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Awesome Alberta: Picnic at the stunning Upper Kananaskis Lake

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Sahil Morar May 14, 2019 12:00 pm 818

Who’s down for a picturesque picnic?

Check out the stunning Upper Kananaskis Lake; a beautiful man-made lake created for hydroelectric power and irrigation. The lake is almost entirely empty (and covered in snow) until mid-June during spring run-off.

Dip your toes (or your whole body, if you’re feeling daring) in this very cold but extremely rejuvenating lake for a definite afternoon wake up call.

If swimming isn’t your thing, take a hike around the entire lake or choose from eight other trails in the area!

We’d maybe wait a month or three before adventuring out for that picnic, though, because the whole area is still looking a little white after that end-of-April snowfall.

Still, it’s nice to plan ahead!

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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.

 

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Where is it?

Upper Kananaskis Lake is located on the southern end of Banff National Park. Both Upper and Lower Kananaskis Lakes are nestled between Mount Joffre, and Mount Burns.

 

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How do you get there?

Follow 6th Avenue SW and Bow Trail SW to Sarcee Trail SW. From there, you’re going to jump onto Trans-Canada Hwy/AB-1 W and Kananaskis Trail/AB-40 S to Kananaskis Lakes Trail/AB-742 in Kananaskis. Turn right and stay on Kananaskis Lakes Trail/AB-742. 

The full one-way trip should take about two hours.

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Calgary to Upper Kananaskis Lake (MAP)

What’s there?

The best part about Upper Kananaskis Lake is that there’s something for everyone. For the hikers out there, the Kananaskis Lake area is home to some of the best and most scenic hikes in the province. There are ample trails from light walks to steep hikes that will get your blood pumping. The Rawson Lake hike provides spectacular views of  Mount Sarrail overlooking the Kananaskis Lakes.

For those who enjoy the glamping lifestyle, grab your favourite beverage and toast to a wonderful summer ahead with finger sandwiches and watermelon slices! You can book a day full of canoeing and horseback riding when the food runs out.

 

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