Kananaskis Activities and Adventures
Alberta’s Rocky Mountain Four Season Outdoor Playground
Alberta's Kananaskis is the Rockies best kept secret. To the southwest of Banff National Park, 'K Country' as it is known, is an unspoiled paradise. Full of picture perfect mountain scenery, wildlife and flora, Kananaskis can be visited at any time of the year. There are excellent cross-country skiing trails, which become excellent hiking trails in the spring. Whether you camp, stay in a lodge or in a luxury hotel, all the facilities in 'K Country' are of an excellent standard.
This region has an outdoor adventure or activity with your name on it. Whether you're on your own or prefer the services of a professional guide, now is the time to try something new.
Bike along paved pathways or rugged foothills and mountain trails on your own or with a guide.
Towering mountains, pristine lakes, evergreen valleys, and glacial streams . . . Kananaskis is an area of striking contrasts where you can re-establish your links with the wilderness. This is one of Alberta's largest outdoor recreation areas and it has been developed to offer outdoor recreational opportunities in a mountain setting. The Park Visitor Centre provides information on facilities and recreation opportunities. You will also find entertaining displays dealing with the natural and cultural history of the area. The park's trails offer a variety of hiking experiences, ranging from barrier-free trails to high alpine backcounty adventures. Certain hiking trails also provide access to Banff National Park and Elk Lakes Provincial Park in British Columbia. Bicyclists can enjoy many kilometres of paved trails. Mountain bikers will also find a number of challenging trails open for their use. The Elbow Lake Trail provides access to the trails of the Elbow and Sheep Valleys and are available for equestrian users.
Fishermen can choose from hiking into a high alpine lake or fishing from the shores of the Kananaskis Lakes.
The 36-hole Kananaskis Country Golf Course challenges all levels of golfers. Boundary Ranch and Inside Out Experience join forces to give those looking for adventure an experience of a lifetime. A Surf 'n' Saddle Tour combines trail riding through the Kananaskis Valley with the thrill of whitewater rafting on the Kananaskis River. With over 150 kilometres of summer hiking and interpretive trails, as well as extensive cross-country trails, both hikers and nordic enthusiasts can enjoy trekking through the Kananaskis Valley. These trails can either be enjoyed on your own or have an escorted day trip. Numerous trails are also available for mountain biking.
Imagine taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the Kananaskis Valley while snow gently falls around you. Or perhaps hearing the rhythmic "swoosh-swoosh" of skis along the snow will help you escape. In addition to skating and cross-county skiing, Kananaskis Country offers alpine skiers the family-oriented Nakiska, home to the alpine events of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.
Cross-county ski over 85 kilometres of groomed trails in the Kananaskis Lakes area or try the 30 kilometres of skier-set track of the Smith-Dorrien Trail system.
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Kananaskis Country Golf Course
Wherever the game is played, the name Robert Trent Jones Sr. is synonymous with golf architecture at its finest. When the designer, revered the world over for his championship courses, first arrived in Alberta's Kananaskis Valley, he was moved to say: "It's the best natural setting I've ever been given to work with."
Jones took full advantage of the spectacular site in creating two shining entries in his remarkable resume - the Mount Lorette and Mount Kidd Golf Courses. Together they are the Kananaskis Country Golf Course, world-class golf at its finest.
In the heart of the Canadian Rockies, less than an hour's drive from either Calgary or Banff, visitors find a golfing paradise. The rugged surrounding peaks tower a full 10,000 feet (3,000 metres) above sea level, the courses themselves are almost 5,000 feet (1,500 metres), forming an unforgettable background, the cascading Kananaskis River a constant and pleasant companion.
Golf Magazine declared: "Kananaskis reigns as the world's pre-eminent 36-hole golf complex." And Golf Digest readers described Kananaskis as: "Best in Western Canada" "Five-star service." "Two jewels in the Rockies." Golf Digest also awarded the facility its "Great Service" and "Great Value" rating with both the Mt. Lorette and the Mt. Kidd Courses receiving 4 1/2 stars.
Boundary Ranch offers an opportunity to enjoy Western ambiance and hospitality at its finest!
Trail Rides from one hour to full day are available on the most scenic trails in the Canadian Rockies. Try the Surf and Saddle, a trail ride, steak lunch and white water rafting for a full day adventure! Back country Pack Trips (up to 6 days) offer one of the most memorable vacations you will ever experience!
Unique log and cedar facilities house the Western Entertainment Centre featuring Rick Guinn's Steakhouse with Boundary Burgers, Steaks and other delicious BBQ items along with Ranch sized Cookies and home baked pies. Stop by our Gift Shop which features high quality apparel and western souvenirs.
Group Facilities, with seating from 15 to 600, feature great BBQ menus and entertainment packages including Bus Holdups, Hay and Sleigh Rides, Gunfights, Wild West Rodeos and live entertainment.
Whether you are on your own or with a group, Boundary Ranch has something for everyone visiting Alberta's Kananaskis!
Phone: 1 877- 581-7177
Ice walks, Snowshoeing and Wilderness Survival
Inside Out Experience
Winter is the perfect time to explore the mountains and take in the beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Come and join one of our highly experienced guides as they share with you stories of the mountains, First Nation's ways and cultures, stunning views and of course the hot chocolate and snacks! Don't let winter keep you in doors. There are so many great ways to enjoy the mountains this winter.
Journey along frozen creek beds and canyons, deep into the stunning winter wonderland of the Western Rockies on our unique ice walk tour. Take in the surrounding beauty, as your knowledgeable guide teaches you about the canyon formation, local First Nations' tribes and even view pictographs left thousands of years ago by their ancestors.
