Hiking to Chester Lake in Kananaskis Country - Canada

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The owner of the B & B in Canmore is a guide in Kananaskis Country so during breakfast we get a program to fill the day. Within the beautiful surroundings of Canmore he gives us a number of hiking possibilities. Last year we spent our last days in Canmore and therefore wanted this year to hike at the beginning of our trip in Canmore in Canada.

We drive on the Smith Dorrien Highway to the parking lot of the walk to Chester Lake. This dirt road is fine to drive with a normal car. The road is even better than many poor tarmac roads we have driven over the years. Along the way we have beautiful views over Kananaskis Country and Spray Lakes. Unfortunately, we also see the devastation that the floods have left behind. During our ride over the Smith Dorrien Highway we see several moose along the road and in the open fields in Kananaskis Country.

We park on a very large car park at the start of the hike to Chester Lake. The parking place seems a bit big for the three cars that are parked at the moment though. We hike to the beginning of the trail and immediately see a warning that the hiking trail has been devastated by the floods. Fortunately, the ruined part only a few hundred meters long and is the alternate path marked with orange ribbons. We cross the Chester Creek and hike on up to Chester Lake. The first part of the hiking trail is not very interesting. The trail is wide and boring. The trail starts being interesting when you enter the woods.

Walking through beautiful forests and the open field we arrive at Chester Lake. We are the only hikers at the lake and we enjoy the silence and the incredibly beautiful views. On the moment we want to hike back, we see something moving on the mountainside. With binoculars we see a herd of mountain goats walking on scree at the mountain hill. We have a long look at these cute animals before we hike back to the car. On the way back, we take a different path down and up. This trail is less used, but it is more fun to walk over.

Chester Lake in Kananaskis Country is definitely worth a visit. This hike is not difficult and the trails are well maintained. The views from the trail over Kananaskis Country are breathtaking. Chester Lake itself is also very photogenic. We really enjoyed this hike.

Length: 9 km
Height difference: 300 m

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