Kananaskis Provincial Park: Ribbon Creek to Ribbon Lake Campground (20 km / 2 days)

Tourists taking rest in Kananaskis Ribbon Lake

The Ribbon Lake Backcountry Campground is one of the backcountry campgrounds located in the Kananaskis region of Alberta. This campground can be accessed via 3 different routes. The routes are:

via the Ribbon Creek Day Use Area

Galatea Creek Trail/Guinn’s Pass Trail from Galatea Day Use

via Buller Pass Trail from Buller Mountain Day Use

This trip report focuses on the route through the Ribbon Creek Day Use Area. 

This trail is considered beginner level for backpackers; however, there are vertical chains to access the lake. In this trip, there were two first-time backpackers and with a team effort, everyone was able to successfully conquer the chains. 

The trail remains flat up until the last 2-3 kms where the elevation kicks in. The trail is easy to navigate through, so one won’t get lost on the trail. Great points of reference are the Kananaskis maps that are stationed at the Day Use Area. 

The campgrounds are well maintained with wonderful outhouses, bear bins, a fire pit, and tables to play games/eat dinner. 

Trip Completed: June 2018

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Ribbon Creek Day Use Area

Ending Point: Ribbon Creek Day Use Area

Total Distance: 20 km

Elevation Gain: 625 m

Duration: 2 night / 3 days (with 1 rest day)

Difficulty: Beginner 


This route takes place in Kananaskis Provincial Park, which is an hour southwest of Calgary.

Traditional Territory: This route takes place on the traditional territory of Niitsitpiis-stahkoii (Blackfoot/Niisitapi) (source). 

Maps & Resources

Map: Paper maps are available at Day Use Area or online at AllTrails

Campsite Reservations: You can make bookings through Alberta Parks Online Reservation. Search under Backcountry Camping for Ribbon Lake Backcountry. Backcountry camping can currently be reserved up to 90 days in advance of your scheduled arrival time. Each permit represents 1 tent pad. Rates are ...

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