Kananaskis Country


What is Kananaskis Country known for?

Kananaskis Country is known for outdoor recreation within easy driving distance of Calgary, including wildlife viewing, hiking, and winter sports.

KANANASKIS COUNTRY WILDLIFE VIEWING is a major attraction. In fact, many local photographers will tell you that it is better than the adjacent national parks. You may see elk, bears, moose, bighorn sheep, or mountain goats, all from local highways.

You’ll want to take all the KANANASKIS COUNTRY SCENIC DRIVES, but Highway 40 through the Kananaskis Valley hits many of the highlights, including KANANASKIS VILLAGE and HIGHWOOD PASS, one of the only places in the Canadian Rockies where you can drive to an area of alpine meadows.

UPPER and LOWER KANANASKIS LAKES get most of the attention, but SPRAY LAKES is also worth visiting for the lack of crowds and mountain setting.

KANANASKIS COUNTRY HIKING begins earlier in the season than elsewhere in the Canadian Rockies, making it a popular destination for spring hikers, especially along the ELBOW and SHEEP VALLEYS. In summer or fall, if you only have time for a couple of hikes, choose POCATERRA CIRQUE for the above-treeline scenery and CHESTER LAKE for its magnificent mountain setting.

The picturesque hamlet of BRAGG CREEK was discovered decades ago by Calgarians. Join them browsing the many galleries and taking lunch at an outdoor café.

With over 2,300 campsites in 31 campgrounds, KANANASKIS COUNTRY CAMPING is a great way to experience the great outdoors of the Canadian Rockies. Not set up for camping? Then reserve a glamping tent at Sundance Lodges or Mount Engadine Lodge.

Highway 40, Kananaskis Country

Highway 40 is a popular Kananaskis Country scenic drive.