Hard Luck Canyon is one of those road trip stops that we usually explore when we’re making a trip to the River Slides in Whitecourt, but it’s one of those stops that really warrants a trip of its own. You could spend an hour or so, playing in the canyon, looking for wildlife, and spending time in the day use area.
Whether you visit during the winter to explore the canyon and frozen snowscape, or during the summer where you can descend the small canyon in your swimsuit, and even the spring, for the waterfall on the side of the canyon during the wetter season – there’s plenty to explore in the area. During the winter, the trail is technically closed, but you can venture through the path and make your way into the canyon.
Hard Luck Canyon is easy enough for small children to explore, as the easy, loop-around trail is an easy five-minute walk through trailed forest but it’s also fun enough to spend a while exploring the area, the trails, and eventually into the canyon.
The descent into the canyon is easy enough for young children, toddlers might have a bit of a difficult time descending the final stairs into the canyon, as they’re quite steep. It’s easy enough for young children to venture down with the help of an adult’s hand, and the railings, but we would use a carrier for brand new walkers.
The canyon features a small swimming hole, two waterfalls that you can see rushing down after there’s been a bit of rain in the area, and plenty of rock faces to discover.
Getting to Hard Luck Canyon
You’ll pass Whitecourt on the trip to Hard Luck Canyon, as it’s located just outside, in Woodlands County. Just under two hours in total, you can find the map to Hard Luck Canyon, here.