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Kananaskis Country Parks & Gardens

• A WorldWeb.com Travel Guide to Parks & Gardens in Kananaskis Country, Alberta.
BulletElbow River Valley Area
This park area is gateway to the mountains. Starting out in the low country, as one moves west, the altimeter climbs, eventually leading visitors to towering alpine peaks. Wildlife in the area include all the usual suspects: grizzly bears, ground squirrels, and bighorn sheep. There are hundred of kilometres of trails here to tempt even the most daring outdoorsman. Furthermore, for those that enjoy a day in muck, plenty of 4x4 trails are offered.
BulletBluerock Wildland Provincial Park
Bluerock Park envelopes the Sheep Rover Provincial Park. Trails in the wildland park offers opportunities for biking, hiking, and horseback riding. A backcountry permit must be obtained for all overnight stays in Bluerock Park.
BulletBow Corridor Area
This area encompasses the northernmost portion of Kananaskis Country. Its looming peaks, lush meadows, and plethora of evergreens have given hospitality to travellers as far back as 10,000 years ago. There are plenty of trails in the corridor and a few great places to stop for a picnic.
BulletSheep River Provincial Park
This portion of K-Country is home to bighorn sheep, fresh white water rivers, and rolling foothills. There are a few campgrounds to accommodate RVs and those with horses. During the winter season, the Sandy McNabb cross-country skiing trails open up.
BulletBow Valley Provincial Park
World class trout fishing can be found in the Bow Valley Provincial Park where the Bow River and the Kananaskis River intersect. Spectacular mountain views, dozens of trails, and some of the best fishing in the province keep visitors coming back to the Bow Valley Provincial Park year after year.
BulletElbow-Sheep Wildland Provincial Park
The vistas and views of this park are well worth the trip. This park is only available by hiking, on horseback, or by bike. Huge lodgepole pines, majestic spruce forests, and panoramic mountain views are just a few of the attractions drawing visitors to the Elbow-Sheep Wildland Park. Of course, a backcountry permit is required for overnight stays withing the boundaries of the park.
BulletSibbald Areas
This is Kananaskis Country's snowmobiling wonderland. It is home to a variety of wildlife including black bears, moose, elk, deer, and a hurricane of birds of all sorts. Beautiful ridge-tops and vistas are visible nearly anywhere in the area.
BulletPeter Lougheed Provincial Park
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Alberta's largest provincial park, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park offers a variety of activities, from cross-country skiing to camping, and is open year round (camping season is from May to October). Canada's highest drivable mountain pass--Highwood Pass--is situated in the park and various trails afford spectacular vistas of the mountainous landscape. The visitor centre is located on Highway 40.
BulletDon Getty Wildland Provincial Park
This natural setting can only be visited by taking an outing in the backcountry. By hiking, biking, or horseback riding, one can enter the park and witness some of the wildest scenery in Kananaskis Country. For all overnight stays in the park a backcountry pass is required.
BulletBow Valley Wildland Park
The Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park boasts an enormous area of 329 sq km (81,298 acres). The Bow Valley is a natural highway for wolves, cougars, bears, elk, and other wildlife. Hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing are all possibilities within this provincial park.
BulletEvan-Thomas Provincial Recreation Area
Moose, bear, elk, and bighorn sheep are just a few of the critters that inhabit this untouched area of Albertan wilderness. The rainbow and cutthroat trout that swim the streams here make for excellent fishing. Golf is available at the Kananaskis Country Golf Course. Nakiska Ski Resort is even located in Evan-Thomas Park.
BulletSpray Valley Provincial Park
Hike, bike, cross-country ski, or snowshoe through the beautiful Alberta wilderness in this portion of Kananaskis Country. Spray Valley is also packed with unmaintained and back country trails. This park is located just off Highway 40.
BulletHighwood/Cataract Areas
Ecological diversity is the name of the game in this area. From tundra to grassland, this area has it all. Dozens of trails of varying degrees of difficulty can be found here. Hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding is all possible here. Of course, during winter months snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are definitely possibilities as well.
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