Quarry Lake meanders around an incredible mountain lake with stunning views of the Three Sisters and Ha Ling mountain. Although the kid-friendly trail can become quite busy on a hot day on the weekend, Quarry Lake is a fun place to spend the day since there is a sandy beach. To enjoy the day afterward, pack a swimsuit, a pail, shovel, and lifejackets to enjoy the sandy beach afterward.
Winter Safety: Skating an walking on Quarry lake is not an option. The lake is fed by an underground spring and has methane pockets that make ice thickness too variable to be safe.
Distance : 1.1 km (.68 mi) loop
Elevation : 0 m (0 ft)
Hike Highlights: Sandy Beach, Lake, Mountain Views,
Facilities: Outhouse, Picnic Tables, Benches, Off-leash dog park nearby Optional Gear: Carrier, Stroller, Wheelchair Accessible
Trail Rider Rating: Easy
From Canmore, take the Three Sisters Parkway Highway 742, and follow the signage towards the Canmore Nordic Centre. Before reaching the Canmore Nordic Centre there will be a sign for Quarry lake on the left-hand side. If you have passed the centre, you have driven too far.
The family-friendly trail Quarry Lake Trail starts at the south side of the parking lot or the left side when entering the parking lot. Follow the wide service road towards the lake past the large information signs. There is an outhouse located on the right side of the lake.
Follow the large, wide service road to Quarry Lake. Once you reach the lake, turn left to walk clockwise around the lake and pass the picnic tables.
The trail is hardpacked allowing most strollers and wheelchairs
to maneuver along the trail.
At the halfway point, there are more picnic tables and another beach area.
Finish the loop and head back to the parking lot or enjoy the rest of the day at the beach appreciating the views. Practice water safety.
Spend the rest of the day soaking up the sun beside the sandy beach at Quarry Lake. Alternatively, drive into Canmore and explore the shops and restaurants. Heart Creek Trail is another beautiful and easy trails in the area.
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