Best Bird Watching Trails in Evan-Thomas Provincial Recreation Area

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Ribbon Creek, Kovach and Terrace Loop
#1 - Ribbon Creek, Kovach and Terrace Loop
Evan-Thomas Provincial Recreation Area
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 55 m
This is one of the easier loop options in the Ribbon Creek area, and is a lovely hike especially if following the counter-clockwise easy and very refreshing route that is truly a magical walk in the woods. The trail has a good mix of shade and sunshine, with the second half being extremely interesting, as hikers will be walking all along the creek and will also enjoy lots of water access points, small crossings and scenic views. Otherwise it is a steady uphill hike for more than two kilometers at the start if following the clockwise route. It is pretty common for summer hikers to come within sight of black bears, so be aware when you are out there and try to hike in groups! Along the creekside portions of the route, there will be some muddy spots, but no big puddles, so basic waterproof footwear is a good idea, especially if hoping to cooldown on a hot day. This is a nice trail with great views being surrounded by mountains. The best mountain view is from the parking lot at the beginning of the trail by the river, so a shorter out-and-back can be good if you are just looking for a stroll. Kovach Trail to the viewpoint adds about 1.5 kilometres extra and there is even a nice viewpoint and picnic table that is great for families here! During winter, the area is well marked and includes some groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing through the treed trails. Show more
Mount Allan from Ribbon Creek
#2 - Mount Allan from Ribbon Creek
Evan-Thomas Provincial Recreation Area
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Length: 9.8 mi • Est. 7 h 9 m
PROTECTIVE CLOSURE: This area is subject to closure due to habitat protection. For more information, please visit: https://www.albertaparks.ca/parks/kananaskis/evan-thomas-pra/information-facilities/day-use/evan-thomas/ This is an excellent hike that offers spectacular views from the summit. However, it is definitely a test of hikers’ mental health thanks to the numerous false summits you will have to complete before reaching the real thing, so being persistent is the key here. To be prepared for this hike, users recommend bringing poles, ample amounts of water and food, good hiking shoes, and a windbreaker. The amazing trail has seasonally beautiful wildflowers from the base to the top, as well as, marmots, pikas, and mountain sheep that will always be around. The view towards Wind Mountain and the Lougheed peaks is breathtaking. As others have pointed out, it is not very technical for the experienced mountaineers, and would make for a great trail run - unless not experienced. The first hour of hiking follows nice trails in the trees and it is perfect to get the blood going and to get muscles ready for the grind ahead. Suddenly, hikers leave the timberline and are welcomed by thousands of wildflowers of all kinds and colours at even higher elevations. The more alpine meadows are an incredible carpet of colour and shapes. To the West, hikers will see the magnificent Mount Kidd, Ribbon Peak, Bogart Tower, Mount Bogart, and Mount Sparrowhawk. The most difficult part of the hike is 2.5 kilometres in up to the Olympic Summit - followed by amazing views that are truly fantastic. The trail flattens to a more reasonable slope after the Olympic Summit, and the Rock Garden is a sight to behold. Reaching over 10 metres high, this massive conglomerate of stone slabs stands proudly like soldiers at attention. The giant statues will usher hikers past them as you began the final ascent to the summit. Once arrived at the summit, folks will enjoy the remarkable 360° scenes all the way to Canmore and Calgary. The ostentatious Lougheed Range and Wind Mountain enclose the western side views. And of course, this is all a hop to the eastern views of Mount Collembola.Show more
Troll Falls Trail to Stoney Trail Loop
#3 - Troll Falls Trail to Stoney Trail Loop
Evan-Thomas Provincial Recreation Area
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 17 m
CLOSURE: As of August 2021, this area is close to construction from the junction of Troll Falls and Ruthies trail to Troll Falls. For more information please check http://www.albertaparks.ca/advisories. This is a very beautiful hike! The verified trail map takes you to the Lower Falls, but the trail has fantastic trail markings all the way to the Upper Falls, as well, so no matter how far you are planning to hike here, you should be able to stay on trail. This route to Lower Falls is wide and can be used by all-terrain strollers. During the summer, there is normally no snow to be found and the trail is well-maintained and normally dry. It is common for hikers to see wildlife like deer and bears, so be sure to hike in groups with bear spray. On the return section of the loop, the route does follow a wide service road, so hikers recommend retracting steps on the Lower Falls trail if looking for a fully natural experience, especially in summer when the sun can be intense and folks need shade. Show more
Coal Mine Trail
#4 - Coal Mine Trail
Evan-Thomas Provincial Recreation Area
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Length: 3.0 mi • Est. 1 h 47 m
Terrace Trail
#5 - Terrace Trail
Evan-Thomas Provincial Recreation Area
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Length: 11.7 mi • Est. 6 h 14 m
Wind Mountain
#6 - Wind Mountain
Evan-Thomas Provincial Recreation Area
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Length: 13.1 mi • Est. 9 h 9 m
Village Rim Trail
#7 - Village Rim Trail
Evan-Thomas Provincial Recreation Area
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 25 m
Nice paved pathway with views around the Kananaskis Village.Show more
Mount Bogart
#8 - Mount Bogart
Evan-Thomas Provincial Recreation Area
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Length: 15.2 mi • Est. 10 h 26 m