Finding the perfect place to snowshoe can be a challenge sometimes, especially since some areas are mostly cross-country ski only. We found a real gem along the shores of Lower Kananaskis Lake. Take highway 40 then the Kananaskis Lakes Trail Road in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.
You can begin at the Canyon Day Use area and follow a 3.5km trail south along the shore of the lake. Or you can do what we did, and park at the Lower Lake day use area and make your own trails along the shoreline. If you like to have some peace and quiet away from the crowds, I would recommend the second option.
The open lake views of the surrounding mountains are truly amazing. This is a great spot to take some photos and enjoy a leisurely snowshoe. With no elevation gain and the chance to make the trip as long or as short as you want, it’s great for families and people of all ages/fitness levels.
We wandered along the shore for approximately two hours cutting through a couple of tree-covered areas to change up the terrain. It was a perfect day! The nearby picnic tables and firepits in the day use area would make a great spot to have a snack after a snowshoe adventure.