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Spray Lake, Alberta

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Spray Lakes Reservoir is a reservoir in Alberta, Canada. The Spray Lakes were a string of lakes formed along the Spray River, a tributary of the Bow River. With the damming of the river, the lakes were united in the Spray Lakes Reservoir.It lies between the Goat Range and the Three Sisters ridge, at an elevation of 1720m. The lake is followed by Highway 742 (Smith Dorrien Trail) in the northern part.The lake is fed by the following waterways: Bryant CreekTurbulent CreekCurrie CreekWatridge CreekSpray RiverSmuts CreekSpurling Creek The lake is drained by the Spray River, which empties into the Bow River 10km downstream, at the town of Canmore.ParksThe lake lies in the recreational area of Kananaskis Country, and defines the eastern edge of Spray Valley Provincial Park. An assortment of recreational areas are established on both shores. Spray Lakes West Provincial Recreation AreaSparrowhawk Provincial Recreation AreaBuller Mountain Provincial Recreation AreaMount Shark Trailhead Provincial Recreation Area The western shore is paralleled by hiking trails, and picnic sites and campgrounds are set up on both sides of the lake.
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  • July 13, 2017
    Private, rustic camp spots with no amenities. (except porta potties) Hard to get the site you want but wonderful when you do. The drive up is one of our favorites. Better to take a truck. We will be b...  more »
  • May 27, 2017
    This is a definitely must do in your trip. You get a great view of the town from up in the mountains. We went at 8:30pm but didn't see any wildlife. It's a beautiful drive and there are some lakes. We...  more »
  • January 5, 2017
    Got a tip off bears were on the spray lake road. We managed to see our 1st Grizzly! It was nearing sunset so we turned back after an hour. You need at least 3 hours to complete. The road is gravel so ...  more »

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Resorts and mountain lodges represent the majority of places to stay in Canmore. Most lie just off the Trans-Canada Highway, allowing for convenient access to the surrounding area's natural attractions. Look deeper in town--towards the Bow River--to enjoy the most scenic sightseeing Canmore has to offer, straight from your hotel window. Remember to reserve in advance between June and September, as the town attracts most of its visitors during the warmer months.
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