I’m referring to the section of park bounded by the Trans-Canada Highway, Rafter Six Ranch Resort, Camp Chief Hector and Stoney trail, north of Barrier Lake. Unlike the popular northern section, it has no public facilities, but it does have a large network of trails. Rafter Six Ranch Resort uses them for trail rides, Camp [...]
Canmore and Bow Valley
On the Canmore Nordic Centre’s summer trail map (price $1.50), one page is devoted to its one and only hiking trail AM, meaning “to alpine meadows.” (The Georgetown interpretive trail seems to have got mixed up among the bike trails.) It is touted as 2.5 km one way with a 250 m height gain from the stadium area and is closed between Dec. 2 and June 25 because of wildlife concerns.
A map showing the canyon route, the canyon bypass and the high trail which has a steep start and even steeper finish down to a campsite. When water levels are reasonable, we prefer the canyon bypass despite a bit of stream hopping.
Describes the Parking lot for Exshaw Creek and the trail along the east bank that doubles in part as a mountain bike trail called Prospector.
Looking for early-season hiking? Try the Yamnuska Natural Area, a nature lovers paradise less than an hours drive from Calgary. In Gill’s opinion, it far exceeds in interest the nearby Bow Valley Provincial Park.
The town of Canmore has produced a double-sided trail map, useful for everyone from first time visitors to long-time residents. The map shows all paved pathways and major gravel/natural surfaced trails throughout the town core and along the flanks of Canmore’s surrounding peaks.
A new mountain bike trail has appeared along the section of McConnell Ridge north of Barrier Lookout. This aesthetically-routed trail makes an excellent loop out of the boring Quaite Valley-Jewell Pass trail.
An excellent, easy 6 km mountain biking trail has been developed between the eastern end of the present Stewart Creek development and Deadman’s Flats. Apart from a short, somewhat boggy section, the tread is very good.
Brief descriptions of the four ways of getting on or off the Highline Trail above Canmore complete with a downloadable topo map.
Describes the new start to Three Sisters Creek from Three Sisters Mountain Village in Canmore. The first section is shared with the Highline trail.