Barrier Lake Interpretive Trail

EASY 7 reviews
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Barrier Lake Interpretive Trail is a 5.0 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5 km
248 m
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers

Short uphill hike to a ridge providing views of the northern and southern sections of Barrier lake. Trails an be shortened by parking in the upper parking lot of Barrier Lake Day Use.

7 months ago

Amazing views at the top!

7 months ago

Would have loved to stay longer, but the members in my hiking party were bear-scared

8 months ago

great trail for young kids

8 months ago

Did this hike twice! One of my favourites so far! Beautiful view for the height travelled. Takes 2.5-3 hrs return. There are 2 lookouts 15 min apart from one another. I stayed on trail the first time. Second time took the "shortcuts" on the way down and got lost in deep brush forest lol eventually found my way back to the trail when I found service after 15-20 mins!

9 months ago

If you are wanting to get a feel for what it's like to hike to the top of a mountain, this is a good place to start. Not exactly a mountain but it gives you an idea of what to expect.

Trails are in great shape. We missed a corner and ended up at the lake instead of at the top but after turning around we eventually made it up.

13 days ago