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The shoreline of Upper Kananaskis Lake in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta Canada
The shoreline of Upper Kananaskis Lake in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta Canada

Boulton Creek Campground

Located approximately two hours southwest of Calgary, Alberta, lies a Kananaskis Country campground that fills to capacity almost every weekend. And there is good reason for that. Boulton Creek Campground is one of Alberta Park’s jewels and camping here provides its visitors with a truly Alberta Rocky Mountain experience.

Located in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park in the heart of Kananaskis Country, Boulton Creek Campground offers exceptional camping facilities with easy access to recreational activities that will keep the outdoor enthusiast in your family busy for weeks, while those with a penchant for photography won’t know where to begin snapping photos.

The campground is located in a lovely well treed area, with a variety of campsites that cater to those with RV’s and tents alike.

Power and water hook-ups are available in 35 campsites with the remaining 83 sites being un-serviced. Along with fire pits and access to a sani-dump, flush toilets and showers are also available.

With no cell phone coverage in the area there is also a handy pay telephone available.  The last time we were there, cell-phone reception was quite a drive north on highway #40

For those forgotten foodstuffs or just for a quick snack, there is a well stocked grocery store and small snack bar.

Well-laid out with paved roadways and bike paths throughout, Boulton Creek Campground offers interpretive programs through Alberta Parks in a centrally located amphitheatre. The programs are varied and provide visitors with insight into the areas unique geology as well as the wildlife that you are sure to encounter during your stay.

Highway #40 South of the Highwood Pass

Highway #40 South of the Highwood Pass

The area itself is on the edge of pristine Alberta wilderness. If your pleasure is hiking, there are several mountains to climb and hiking trails to explore.

One mountain you may like to scale is Mount Indefatigable, which is best accessed via the North Interlakes Day Use area. The mountain, named after a World War II battleship, offers challenges and views that you won’t want to miss. Since it is a good workout and there are some points during the climb that present dangers, you may only want to venture part way up the mountain to take some memorable photos.

If hiking on flatter terrain is more to your liking, the hike around Upper Kananaskis Lake is gorgeous. There are also paved pathways throughout the park that connect the campgrounds in the area to each other and provide easy access to the numerous trailheads to more adventurous hiking.

Aside from the spectacular hiking and camping, both the Upper and Lower Kananaskis Lakes offer ample fishing opportunities. Don’t forget your fishing licence since there are many Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout and Bull Trout to be caught!

A drive further up highway #40 (closed from Dec. 1 – June 15th) takes you over the Highwood Pass. At 2210 m (7250 feet) the Pass is the highest point in Canada that can be accessed via a paved road. Beyond the pass lie some spectacular scenery and numerous picnic areas to enjoy.

Boulton Creek is located in an amazing area that is sure to appeal to the entire family. Its campsites are available by reservation only so be sure to plan ahead and book early. The popularity of this campground will become apparent once you visit it.