Winter Activities in Kananaskis Country

Winter Activities in Kananaskis Country

Trails Information


Ensure you are prepared for rapid weather changes, wildlife encounters, equipment breakdowns and accidents.  For more safety info

Cross-country Skiing

Kananaskis Country has hundreds of kilometres of cross-country ski trails suitable to all ski levels and techniques – skate skiing, classic technique, skiing with dogs.

Skate Skiing

Dogs on Ski Trails

  • Dogs are NOT permitted on the groomed ski trail system accessed via the Kananaskis Lakes Trail in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park or at the Canmore Nordic Centre
  • Dogs are allowed on non-groomed trails IF on a leash.
  • Mount Shark is a recommended area for skiing with a dog on leash.
  • You must remove your dog waste from the area.

Winter Trail Etiquette

  • Watch out for accidental litter at lunch or snack breaks.
  • Step off the track to let others by.  Tuck in your poles when you pass.
  • If you stop to eat, change clothing or take a photo, step off the trail.
  • Yield to skiers coming downhill.  It’s easier for an uphill skier to step off the trail than it is for the faster skier coming down.
  • Carry a plastic bag and toilet paper for when nature calls and there’s no outhouse.  Pack out your used paper and sanitary supplies.

Dog Sledding

  • Professional guides are available to take you on a dog sledding or skijoring adventure.
  • If you have your own dog sledding team, we recommend using West Side Road, directly west of the Spray Lakes Reservoir.  Please ensure that you don’t interfere with commercial dog sled operations in the area.

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding

Fat Biking

  • Check here for information on fat biking trails, etiquette and backcountry safety.

Ice Climbing

Ice Fishing



  • The Mount Shark trails network is the recommended area for skijoring.
  • For additional information, search “Skijoring” in Trails.


Kananaskis Country has three snow vehicle areas with challenging trails.

McLean Creek Off Highway Vehicle Public Land Use Zone

  • More than 200 kilometres of trails
  • Winter camping facilities in McLean Creek Provincial Recreation Area
  • Access from the campground to Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) trails in McLean Creek Off Highway Vehicle Public Land Use Zone
  • Unloading ramps

Cataract Creek Snow Vehicle Public Land Use Zone

Sibbald Snow Vehicle Public Land Use Zone

More than 50 kilometres of trails


Snowshoeing is allowed on designated snowshoe trails or off groomed trails.

  • To find these trails, search “snowshoe” and look for the “Snowshoeing” icon.
  • Many trails allow dogs on leash to accompany snowshoers.  Dogs are NOT permitted on Elk Pass Snowshoe Trail in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.
  • The designated snowshoe trails are designed for beginner or intermediate snowshoers.  They are located in Simple-Class 1 Terrain.  Review Avalanche Terrain Ratings for more detailed information.
  • If you are not experienced in winter travel in the backcountry, stay on these marked trails.
  • Do NOT snowshoe or walk on the ski tracks when you are on a trail shared with skiers.  Travel along the edge of the ski trail.

Backcountry Snowshoeing Safety

If you are experienced and equipped for winter backcountry travel, you may snowshoe on other trails or areas. If you venture off marked trails you should have significant experience and confidence with

  • Route finding
  • Winter travel
  • Dealing with natural hazards such as avalanches, cold temperatures and short days

Ensure that you let others know your route and return time. There are no “trail sweeps” by patrollers or Conservation Officers at the end of the day.