Elkwood Loop Snowshoe Trail, Kananaskis

by - Wednesday, December 20, 2017

For an easy introduction to snowshoeing, try Elkwood Loop Snowshoe Trail in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. With minimal elevation, lots of snow, and gorgeous views of Mount Indefatigable from Marl Lake, this trail is sure to become a family favorite.

Elkwood Loop Snowshoe Trail
Elkwood Loop Snowshoe Trail
Starting from Elkwood Amphitheatre parking lot, follow the red snowshoe trail markers through the trees to the Marl Lake Interpretive Trail. Here, the views begin to open up as you pass snow covered fens (boggy areas). Interpretive signs describe the geography in more detail.

Elkwood Loop Snowshoe Trail
Elkwood Loop Snowshoe Trail - look for the red snowshoe trail markers

Elkwood Loop Snowshoe Trail
Elkwood Amphitheatre

There are benches along the way if you need a break, but the best lunch spot is at Marl Lake where you can enjoy panoramic mountain views. Mount Indefatigable dominates the skyline across the lake.

Elkwood Loop Snowshoe Trail
Marl Lake

Elkwood Loop Snowshoe Trail
Interpretive Sign on Marl Lake Interpretive Trail

Elkwood Loop Snowshoe Trail
Taking a break

To complete the loop, follow the trail markers along the north shore of the lake, then 'shoe through the campground to the parking lot. The trail is well marked the whole way and is lots of fun after a big dump of snow!

Elkwood Loop Snowshoe Trail
Marl Lake, Elkwood Loop Snowshoe Trail

Elkwood Loop At a Glance

Distance: 3.4 km 
Elevation Gain: 23 m
Nearest Washrooms? Peter Lougheed Visitor Centre
Chariot Friendly? Yes.
Terrain rating: Elkwood Loop is an Alberta Parks official winter trail. Stay on trail to avoid avalanche danger.
Directions: Head west on Highway 1 (Trans Canada Highway), take the Kananaskis Trail/AB 40S turnoff and stay on Hwy 40 for 50 km. Turn right onto Kananaskis Trail. Continue straight for ~6 km. Turn left at Elkwood Amphitheatre.
Parking: Elkwood Amphitheatre

Marl Lake, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
Marl Lake, Elkwood Loop Snowshoe Trail

Going Further

For a longer snowshoe outing (6.9 km loop), take the William Watson Connector trail - cross Kananaskis Trail (carefully!) - cross the lodge parking lot, and look for the red snowshoe marker near the front of the lodge. Then take Marsh Loop to Bill Benson Lookout at Lower Kananaskis Lake. It's a stunning viewpoint year round (you can bike or walk there in the summer).

For more information, see the Alberta Parks Snowshoe Brochure or pick up a copy at the Peter Lougheed Provincial Park Visitor Centre.

Elkwood Loop Snowshoe Trail, Kananaskis
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