With much of the province opening up in phases, we are so excited to announce that much of Kananaskis will be participating in the phase one rollout. If your summer vacations have been cancelled, coming out to support the local tourism industry and appreciate our own backyard is a great option. Below are some reopenings you can include as part of your Kananaskis getaway.
1. Staycation at Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge – Reopening May 15th
The Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge is opening with extreme caution, and following all government guidelines. Certain elements of the Lodge’s experience will be different. For example, strict sanitization protocols have been enacted to keep the Lodge clean and safe.
- Kananaskis Nordic Spa is closed until further notice
- Forte Restaurant and Market Cafe are open, with operational and menu changes.
- In-room dining will be available, to eat in or take outside
- The patios will be open with physical distancing
- The Children Creative Center will be open with reduced capacity and offerings
- Family activities are currently suspended, including babysitting services
- The indoor waterpark, indoor/outdoor hot tub, steam room and sauna temporarily closed
- The fitness area is temporarily closed
2. Go Horseback Riding at Boundary Ranch – Reopening May 16th
Boundary Ranch is reopening as of Saturday May 16th for trail rides. Social distance while horseback riding! There will be some protocol that is different from normal to keep in line with health regulations – you will be notified of these with your booking.
3. Hiking in Kananaskis Country (Provincial parks) – Open May 1st
Effective May 1, vehicle access to parking lots and staging areas is open to the public. Many trails still have winter conditions, but offer a great setting for a picnic or simply to admire the views. Chances are, you’ll spot some wildlife too! Some trails available for access are:
- Barrier Lake Lookout – This hike is easily accessible and allows beautiful views of Kananaskis Valley, Alberta’s prairies and Barrier Lake. The hike has minimal elevation change and allows for an easy stroll. The full trail is 15 km, 5 hours roundtrip for the entire loop. Conditions are reported to be a bit muddy at the moment.
- Upper Kananaskis Lake – This popular trail offers beautiful lake views, 15.3 km for the full loop. Much of this trail is still covered in deep snow, snowshoes are currently recommended.
- Burstall Pass Trail – This trail winds through forests and willow flats near the Burstall Lakes then climbs steeply to alpine meadows and Burstall Pass. The complete journey is 7.4km one way. Reviews are not clear as to conditions, the trail is partially accessible.
4. Play a round of Golf at Kananaskis Country Golf Course – Reopening June 1st
Kananaskis Country Golf Course states: “For the game of golf, we are elated to be part of the solution for our community to provide a medium for people to get out and safely and responsibly socialize and get exercise for mental health, fitness, and the human need for connection.” They have been working very hard over the past several weeks to put together a number of plans to help ensure that the facility is safe for the team and guests during a very trying time for our society.
5. Spend the night in a Tipi at Sundance Lodges – Reopening June 1st
Start reserving a stay under the stars! With new regulations in place, Sundance Lodges tentatively plans to open June 1st and is taking reservations. They will be adhering to AHS hotel cleaning guidelines. Each unit will be cleaned and disinfected according to these guidelines between each stay.
Kananaskis Country is a wonderful place to visit anytime, yet the paradise is elevated even more so when we’re all released out into the wilderness from our hibernation. What a great chance to stretch your legs, get back into outdoors shape and expend some newfound freedom. See you out here very soon!