Outdoor Recreation Safety
Ensure you are prepared for rapid weather changes, wildlife encounters, equipment breakdowns and accidents. For more safety info
- 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 lakes.
- The lake waters are glacier fed and extremely cold. Water sports such as water skiing are not recommended.
- Boats can be trailer launched on
- Hand launching can be done on all water bodies large enough for the water craft
Canoeing, Kayaking & 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 novice paddlers.
- The Kanananskis River is often closed for competitions or due to low water levels.
- E-bikes (aka “power bicycle” defined by the Alberta Traffic Safety Act, or “power-assisted bicycle” by Transport Canada) are not permitted on non-motorized trails.
- Unless the trail signs in a park authorize the use of motorized vehicles, e-bikes / power bicycles cannot be used on the trails (only on the roadway/parking areas). The exception to this is that power-bicycles may be used in Wilmore Wilderness Park and in most Natural Areas (unless the access signs or trail signs prohibit the use of motorized vehicles).
- Alberta Parks may designate trails or trail segments for e-bikes/power-assisted bicycles in the future.
- Alberta Transportation provides the following resources that clarify the use of power bicycles on roadways:
- Fishing is allowed in many places in Kananaskis Country. Check Alberta Guide to Sportfishing Regulations for details.
- Alberta residents between 16 and 65 years must have an Alberta angling licence to fish. All non-residents must obtain an Alberta angling licence.
- You can find a variety of sport fish here - rainbow, brown, brook, cutthroat, bull and lake trout, as well as Arctic grayling, and mountain white fish.
Kananaskis Country offers you thousands of kilometres of hiking trails to explore.
- Hunting is allowed in some areas of Kananaskis Country.
- Check Hunting for detailed info and maps.
- 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 allow biking.
- 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 the trail
- 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 Arcs.
- Wear a wetsuit and be prepared for cold water conditions.