Highway 40 Kananaskis

Highway 40 Kananaskis Tour

Drive Dates: Thursday and Friday, September 13 & 14, 2018

Total Drive Distance: 250 kilometers (156 miles)

Estimated total tour duration: 7 hours (includes return to Banff with Tour Leader)


This leisurely and breathtakingly scenic driving tour takes us east through the majestic Rocky Mountains from Mount Norquay and Banff on the Trans-Canada Highway which spans coast to coast and offers spectacular Mount Rundle on the right, through Canmore, past Dead Man’s Flats, Lac Des Arcs and Bow Valley Provincial Park.


As we head south onto Highway 40 that leads to the towering peaks and crystal-clear lakes of Kananaskis Country, our first stop is the Alberta Tourism and Information Centre in Kananaskis. Kananaskis Country includes five provincial parks, four wildland provincial parks, one ecological reserve and several provincial recreation areas. 


Continuing south along Barrier Lake and past Nakiska ski area, site of the 1988 Winter Olympic downhill skiing events, our travels take us into Peter Lougheed Provincial Park with our next stop at the Peter Lougheed Visitor Information Centre. We will also make a brief stop a little farther into the park at picturesque Upper Kananaskis Lake.


After experiencing these spectacular views, we’ll retrace our travels and return to the Kananaskis Mountain Lodge adjacent to Nakiska Ski Area for a hearty lunch.


7:45 AM

Meet Time

8:30 – 9:30 AM

Drive to Kananaskis Visitors Centre (15-minute stop)

9:45 - 10:30 AM

Drive to Peter Lougheed Interpretive Centre (15-minute stop)

10:45 – 11:00 AM

Drive to Upper Kananaskis Lake (15-minute stop)

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Drive to Kananaskis Mountain Lodge (Lunch Stop)

1:30 PM

Return drive back to Fairmont Springs Banff


The tour officially ends after lunch and will depart shortly thereafter. Participants are free to return with the tour leaders, or “peel off” during the return trip to visit sites in and around Banff.




A. Start at Mount Norquay Ski Hill Parking Lot

B. Stop 1 – Kananaskis / Barrier Lake Visitor Centre

C. Stop 2 – Peter Lougheed Provincial Park – Park information Centre

D. Stop 3 – Upper Kananaskis Lake

E. Stop 4 – Delta/Marriott Kananaskis - Lunch

F. Return / End Location – Banff Springs Hotel

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