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Kananaskis is located 40 minutes west of Calgary, and is still relatively undeveloped when compared to Banff. It also contains Peter Lougheed Provincial Park and Bow Valley Provincial Park. There are relatively no crowds here, and no touristy little alpine-themed town to visit. Kananaskis Village is comprised of two hotels and a visitor's centre. It is unspoiled wilderness where it is still possible to hike a trail and not see another soul the whole time.
The Kananaskis corridor is a huge valley which the native peoples have been using as a travel route between the Rockies and the prairies for thousands of years. Captain John Palliser named the area after a Cree Indian called Koominakoos who made an impressive recovery from being axed in the head.
Kananaskis is bordered by Banff National Park to the west, then extends down the Continental Divide. It's most northern boundary is around Canmore, which is 15 minutes from the Banff townsite. It contains Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, and Bow Valley Provincial Park, on the north side of the Transcanada.
Past Albert Permier Peter Lougheed gets a lot of credit for developing Kananaskis Country. In actuality, Clarence Copithorne, a rancher, was the first to envision an area where people could have access to strenuous outdoor activity from a good road with minimal services. Thus K-Country (which is how many locals refer to it) was born in 1977, comprising of 4000 square hectares.
This provincial park offers something for everyone -- from scenic drives and lakeside strolls -- to the most challenging mountain scrambles. If you want to view wildlife, the best time to go into the park is early morning or twilight. Be sure to pay attention to the speed limit, it's there for a reason: to protect the wildlife in the park.
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