Kananaskis Country Trail Maps

The Maps

These are the maps from the back of the five volumes of Kananaskis Country Trail Guides, arranged by volume. Depending on your operating system and browser, the map will either be downloaded to your computer, or displayed on the screen—in which case right click on it (control click on a Mac) and select save or download.

Printed out actual size the map scale is 1:50,000. They can be printed on 11″ x 17″ paper, although some of the maps will need to be scaled down to fit. It is not intended that you try to assemble a mosaic of all the maps as many of the maps overlap and they are not all exactly the same size.

The trail lines on the map were obtained in various ways: A large number of them are from our own GPS tracklogs and we consider them accurate. Some are from other people’s tracklogs that we considered accurate enough to use. Many others are drawn on the maps from Gillean’s notes and are approximate lines. If you notice any that are obviously way out, please let us know and if you can give us an accurate tracklog we will update the map.

Note that the government topo maps that cover Kananaskis Country come in a mix of Imperial and Metric units. Therefore, the contour intervals vary. Some of the maps have both imperial and metric contours when they span two types of government maps. Imperial contours are 100 ft intervals and metric 40 m intervals. For instance the grid lines on 82 J14 and 82 J/15 don’t join. You will also notice that many of the maps lack the blue grid numbers. I didn’t delete them, it’s just the way the maps were cut up. Maybe this winter, when its too cold to go out, I will add the grid numbers to each map! In the meantime you could print the maps out and write on the grid numbers. But…

To make things even worse, the datum for the Imperial maps is NAD 27 and for the Metric ones NAD83. In the guidebooks all the grid references are given using NAD 83, so although they are good on the ground, they need converting if you try to use them to locate a point on one of the Imperial maps. The trail lines on the map are:

• Red line: a trail, official or unofficial.

• Red dash: a route.

• Black line: trail in other volumes, or trail not described.

• Black dash: route in other volumes of this series.

• Purple dash: scramble route not described in hiking guide.