Where Are We

Park: Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada
Closest International Airport: Calgary International Airport (YYC)
Closest town: Canmore, Alberta
Helicopter staging areas: Canmore Alpine Heliport and the Mount Shark Helipad
Main trailheads: Mount Shark and Sunshine Village Resort

Distances and Traveling Times:

Calgary International Airport to Canmore/Canmore Alpine Heliport: 116 km, 1.5 hours drive
Canmore to Mount Shark Helipad: 36.3 km, 1 hour drive
Canmore to Mount Shark Trailhead: 38.3 km, 1 hour drive
Canmore to the Sunshine Village Resort parking: 26.3 km, 1/2 hour drive
Sunshine Village Resort parking to Sunshine Trailhead: 9 km shuttle bus or hike.
Mount Shark Trailhead to Assiniboine Lodge: 27.5 km, 7-10 hour hike or cross country ski
Sunshine Trailhead to Assiniboine Lodge: 27.5 km, 1-2 days hike

 

Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park is located in British Columbia and is a high alpine backcountry park with no road access. It can only be reached by hiking, cross-country skiing or helicopter. The core area of the Park sits at 2,180 meters (7,200 feet) and is located approximately 27.5 km from the main trailhead.

The park is roughly triangular in shape. The apex of this triangle, and the location of the Park core area, is the junction of the boundaries of Banff National Park, which follows the Continental Divide and forms the eastern boundary, and Kootenay National Park, which marks the boundary to the west. Assiniboine Lodge, the Naiset Huts and the Magog Campground are located in the core area of Assiniboine Provincial Park. The southern boundary follows the height of land above Daer Creek and Extension Creek from Kootenay National Park to the Mitchell River, then easterly to Banff National Park and the Continental Divide.

The town closest to the helicopter staging areas and main hiking and skiing trailheads is Canmore, Alberta. Canmore is located 116 km to the west of the Calgary International Airport and 30 km to the east of Banff (Banff National Park).  The helicopter staging area and most popular trailhead is located in Kananaskis Country, Alberta at the Mount Shark Helipad and the Mount Shark Trailhead. Both locations are approximately an hour drive on a well maintained gravel road from Canmore. Hiking access is also possible from Sunshine Resort and from Highway 93.

Assiniboine Access Map