Scenic Stop: A Picnic and Stroll or Hike at Mount Lorette

Kananaskis Country, Alberta

Mount Lorette, Kananaskis

The Mount Lorette picnic area is located 1 hour west of Calgary (30 minutes from Canmore, Alberta). This beautifully little picnic area, just off Highway 40 in the Kananaskis River Valley. This is postcard-perfect place for a picnic when on a day trip from Calgary.

The emerald green ponds are feed from the crystal-clear Kananaskis River and are stocked with rainbow trout. This is a great family-friendly area where you can barbeque, stroll the paved trail around the ponds and even learn to fish (if you're looking for a strenuous but scenic day hike in Kananaskis, the Carnarvon Lake hike may suit you better).

Tucked away in the forest are individual picnic spots that have their own tables and fire-pits. You'll need to bring your own firewood. Spots are available on a first-come basis, but we've always got a spot, even in the height of summer.

Climbing Mount Lorette

For the more adventurous, climbing Mount Lorette is an option. Scaling this peak is actually quite technical near the top and should only be attempted by intermediate and advanced climbers.

Mount Lorette can be scaled in a few hours. On sunny summer days, you'll get fantastic views of the Kananaskis River Valley as well as the prairie views stretching to Calgary.

  • Hikers should be cautious when attempting to climb Mount Lorette. Some people have died.

  • Hiking with dogs at Mount Lorette is allowed, but dogs must be leashed at all times.

  • Hiking in Kananaskis is uncrowded and beautiful. Remember that you're in bear country!

  • Unlike the neighbouring national parks, there are no fees to get into Kananaskis Provincial Park.

  • The ponds are stocked with trout and the shallow water makes this a perfect place to teach little-ones how to fish. For bigger and better results, fishing in Kananaskis doesn't get better than Upper Kananaskis Lake, 20 minutes away.

How to Get to Mount Lorette

The Mount Lorette parking area is located 15 minutes south of the Trans Canada Highway. From Calgary, head west (east if you're coming from Banff or Canmore) on Highway 1. Turn south at the Highway 40 Kananaskis junction.

The Mount Lorette turnoff is located on the left-hand side of the road. You've gone too far if you reach the turn to the Kananaskis Village / Nakiska Ski Resort.

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The Mount Lorette picnic area is a perfect place to retreat to when life gets too hectic in the city. Pack a lunch, grab some firewood & your fishing gear and escape into K-Country.

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