Kananaskis Country Intrigues Outdoor Enthusiasts From Around The World.
Kananaskis Country, known to locals as K Country, the year-round, multiple-use area is 90 kilometers west of Calgary and spans 4,211 square kilometers in the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies.
Kananaskis Country began its official life in 1977 with the support of Alberta’s then Premier Edgar Peter Lougheed, and about half of the region is designated as protected land and used for environment-friendly, research-oriented purposes.
The remainder of the Rocky Mountain site is home to petroleum, cattle, forestry, and recreation industries.
For vacationers, Kananaskis Country is actually a wealth of many different facilities catering to outdoor interests as diverse as the landscape.
Visitors to Kananaskis Country can enjoy a number of activities, including hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, kayaking, canoeing, horseback riding, and golfing.
These recreational pursuits take place within seasonal and geographical boundaries, with certain areas set up for specific activities that may change throughout the year.
Kananaskis Country’s mission is to make natural resources available to the public while preserving them for future generations, so there are different levels of permissible usage, from low-impact activities like bird watching to high-impact ones such as hunting.
This policy does not detract from K Country’s appeal, as the variety of environments and facilities offers enough choices to please everyone.
Nature lovers will appreciate the Barrier Lake region, where native moose, elk, deer, and black bear species live off the land and a diverse bird population soars above it.
Green valleys and foothills create the perfect setting for hiking and mountain biking, and trails accommodate snowmobiling in the winter and horseback riding in the warmer months.
On days when the water temperature rises to a comfortable level, water skiing is permitted on the lake.
The Peter Lougheed Provincial Park is another natural wonder, covering 500 square kilometers distinguished by rugged mountains, glacial streams, cool lakes, and verdant valleys.
The park conducts summer interpretive programs on day or evening hikes, or hikers can set out on their own over terrain that varies from even ground to rough backcountry.
Twelve kilometers of paved trails make bicycling fun and easy, and anglers are welcome to fish the lake waters.
Skiers can literally follow in the footsteps of Olympic athletes when they visit the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park, designed for the 1988 Winter Olympic Games.
The park features 60 kilometers of world-class cross-country and biathlon ski trails that satisfy international Nordic competitive requirements and facilitate both skating and classic skiing. There’s even an illuminated 6.5-kilometer track for nighttime skiing.
These are just some of the leisure activities that K Country supports, and numerous camping and lodging alternatives give guests tremendous flexibility when choosing the type and duration of their getaways.
Visitors can come for a day or stay for extended periods.
Those who prefer to tough it out can bed down in an outdoor camp or park their trailers in a vehicle-accessible site.
A variety of cabins, lodges, inns, hotels, motels, rental homes, and conference facilities offer varying degrees of creature comforts.
With so many choices, it’s best to get expert help in planning a trip to K Country.
There are Visitor Centres located throughout the area, and the advice of knowledgeable staff members is available on-site or via the telephone.
They can provide maps, schedules, or valuable information on trails, activities, weather, and special events. At Kananaskis Country, the scenic beauty may take your breath away, but there’s always plenty of fresh air to replace it.
For more information, visit
The Government of Alberta's Official Website
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