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About Kananaskis

It's time to explore Kananaskis

Kananaskis Country is a park system in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies that covers 4,000 square kilometres (1,544 square miles), a collection of formally designated wildland parks, provincial parks, recreation parks, ecological reserves, and cultural zones.

Think rolling foothills and rushing creeks cascading through forests of aspen, pine, and spruce. Knife-edge limestone ridges and jagged summits that cradle glaciers and sapphire-blue alpine lakes. A sprawling wilderness playground begging to be explored by hiking boots, running shoes, canoe, bike, horseback, whitewater raft, snowshoes, skis, or with a fishing rod. Bordering Banff National Park, the region is also an ideal jumping-off point to explore some of the nearby renowned sights.

An hour west of Calgary, 22 kilometres (12 miles) east of Banff, and embracing the town of Canmore, Kananaskis is a wild unspoiled paradise for hikers, skiers, cyclists, canoers, climbers, sightseers, and more.

This is Kananakis. Let’s get outside.

Bow Valley at sunset

Kananaskis History

The impressive peaks of Kananaskis were formed some 200 million years ago by the pressure of shifting tectonic plates, and there is evidence that humans have inhabited this area dating back to 4,500 BC. The rock is mainly limestone and 12,000 years ago during the last ice age, glaciers carved the limestone into the spectacular mountains we see today. Marine fossils are still abundant in the Canmore Kananaskis area including ancient coral reefs, oyster beds, and shark teeth.

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About Canmore

A charming laidback mountain town nestled in Kananaskis Country, Canmore offers endless amounts of outdoor activities, world-class mountain sports, and standout wellness facilities combined with impressive food and dining experiences, one-of-a-kind locally-owned boutiques, and a vibrant arts and cultural scene – all within the backdrop the show-stopping mountain peaks.

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