Barrier Lake is for Bear-Watching! Although this crystalline man-made lake at one time was no more than an icy glacier, today it provides a perfect vantage point for spotting the woodland creatures who live there. Barrier Lake in Kananaskis County in Alberta, Canada is visible from Highway 40 with easy accessibility. However, the posted warning signs advise hikers to “carry bear spray and be prepared to use it within 3 seconds.” With the red berries enticing them to come out into the open, one needs to “look ahead and watch for tracks, droppings, and diggings.” From personal experience, a determined bear is fast on his feet and seems to run toward a noise rather than away from it. No worries. Before long, the bears will hibernate and sleep the winter away.