A big wilderness mountain park located within the western ranges of the Rocky Mountains north of Fernie.
Elk Lakes Provincial Park is an easily accessible wilderness park characterized by outstanding sub-alpine landscapes, remnant glaciers, rugged peaks and productive lakes.
Elk Lakes offers a variety of hiking experiences including some maintained trails that are appropriate for all family members with some experience in back-country hiking. There are designated areas for backcountry tenting (leave no-trace behind when camping) and the Alpine Club of Canada manages a small cabin for use but reservations are required.
Elk Lakes Provincial Park is 104 kilometres north of Sparwood. Turn off Highway 3 at Sparwood and go north on Highway 43 till you reach the community of Elkford, a distance of 35 kilometres. From here, travel the gravel road on the west side of the Elk River. Approximately 47 kilometres north of Elkford the road crosses the Elk River and joins the Kananaskis Power Line Road. It is 5.8 kilometres from the crossing to the Cadorna Creek trailhead; the Elk Lakes trailhead is a further 16.1 kilometres. Best for vehicles with all-wheel-drive and higher clearance.
Driving time from Fernie to the park is just over two hours. Access to the park is also possible from Alberta’s adjoining Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.
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