High As A Kite has negotiated a lease for the best kite location on Keho Lake! Farmer Don’s point, previously only accessible by boat has now been developed into a kiter’s paradise. With both overnight and day use facilities, the kite ranch has the safest water access on Keho Lake
The Kite Ranch is open for both overnight and day use Permanent trailer sites are available at a cost of $150 season. Day use and overnight camping is free, with a purchase of a Force10 membership. Membership fees are $20 a season for singles or families. The Force10 club donates 50% of fees collected to the Kite Ranch operations. The Force 10 club holds the recreational leases for the kehookipa site as well as kite beach, so join up and protect our access! See the Forum for details on purchasing a membership! The Kiteranch is the place to camp at keho lake!
The Kite Ranch is located on the North West shore of Keho Lake. It is the most prominent point of land on the north shore. Take #2 south from Calgary to Claresholm. Turn left (east) on the #520 (the shell station) Head 38 klm east to the T intersection of the #23. Turn right (south) and drive past Barons. 500m south of Barons turn left (east) on secondary #520. Its a gravel road that crosses over the train tracks. Take your first right (south) and then your first left (east) Proceed along gravel road, you are now paralleling the north shore of Keho Lake. 50m past the driveway of the only farm house on your right, you will see the gate to the Kite Ranch. Enter the field and follow the track to the kite ranch. Please stay on the track as this field is still active grazing land. Google Map PDF Map
Near Milo, 1 1/2 hours southeast of Calgary. Sandy, muddy, rocky access so pick your spot. Toilets, fire pits and tables are available. This location goes OFF in strong due South (read sub 4.5 ) conditions, with HUGE rolling swells! Water is warm early in the season. A lot of room and flat water make this a good kite location in S, SW and N winds. Good flat water sailing on windward side, more waves as you move downwind. Flat water on the N end on North winds ... more waves as you move downwind.
The Oldman Dam, 2 1/2 hours south of Calgary, is one of the best windsurfing sites in western Canada. Oldman is a full slalom board heaven, the ' flat water Gorge of the North' it is very windy here almost all of the time, even when the wind isn't up elsewhere. Bring the whole quiver, down to 3.5 square meters.
Eagle Lake is a 40 minute drive east of Calgary along Highway 1. It offers full facility camping, day sailing and a sandy beach. If you've gone to Chestermere and the conditions don't look very promising, try here. Eagle is subject to different wind conditions because of the unique geography of the surrounding area.
S winds are often gusty, W winds are onshore ... this place can go OFF in strong Northerly conditions with a short steep, breaking swell! The swells have very, very, very smooth water between them so it is a kiters paradise as well. Shallow ... nice kite launch. Check it out in the spring and early summer!
The water occasionally becomes uncomfortably infested with algae by August. Yuk!
Waterton International Peace Park, just 1/2 hour south of Pincher Creek is another windsurfer's dream come true. The scenery is nothing short of fantastic, and the winds can be very strong. There is often a very regular morning and late afternoon thermal during the summer months when the rest of the area is suffering the doldrums!
It is a National Park and there is a $10 per day user fee unless you have a pass. This fee is in addition to camping fees. Waterton is famous for its Wa-Wa's. These wind and water walls can be seen hurtling down the lake for miles towards poor unsuspecting short-boarders. The gusts are simply so strong that they whip the water off the surface, making a dark ominous wall. The water is straight from the glacier, so count on wearing a steamer, even during the summer months. Some prefer a dry suit year-round although some brave souls dare the elements in shorties in late August,
The preferred accommodations are at the provincial campground which is right along the shore, so that sails can be left rigged up overnight beside your tent / trailer.
Mountain goats roam freely here, and waterfalls are a short walk away. The town offers some restaurants, a candy store, and the Prince of Wales Hotel is also a worthwhile visit. Other attractions Include horseback rides and moped and bicycle rentals (the side-by-side kind!). If you're mountain biking, check where you can and can't ride as there are some restrictions.
It’s 15 minutes east of the Waterton townsite, and offers awesome flat water sailing if Waterton becomes too much. The dam site is much warmer because the water is shallower. The dam is good in southwest to west winds. Northwesterly winds cause a large wind shadow on the west side. With boat access this location is possibly the best kite location in the province. Go and explore ... turquoise water, gravel and grass beaches, lots of points and bays.
Wally's Beach, 45 min SW of Lethbridge near Cardston is an option in the extreme south of Alberta. Grass and sandy rigging, relatively cool water, and an extremely picturesque setting near the mountains. West winds produce a superb onshore ocean-like ridable 2m wave break over rock reef when water is high in late spring and winds blow over 60 km. The launch is a little sketchy with a kite (onshore with big trees) ... it is better for kiting when the water level is low.