Has any place ever been so quintessentially Canadian winter? Snow capped conifer trees, wood burning fires and endless adventures on the ice… Kananaskis has the perfect winter itinerary for your getaway. Here are our top 10 things to do for winter!
1. Fat Tire Mountain Biking
Head out on a Rocky Mountain Blizzard fat bike with 4.5″ wide tires, to visit a frozen waterfall with Kananskis Outfitters! Experience a new way to play in the winter, endless smiles guaranteed. This tour requires biking experience but you don’t need to be an expert. The bikes are geared low to make it easy to pedal on the snow, with more advanced bikes available for the more experienced.
3. Olympic Runs at Nakiska
Scheduled to open October 30 (!), Nakiska is the best kept secret for Calgary skiers. Okay, it’s not really much of a secret, having been the location for the Alpine Ski events at the 1988 Winter Olympics. This does mean that skiers get to follow the tracks from Olympic legends, pretending they’re the next gold medallist. With runs suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers, there is enough to keep every powder hound satisfied for the day, not to mention a tube park for those who want the rush of skiing, but haven’t quite mastered it yet!
4. Apres at the Nordic Spa
Ahh – can you spell relaxation? After getting up to your winter adventures, soak up some R&R at the Nordic Spa. Submerge in the cold plunge pool if you’re really brave to get all the benefits of hydrotherapy! Combine with a hotel package to ensure your spot or come midweek to avoid crowds.
5. Cat Skiing at Fortress Mountain
Are you a riding daredevil? Fortress Mountain presents the next level of adventure skiing. Just you and your friends– exploring the terrain of the former– and soon to be revived– Mountain Resort. With annual snowfall of between 7 and 9 meters, Fortress offers amazing chances at skiing and riding virgin snow. Our ski leaders will take you on a tour of the various faces of Fortress and seek out the very best snow available, provide a great lunch, usually in the field, in the quest for secret stashes of powder. Snow safety is provided by some of the best and most experienced in the business.
6. Snowshoe Across the Great Outdoors
Think hiking season is over? Think again! Embrace winter by walking across the thick snow pack instead of through it. While you journey, your tour guide will share the history of the Kananaskis Valley. In the serenity of our snow covered forests, learn how different species survive this harsh season while you burn off any extra calories in the most scenic way possible!
7. Husky Dreamcatcher Dog Sledding Tour
With the horses in their stables for the season, the professional mushers at Boundary Ranch will take you on a unique and personal dog sledding adventure. Stop to explore an authentic Teepee encampment while learning about the Aboriginal way of life and how dogsledding played an important role in Alberta’s history. Rest beside a toasty campfire, sip some hot chocolate and roast up a marshmallow or two! Visitors can even visit the Buffalo Paddock to get a close up view and take photos of our resident Canadian Plains bison herd! Boundary Ranch also welcomes you to cuddle up under a cozy blanket while enjoying an old-fashioned horse drawn Sleigh ride and be amazed at the winter oasis and snow covered forest!
8. Cocktails at Blacktail Bar
Blacktail Bar is a modern mountain lounge that showcases handcrafted cocktails and delicious regional beers alongside a range of healthy and hearty dishes. Centrally located off the Lodge’s main lobby, it is the gathering spot to meet for a casual lunch or to toast a day well spent. Enjoy a full meal or share small plates cozied up in the ambiance of a roaring fireplace, or relax at the bar for an unforgettable evening of refined mountain living.
9. Fireside Moments at the Lodge
The lodge’s take on an authentically Canadian campfire. A hosted evening, social mixer; where guests gather to connect with the great outdoors. Enjoy snacks like s’mores to roast by the fire, available nightly by the fire, between 8 pm and 10 pm. Please note that there will be increased sanitization measures for your comfort and safety. Special Christmas festivities can be expected, to be announced as a part of the annual Merry Kananaskis.
10. Stargazing Snowshoe tours with Kananaskis Outfitters
Be guided by a pro into the moonlit hiking trail in the Kananaskis Forest. You’ll be surprised how different the most familiar trail feels under the stars, and how all your senses respond completely differently than in the daylight! The tour stops in an open meadow, allowing you to fill your view with endless stars. Photographers are invited to capture the moment, or simply enjoy in awe and see closer through the telescope.
This winter, choose your own adventure in Kananaskis. Jaw dropping vistas and endlessly enjoyable activities make Kananaskis the choice of Albertans for winter fun. Here in Kananaskis, we welcome the snow; come enjoy it with us!