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The Unforgettable, Forget-Me-Not Pond in Kananaskis, Alberta

Nestled deep within Kananskis Country’s 4000 square kilometre expanse of lofty peaks, sparkling streams and boundless forests, lies an unassuming little mountain pond.

Forget-Me-Not pond

Forget-Me-Not pond

Unassuming? Yes. Forgettable? Never.

Backed by an astonishingly picture-perfect panorama of the Rocky mountains, the pristine emerald waters of the Forget-Me-Not Pond dare you to enter it’s icy depths. It’s that pure.

We managed to resist its beguiling call though, and instead spent a lovely afternoon reverently contemplating the absolute majesty of the nature that surrounded us at every turn.

Getting There

Head west of Calgary on the Trans-Canada Highway 1, until you reach Highway 22. Go south on Highway 22, and then drive west for 29 kilometres on Elbow Falls Trail (Highway 66). Look out for the Little Elbow Recreation Area, and make a left when you reach it.

From our house in south-east Calgary, we took Highway 22x through Priddis, and then onwards to Highway 22 and Elbow Falls Trail.

Be aware that because of snow and dangerous road conditions, Highway 66 is closed from December 1 to May 14.

The Forget-Me-Not Pond is a day use area, with picnic tables, fire pits and outdoor toilets. The Little Elbow Campground which has 137 sites is close-by.

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19 Comments Post a comment
  1. How peaceful..and stunning! Love the first picture with sunrays..certainly an unforgettable place!

    September 17, 2014
    • It was incredibly peaceful for sure! Lol…that pic was taken on my iPhone 4 and edited with Snapseed!!! Seriously, sometimes the pics that come off of there look way better than from my Sony NEX!!! :p

      September 19, 2014
  2. Oh what a beautiful pond name! We will visit it soon. We’re from SE Calgary, too, Shelley ๐Ÿ™‚ -Kai

    September 18, 2014
    • Lol…the name is so ironic, in a way!! The drive down the 22x from SE Calgary is beautiful in it’s own right, so it will be a wonderful day trip for you. Enjoy! Wish I could join you. ๐Ÿ™‚

      September 19, 2014
      • Haha! Thanks. A cougar was spotted and at the South Health Campus area today. Black bears were seen in the southwest areas (Bridlewood, woodbine, evergreen).

        Happy weekend to you two ๐Ÿ™‚

        September 19, 2014
  3. Wow, it looks stunning. Those photos are amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

    September 18, 2014
    • Thanks Justine! That whole part of the world is beyond beautiful. Always a pleasure to take pics there. ๐Ÿ™‚

      September 19, 2014
  4. Absolutely GORGEOUS!

    September 18, 2014
  5. Jen #

    My eyes are melting out of their sockets. Fantastic scenery.

    September 18, 2014
  6. Sha #

    I’ve decided that if I ever get to Canada, I would have gladly forgotten to return…I will tell my parents that I got lost amongst all these beautiful nature…well, except for the snow…ok, maybe the snow will chase me away…I need my sun! Haha…..really love the photos…:)

    September 19, 2014
    • Heh heh. For sure the snow and the freezing cold would chase you away. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But Canada is perfect to get lost in for about 3 or 4 months…the nature is truly extraordinary.

      September 19, 2014
  7. Wow, so beautiful. Your photos make me feel as though I’m there!

    September 23, 2014
    • It was truly stunning, and so peaceful! I wish I was standing on the edge of that pond again right now. ๐Ÿ™‚

      September 23, 2014
  8. This one is definitely making it onto my Canadian road trip list. Lakes and ponds like this can be some of the most beautiful places, and so often not touristy. The Cutler Coast Preserve in Downeast Maine is definitely one of those places.

    September 23, 2014
    • That’s one of the best things about western Canada – these kinds of lakes and ponds are all over the place, most undiscovered, and all you need is a car to explore. It’s funny, this pond is probably one of the busier places in Kananaskis, but it was still quiet and beautiful.

      I’ll have to look up that Preserve. I have not done enough road tripping in North America by far…

      September 23, 2014
  9. Wow… the first picture is just… what should I say? blown me away …

    October 28, 2014
    • And would you believe I took it on my iPhone 4!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sometimes the pictures that come off that old phone are so beautiful, it amazed me!

      October 28, 2014

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