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Kananaskis Country Travel Guide


Alberta’s Mountain Playground

Imagine over 4,000 square kilometers of mountain parks and foothills yours to discover right at your doorstep. Kananaskis Country is located West & Southwest of Calgary and borders the town of Canmore and Banff National Park. Kananaskis Country includes five provincial parks, four wildland provincial parks, one ecological reserve and several provincial recreation areas. It also encompasses the Canmore Nordic Centre; a world-class facility built for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics as well as Nakiska Ski Resort, which was specially designed for the alpine events. Spectacular mountain scenery and rugged terrain, coupled with a convenient location make Kananaskis an enchanting destination for travellers from around the globe. Situated only an hour’s drive west of Calgary, Kananaskis, also known as K-Country to Albertans, promises exciting outdoor adventure opportunities every season of the year, including mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding and white water rafting. Nakiska Ski Hill, the site of the 1988 Winter Olympic skiing competitions, offers world-class downhill facilities, including 6 lifts and 28 marked runs. Nearby Kananaskis Golf Course offers 36 challenging holes and has been rated among the top courses in Canada for its unparalleled scenery, outstanding facilities and exceptional service. Kananaskis Village offers a series of luxury accommodations and fine restaurants, but those who don’t mind roughing it can catch some z’s at one of the many campgrounds. Be careful though—the region is known for having an abundance of wildlife, including bears and cougars.  
Canmore is located literally just outside the south boundaries of Banff National Park – and is only a 15-minute drive from the town of Banff. Considered to be the residential community of the area – but secretly is the HUB of the Bow Valley Community – Known for it’s endless outdoor recreational opportunities, Canmore continues to enjoy sustainable growth while maintaining it’s small town atmosphere. There a several walking and cycling trails throughout the town that you can use which will take you to Canmore’s six square block downtown core, where you can shop for quaint gifts, visit museums or look through one of several art galleries. If you are a little more adventurous, skiing, hiking, biking and fishing are just a few of the activities you can enjoy in this scenic mountain community.  
Nestled amongst the peaks of the Canadian Rockies, Banff is known as a traveler’s mecca for good reason. Whether by car, bicycle, hiking boots, skis, snowshoes or canoe, in Banff National Park you can enjoy year-round discovery of the 6,641 km2 mountainous landscape. As the first national park established in Canada and a coveted UNESCO World Heritage Site, what makes Banff National Park so special is its combination of vast unspoiled wilderness, mountain lakes like Lake Louise, and the gateway to it all: the Town of Banff. Whether you’re on a camper’s budget or living it up in luxury, Banff offers a choice of accommodation, restaurants, boutique shops and activities to make your trip a memorable one. The history of this mountain town is also well preserved at a number of museums and heritage sites, while new memories are created throughout the year at world-class festivals and events. The allure of Banff is also its close proximity to the park’s incredible attractions and best-kept wilderness secrets. With 1600 kilometers of trails, two gondolas, three ski areas, an exciting heritage and more dining options and activities than you have time for, Banff National Park is a premier destination for authentic hospitality and outdoor exploration.

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