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Hiking & Biking

With hundreds of kilometres of hiking & biking trails ranging from valley bottom strolls to view tumbling waterfalls to high alpine full-day ridge rides, Canmore Kananaskis is a hiker & biker's nirvana. Jewel-toned turquoise glacier-fed lakes, remote alpine meadows carpeted in wildflowers and exquisite Rocky Mountain formations and towering jagged peaks, you’ll be planning a lifetime of trips.

Hiking is a potentially dangerous activity and can potentially result in injury or death. The hike descriptions contained the Tourism Canmore Kananaskis website are a community resource intended to help plan outings, but individuals using this resource are wholly responsible for anticipating potential hazards and evaluating their physical ability to follow a particular hike description. Take emergency equipment, a map, bear spray and do not take on a trail beyond your abilities. You are responsible for your own safety.

Helpful Resources

Wilderness First Aid Course
Trail Reports
What to Bring on a Hike
Wildsmart - Living with Bears, Cougars, and Wildlife in the Bow Valley

Sport Rentals

Gear It Up Mountain Sports and Rentals
Sports Experts
Trail Sports
Kananaskis Outfitters

Recommended Hikes

Grassi LakesGrassi Lakes Hike
Level: Moderate
Distance: 3.8 kms round-trip (1.5 hours - 2 hours)
Elevation Change: 250 m

The perfect family hike! The trail winds past a waterfall where it eventually leads you to two majestic turquoise lakes. You can't miss the panoramic views of Canmore that surround you every step of the hike. Trailhead begins on Spray Lakes Road, just 2 kms past the Nordic Centre on the left, down a hill.

Grotto Canyon
Level: Easy - Moderate

Distance: 6 km round-trip , 1.5-2 hours
Elevation Change: 50m

Grotto Canyon is another great hike the whole family can enjoy. The narrow-walled creek bed snakes its way towards a fork in the road; heading right will take you to a sparkling waterfall, continuing straight will lead you to hoodoos and a cave. Access the trailhead at the Grotto Lake parking lot 12 kms from Canmore on the 1A highway past the Baymag plant #2. The Creekbed is approximately 1 kilometre from the parking lot.

Ha-Ling Peak
Level: Moderate-Advanced, Scramble
Distance: 5.6 km roun-trip, 3-4 hours
Elevation Change: 700 m

Ha-Ling starts by winding through beautiful lodgepole pine and spruce forests, then opens up for the final ascent of scree and shale. The hike is short and steep but well worth the effort; the view from the top sweeps the Bow Valley and takes your breath away. To find the trailhead: follow the Smith Dorrien Highway / Spray Lakes Rd 10 kms past the Canmore Nordic Centre and begins across the road from the Goat Creek parking lot.

Lady MacDonald
Level: Moderate-Advanced
Distance: 6 km, 6.5-7.5 hours
Elevation Change: 1200 m

A challenging uphill climb. Begin at the Cougar Creek Parking lot and follow the creek for 10 minutes until you reach a trail that branches to the left, up into the woods. Take this trail to the summit. To find the trailhead: follow Benchlands Trail and turn right at Elk Run Blvd. Take your first left into the Cougar Creek Parking Lot.

Chester Lake
Level: Moderate
Distance: 10.2 km, 4 hours
Elevation Change: 310 m

Hikers, cross country skiers and snowshoers unite! Chester Lake is a year-round trail that meanders through forests and meadows leading to the emerald waters of Chester Lake itself. To find the trailhead: follow the Smith Dorrien Highway / Spray Lakes Rd 37 kms past the Canmore Nordic Centre, and 2 kilometres past the Mt. Shark Turnoff.


Recommended Rides

Highline Trail
Level: Moderate-Advanced
Distance: 7.5 km, 2 hours
Elevation Change: 300 m

A difficult and challenging ride, and a local favourite. Nestled in the slopes of Mt. Lawrence Grassi, Highline Trail travels from Quarry Lake Park to Three Sisters Village (with an optional early finish in Peaks of Grassi) There are actually four trailheads for the Highline Trail- Riders of Rohan entrance, West connector, East Connector and Three Sisters Entrance.  The trail is well marked with blue trail markers. The climb up is worth it and you will be rewarded with a technical descent and spectacular views of the valley.


Montane Traverse
Level: Moderate-Advanced
Distance: 7.5 km, 2 hours
Elevation Change: 250 m

Beginning at the Cougar Creek Parking lot, this trail rises up above SilverTip Golf Course and continues to Harvie Heights. Enjoy incredible views of the Bow Valley, Mount Rundle, and the Three Sisters. This trail involves some steep climbs. To find the trailhead: follow Benchlands Trail and turn right at Elk Run Blvd. Take your first left into the Cougar Creek Parking Lot. http://www.bikepirate.com/x-country-trails/montane-traverse/

Level: Moderate-Advanced
Distance: 9 km, 1.5-2 hours
Elevation Gain/Loss: 332m/334m

The Horseshoe Loop and G8 Loop are an intermediate cross-country ride; they are rooty in sections, with a few steep climbs. Both trails are single-track with a few small features thrown in for good measure. The two loops combined take less than two hours to ride, which make them the ideal choice for an after-work spin. Expect some great views of the surrounding mountains and the valley below once you pop out of the trees on the G8 Loop.
Read more:  http://www.bikepirate.com/x-country-trails/horseshoe-and-g8-loops/

Nordic Centre
Level: Beginner to Advanced

With a network of more than 100 kilometres of trails, the Canmore Nordic Centre offers some of the best mountain biking in the Canadian Rockies. Options range for every level of skill and interest, from wide dirt roads for leisurely rides to scenic lookouts to narrower cross-country trails on rolling terrain. And for the gnarly singletrack rider, test your talents on steep and tight turns winding through fragrant spruce forest. Technical riders can hone their proficiency on the dirt jumps, bridges, drops, skinnies and wall ride at the Mountain Bike Skills Park. Trail maps can be found in the daylodge, a true favorite is EKG which can be ridden in either direction, the different combinations are endless for linking trails together.


Goat Creek Trail
Level: Moderate
Distance: 19 kms, 1-3 hours one-way
Elevation Change: -300m

A scenic, and mostly-downhill ride on the west-side of Mount Rundle. Cross mountain streams, navigate gravel and dirt trails, and experience some moderate technical riding on the way to the Banff Springs Hotel. The Trail concludes at the Banff Springs Golf Course. Leave a vehicle near the Hotel and the trailhead and drive back to Canmore, or use the Legacy Trail along the TransCanada Highway. To find the trailhead: follow the Smith Dorrien Highway / Spray Lakes Rd 10 kms past the Canmore Nordic Centre and turn right at the Goat Creek parking lot next to the Ha Ling Trailhead. http://www.bikepirate.com/x-country-trails/goat-creek/

Mount Shark Mountain Bike Trails
Level: Beginnger
Distance: 11 km loop, 1-2 hours
Elevation Change: 100m

A great family bike ride exploring beautiful Kananaskis and Mount Shark. Follow thawed cross-country ski trails through grassy hills and gravel trails. To find the trailhead: follow the Smith Dorrien Highway / Spray Lakes Rd 35 kms past the Canmore Nordic Centre and turn right on Mt. Shark Road. Pass Mount Engadine Lodge and continue to the parking lot. When you're finished your ride, stop in at Mount Engadine for Afternoon Tea and snacks (3-5pm).