Day Trips

Have you ever wanted to experience the beauty and serenity offered by the Kananskis region of Alberta? Are you visiting Alberta for the first time? Do you have limited time and want to go on a day trip? Do you live in the region and lack the resources to travel the area on your own? Day Trips in Kananaskis are the perfect way for you to get introduced to the back-country, numerous trail systems, and some of the amazing lakes that the area has to offer.  Day Trips provide a full day worth of hiking or kayaking in the Kananaskis region allowing you to schedule your trip based on your own specific preferences. You get to design your trip while still getting the satisfaction attributed to exploring some of the most beautiful wilderness Alberta and Canada has to offer. Join us for a full day out in the wilderness with our completely custom Kananaskis Day Trips!

kananaskis[wptab name=’Itinerary’] After a short introduction you will be fitted and set up in the adaptive equipment you will be using for the day. We will ensure your comfort through the use of specialized adaptations and unique pieces of equipment. Once you are set up and ready to go we will take you for a day trip to the area of your choosing. The specific trail will be determined based on feasibility, time of year, weather conditions, interest, and level of comfort. Day trips will start anywhere from 8-10:00am and run anywhere from 5-8:00pm.


[wptab name=’Logistics’] Meals: Meals are not provided for single day outings. You are expected to bring your own lunch and snacks for the day (please ensure that you are able to eat whatever you bring , without having access to a cooking source (microwave, oven, stove, etc.) If you decide to book a two day trip you will be provided with 1 dinner, 1 lunch, and 1 breakfast.

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Transportation: Transportation can be provided from Canmore or Calgary (transportation is not included in the price of a day trip and will be added to the total costs).Greg-Kananaskis-Turbine-Aug-2009-377-1024x768


[wptab name=’Trails/Lakes’] Hiking Trails Available:


  • Wedge Pond Trail Loop: Distance: 1 km. Elevation gain: 10 meters. Time: .5 hours. Description: A relaxing lake-shore trail with nice views.
  • Eau Claire Hiking Trail Loop: Distance: 1.5 km. Elevation gain: 0 meters. Time: .5 hours Description: This is a short interpretive loop through the valley bottom and along the river.
  • Barrier Lake Forestry Hiking Trails: Distance: 2.3 km return. Elevation gain: 10 meters. Time: 1 hour return. Description: Learn about soils, plant layers and forest management procedures. In world war II, this was the site of a Prisoner of War Camp.

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  • Ribbon Falls: Distance: 16.5 km return. Elevation gain: 300 meters. Time: 7 hours return. Description: The trail follows along Ribbon Creek up a narrow valley to a view of Ribbon Falls. The medium grade and several waterfalls has made it a great hike for families, with the first 4 km open to mountain bikes. There is a campground for those wishing to make this an overnight hike.
  • Elbow Lake: Distance: 1.4 km one-way. Elevation gain: 120 meters. Time: 1 hour. Description: This short trail in Kananaskis Country starts kind of steep through a forest which leads you to Elbow Lake and surrounding peaks. This trail is very popular with activity from mountain bikers, anglers, horseback riders etc. 
  • Black Prince: Distance: 4 km Elevation: 70 meters. Description: A very nice walk that starts up an abandoned logging road and quickly leads into a thick forest (about 15 minutes of moderate uphill). You will cross the river on a footbridge. There is a bench at the top of the hill where you can sit down and enjoy a view of the valley. On the way down you will arrive at Warspite Lake with cool towering rock walls
  • Canadian Mt. Everest Expedition Trail: Distance: 3 km. Elevation gain: 100 meters. Time : 2 hours. Description: This short, interpretive trail is dedicated to the spirit of the 1982 expedition, which saw the first Canadian set foot atop Mt. Everest. It is located in Peter Lougheed Prov. Park in Kananaskis Country, and follows a 2km trail above Kananaskis Lake. A nice, easy, short trail with very little elevation gain, with a nice view of the lake.

Kayaking Locations Available:


  • Barrier Lake:Barrier Lake is a man made reservoir at the north end of Kananaskis Country in Alberta, Canada. Highway 40 runs between the lake and Mount Baldy, on the eastern shore. It is entirely located in the Bow Valley Provincial Park
  • Lower Kananaskis Lake: Lower Kananaskis Lake is a natural lake that was turned into a reservoir in Kananaskis Country in Alberta, Canada. Lower Kananaskis Lake is in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park along with the Upper Kananaskis Lake.
  • Upper Kananaskis Lake: Upper Kananaskis Lake is a natural lake that was turned into a reservoir in Kananaskis Country in Alberta, Canada. Upper Kananaskis Lake, along with the Lower Kananaskis Lake, is located in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park [/wptab]

[wptab name=’Booking Info’] In order to book a trip you must contact or call 250 979 3941. Trip planners will work one-on-one with you to determine exactly what is required and will be needed to ensure your safety and comfort throughout your experience.

Once a booking has been made participating individuals will be required to fill out a Waiver and Health and Medical Record.IMG_2056[/wptab]

[wptab name=’Costs’]


$500   (1 day)                  Includes: One day of hiking or kayaking in the region of your choosing, use of adaptive gear and specific adaptations, 1 Mountain guide, 1 Sherpa, and the ability to access some of the most beautiful regions Kananaskis has to offer.


$1150    (2 days, 1 night)       Includes: Two days of hiking or kayaking in the region of your choosing, use of adaptive gear and specific adaptations, 1 Mountain guide, 1 Sherpa, Over night accommodation, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

1297172072905_ORIGINALIf you have any questions comments or concerns regarding the costs of the trip please contact us at or call us at 250 979 3941. [/wptab]

[wptab name=’Difficulty’] Day Trips provide all levels of hiking and kayaking difficulty (easy, moderate, and challenging). For more information about the rating system please view our Levels of Difficulty page.

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[wptab name=’Staff’]
troy in the bugs2Trip Leader and GuideTroy Becker Is a full-time firefighter based out of West Kelowna, BC. To say he is a qualified expedition leader is a gross understatement. Troy founded CRIS in 2001 and ever since has been leading Travel and Vacation Opportunities. He guides the majority of these unique trips and has almost every qualification you could want from the person in charge. Troy also spends his time as a volunteer Search & Rescue member. His may years of training and experience have prepared him to deal with challenging, dangerous, and emotional situations.

Sovereign Lake - January 2014 (10)Guide Assistant: Eric Rampone  Is a full-time employee of CRIS Adaptive Adventures. Ever since starting with the organization in 2010 Eric has continued to provide adaptive recreational experiences for various individuals. Eric has hundreds of hours worth of experience out on trips and has facilitated numerous Travel and Vacation Opportunities. He provides an energetic atmosphere while maintaining safety and overall trip enjoyment. 

Staff participating and facilitating specific trips may change based upon availability and specific qualifications required. [/wptab]