Ensure you are prepared for rapid weather changes, wildlife
encounters, equipment breakdowns and accidents. For more
- Extreme caution is recommended for boaters on larger
water bodies in Kananaskis Country. The prevalence
of floating logs and stumps dislodged by fluctuating water levels
make it hazardous.
- These lakes are subject to rapid weather changes and high
winds. Canoes are not recommended on these
- The lake waters are glacier fed and extremely
cold. Water sports such as water skiing are not
- Boats can be trailer launched on
- Hand launching can be done on all water bodies large enough for
the water craft
Kayaking, Canoeing & Rafting
- Only experienced paddlers should attempt to use the area's cold
water streams and lakes. Professional guides can help you
explore this aspect of Kananaskis Country.
- The Highwood River is renowned for
whitewater canoeing and kayaking during spring runoff.
It is recommended for EXPERT paddlers only.
- Kayaks, canoes and rafts are popular on the Kanananskis
River between the Widow Maker Day Use Area and Seebe Dam
area. This reach of the Kananaskis River is NOT for
- The Kanananskis River is often closed for
competitions or due to low water levels.
- Fishing is
allowed in many places in Kananaskis Country. Check Alberta Guide to Sportfishing Regulations for
- Alberta residents between 16 and 65 years must have an Alberta
angling licence to fish. All non-residents must obtain an
Alberta angling licence.
- Fish are stocked in the ponds at McLean Creek and Allen
Bill. Fishing in the Elbow River and its tributaries is also
- You can find a variety of sport fish here - rainbow, brown,
brook, cutthroat, bull and lake trout, Arctic grayling, and
northern Dolly Varden.
Kananaskis Country offers you thousands of kilometres of hiking
- Hunting is
allowed in some areas of Kananaskis Country.
- For detailed info on where hunting is permitted, check our hunting section.
- There are a variety of biking trails throughout Kananaskis
County for cross-country and downhill mountain biking.
- Our trail
section indicates which trails in Kananaskis Country trails
- Speed and stealth are the main factors that contribute to
negative encounters between bikers and bears.
When mountain biking in bear country
- Slow down in order to give bears time to identify you and leave
- Project your voice to warn wildlife and other recreationalists
of your approach
Enthusiasts pursue both sport climbing and traditional climbing
in Kananaskis County, as well as scrambling.
- Mountain climbing can be extremely hazardous. Only those
with training should participate.
- Professional guides are available to help you learns skills and
to make your climbing experience safe and enjoyable.
- Obtain a backcountry camping permit if you
plan on staying overnight in the backcountry.
Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Use
Sightseeing By Vehicle
- You can windsurf or kiteboard on Barrier Lake and Lac des
- Wear a wetsuit and be prepared for cold water conditions.