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Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

Peter Lougheed Provincial Park is a provincial park located in Alberta, Canada. The park is in Kananaskis Country about 90 kilometres (56 mi) west of Calgary, along the Kananaskis Trail.

Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
Upper Kananaskis Lake in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
Map showing the location of Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
Map showing the location of Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
Location of Peter Lougheed Park in Alberta
LocationKananaskis, Alberta, Canada
Nearest cityCalgary, Canmore
Coordinates50°41′58″N 115°11′16″W / 50.69944°N 115.18778°W / 50.69944; -115.18778Coordinates: 50°41′58″N 115°11′16″W / 50.69944°N 115.18778°W / 50.69944; -115.18778
Area304 km2 (117 sq mi)
EstablishedSeptember 22, 1977
Governing bodyAlberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation

The park is named after Peter Lougheed who served as premier of Alberta from 1971 to 1985. The park was originally named Kananaskis Provincial Park. Key people in creating the park were Bill Milne, a Calgary architect and environmentalist and Alberta Highways Minister and area MLA Clarence Copithorne. Legend says Premier Lougheed created the park in 1977 after a single helicopter flight over the area arranged by Milne and Copithorne.[1]

The park was dedicated on September 22, 1977. It is one of the largest provincial parks in Alberta, encompassing 304 square kilometres (117 sq mi) around the Kananaskis Lakes. The park provides amenities for camping and fishing along with trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing. There are currently six vehicular access campgrounds and six backcountry campgrounds in the park.

A variety of wildlife can also be found in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, such as grizzly bears, black bears, elk, deer, moose, bighorn sheep, cougars, lynx, wolves and the occasional mountain goat.

Some of the most popular backpacking trips in Kananaskis are found in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. The Northover Ridge is a three to four-day backpacking trip, as is the North and South Kananaskis Pass.


The following activities are available in the park:[2]

A long exposure photograph of a small waterfall along Elpoca Creek during winter in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park in Alberta, Canada.

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  1. ^ "Alberta Parks Kananaskis Country History".
  2. ^ Alberta Tourism, Parks, Recreation & Culture. "best-hunting-boots-reviewed". Retrieved 2018-12-01.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)[permanent dead link]

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