|Our Favourite Campground in Kananaskis|
Let me introduce you to the Canyon Campground in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. Chances are you've never heard of it because everybody seems to favour the much bigger Boulton Creek and Elkwood Campgrounds.
|Canyon Campground, Kananaskis|
If you camp in the B Loop at Canyon, you will be camped around the edges of a large open meadow. The kids can bike through the meadow, play soccer, have water fights, or just run around and PLAY. Oh yeah, and there's a playground in the middle of the meadow!! With a climbing rock. Did I miss anything for the perfect campsite?
|Trying to catch ground squirrels in the meadow|
|The playground and climbing rock in Loop B at Canyon|
|Water fights in the meadow|
|The giant meadow in Loop B at Canyon|
The kids LOVED biking around the B Loop at the Canyon Campground which was quiet and safe for the most part. We could see them almost the entire time they were biking the loop and the only thing we had to watch out for was bear traffic. And yes, this could be a major downfall for this campground if you're terrified of bears, but it does sit in the middle of a pretty popular animal corridor. We carried bear spray at all times and kept close tabs on the kids.
|Biking around the Canyon Campground in Loop B|
The other thing the kids loved about this campground was the Kananaskis Canyon Interpretive Trail that starts from just outside the B Loop. At 0.8km, it's a short easy hike and great for young children.
|Playing by the pond on the Kananaskis Canyon Trail|
|Descending stairs on the Canyon Trail|
|Bridges and ponds on the Canyon Hiking Trail|
|The Kananaskis Canyon Trail|
Anytime is great, but take note that it does open later than some of the other campgrounds in Kananaskis. It didn't open until June 13th this year and then it closes again on September 1st which is earlier than many campgrounds. Mid-June is a great time to camp here as soon as it opens because Loop B is very sunny and warm for those cooler days in early summer.
What else should you know?
This campground does not accept reservations in advance. It is therefore recommended that you arrive early if you want to find a spot. Guaranteed after writing this story, I have just made it even harder.
This campground is also small in size and only has 50 campsites, all of which are unserviced with no power.
What else can you do from this campground?
We LOVE biking so we drove up to the Boulton Creek Campground and biked one-way to Canyon Campground in the (mostly) down-hill direction. It was a super easy bike ride of approximately 9km on a paved forest trail and we parked beside the Boulton Creek Trading Post to start. Then we sent somebody back for the truck at the end. Families with older children could easily bike to Boulton Creek and back but with a 5 year old, it was nice to do the ride with a shuttle.
|Biking the paved Wheeler Trail in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park|
There are 12km of paved bike trails that connect the campgrounds of Peter Lougheed Provincial Park and if you bike from Boulton Creek to Canyon, you will be doing the Wheeler and Lodgepole Trails.
|Biking the Lodgepole Trail in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park|
The other big activity that you can do right from the Canyon Campground is paddling on the Lower Kananaskis Lake from the boat launch beside the campground. Being avid paddlers, we had to take our boats out for a couple tours on the lake while camping at Canyon.
|Canoeing on the Lower Kananaskis Lake|
|Stand up paddleboarding on the Lower Kananaskis Lake|
If you want to paddle but don't have a boat, you can contact Boulton Creek Rentals located beside the Boulton Creek Trading Post. They rent out canoes and kayaks lakeside at the Lower Lake. Note, they also rent out bikes if you want to check out the paved paths or mountain bike trails nearby and aren't able to bring your bike with you.
|Kayaking on the Lower Kananaskis Lake|
We had a great time camping at Canyon late June and I highly recommend this campground to all families! Just make sure you get a site in the wide open B Loop and go with friends for maximum FUN!