Another weekend, another camping trip. That’s about how our summers go around here. From exploring some of our favorite places, discovering new trails and planning road trips to discover a little further – we pack in a lot of adventure when it’s warm outside and we can discover the fantastic places to adventure on weekend trips.
This weekend, we stayed at Canyon Campground in Kananaskis, and 45 km South on Hwy 40 was Cat Creek Falls – it was the perfect time to finally take the hike, suitable for young kids (our recommendation, ages 3+ if they’re going to walk themselves).
Cat Creek Falls has been on our list of places to explore and discover for the past year, since we ventured into Kananaskis. With the road washed out, you’ve got to park on the access to the day area and walk in, from the highway. Cross the highway to find the path that leads up to the falls.
Walk through the day use area to discover the washed out road that the kids likened to a scene from an Earthquake, but be careful not to get too close to the edge, it’s a long way down. There are places to picnic, with tables and fire pits.
From there, you’ll find the sign leading into the trail. It’s an hour of up and down, but nothing too steep that a quick hold of a young kid’s hand can’t solve. There are interesting aspects of the trail like stairs, interpretive trail signs and a terrain that keeps the attention of the kids – making it easier to hike along the trail. The kids enjoyed the part most hiking through the pines, which will lead you down to a point where you’re hiking along the creek (and finding short cuts that were steep so they had to butt scoot).
Follow the path, there are two bridges to cross until you get to the falls. The six meter, two tiered falls, were impressive for the kids with shallow wading.
The water is freezing, as expected, but it didn’t stop the kids from wading in it. They found a throne, threw stones, scrambled across the logs to get to the other side, found a small island and ran across the bridges.
On the way out, there’s a lookout point with a bench that oversees the highway and where you parked. There’s a shortcut down, to the left, that’s steep but will shave a few minutes off of the trip coming down if you’ve got small people with tired feet. We had to hold hands, bum scoot for the little kids, down the steep hill, but the shortcut was exciting.
Get the details, map and trail information at Alberta Parks