Nestled deep within Kananskis Country’s 4000 square kilometre expanse of lofty peaks, sparkling streams and boundless forests, lies the unassuming little Forget-Me-Not Pond.
Unassuming? Yes. Forgettable? Never.
The pristine emerald waters of the Forget-Me-Not Pond are backed by an astonishingly picture-perfect panorama of the Rocky mountains. It’s truly one of the most spectacular scenes I’ve ever seen in Kananaskis, Alberta.
Why you should visit the Forget-Me-Not Pond
Forget-Me-Not Pond is the ideal day trip for families wanting to take a break from city life. We headed out with my toddler, grandma, grandpa and auntie to bbq Korean bulgogi and revel in the serenity of nature.
My 2 year old daughter absolutely loved throwing rocks into the pond to make a big splash, and meeting chipmunks for the first time. The water was so clear and beautiful that she couldn’t resist sticking her toes in, despite the icy cold temperature.
The pond is also the perfect size for little ones to explore. My daughter had no problem walking around the entire circumference of the Forget-Me-Not Pond… stopping to look at plants, and throwing rocks along the way of course.
People mostly head to Forget-Me-Not Pond to picnic and enjoy the views, but you can swim, if you don’t mind super cold 6°C water, or paddle out on a non-motorized boat.
Scuba divers even practice there, most looking for a commemorative plaque on the bottom of the pond that honours a Calgary police office killed on duty.
Facilities at Forget-Me-Not Pond
The Forget-Me-Not Pond is a recreational day use area. There’s plenty of parking available as well as outdoor toilets, which are also located near the parking lot.
You’ll have to unload your gear and take a short stroll to get to the pond, but it’s not too arduous. Once there, stake your claim to one of the sites with picnic tables and bbq pits.
If you really want to stay overnight, you can try booking one of the 94 serviced or walk-in tenting sites available at the Little Elbow Campground nearby. It’s open from mid- May to mid-September, and reservations can be made starting in the middle of February.
Head west of Calgary on 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.
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