Springtime is mercifully almost here, and as the saying goes, ‘in spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love’. Us Canadians emerge from our months long hibernation to venture outside and we take our dating patterns with us. Kananaskis is the perfect spot for the outdoor, romantic spring date, with blooming flowers, brilliant sunshine, verdant forests shrugging off their winter snow coats and vast open spaces where you and your main squeeze can have some alone time amongst the blessings of nature. With that in mind, here are 5 great ideas for dates in Kananaskis for the upcoming spring.
1. Kananaskis Nordic Spa
The Kananaskis Nordic Spa is the newest jewel in the crown of the parks, situated as part of the Pomeroy Mountain Lodge. Adapting ancient Nordic wisdom to define wellness for a new generation of visitors, the spa is a collection of pools, saunas, spas and massage treatment areas that relax, rejuvenate and recharge. Set amongst a backdrop of stunning alpine vistas, the spa allows a romantic escape within a social setting unlike any other close to Calgary. Day access is $85 (+GST) per person Monday to Thursday and $99 (+GST) Friday to Sunday. If you’re planning on a weekend visit, book early to guarantee a spot without waiting!
2. Spring Skiing at Nakiska
While the trees are shrugging off the snow coats, the altitude of Nakiska Ski Area ensures that the runs are covered in powdery snow most years to the end of April. Imagine yourself an Olympian by skiing the runs that hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics and take your mid-day breather on the sun filled patio of the Mid Mountain Lodge at the top of the Olympic Chair Lift while you decide which runs to hit next. The perfect day ski trip from Calgary has lift tickets for $94.95. (psst…buying online lift tickets at least 7 days in advance offers up to 22% savings!)
3. Horseback Riding
Beginning as the ground snow melts in May, horseback riding at Boundary Ranch lets the aspiring cowboy take his cowgirl off the beaten path (with a guide!) on a variety of adventures to take in the stunning Kananaskis vistas from less traveled vantage points. With a choice of day trips ranging from two hour long ridge rides to six hour adventures into the backwoods, the perfect date lets you bond with both your date and your horses as you discover pristine Alberta wilderness. Two hour long rides start at $110 (+GST) per person while six hour adventure experiences are $228 (+GST)
The most cost effective of our Kananaskis date ideas is hiking the plethora of choice trails within the park– it’s free! From easy tracks such as Ptarmigan Cirque to more challenging expeditions up mountains like Guinn’s Pass, there is a trail for every ability and experience level. The best part is, every trail within Kananaskis Country comes equip[ped with the stunning views the parks are known for. As spring blooms in K-Country, take your relationship to the top of the world with a romantic hike in the natural beauty of Kananaskis!
5. Dinner at the Cedar Room
All of our date ideas so far do a great job working up an appetite, and there’s no better place in all of Kananaskis Country to refuel than the Cedar Room, in Pomeroy Mountain Lodge. Featuring a seasonal menu of the finest and freshest local ingredients like premium Canadian beef, coastal seafood and humanely raised poultry, every palate will be satisfied with the chef’s creations in the stunning mountain lodge. The perfect capper to your romantic Kananaskis date leaves you fulfilled and pondering your next trip to Alberta’s natural wilderness paradise. Spring is the season of renewal and there is no better place to witness that seasonal change than Kananaskis. For those who love taking dates for something a little different– and nature oriented– there is no better option for a day trip date than Wild, Open, Free Kananaskis Country!