My daughter Gloria, 2 1/2-year-old granddaughter Billa, 4 month old grandson Omar, and I make a visit to Mount Lorette Ponds in Kananaskis Country just north of Nakiska at a convenient, but easy to miss, east turnout on Kananaskis Trail (Hwy 40). It is a beautiful, sunny day enhanced by a new and rapidly disappearing, overnight snowfall.
The ponds are particularly impressive in early spring as mountain runoff makes the crystal clear water even more emerald than usual and heightening sun creates a green, fluorescent algae bloom underneath. On the stroll in, we choose a picnic table secluded in a sunny, forest location. I brush off the snow so it will be dry for our picnic lunch when we return from our walk on good trail, and over bridges, to enjoy the ponds. The tiny and very beautiful sanctuary is nearly vacant on this day.
Mount Lorette Ponds are nestled below 8,160 ft. (2,487 metre) Mount Lorette on the other side of Kananaskis Trail. In the summer and fall it is a popular place to fish. The ponds are stocked by Alberta Provincial Parks and there are secluded docks to allow fishing in relative privacy.
Throughout our wanderings over the day we see an unusually large number of deer grazing in the sun, a nice herd of mountain sheep, and a chipmunk. Billa is mesmerized by the chipmunk at lunchtime when it shows the courage to come to the picnic table for an almond. It is a beautiful and peaceful place.