"GOD'S COUNTRY" Top 5 Page for this destination Kananaskis Lakes by madamx

Kananaskis Lakes Travel Guide: 99 reviews and 249 photos

Wild Beauty

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 History of Kananaskis

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.

Something for Everyone

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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  • In a nutshell:Once you experience Kananaskis, you will never look at Banff the same way again
  • Intro Updated Aug 13, 2007
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2008 at 8:12 PM

    Love your photo of Tombstone Lakes, so pretty! What we saw of Kananaskis we liked, saw some of the places you reviewed. A very pretty area.

  • Fullmoonfever's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Hi cowgirl!

  • Anchovy56's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2007 at 1:10 PM

    My favourite cartoon is Agua Teen Hunger Force cause I am number one in the hood G!

  • DSwede's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2007 at 10:43 AM

    I'll remember this place. Last time I was in the neighborhood, I was working in Edmonton and only had time to hit Jasper.

  • sprdak11's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2007 at 10:05 AM

    Nice page. Best wishes.

  • kymbanm's Profile Photo
    Aug 13, 2006 at 3:31 PM

    ROTFLMAO! so true ... so true .... :)

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2006 at 3:14 PM

    Until my recent visit to Kananaskis, I had not realized what I was missing out on!! You've got excellent tips here on this area - and I was wondering what that Bar-U Ranch was all about! We took the scenic route south out of Black Diamond to Waterton NP.

  • Darby2's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2006 at 6:07 PM

    Great tips Helen! I must get down ther and look for that ancient larch tree.

  • perfectly_zen's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2006 at 5:22 PM

    wow!!!! breathtaking vews!!!!! amazing! loved your page!

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2005 at 12:54 PM

    Excellent page. What I would give to be hiking there right now - even with the grizzleys and beaver feaver. Even the prisioner of war camp doesn't look so bad.

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