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Take a day to explore the 145-km (90-mi) route through Kananaskis Country. From Canmore, take the Trans-Canada Hwy east toward Calgary. At the 26 km (16 mi) mark is tiny Bow Valley Provincial Park, home to 2.8-km (1.7-mi) Many Springs Trail loop around cold springs and a riverside picnic area. Four km (2.5 mi) east, take Hwy 40 south to Kananaskis. At the junction of the two highways is Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino. Cross grazing lands of the Stoney First Nation, then stop at Canoe Meadows; below the hill, look for kayakers on the Kananaskis River whitewater slalom course or rafters skirting the gates. Continuing south, Barrier Lake Visitor Centre (10 km/6 mi S of Hwy 1, 403-678-0760) provides maps. The centre’s namesake is farther south, a man-made lake with a view of aptly named Mt Baldy. Built for the 1988 Winter Olympics, Kananaskis Village has a hotel, restaurants, shops and bike rentals. Take the easy, scenic walk along the rim of the plateau. Past the village access road up Mt Allan Dr is a pleasant 1.8-km (1.1-mi) walk to Troll Falls. Wedge Pond, farther along Hwy 40, is circled by a 1-km (.6-mi) walk and overlooked by a picnic site. Twenty km (12 mi) after, just before the Grizzly Day Use area, Hwy 40 enters Peter Lougheed Provincial Park; drive the 16-km (10-mi) Kananaskis Lakes Rd. Find nature displays and travel information at the visitor centre. At Elkwood and Boulton Creek Campgrounds interpreters host guided walks and kids’ programs. The area boasts a wetlands animal habitat, and walking and fishing at Upper Kananaskis Lake. Before returning to Hwy 40, turn left at Smith-Dorrien/Spray Tr. This leads back to Canmore, but most of the 60 km (37 mi) is not paved. A 4-km (2.5-mi) hike rises to Chester Lake backed by cliffs. The road follows Spray Lake for 20 km (12.5 mi), descending to Canmore.