This awe-inspiring Rocky Mountain hotspot is paradise on earth, and we want to tell you why you need to pay it a visit.
People travel from around the world to visit Alberta's Rocky Mountains. While Banff may be the poster child that international travellers flock to, Kananaskis is where you're going to find some of the best hiking, most beautiful lakes, and unforgettable experiences. If you're hopping in the car or camper for a road trip across Alberta, you're missing out in a big way if you don't make a stop in Kananaskis. We've rounded up a list of some of the top things to do in the area, and we hope you get the opportunity to check some of these boxes.
Take Your Pick Of The World-Class Hikes
If you love hiking, you're going to be in heaven here. The only problem? Picking from all of the phenomenal hikes that offer amazing views, gorgeous scenery along the way, and some of the most serene natural experiences you can imagine. Some of the fan-favourite hikes in the area include Ptarmigan Cirque, Pocaterra Ridge, Troll Falls, Wasootch Ridge, Chester Lake Trail, Jumpingpound Summit Trail, and the list goes on. The great part about this area is that you don't have to hike all day to get an amazing view. In fact, some of the easier hikes have some of the best views. Be sure to do your research, check for closures and advisories, and prepare accordingly.
Visit Kananaskis Nordic Spa
If you're looking for a relaxing vacation in the mountains, you should probably visit the iconic Kananaskis Nordic Spa. This sprawling outdoor venue is 50,000 square feet of pure bliss. Enjoy the Rocky Mountain views while you test out the relaxation lodge, five outdoor pools, five steam and sauna cabins, an exfoliation cabin, fireside lounges, and the Two Trees Bistro. You can get various spa treatments to elevate your experience even further, or you can just enjoy the water circuit. Just make sure you try the cold plunge!
Canoe On Barrier Lake
Barrier Lake is a beautiful lake ideal for canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. If you love to paddle, you'll love this sparkling body of water with mountain views on all sides. There are plenty of awesome places to rent boats and boards if you're not travelling with your own, or you can even sign up for a tour if you're new to the game.
Kananaskis Country Golf Course
Alberta sure is blessed with incredible golf courses. While there's no shortage of wonderful places to golf, this one really takes the cake. Kananaskis Country Golf Course is a public 36-hole golf course with awe-inspiring views from all angles. You'll get to gaze upon creeks, ponds, and the majestic Kananaskis River. You might catch a glimpse of some glorious wildlife and will surely have a blast.
Go White Water Rafting
Why stand and look at the beautiful Kananaskis River when you can hop on? If you're in the area, you should consider whitewater rafting for an unbeatable adventure. There are tons of different types of tours for people of different experience levels, ages, and adrenaline-seeking natures. You won't believe how exhilarating this experience is. Definitely a unique way to get to know the area up close and personal.
Bike Highwood Pass
Highwood Pass is the highest paved road in Canada. This is a super popular route for road biking, and many locals do this ritualistically each year. While it's certainly not easy, it's worth it if you're up to the task. The beautiful mountain views and incredible biking conditions make for a once-in-a-lifetime ride.
Britanny Burr is a freelance writer and a contributor to Great West Media. This story was written for the 2023 Hot Summer Guide advertising feature. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial staff.