Cross Country Skiing

Our cross country trail systems vary with distance and skill level. You can see more trail information under our trail map page. Enjoy a day through forest and meadows, or cross over a frozen lake. Take in the fresh air and beautiful mountain scenery.

Wild Life

While on the trails watch for wild life! Maybe you will get lucky and catch a glimpse of the magnificent grizzly or notorious black bear. Hear and elk bugling during mating season or catch an enormous moose grazing. The Syncline is full of all sorts of amazing wild life so keeps your eyes open!


SCaT has a variety of landscapes and trails which can satisfy any hiker. The trails beckon for all abilities, from short easy walks to classic hikes with access to some scrambles like Barnaby ridge. The epic scenery is abundant at Syncline Trails. Enjoy beautiful meadows, creeks and rivers where wildflowers and wildlife abounds. Our temperate climate is ideal for hiking, from spring through autumn.


Winter is a great time to get outside at the Syncline Castle Trails. Snowshoeing is a great choice for a fun winter activity because it’s easy to learn, inexpensive, and can be enjoyed by people of all ages, fitness levels, and experience.The air is fresh and crisp and the snow-blanketed landscape so beautiful and quiet.


Saddle UP! All equestrian riders are welcome! There are large parking lots to accommodate trailers as well as hitching posts. Truly enjoy nature and the freedom of riding on your horse through the SCaT Trails. Meet up with other riders and develop new friendships for those that also have a passion to embrace their connection with their horse as well as nature. Adventure to where you normally would never go your self.


Stepping Stone Cabins B&B

Need a place to stay! Stepping Stone Cabins Bed & Breakfast has fantastic breakfasts, outdoor hot tub, two cabins which share a common area with picnic table, BBQ and of coarse hot tub. The cabin are surrounded by wilderness and solitude, has amazing hosts, and located in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. Close to Syncline Trails, Waterton Lakes National Park and Castle Mountain Resort. Check them out on Facebook 


Take some time and admire the trails on biked. Take pleasure in riding through rolling terrain, flower filled meadows and diverse forests. Winter riders are also welcome. So jump on your bikes and take in the scenery filled trails accompanied with majestic mountain views.



Love Fishing! There are two lakes to enjoy fishing at: Beaver Mines and Beauvais lakes are two beautiful lakes you can have the benefit of fishing at. There are variety of fish to try and catch: cut throat, rainbow and bull trout, along with the mountain white fish. Always check out the Alberta Fishing guide for regulations in this area. There are also camp sites available at both locations.

Trail Conditions

Check out our trail conditions. We update the conditions weekly. Whether there is new snow or the trails have been newly track set. It may even be a beautiful day to get out and enjoy the Syncline Cross Country trails.

SCaT: Syncline Castle Trail Association

Winter, spring, summer or fall, SCaT has an activity for them all! The trails are open to a variety of outdoor activities such as: cross country skiing, snow shoeing, mountain biking, hiking and equestrians. The trails are non-motorized and pet friendly, so bring along your companions.

Syncline Cross Country Trails is located in the Castle River Valley and has a series of beautiful trails within the new Castle Provincial Park. 

We want people to come and enjoy the Syncline Castle's Trail Systems in this unique area with the amazing geography and biodiversity with the combination of majestic mountains and beautiful  prairies. Scenery encompassing mountain images reflecting off the lakes, filled by snow fed streams forming the headwaters of major rivers such as the Oldman and Castle. In addition,  to the magnificent splendor of it's raw beauty there are more than 200 species of flowers, over 20 mammals such as grizzlies, wolverines and elk; to bull and cutthroat trout and rare trees that all call Castle home. 

This area was announced as a provincial park in 2015. The park management process is now under way. Creation of a new Provincial Park encompasses the existing Provincial Recreation Areas:

  •  Syncline Provincial Recreation Area
  • Castle Falls Provincial Recreation Area
  • Castle River Bridge Provincial Recreation Area
  • Beaver Mines Lake Provincial Recreation Area
  • Lynx Creek Provincial Recreation Area