From the Trans Canada Highway, 76 kilometers (47 miles) west of Calgary, Highway 40 branches south across open rangeland, entering Kananaskis Country beyond the boundary of the Stoney reserve.The first worthwhile stop along this route is Canoe Meadows, a large day-use area above the sparkling Kananaskis River.
Across the road is Tim Horton’s Children’s Ranch, set up to help underprivileged kids enjoy summer camp.
The first main body of water Highway 40 passes is Barrier Lake, dominated to the south by the impressive peak of Mount Baldy (2,212 meters/7,257 feet).
Unfortunately I reserved an SUV and upon arrival to the check-in desk I was told they had only sedans.
It was lucky that another company had a larger car for me, but I was surprised and not thrilled that I made a reservation for a car they did not have to rent.
He is personable and tries to customise your experience for you.
We were early to pickup and the car we requested was not yet available.
After passing a second, lesser-used picnic area at the south end of Barrier Lake, Highway 40 continues south around the base of Mount Baldy and crosses Wasootch Creek and another picnic area.
The next stop of interest, especially for young anglers, is Mount Lorette Ponds, a string of five shallow lakes stocked annually with rainbow trout.
I needed to extend the rental an extra day, then the following day I changed the dropoff location and the staff were very helpful.
They only charged me a fee to extend the rental and nothing to change the location. I had requested online and was going to pick up from monterey, CA and return to SFO airport.
Plans had changed and I ended up taking to another location but they were just as friendly and cooperative as ever.