The Village Rim Trail offers expansive views of Kananaskis Valley and surrounding mountains from Kananaskis Village, Alberta, Canada.
Kananaskis Mountain Lodge in Kananaskis Village is the focal point for several ways to access the circular Village Rim Trail which tracks the edge of the plateau on the east side of Mount Kidd overlooking Kananaskis Valley and surrounding mountains.
The main, well-signed trail entrance, which allows visiting all the interpretive viewpoints in numerical sequence, is about 200 m (⅛ of a mile) down the entrance road from the cul-de-sac entrance to the Kananaskis Mountain Lodge.
The paved Village Rim Trail has negligible elevation and is wheelchair friendly. Following a short walk through forest on winding paved trail, expansive views open up over Kananaskis Valley and surrounding mountains which offer many spectacular hiking opportunities from easy to advanced.
The 1.3 KM (⅞ mile), paved Village Rim Trail leads to Viewpoint # 1 and passes two benches at viewpoints across the Kananaskis Valley before arrival at elaborate Viewpoint # 2 hosting elevated memorial viewing benches behind a glassed-in deck with awesome views across Kananaskis Valley with the Kananaskis Country Golf Course in the valley bottom and Mount Kidd looming high above to the right.
During pleasant summer days, it is common to find artists and photographers practicing their craft in this incredibly beautiful place.
There are additional paved trails which connect the Kananaskis Mountain Lodge (formerly known as Delta Hotels Kananaskis Lodge) to the semi-circular trail near this point.
A series of brass plaques, embedded in the concrete floor around the semi-circular viewing deck, identify surrounding mountains by their names.
This is a place to take a deep breath, to sit and ponder the meaning of life and to relax to become an integral part of the experience. Every person should seize the opportunity to stand in this place at least once in their life.
Continuing along the trail brings the view directly into the dramatic face of Mount Kidd.
Several additional viewpoints along the paved route include a turn and shallow dip on this interpretive experience which is fully wheelchair compatible. During Spring and Fall, the experience includes legions of wildflowers blanketing surrounding slopes.
The Village Rim Trail ends at the open sports field where a swing right will return through the parking area to the shops and amenities of Kananaskis Village and the Kananaskis Mountain Lodge.
This completes a light snowshoe and hiking day in Kananaskis Country on the Terrace Trail and the Village Rim Trail.
Following the return drive to Calgary, a fine dining experience at Notables Bowness rewards an excellent hiking day in Kananaskis Country.
Photos are captured Friday, February 17, 2017 on the short and scenic Village Rim Trail at Kananaskis Mountain Lodge in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.