Adventure and travel writing

Kayaking Alberta

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Location:  About 1 hour west of Calgary, Alberta on Hwy 40.  Two entry options, Barrier Dam is first turn off and the Barrier Lake Boat Launch is the second turn off.


Launch: The Barrier Lake  Boat Launch is located in the Day Use Area.  Though it doesn't offer access directly to the water, it does land you at a sandy hill down to the water.


Parking:  Free parking in the Barrier Lake parking lot but this small lot could fill up quick and you may have to park in other sections of the Day Use Area after dropping  your boat by the water.


Facilities:  Pit toilets available throughout the Barrier Lake Day Use Area.


Drinking water / Food:  None available so come prepared.


Notes: How far south you can go on Barrier Lake will depend on the water levels.  There is a great opportunity to hike to Jewell Falls by kayaking across to Jewell Bay.  Jewell Bay does having a nice campsite that is close to the Day Use Area and can be pre-booked through Alberta Parks.

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Location:  About 15 min west of Cochrane, Alberta on Hwy 1A.


Launch: The Ghost Lake parking lot on the south side of Hwy 1A has a very nice large boat ramp and launch area.


Parking:  Lots of free parking in the Ghost Lake parking lot.


Facilities:  Pit toilets in the Ghost Lake parking lot.


Drinking water / Food:  None available so come prepared.


Notes: Head West along the lake which will eventually take you up the Bow River.  The lake and the launch can be busy on nice days so keep your eyes open for boat traffic.

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Location:  About 15 min west of Cochrane, Alberta on Hwy 1A.


Launch: The Ghost Lake parking lot on the south side of Hwy 1A has a very nice large boat ramp and launch area.


Parking:  Lots of free parking in the Ghost Lake parking lot.


Facilities:  Pit toilets in the Ghost Lake parking lot.


Drinking water / Food:  None available so come prepared.


Notes: Head North under the Hwy 1A bridge and follow up the river.  How far up you can go will depend on the time of year.  There are areas higher up the river where you can pull out for a lunch break.