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Ribbon Creek Snowshoe Trail, Kananaskis

by Karen Ung
Ribbon Creek Trail, near Kananaskis Village, is the perfect family snowshoe trail with views, bridges, and minimal elevation gain. Starting from Ribbon Creek parking lot, follow the orange snowshoe trail markers west. The trail winds along the creek, occasionally crossing it, affording great views of Ribbon Peak and Mount Allan. My girls’ favorite thing was troll hunting at the numerous bridges (5 in the 1st kilometre!), going off trail, and shaking snow off the trees! And going for treats at Moose Family Kitchen in the Village! You don’t have to do the whole trail to enjoy the beauty of the area as the whole trail is scenic.

Ribbon Creek Snowshoe Trail at a Glance

Distance: 3.3 km one way. Return the way you came.
Elevation Gain: 60 m
Washrooms? Pit toilets at parking lot
Chariot Friendly? Only if there is lots of snow. One bridge in the first kilometre has stairs leading up to it.
Distance from Calgary: 98 km

Parking: Ribbon Creek Day Use Area
Trailhead: West end of Ribbon Creek Day Use Area

Ribbon Creek Snowshoe Trail
Ribbon Creek Snowshoe Trail
Meadow View on Ribbon Creek Snowshoe Trail

Know Before You Go

  • There is avalanche danger beyond the 3.3 km mark. Please return the way you came!
  • This is a multi-use trail; please watch for cyclists. After 2 km, the cross country trail joins the snowshoe trail. Hikers, snowshoers, and cyclists should yield to skiers.
Shaking trees! Too fun!

Where to Stay

Delta Kananaskis Lodge and the HI Kananaskis Wilderness Hostel are your nearest options! See my review of the Delta Kananaskis Lodge here. To book a private room at the Kananaskis Hostel, call them at (403) 591-7333.

Delta Kananaskis Lodge

Where to Eat

We love Moose Family Kitchen, a cafe adjacent to the Delta Kananaskis Lodge, in the same building as Kananaskis Outfitters. They have ramen, authentic Japanese beef bowls, as well as sandwiches, coffee, ice cream, and baked goods.
Moose Family Kitchen Ramen
At the Delta, try Market Cafe for a quick bite, Woody’s Pub and Patio for a burger, or Forte Restaurant for tasty Italian fare.
Note: Bighorn Lounge at the Delta has been torn down as a part of renovations (as of February 2017). 

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