Ideally located within the front facing foot hills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Kananaskis Country is exactly what you've been searching for and you didn't even realise it. Widely regarded as one of Alberta's recreational hot spots you'll find a series of provincial parks located throughout Kananaskis each one offering some of the most beguiling examples of back country beauty this side of Banff. As an all-year-round location you'll be spoiled for choice and from mountain resorts and moguls in the winter to mountain biking and fishing during the summer, Kananaskis is a great option and easily accessible (1 hour's drive) if you're based in Calgary.
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Incredible walking trails Often thought of as incorporating some of the most incredible walking trails in Alberta, the Kananaskis Provincial Parks system has miles of hiking routes which will often double up as cross-country ski tracks during the winter months. Bow Valley, in particular, has some excellent back country and fore country trekking paths and if you're looking to incorporate lakes, rivers and some stupendous mountain views then this is an excellent place to start your expedition or day hike.
Excellent chances to view wildlife As with any partial wilderness zone, the wildlife in Kananaskis is exceptional and depending on the time of year you'll find grizzlies, black bears, beavers and elk all in evidence. If you prefer your wildlife to be of a more feathered variety then you won't be disappointed because all of those thermals and rocky outcrops are perfect for free-wheeling birds of prey with eagles, hawks and falcons all calling this perfect pocket of Alberta home.
Beautiful camping location If you're keen to visit Kananaskis outside of the winter period then no sooner than the snow's thawed then the campsites will have opened and if you've never been camping in Canada before then there really is no better place to start. Imagine waking up to the fresh smell of pine before wandering down to the lake and watching the sun rise over the mountains - this is pretty much par for the course for camping in Kananaskis and just goes to signal yet another blue sky day on the doorstep of the Canadian Rockies.
Timing your arrival to coincide with seasonal variation is always best practice in Alberta as from spotting migratory geese in flight to catching the colourful larch tree foliage of autumn, there's plenty of reasons to visit Kananaskis every month of the year. In the main, the summer months (July and August) can get a little crowded although they also boast the best of the temperatures which is often pretty important if you're thinking of camping. Best advice is to visit in either early September or early June and you'll be treated to plenty of blue sky days as well as sparsely populated campsites and hiking trails. The spring is a great time to visit if you're looking for melt-water rivers in all their glory as well as the first of the pretty wild flowers just starting to emerge from their winter beds. Winters are pretty darn cold but also exceptionally beautiful and even if you're not a fan of winter sports you'll still find much to appreciate as long as you wrap up warm and find a cosy nook from where to enjoy a big flask of hot chocolate.
Tours that visit Kannanaskis Provincial Park
13 days | Canada | Camping
Hike along an extensive network of trails in some of the best national parks in Canada and spot the bountiful wildlife that call the area home including bear, eagles, deer and moose. Nothing can fully prepare you for a journey deep into the Canadian Rockies.
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