Kananaskis Country

Welcome to Kananaskis

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Kananaskis Country is a stretch of wilderness that was once known by Albertans only as a quick getaway spot for weekend adventures. But since the 1988 Winter Olympic Games and the 2002 G8 Summit, the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies have become a world-famous destination for camping, skiing, golfing, fishing, rock climbing and mountain biking.

In 1977 the Government of Alberta designated Kananaskis Country as a multi- use recreational area as part of a campaign to encourage outdoor activity. Kananaskis Country comprises 4,250 square kilometres (1,641 square miles) of wilderness, starting just south of Canmore on Highway 1 and stretching south along Highway 40 to the intersection of Highway 532 and 940. The region contains no less than five Provincial Parks: Elbow-Sheep, Peter Lougheed, Bluerock, Spray Valley and Bow Valley, plus an ecological reserve, several recreation areas, some mixed-resource lands and the Canmore Nordic Centre.

Other than information centres at each main entrance, Kananaskis Village is one of the few places to find services. The village is comprised of a few upscale hotels with shops and restaurants. The renowned Kananaskis Country Golf Course is within a few minutes’ drive from the village, as is the Nakiska Ski area.

Highway 40 is well maintained and you could easily drive a half-day sightseeing loop to and from Canmore via Longview. But remember that the area was created to offer outdoor enjoyment to anyone, from extreme sports enthusiasts to bird watchers and scenery lovers. With so much to see and do you’ll want to take your time in this beautiful mountain playground.

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