Kananaskis

The parks that make up the Kananaskis area are a treasure that allow visitors to reconnect with the Wild, Open, Free natural world to escape from their daily lives.

The parks that make up the Kananaskis area are a treasure that allow visitors to reconnect with the Wild, Open, Free natural world to escape from their daily lives.

Visit Kananaskis

No Entrance Fee

Since 1978, Kananaskis has been a dedicated protected area by the Alberta government. It consists of numerous provincial parks, ecological reserves and recreation areas that have been enjoyed by Albertans and visitors from around the world for its pristine natural habitats. Kananaskis Country is truly a natural setting unequaled in Canada, without the entrance fees and crowds of nearby national parks. A priceless public endowment, Kananaskis revitalizes the mind, body and spirit in all seasons, embodying the true Alberta spirit of connection with and respect for the astonishing nature with which we have been so blessed.

The Local Secret

Kananaskis Country has been the secret getaway for locals for 42 years. With none of the cost or crowds associated with Banff, Albertans have enjoyed this paradise, preferring it as the quiet, relaxing alternative to the hectic national park. But the secret is out and now people throughout the world, in the quest for connections with nature unencumbered by excess development and commercialism, are distinguishing Kananaskis as the natural paradise we Albertans have known it to be for decades.

Observing Wildlife

The Canadian Rocky Mountains are known as one of the last places on earth where humans can observe natural, untouched habitats of a variety of Alpine species, within easy reach of major transportation hubs. Visitors to Kananaskis are likely to encounter moose, elk, deer and bighorn sheep, while the lucky view may observe carnivores such as grizzly and black bears, wolves, mountain lions, lynx, wolverines and coyotes. While it is exciting to view animals in their natural habitat, we strongly encourage visitors to not feed or approach these larger mammals. For reasons of both safety and acclimating them to human contact, please observe our wonderful neighbours in Kananaskis from a safe distance.

Weather

Warm

Covered in green during spring and summer or painted a glorious kaleidoscope in autumn, every season has its visual delights. Enjoy larch viewing, multi terrain hikes, kayaking, paddle boarding, mountain biking and whatever else your adventurous spirit desires!

Cold

Blanketed in white during winter, Kananaskis offers uniquely Canadian adventures like skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, skating and winter biking. The weather can be colder than your phone says and can change quickly. Make sure you dress appropriately to enjoy the scenery and attractions!

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