands south of Sandy McNabb, where we’ve been taking advantage of the frozen Sheep River. This time we had foothill 732089 in mind, a big sprawling mass that rises steeply above Coal Creek’s narrow valley and looks pretty good from Mount McNabb’s west summit. We knew the back side of it, the south [...]

Winter Walk Mount McNabb

We went back to the Sheep a few days ago. We decided that, conditions wise,  this was actually the best time to walk up Mount McNabb and make a loop with Price Camp trail because 1. The Sheep River is frozen. 2. Should be able to get onto the top of the first step via  snow-free, [...]

Boulton Creek Re-envisaged

So we started out on Boulton Creek interpretive trail and followed it down to the new bridge over Boulton Creek.  From here we turned left and looked at the re-worked section of the ski trail to the junction with Fox Creek and Moraine. All was good. Plodded up Moraine and down to the bridge again, then turned [...]

Trail Volunteers Honoured

Friends of Kananaskis Country held a volunteer appreciation event last night — pizza, beer and lots of door prizes — to recognize the many volunteers who have helped construct, maintain and re-route trails in Kananaskis Country. Michael Roycroft, a senior manager with Alberta Environment and Parks said the involvement of so many trail enthusiasts has [...]

The 41 trail maps from the back of the five volumes of Kananaskis Country Trail Guides are now available for you to view and download to your computer. These maps show all of the trails that Gillean has recorded in Kananaskis Country—some 435 hikes with 451 options. They are a tremendous resource for anyone going into Kananaskis Country.

Greater Bragg Creek Map App

The Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association has a map app for both Apple and Android covering the Bragg Creek area trail system. Produced by Trailforks,  a trail database website owned by Pinkbike the app includes a map and trail descriptions as well as background information on riding the area. It is primarily aimed at mountain bikers and [...]

Looking for flood stories and photos

Rocky Mountain Books is working with Friends of Kananaskis Country and Alberta Parks to produce a book on the Kananaskis Flood of 2013. It’s mostly a picture book with some text. All royalties will be going to Friends to help finance trail repair. (Still a lot to be done.) Looking for individual stories and pics from people who were out [...]

The Elbow River Watershed Partnership and Sustainable Redwood are hosting a presentation Changing Hydrology and Land Use in the Elbow River Watershed by Dr. Danielle Marceau of the University of Calgary on Tuesday, May 12th, 7-8:30 pm at Redwood House (#1 Manyhorses Drive, Redwood Meadows). This is a free event, but donations at the door will be graciously accepted! For more information [...]

Friends of Kananaskis Country, High Rockies Trail and ESRD are planning an exceptional year of flood and non-flood related trail projects for 2015. Chairman, Derek Ryder, is projecting 45-50 volunteer trail days, 30% more than last year. They are, of course, looking for volunteers. You don’t have to be a pick-axe wielding strongman — volunteers [...]

Friends of Kananaskis Country present Grizzly Bear Research in Kananaskis Country and Alberta: A Two-Part Talk by John Paczkowski and Gordon Stenhouse. Wednesday March 11, 2015 | 7:00 pm | UofC (Science Theatre) ST 135, 527 Campus Place NW Part 1: Research, conservation and management of grizzly bears in Kananaskis Country – John Paczkowski The [...]

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