Nestled in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, on the east side of the Lower Kananaskis Lake, is the William Watson Lodge. Built and maintained by the Alberta Government, it was opened in September 1981 by Premier Peter Lougheed and his wife Jeanne. She is credited with the idea of creating a facility where Albertans with disabilities could stay and enjoy the outdoors at a reasonable cost. While Albertans with disabilities have priority, if space is available others are welcome. The facility provides year-round accommodation in 22 fully accessible units, to which guests bring their own food and bedding. There are also 13 fully serviced RV sites, open from the May long weekend to Thanksgiving, a playground, picnic sites and 20 kilometers of wheelchair-accessible trails. The main lodge and the first four cabins opened in 1981. Additional cabins were built in 1985 and opened in 1986.[wptab name=’Itinerary’] Day 1: Depending on your method of travel, you will be greeted in Canmore or Calgary (International Airport) by your trip host/guide. After introductions and a short review of the day’s agenda you will be guided into the heart of Kananaskis to the William Watson Lodge for check-in. Along the way you will be taken back by the beauty.
and scenery of the Rocky Mountains.After getting settled your host/guide will spend some time reviewing your trip agenda and assisting with any personal and equipment needs for your stay. Time permitting a visit to the local parks visitor center or an opportunity to explore the immediate area before dinner may be arranged. After dinner you will have time to unwind in preparation for the next days activities.
Day 2: Getting out in nature. Your day will start with breakfast at the lodge. Depending on comfort, weather and experience your first day will be spent getting comfortable with equipment and the outdoors in front country areas. This outing will help to identify your comfort level and expectations. We will stop for lunch and depending on personal preferences either continue on, relax, or sight see. Finally, we will end the day at a back-country camping site where you will be able to occupy your free time with campfire stories and relax with new found friends.
Day 3: You will spend the day further exploring the parks trail system and water ways according to your comfort level. This day will enable you to truly access the beauty that the Kananaskis region has to offer. The day will conclude at a front-country campsite, where you are free to relax and take in the beauty that surrounds you.
Day 4: Depending upon the time of your planned departure you will either go on a short hike or spend some time visiting tourist destinations on your way out of the park. You will be escorted back to Calgary or Canmore depending on your travel plans. We won’t say good-bye, as we have confidence that you will back to experience more of what CRIS Adaptive Adventures and Kananaskis has to offer you!
[/wptab][wptab name=’Logistics’] Accommodation: For more information about the William Watson Lodge please visit their website!
After your one night stay at the William Watson Lodge you will spend the rest of your vacation in tents. Tents will be provided along with sleeping bags and therma-rests. Cots and air-mattresses are available depending upon trip specifications. Meals: All meals during this experience will be provided and are included within the costs of the trip. Meals will be modified to ensure that dietary restrictions and allergies are met.
Transportation: All transportation between Canmore or Calgary to your hotel is provided. From there our guides will take you to your specified trails or destinations. If you have an area you would like to go to outside of what we offer we can help facilitate, but you may be subject to additional costs.
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Hiking Locations 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.[/wptab][wptab name=’Costs’] Costs for this trip are based on both the level of experience and the difficulty that the trip provides. The quote below is premised on assisting a person in a wheelchair. Alternative prices are available for those who require less assistance. Meals are provided in the price of this awesome vacation opportunity.
|$5399||Includes: Accommodation, Pick-up from Calgary or Canmore, 3 Nights and 4 Days, Travel to popular tourist destinations, Trip planning and Coordination, Guides, 1 Sherpa, the ability to access some of the most beautiful region Kananaskis has to offer, 2 nights camping, 1 night in a lodge, etc.|
If you have any questions comments or concerns regarding the costs of the trip please contact us at email@example.com or call us at 250 979 3941.[/wptab][wptab name=’Experience’] This trip is rated as a Level 4 Experience. This is an amazing trip that enables you to slowly transition into front-country or back-country (depending upon preference) camping. You will start your vacation by staying in a fully accessible cabin that provides the serenity and natural beauty that goes hand-in-hand with being out of town. The following two nights of your stay will provide the true wilderness experience as you stay in tents and “rough it” in the great outdoors. As previously mentioned your comfort level will dictate just how much you “rough it”. [/wptab][wptab name=’Difficulty’]This experience provides both easy and moderate hiking and kayaking opportunities. For more information about the rating system please view our Levels of Difficulty page.
Trip Leader and Guide: Troy 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.
Guide Assistant: Eric Rampone Is a full-time employee of CRIS Adaptive Adventures. Ever since starting with the organization in 2010 he 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][end_wptabset]