Enjoy the floating feeling of snowshoeing through powder snow on our invigorating and fun snowshoe adventure. We will take you on a guided 2 to 3 hour trail in the beautiful Elbow or Kananaskis Valley with the picturesque mountains as your backdrop. Learn how to identify the local animal tracks. Our experienced and knowledgeable
guides will also teach you about the geography, history, flora and fauna of the area.
Challenge yourself or friends and family as your highly trained instructor guide you through the essentials of wilderness survival, regardless of the season. You will learn how to start fires, create a warm shelter in all conditions, emergency signaling and medicinal plant uses and water purification amongst many others. This can be run as a half day, full day or a truly unique over night experience!
Contact our office to book a tour, and build memories that will last a lifetime!
The Kananaskis Valley offers some of the best downhill skiing and snowboarding in Alberta, with a wide variety of terrain surrounded by some of the most picturesque mountains in Western Canada. Nakiska Ski Area has been designated a national training centre by Alpine Canada Alpin, which will also use the resort as a major staging site for Canada's medal hopefuls in advance of the 2010 Olympics.
Built for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Games, Nakiska is less than an hour from Calgary. Left to the people of Alberta as an Olympic legacy, Nakiska is a superb facility that prides itself in excellent snowmaking and grooming. Laying down acres of "picture perfect corduroy" on a daily basis, Nakiska is a cruising and carving paradise, favored by families who prefer the calm of Nakiska's un-crowded slopes to the hustle of the Banff area, give the opportunity for a day's worth of cruising or carving in a matter of hours, making Nakiska one of Alberta's best-kept secrets.
Phone: 1 (403) 591-7777
Mountain Biking, Canoeing, X Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Tours
Rent one of our high quality single or dual suspension mountain bikes. We carry "Rocky Mountain" brand bicycles for the whole family, trail-a-bikes and "Chariot" trailers. Take one out and explore the endless trails right out the front door.
Looking to explore the beautiful Kananaskis lakes? Rent one of our canoes or kayaks for a day of paddling. Trying canoeing or kayaking for the first time? We offer qualified guides that can teach you the skills you need to have fun and be safe.
Ski from our door or drive to (access the) Peter Lougheed, Chester or Mount Shark trail systems on our new Rossignol Nordic skis. We rent both waxless and waxable skis for all ages, sizes and skill levels. Forgot your wax? No problem; we carry a wide range of "Swix" products.
Eight designated snowshoe trails offer a unique way to explore the area. Shorter trails (Village Loop Trails) are great for first-timers and kids, or step off the trail on a guided snowshoe tour.
The village skating pond is beautiful and great for a leisurely skate. The outdoor hockey rink, complete with boards, lights and nets, is perfect for a game of shinny. Rent skates and a stick, and if you've forgotten your puck, tape or need a sharpening, we have you covered.
Conveniently located in the Kananaskis Village Centre next to the Delta Lodge, we have everything you need to explore Kananaskis' playground.
Planning a group or corporate function? We carry a large fleet or mountain bikes, canoes, snowshoes, cross country skis and ice skates.
We offer interpretive guides to educate and entertain your group of family in our mountain playground. For ideas and detailed planning please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-591-7000.
Phone: 1 (403) 591-7000
Kananaskis Heli Tours
The Friendliest way to see the Canadian Rockies from above!
Specializing in year-round helicopter sightseeing tours over the spectacular Rocky Mountains, we invite you to discover some of the region’s best kept secrets from a whole new perspective!
Uniquely situated where the mountains meet the prairies our heliport provides a dramatic starting point to any of our trips, and we are very easy to get to – conveniently located at the junction of the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1) and Kananaskis Trail (Hwy 40), at Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino. Driving time is just 15 minutes from Canmore, 30 minutes from Banff and 45 minutes from downtown Calgary.
Our fun and friendly experienced pilots will provide exciting and informative commentary, while ensuring your complete safety as you fly over beautiful Provincial Parks and through breathtaking mountain ranges.
Choose from helicopter sightseeing tours of 6 to 55 minutes in length, flying over the stunning mountain scenery of the Kananaskis Region. And for an even more outstanding experience why not add a Wilderness Stop, Gourmet Picnic or Champagne Romance Package?
Heli-Hiking, Heli-Yoga, Heli-Snowshoeing, Heli-Wedding and Customized Private Charters are also available.
A Must Do Adventure in the Canadian Rockies!
Open from 8:00 am to dusk every day of the year.
Phone: 1 (877) 591-0222
University of Calgary Outdoor Centre
The Outdoor Centre can introduce you to the many unique recreational opportunities in Alberta's Kananaskis. Whether you go sea kayaking on Kananaskis Lakes during the summer; enjoy the breath-taking scenery and colours on an autumn hike; explore the well-maintained cross-country ski trails during the winter; or learn about bear safety during the spring - the Outdoor Centre has something for everyone, every season!
Need to rent outdoor equipment for your own adventure? The Outdoor Centre has over 10,000 quality rental items to choose from. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you find the appropriate item and size to suit your activity, all at reasonable prices! We rent equipment for every season including: tents and camping equipment, rafts, kayaks, GPS, fishing waders, canoes, mountain bikes, cross-country skis, backcountry skis, avalanche safety equipment, ice-climbing equipment, and much more!
Book your guided trip, instructional course or equipment rentals with the Outdoor Centre before you head out to Alberta's Kananaskis!
Open Tuesday through Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday through Monday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Phone: 1 (403) 220-5038