With the mandate from the government of Alberta ordering restaurants, spas, pools and group activities to close, many people have wondered if it is still worth it to head out on their staycation. Kananaskis is blessed with an abundance of activities that are by their nature socially distanced and are able to continue under the current (hopefully brief!) lockdown protocols. So bring your household out for holiday fun with these 7 great socially distanced activities in Kananaskis.
1. Staycation and Room Service at the Lodge
The good news is that hotels are able to stay open, which means you can still enjoy the wonderful Kananaskis Mountain Lodge! The rooms are incredibly comfortable and welcoming with all the entertainment and connectivity you need to catch a movie with the kids or catch up on work-from-”home”. While in your room, enjoy the terrific in-room dining options. The Chef and his team have composed a menu with the most popular dishes from the restaurants– and some new treats– that you can take on the go or enjoy in the warmth of your room!
2. Skating on the Pond
Is there anything more Canadian than a frozen body of water and skating the hours away? Couple that with the incredible alpine scenery from the Village and you have the recipe for wonderful memories. The best part is, it’s only steps from the Lodge with gorgeous mountain views! If you don’t have your own skates, rent from Kananaskis Outfitters, right in the Village.
3. Fat Bike Rental
You do know mountain biking doesn’t end when the snow falls, right? A fat-tire bike is one of the most exhilarating ways to cover ground on the forested trails in K-Country. Whether on a guided tour or if you decide to explore for yourselves, rent your fat-tire bikes at Kananaskis Outfitters, and get some insider info on the best trails for ability level and sightseeing opportunities.
4. Snowshoe Adventure
If you’re the type who prefers to see the back country at a more relaxed pace, do it like the explorers did it, with snowshoes. There are endless amounts of trails and plenty of snow to go around, such that you’ll never see the same view twice and you’ll never tire of the snow-blanketed quiet in your socially-distanced solitude. Assuming you don’t have your own snowshoes, you can rent some at– you guessed it!– Kananaskis Outfitters. Another fantastic option provided by Kananaskis Outfitters is a Stargazing Snowshoe Tour, a guided, nighttime trek through the forest to see the wondrous night sky above, for ages 12 and up.
Snowshoeing tends to stick to flatter terrain, so if you desire some elevation if your winter treks, Kananaskis has some wonderful winter hiking trails. The snow, ice and colder temperatures can make even winter-capable trails more tricky than in drier, warmer weather. Make sure to read our guide to winter hiking to be winter ready on the path!
6. Sleigh Rides at Boundary Ranch
Perfect for a family, or as a romantic moment with your partner, a horse drawn sleigh ride at Boundary Ranch is the old fashioned way to experience Alberta’s Winter Wonderland on the beautiful trails around the ranch. Snuggle up under a blanket and view the buffalo paddock and Teepee Village as you slide through the snow covered forest, creating memories that will last as your winter postcard.
7. Skiing at Nakiska
A jewel of a ski hill that was the site of the 1988 Winter Olympic alpine events, Nakiska Ski Area lets you live your gold medal fantasies out, whether on the black, blue or green runs. Shake the rust off on the easier runs then progress to the ample intermediate terrain, where cruising down the mountain is rarely so enjoyable and relaxing. After that, apres in the comfort of your room back at the Lodge!
While no one enjoys the restrictions put in place, Alberta staycationers can still enjoy a wonderful time in our own little Winter Wonderland. The many socially-distanced activities accessible right in your back yard make the choice for your household’s winter getaway an easy choice!