Canadian Mount Everest Trail
Canmore, Alberta, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Kananaskis Country
The Canadian Mount Everest Trail is an easy-going sightseeing trail with great views of lakes and mountains in the Peter Lougheed Provincial Park located in Kananaskis Country in Alberta, Canada.
It is an interpretive trail dedicated to the memory of 11 Canadians who like to climb. In 1982, in the month of October, the Canadian Mount Everest Expedition Team became the first Canadians to ever reach the summit of the highest mountain in the world - Mt. Everest.
The Canadian Mount Everest Trail is a 2.2 kilometre loop trail with information signs about the expedition and the natural wilderness that surrounds you. The elevation gain is only 120 metres. The trail is not difficult although the name - Mount Everest - may imply something different.
The Canadian Mount Everest Trail is a well maintained dirt and gravel walking trail leading to viewpoints. There are many good sight lines located along the route and there are some very well placed viewing and sitting benches too.
There are sections of the Canadian Mount Everest Trail that are level with easy hiking and there are sections of the trail which climb up wooden stairs, climb over exposed tree roots and skirt along cliff ridges.
The highlight of the trail is the lookout overlooking Elk Pass and the Upper and Lower Kananaskis Lakes. It is truly some impressive far reaching views of massive mountain ranges, some with snow capped peaks.
Elk Pass is the lowest elevation valley in the Continental Divide within 100 kilometres of Kananaskis Country. The land was a migration route for wildlife and man for many centuries. It once was the migration route for the mighty bison.
How to Get to the Canadian Mount Everest Trail
Travel to Main Street (8th Avenue) in the village of Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Cross over the bridge and stay left connecting with the gravel Hwy #742 (Smithsonian Hwy - Spray Trail). Follow the gravel road south until you reach Kananaskis Lakes Road on your right. Turn and follow the road to the end and park at the White Spruce Recreation Day Use Area.
Travel to Main Street (8th) in the village of Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Travel east on Hwy #1 to the Hwy #40 exit. From Hwy #1 turn onto Hwy #40 and travel 55 kilometres south to Kananaskis Lake Road near the Upper Kananaskis Lake in the Peter Lougheed Park just after Fortress Junction. Trailhead is near the end of the road.