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“Flood damage so sad” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ribbon Creek Trail

Ribbon Creek Trail
Kananaskis Provincial Park, Canmore, Alberta, Canada
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Ranked #28 of 38 Activities in Canmore
Beaumont, AB, Canada
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“Flood damage so sad”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

This has long been our favourite hiking trail. We were devastated to find the trailhead was non-existent after the flood damage from last year. We were happy to find that the Terrace Trail does connect and were eventually able to get to the far end of the Ribbon Creek Trail. We will always remember this trail for its beauty and the great hiking adventures it has provided to us.

Visited October 2014
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“Scenic, undulating hike up to the snow line and falls”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

A relatively easy hike that takes you through forests, meanders beside a creek, and takes you up up and up oh out too much strenuous effort, where you round the final corner and see the Ribbon Falls. Being a mountainous location at high elevation, be prepared for four seasons in one day. During my three hour return trip, it rained, lightly hailed, shone brightly with calm stillness and also blew strong winds.

Since is trail is so popular and full of people all moving at their own pace, sometimes who don't have the sense to step out of the way when the trail widens, go earlier in the day, before 10 a.m.

Visited June 2013
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Kingston, Canada
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“Nice hike”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Beautiful little trail. I went down a good part of it myself in the late summer, and took a lot of great photos in the evening. Lots of parking, would have been a great group hike.

Visited July 2012
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Calgary, Canada
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“A great little trail”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

This is good for beginners and others that would like more of a work out. There are several branches of trails off of the Ribbon Creek trail. The creek trail is pretty and a steady gentle climb. At the end of the track setting you can snow shoe the rest of the way to the falls if you like. On your way back you can branch off and make it up to the Village and have a coffee, snack and even a beer if you like. There is some good elevation gain that can be had and then the ski back down to the parking lot from the village is sweet and fast. This can be a lot of fun with fresh snow but not so fun if it is hard packed/groomed.

Visited December 2012
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“A nice walk, with a bit of excitement at the top!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012

The Ribbon Creek trail leaves from the Kananaskis Hostel and follows a scenic valley uphill for about 7 km. The first part of the trail is a wide smooth walk on an easy trail, nice for bicycles, kids and pets. There is a small clearing, then the trail begins a steady climb with steep dropoffs and some difficult sections, but great views of the surrounding mountains.
Eventually you arrive at the Ribbon Falls campground, where there is a spectacular waterfall and a good spot to sit for lunch. If you're feeling ambitious, you can climb about another 200 m until you're past the top of the waterfall on an open cliff face. For the brave, you can climb the cliff hanging onto a series of chains and reach the pass over to the Galatea Lakes trail. A scary drop below, but another beautiful views all around.

For the most part, the trail is not too difficult, and on a nice summer day it can get pretty busy. Get an early start.

Visited July 2011
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