Awesome Alberta: Picklejar Lakes is absolutely dill-lightful (PHOTOS)

Aug 28 2020, 10:00 am

COVID-19 still presents a very real and dangerous threat to public health. While much of Alberta’s outdoors have been reopened to visitors, it is recommended to plan ahead, check local restrictions and current public health measures, and avoid any areas that may be too crowded. 

Picklejar Lakes has something for everyone, and it has a LOT for hike-lovers and fishing aficionados.

Not feeling up for the hike? You can always walk around and admire the view that the lakes provide.

If you want to aim higher, walk up the trail to the very top and take in the gorgeous view of mountains, trees, and water. Be careful when taking photos, though! Make sure your footing is secure and that you have some experience walking on these rocky terrains. If you don’t, it’s best to bring along a buddy who does have that experience.

For your own safety, please make sure you are prepared before heading out on your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is available from Albertaparks.ca and AdventureSmart. Parks Canada visitor guidelines are available here. Always remember to leave no trace, pack out what you pack in, stick to designated trails, and refrain from feeding wildlife — and please note that irresponsibly taken selfies (even if they look great for the ‘gram) can be fatal

 

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Where is it?

The Picklejar Lakes area is right in Kananaskis country, sitting in between two provincial parks: Bluerock Wildland and Height of the Rockies.

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How to get there?

It takes a little under two hours to get to Picklejar Lakes from Calgary. All you have to do is head east on 9 Avenue SW toward 3 Street SW S/Barclay Street SW S. Head towards Kananaskis via Highway 541 — which will take up the largest part of the trip.

Those driving from Edmonton will need to make the three-hour trip south to Calgary before following the above instructions.

 

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What’s there?

It’s a four-for-one deal! One trip means that you can view four spectacular lakes. Once you hike all the way to the top, the view makes for some really majestic photo ops. It is a more moderately challenging hike so beginners may find it more difficult.

Wondering why it’s called Picklejar Lakes? Rumour has it that it’s as easy to fish for trout as it is to get a pickle out of a pickle jar.

But there’s no telling how true that is until you try it out for yourself!

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