Your summer 2020 European dreams are dashed, at the time of this writing you cannot get into the United States until at least July 21 and even inter-provincial travel is being discouraged, whether officially or unofficially.
Luckily for Albertans, we have incredible vacation destinations right here at home, that many will turn into their 2020 Staycation. At the top of any list for the Albertan who wants or has to stay closer to home for a vacation has to be Kananaskis Country. With unmatched natural beauty, far fewer crowds than national parks and no entrance fee, K-Country delivers all that nature lovers yearn for, with none of the hassle and far less cost. Let’s have a look at an example itinerary for your 2020 Staycation!
A stay at the Lodge is an indulgence in approachable Alpine luxury, where guests are treated as royalty, but without any of the pretensions of other luxury hotels. Bring the kids; the Lodge has with the children’s areas now open under upgraded sanitization requirements and the amazing waterpark is open!
Mountain biking requires mountains and Kananaskis has enough majestic peaks to last a lifetime of biking adventures. Gyms have been closed for months and let’s be honest, we’ve all put on a quarantine fifteen! So what better way to get back into shape than a mountain bike tour through the incomparable wilderness of K-Country. Book your tour and equipment (if necessary) through Kananaskis Outfitters, right next to the Lodge, to see exhilarating views a different way.
Yes, the showpiece Nordic Spa is now open and massage services will re-commence June 19! With the stress and uncertainty we have all had to endure the past few months, can you think of a better way to reconnect with your inner peace of mind than a massage? In the best of times, a trip to the masseuse refocuses your soul on what matters; in these down times a soothing massage revitalizes the soul and helps you greet the day– and the world– with renewed energy and optimism. Stay tuned for when the spa opens! Pro tip: you get a discount and a guaranteed massage if you book the spa package at the Lodge.
After a long day hiking and biking, you’ll need to refuel and Forte Restaurant in the Lodge is the perfect choice. Featuring a range of Italian style meals crafted from farm-to-table ingredients from Alberta farms, choosing what to order will be the hardest part of your vacation. Hint: the brunch is To. Die. For. (Bison poutine!)
Bikes can take you up the mountain one way and hikes can take you there another way, but encountering untouched wilderness astride a horse is a truly special experience. The rider connects with the horse even if only for an hour as part of a larger connection with nature, in a soul-enriching experience. Boundary Ranch provides the horses and the tours; from their Old West-style base, one is whisked back to a time when all we had was nature and our connection to it was total.
Finally, top your staycation off with what has to be one of the world’s great golf experiences. The Mount Kidd and Mount Lorette courses are fully rehabilitated from the 2013 flood, are fully open to players for 2020 and are ready to enrich your game beyond what you could imagine was possible. Staggering scenery only compliments the expertly crafted courses while at nearly a mile high, you’re suddenly driving the ball like the pros!
Venture on a Classic Rockies Hike
No alpine getaway is complete without your own two feet charting the course up, down and around mountains. The payoff is scenery that beggars belief, making the destination worth every ounce of effort on the journey. K-Country has an extensive array of hikes available that will challenge the expert or encourage the beginner. Bring the Alpine spirit to the trails this summer!
Sometimes we assume that for a vacation to be a meaningful experience, we have to travel long distances. But sometimes the destination doesn’t need a journey to enhance it. Albertans are incredibly lucky that we have the enchanting perfection of Kananaskis Country in our backyard. For these times when a staycation might be the only option for all of us, take advantage of our blessing with the Destination which doesn’t require a Journey. Experience the Kananaskis 2020 Staycation!