Finally Made It To the Mountains – Hiking and Camping at Kananaskis Lakes

I can’t believe it took us until the middle of July but we finally made it out to the mountains this weekend! We headed out Saturday morning and were still able to grab camping spots at our favourite walk-sites at the Lower Lake Campground in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. The campsites were the furthest ones from the car, but worth the walk to have lake-side camping without anyone else around. I’d rather see this than the side of someone’s trailer:

After we set up our tents we trekked back to the car and drove the few minutes to the North Interlakes Day Use Area. We’d planned on hiking Mnt. Indefatigable again, but they have (new?) signage up asking people to stay off the trail so instead we just kept going around Upper Kananaskis Lake. We’ve done the hike before, but it’s pretty and great for the dogs since they can almost always get into the water.

It’s certainly not the most challenging hike (you don’t really have to climb anything) but at 15 km in length it is enough exercise for an afternoon. We hiked the loop counter-clockwise (heading north) which I think get’s you to the nicest part of the hike right away:

The trail through the rock slide gives you a nice open view of the lake and the surrounding mountains but was super hot on Saturday!

We stopped just before the campground to have lunch and enjoy the views before the trail enters the forest again. The dogs enjoyed a swim in the lake to cool down. I usually like to eat after the halfway point of a hike but we’d started so late that we were all starving.

I find the western and southern parts of the loop a little boring (it’s mostly in the trees) but I really like the eastern portion between Upper Lakes and North Interlakes parking lots. You get great views of the mountains again, and I think the driftwood is so interesting.

After the hike we went back to our lovely lakeside campsites where the dogs and I braved the cold water and went for a pre-dinner swim. We ate sausage roasted over the fire and Saskatoon berry pie irons. The dog slept until 7 am, we were packed up and home by noon and had the whole afternoon to unpack. It was the perfect camping trip!

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