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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. 4 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 South of Hwy 1, 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 / 0.6 mi walk and overlooked by a picnic site. 20 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 m hike rises to Chester Lake backed by cliffs. The road follows Spray Lake for 20 km / 12.5 mi, descending to Canmore.