Kananaskis Country and the Canadian Mt. Everest Expedition Trail - Canada

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On our last day of the round tour through Canada we drive through Kananaskis Country. Kananaskis Country is located south of Banff National Park and consists of a number of provincial parks, including Kananaskis Valley, Bow Valley and Peter Longheed. We leave after breakfast at our B & B in Canmore toward the highway, the Trans-Canada Highway. We're heading in the direction of Calgary and turn to the Highway 40 in Kananaskis Country. First we stop at the visitor center to pick up hiking maps. Again the ranger helpful and we get all the information we want. Along the way are some places where we want to stop, so we, after a short stop, continue our drive through Kananaskis Country.

Along the way there are different viewpoints with very nice views of Kananaskis Country. So with some regularity we stop to see the natural beauty of Kananaskis Country. We stop at Wedge Pond where the autumn colors of the deciduous trees give a nice reflection in the lake. We walk a nice small circle around it. Then we drive to the Highwoods Pass, the highest paved highway in Canada. Here several hikes start, but we both have little feel to even climb uphill during a walk, so after a short stop we continue our drive to the Lower and Upper Windy Lake, all on the south side of Kananaskis Country.

Near the Upper Windy Lake we walk a nice short walk over the Canadian Mt. Everest Expedition Trail. The walk is in honor of the first Canadians who in 1982 climbed Mount Everest. Along the walk there are several information boards about the history of the origin of Kananaskis Country. The trail runs through a beautiful forest on a good path. We both find the walk very nice and on the top we have a nice view on Upper Windy Lake. And even for September is extremely hot today, 28 degrees. After the summit, we are happy that we are walking back in the shade of the beautiful forest.

Soon we are back in the car and have lunch in the shade. It is time to drive back to Canmore. We can drive over the Spray Trail ride back, but this means driving 50 km on a dirt road back. On the last day of our holiday in Canada, we feel nothing for another 2 hours sitting in a rattling car, so we take the same way back over asphalt. We drive along the Kananaskis Trail, Highway 40 back to Canmore. Kananaskis Country is definitely a must during a vacation in Canada. We enjoyed the nature, the mountains and the short walks.

Length: 2 km
Height: 60 m

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