Peter Lougheed Provincial Park


Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

Infobox_protected_area
name = Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
iucn_category = VI



caption = Location of "Peter Lougheed Park" in Kananskis Country
base_width = 200px
locator_x = 115
locator_y = 130
location = Alberta, Canada
nearest_city = Calgary, Canmore
lat_degrees = 50
lat_minutes = 41
lat_seconds = 40
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 115
long_minutes = 08
long_seconds = 06
long_direction = W
area = 304 km²
established = September 22, 1977
visitation_num =
visitation_year =
governing_body = Alberta Community Development

Peter Lougheed Provincial Park is a provincial park located in Alberta, Canada. The park is located in Kananaskis Country approximately 90 km west of Calgary, along the Kananaskis Trail.

The park is named after Peter Lougheed who served as premier of Alberta from 1971 to 1985. The park was once known as Kananaskis Provincial Park.

The park was dedicated on September 22, 1977. It is one of the largest provincial parks in Alberta, encompassing 304 km² 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 & South Kananaskis Pass.

Activities

The following activities are available in the park: [Cite web| author=Alberta Tourism, Parks, Recreation & Culture| url=http://gateway.cd.gov.ab.ca/siteactivities.aspx?id=307| title= Activities in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park |accessdate=2007-07-22]
*Camping and backcountry camping (May to August, permit required)
*Canoeing, kayaking, power boating, sailing, windsurfing
*Cross-country skiing (on Boulton Creek, Elk Pass, Little Highwood, Highwood Meadows, Hydroline, Lodgepole, Lookout, Pocaterra, Ptarmigan Cirque, Rolly Road, Upper Kananaskis Lake, Wheeler and Whiskeyjack trails)
*Fishing and ice fishing
*Front country hiking (trails include Black Prince Cirque, Boulton Creek, Burstall Pass, "Canadian Mt. Everest Expedition", Chester Lake, Elbow Lake, Elk Pass, Hydroline, Kananaskis Canyon, Lodgepole, Lookout, Lower Kananaskis Lake, Marl Lake, Maude-Lawson Lakes, Pocaterra, Ptarmigan Cirque, Rawson Lake, Rock Glacier, Rolly Road, Smith-Dorien, Three Isle Lake and Upper Kananaskis Lake trails)
*Mountain biking (on Burstall Pass, Chester Lake, Elbow Lake trail, Elk Pass, Hydroline, Lookout, Pocaterra, Rolly Road, Smith-Dorien, Three Isle Lake, Wheeler and Whiskeyjack trails)
*Horseback riding (on Elbow Lake trail)
*Snowshoeing

ee also

*List of Alberta provincial parks
*List of Canadian provincial parks
*List of National Parks of Canada

References

External links

*Cite web| author= Alberta Tourism, Parks, Recreation & Culture| authorlink=Alberta Community Development| url=http://gateway.cd.gov.ab.ca/siteinformation.aspx?id=307| title= Peter Lougheed Provincial Park |accessdate=2007-07-22
* [http://www.cd.gov.ab.ca/enjoying_alberta/parks/featured/kananaskis/parks_lougheed.asp Park page at Alberta Government - Community Development site]
* [http://hikealberta.com/hike/cat/peter-lougheed-provincial-park Hiking Trails In Peter Lougheed Provincial Park]


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