Canmore Spray Lakes
Alberta Government mid 2021 now wants to charge you $90 annually
($15 for a day pass) to
drive down highway 40 where there is basically no services other
than one gas station. It also includes the Spray Lakes area, the
Bow Valley where there are public lands and the Canmore Nordic
Nice scrambles here include Big Sister, Grotto Mtn, East End of
Rundle, Ha Ling Peak and Mt. Sparrowhawk. This area is close to the Canmore/Banff corridor
so is not as remote other than Mt. Sparrowhawk. East End of Rundle and Ha Ling Peak are
great early season scrambles to get in shape on. The Canmore area receives less snowfall
than other areas and has a considerably longer scrambling season. Ive been up the
East End of Rundle and Ha Ling Peak as late as December.
Beware of ticks in the spring though especially on the East End of Rundle.
Newly added for 2014 is the Tent
Ridge Horseshoe loop.
Newly added for 2013 Door Jamb
Mountain Loder Peak, a good early season moderate scramble to get the legs in
Newly added for 2010,
Snow Peak via Burstall Pass and Pigeon Mountain near Dead Man Flats.
A Small Rant
One thing that I
do find especially annoying is the unpaved road up past the Nordic Center to
the Goat Creek parking lot and all the way along Spray Lakes. Especially as
you drive by mountain bikers eating dust all the way up the hill. Perhaps
someone can inform me of the issues and educate me. For now it seems a
little out of place that a road coming out of a mountain town with the usual
exorbitant real estate prices is a rutted dust cloud of a road. I have heard
a saying that the wilderness is to be kept "for the people" and not setup to
keep the wilderness "from the people".