Past Meetup

Cross Country Skiing - Pocaterra to Packers / Peter Loughheed Provincial Park


North Edworthy Park

Bowness Road and Shagannappi Trail · Calgary, AB

How to find us

Look for the Yellow Ford Focus, Northeast Corner

Location image of event venue


Description: This long thoroughfare stretches from Pocaterra Ski Hut to Whisky Jack and connects with ten other trails, six of which branch off in the first 3.4 kilometers.

The relatively flat lower third follows winding muskeg, crossing and re-crossing the stream on bridge bridges and is generally patrolled by ski patrollers and on occasion by a Great Horned Owl defending its territory. Kananaskis group campground located near the junction with Rolly Road, offers picnic tables and a washroom for skiers, before hitting the trails.

Nowdays, the old pack trail connecting Lower Kananaskis Lake Ranger Station to the Pocaterra Tote Road in the direction of Highwood Pass is used as a link between Boulton Creek parking lot and Pocaterra Trail over 100 meters higher up the slope.

If you haven't skied this trail recently, you're in for a treat. It sill surprises with steep uphills and downhills in both directions and the flat meadows near the Pocaterra end are still uncharacteristic of the rest of it, but now the trail has been widened and the awkward bends ironed out.

Distance: 13 Kilometers

Height Gain North to South: 293 Meters

Difficulty: Easy / Intermediate

What to Bring: Please see the standard Day Trips Checklist under Resources on the Club website.

Event Coordinator: For inquires, please contact the event coordinator Paul Omlin at (403)[masked] between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Meeting Time and Place: Please arrive no later than 7:45 a.m., in the northeast corner of the Edworthy Parking Lot, to arrange carpooling as we will be departing at 8:00 a.m. sharp.

Driving Distance: 139.3 Kilometers on way. The Club suggests a compensation of $0.06 cents per kilometer both ways for the driver(s) of the carpools. (Approximately $10.00)

Notice of Cancellation: The trip leader will contact registered participants by telephone or by email if the trip is cancelled or postponed. Participants are asked to contact the trip leader if they have a change of plans.

Guest Policy: Guests are welcome to 'try us out' on a couple of events. Please complete a Guest Waiver ( ) and bring it with you.

For those that are interested, we will be stopping at the Kananaskis Village for light snacks and refreshments.