Kananaskis Country Trail Guide Volume 1

Kananaskis Country Trail Guide Vol. 1

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Volume 1: Kananaskis Valley, Smith-Dorrien, Kananaskis Lakes, Elk Lakes

With over 100,000 copies of the previous editions sold, Gillean Daffern’s bestselling hiking guides to Kananaskis Country (Where is Kananaskis Country?) have been completely revised and updated. As the pre-eminent expert on the area, the author continues to offer something for every level of outdoor enthusiast, be they novice or experienced hikers, scramblers or backpackers. Gillean’s clear and detailed text, enhanced with colour photos and maps, enables everyone to navigate safely through this complex and beautiful area.

Each new volume includes exciting and previously unpublished trails and routes and full-colour photographs throughout do justice to the spectacular scenery of the Canadian Rockies.

The previous two volumes have been extended into five exhaustively researched books:

  • Vol 1. Kananaskis Valley, Smith-Dorrien, Kananaskis Lakes, Elk Lakes
  • Vol 2. Jumpingpound, West Bragg, Elbow
  • Vol 3. Ghost, Bow Valley, Spray
  • Vol 4. Sheep, McLean Creek
  • Vol 5. Flat Creek, Highwood, Cataract, Willow Creek, Livingstone

Gillean has been writing and publishing bestselling trail guides to Kananaskis Country for over 30 years, ever since the dawn of K Country in 1977. She was exploring the area well before then, too, so she knows it intimately and in every season of the year. She also travels to mountain areas outside of Kananaskis Country, and in particular enjoys visiting countries off the beaten tourist path. Gillean is the founder of Rocky Mountain Books and, along with her husband, Tony, was awarded the Banff Mountain Festival’s Summit of Excellence Award in 2006.

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B. December 1, 2014 at 6:25 pm

What a shame

Tony Daffern December 1, 2014 at 11:22 am

We have no plans to do a new edition of ski trails. So much has changed over the past 20 years, with much of the skiing in K Country now being Alpine style skiing in steep, complex terrain. Also, a lot of the areas seem to get less snow than when the book originally came out.

B. November 30, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Speaking of new volumes coming out I am wondering whether there will ever be a new edition of Ski Trails? I like the Ski Trails book a lot but it needs to be updated! ( and put in color :)

Tony Daffern June 24, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Volume 3 Bow Valley-Ghost is available.
Volume 5 will be out spring 2015. It was supposed to be out this year but we could not get into the Highwood area due to the floods last summer. Working on it now.

Joyce Algar June 23, 2014 at 11:18 am

Are volumes 3 and 5 available yet?

Gillean Daffern October 17, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Hi Tom, Kristen, Kevin
Re Volume 5: either late 2014 or early 2015.The problem is that with closures of Hwys. 40, 940, 532 I wasn’t been able to check on anything much this last summer.I am expecting a fair amount of flood damage to some trails like the start to Mt. Burke.And I know logging has affected many trails on the west side of Hwy. 940. So we’ll see how it goes.

Kevin October 15, 2013 at 5:49 am

Hello, when can we expect volume 5?

Kristin July 22, 2013 at 10:39 am

I would really like the answer to Tom’s question. When can we expect Vol. 3 and 5? Vol. 3 was expected to be released on May 2013 and then on July 15 2013 and it still isn’t out.

Tom McCarthy May 19, 2013 at 11:21 pm

I am so grateful to you for the beautiful adventures you’ve led for me over the years. The new Trail Guides 1, 2 and 4 are amazing. When can we expect 3 and 5? Can’t wait!

Gillean Daffern May 8, 2013 at 10:46 am

What a very strange story Peter. Doesn’t sound like me at all. I love to sign people’s books and have a chat. Are you sure you got the right person?

peter May 5, 2013 at 3:59 pm


I’ve been a big fan of your books for many years. I purchased one of the newer volumes at the Banff Book Festival and the salesman pointed you out as you were standing beside the booth. I went up and asked if you’d be so kind as to autograph my new book. You looked at me like I was a leper and walked off. I was astounded at the arrogance, so returned the book and have related the story a few times to fellow hiking club members. What a strange and miserable person you are.

Claire September 8, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Forget it – I see you can’t print ebooks. I wanted to print out just the particular hike we were doing.

Claire September 8, 2012 at 6:27 pm

I would love to buy the 5 books in digital format. I see there is basically only 1 of her books you can get in digital format.
I hope they will be available in digital format soon

Gillean Daffern July 29, 2011 at 10:58 am

Volume 2 (Elbow, Bragg Creek, Jumpingpound) is out in bookstores. Vol 4 (Sheep) will be out next year. Vol 3 (Ghost, Bow Valley, Canmore, Spray) will probably be next. Vol 5 (Highwood ) the year after.

Tara July 28, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Where can I find volume 4 & 5

thank you :)

Kristin July 17, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Does anyone have the newer edition of any other volume than Volume 1? I can only ever find that part of the series….

Cathy August 14, 2010 at 7:51 am

We recently purchased Volume 1 of the new series at the bookstore in Lake Louise (The Viewpoint). The photos, maps and detail are great. We look forward to the rest of the volumes as they come out

Tony D July 15, 2010 at 8:26 am

Scott; it would appear that Amazon Canada does not keep thebook in stock, but relies on the publisher to ship it from their warehouse. Makes some sense as Amazon saves on warehousing and the publisher doesn’t have to worry about Amazon having enough stock.

Scott July 13, 2010 at 1:48 pm

I’ve been looking for the latest edition of this book for a couple days now and just stumbled onto your post. I looked for the guide last night at mec in Calgary without any luck. And I’m curious why it’s not available on Amazon.ca directly from Amazon; Only through resellers. My third edition from 96 is really starting to show its age and I’d like to replace it before returning to Northover at the end of summer.

willibrord July 6, 2010 at 1:32 pm

I don’t imagine you are getting many sales of this book as it doesn’t appear to be available anywhere.
Whenever I ask , staff try and sell me one of Gillean’s many other hiking guides.

Barbara June 23, 2010 at 5:22 pm

I love this new volume of the book! I hadn’t seen it at MEC yet, so was glad to find it at The Second Story in Canmore. The maps are great, colour photos add a lot, and I like all the trail ‘options’. Very detailed :-)

Does anyone know by any chance, if one could head up to Mount Allan (from Ribbon, trip 24) and connect down to Fisera Ridge (trip 23B) as a loop? I’m thinking one might be able to skirt across at approximately 2,500m elevation.

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