Kananaskis Country

Alberta Parks

Day Use

A Kananaskis Conservation Pass is required to park your vehicle in Kananaskis and the Bow Valley.
Ice Safety: Alberta Parks does not monitor ice conditions; learn how to assess them for yourself.

Some Kananaskis day use areas include amenities like picnic tables, firepits or picnic shelters. Others offer only parking for trailheads. No overnight camping is allowed at any day use area. Please select the day use site name in the list below to see what facilties are available there.

Bow Valley Area

Day UseParkSeason
Canmore Nordic CentreCanmore Nordic Centre  PP Open Year Round
Gap LakeBow Valley  PP Open Year Round
Grassi LakesCanmore Nordic Centre  PP Open Year Round
Grotto MountainBow Valley  PP Open Year Round
Heart CreekBow Valley  WPP Open Year Round
Lac Des ArcsBow Valley  PP Open Year Round
Middle LakeBow Valley  PP Open Year Round
Old CampBow Valley  PPApr 30 - Oct 11
Pigeon MountainBow Valley  WPPApr 27 - Nov 30
WhitefishBow Valley  PPApr 30 - Oct 11
YamnuskaBow Valley  WPP Open Year Round


Elbow Valley

Day UseParkSeason
Allen BillElbow River  PRA Open Year Round
Beaver LodgeElbow Falls  PRAMay 15 - Nov 30
Brown-LoweryBrown-Lowery  PP Open Year Round
Cobble FlatsCobble Flats  PRAMay 15 - Nov 30
Elbow FallsElbow Falls  PRA Open Year Round
Elbow River LaunchElbow River Launch  PRAMay 1 - Nov 30
Forgetmenot PondLittle Elbow  PRAMay 15 - Nov 30
Fullerton TrailheadElbow River  PRA Open Year Round
Ings MineIng's Mine  PRA Open Year Round
McLean PondMcLean Creek  PRA Open Year Round
McLean Staging AreaMcLean Creek  PRA Open Year Round
PowderfaceElbow Falls  PRAMay 15 - Nov 30
Station FlatsElbow River  PRA Open Year Round
West Bragg CreekWest Bragg Creek  PRA Open Year Round


Ghost Area

Day UseParkSeason
Fallen Timber SouthFallen Timber South  PRAMay 1 - Oct 14
Fir CreekFir Creek  PRA  Closed 
Ghost ReservoirGhost Reservoir  PRA Open Year Round
South GhostSouth Ghost  PRA Open Year Round
Waiparous Valley ViewpointWaiparous Valley Viewpoint  PRAMay 1 - Sep 30


Highwood / Cataract Area

Day UseParkSeason
Cat CreekCat Creek  PRAJun 15 - Nov 30
Cataract CreekCataract Creek  PRA Open Year Round
Etherington CreekEtherington Creek  PRA Open Year Round
Eyrie GapEyrie Gap  PRA  Closed 
Fitzsimmons CreekFitzsimmons Creek  PRAJun 15 - Nov 30
Highwood HouseHighwood Junction  PRA Open Year Round
Highwood RiverHighwood  PRAApr 30 - Sep 18
Jumpingpound CreekJumpingpound Creek  PRA  Closed 
Lantern CreekLantern Creek  PRAJun 15 - Nov 30
Lineham CreekLineham  PRAJun 15 - Nov 30
Mist CreekMist Creek  PRAJun 15 - Nov 30
Mt. LipsettElbow-Sheep  WPPJun 15 - Nov 30
PicklejarPicklejar  PRA  Closed 
SentinelSentinel  PRAApr 30 - Nov 30
Trout PondsTrout Pond  PRAJun 15 - Nov 30


Kananaskis Valley Area

Day UseParkSeason
Barrier DamBow Valley  PP Open Year Round
Barrier LakeBow Valley  PPApr 30 - Oct 11
Beaver PondsEvan-Thomas  PRAApr 30 - Oct 11
Canoe MeadowsBow Valley  PP Open Year Round
Evan-ThomasEvan-Thomas  PRA Open Year Round
GalateaSpray Valley  PP Open Year Round
Kovach PondEvan-Thomas  PRAApr 30 - Sep 6
Mt. Lorette PondsBow Valley  PP Open Year Round
OpalSpray Valley  PPMay 11 - Nov 1
Ribbon CreekEvan-Thomas  PRA Open Year Round
WasootchElbow-Sheep  WPP Open Year Round
Wedge PondSpray Valley  PP Open Year Round
Widow MakerBow Valley  PP Open Year Round


Peter Lougheed PP

Day UseParkSeason
Black PrincePeter Lougheed  PP Open Year Round
Boulton BridgePeter Lougheed  PP Open Year Round
Burstall PassPeter Lougheed  PP Open Year Round
CanyonPeter Lougheed  PP Open Year Round
Chester LakePeter Lougheed  PP Open Year Round
Elbow PassPeter Lougheed  PPJun 15 - Nov 30
Elk PassPeter Lougheed  PP Open Year Round
ElpocaPeter Lougheed  PPJun 15 - Sep 3
Grizzly CreekPeter Lougheed  PPMay 11 - Sep 3
Highwood MeadowsPeter Lougheed  PPJun 15 - Nov 30
King CreekPeter Lougheed  PPMay 11 - Sep 3
Little Highwood PassPeter Lougheed  PPJun 15 - Nov 30
Lower LakePeter Lougheed  PPDec 1 - Mar 31
North InterlakesPeter Lougheed  PP Open Year Round
PanoramaPeter Lougheed  PP Open Year Round
PeninsulaPeter Lougheed  PPMay 1 - Nov 1
PocaterraPeter Lougheed  PP Open Year Round
Rock GlacierPeter Lougheed  PPJun 15 - Nov 30
SawmillPeter Lougheed  PP Open Year Round
Upper LakePeter Lougheed  PP Open Year Round
White SprucePeter Lougheed  PPMay 1 - Nov 1


Sheep River Valley Area

Day UseParkSeason
Big HornSheep River  PPMay 15 - Nov 30
Fisher Staging AreaFisher Creek  PRA Open Year Round
Gorge CreekSheep River  PPMay 15 - Nov 30
Indian OilsSheep River  PPMay 15 - Nov 30
Junction CreekSheep River  PPMay 15 - Nov 30
Sandy McNabbSheep River  PPMay 1 - Oct 8
Sheep FallsSheep River  PPMay 15 - Nov 30
Volcano RidgeBluerock  WPPMay 15 - Dec 1


Sibbald Area

Day UseParkSeason
DawsonDawson  PRAApr 27 - Nov 18
Lusk CreekLusk Creek  PRA Open Year Round
Old Baldy Pass TrailOld Baldy Pass Trail  PRA Open Year Round
Sibbald LakeSibbald Lake  PRA Open Year Round
Sibbald Meadows PondSibbald Meadows Pond  PRA Open Year Round
Sibbald ViewpointSibbald Viewpoint  PRAApr 30 - Oct 11


Spray Valley Area

Day UseParkSeason
Buller MountainSpray Valley  PPMay 13 - Nov 1
DriftwoodSpray Valley  PP Open Year Round
Goat CreekSpray Valley  PP Open Year Round
Mt. SharkSpray Valley  PP Open Year Round
SparrowhawkSpray Valley  PPMay 11 - Sep 3
Spray LakeSpray Valley  PPMay 11 - Sep 3


Sundre Area

Day UseParkSeason
James-WilsonJames-Wilson  PRAMay 1 - Oct 14
Red Deer RiverRed Deer River  PRAMay 1 - Sep 9