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Kananaskis Country

Spanning several provincial parks, Alberta's Kananaskis Country is 4,250 km2 of prime outdoor recreation land located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. In contrast to B.C. resorts like Radium Hot Springs and Panorama west of the Rockies, Kananaskis Country is where the mountain meets the prairie, marked by rolling grasslands, historic ranch country, and a warm, dry chinook wind that can bring springlike temperatures in winter. The region is also the home of Alberta's rich oil and gas industry, centered in Turner Valley.

Bar U Ranch National Historic Site [C8] This immense historic ranch, founded in 1882, was once one of the foremost ranching operations in Canada. Theater and interpretive displays in over 35 buildings commemorate the ranch's history, and a variety of ranching activities take place all summer long. Drop in at the Pekisko Creek General Store for local crafts, or try some sourdough biscuits and buffalo burgers at the Roadhouse Restaurant.

Kananaskis Country Outdoor Recreation Area [A5-A6] This provincial recreation area is a tiny alpine village with a few hotels that attracts visitors year-round. People come to paddle or raft the rivers, hike more than 100 km of trails or bike a 30 km paved bicycle trail. Golfers play while elk roam the scenic 36-hole course. Horseback riding and mountain biking is popular through the east entrance on Highway 66. William Watson Lodge caters exclusively to seniors and people with wheelchairs, and has accessible trails around the lodge and to the river for fishing.

Panorama, B.C. [C2]

Just north of the Purcell Wilderness Provincial Conservancy, this B.C. ski resort in a spectacular setting is rated second only to Whistler for its trails. Downhill, crosscountry, and heliskiing are offered in season.

Peter Lougheed Provincial Park [B5]

One of Alberta's largest provincial parks, Peter Lougheed has 500 km2 of swift-running streams, glassy lakes, evergreen valleys, and lofty peaks. Anglers can hike to a high alpine lake or fish the shores of the two lakes anchoring the park, Lower and Upper Kananaskis lakes. Other park trails range from the 2.5 km Marl Lake Loop to the 8 km Mount Indefatigable, a strenuous climb to a breathtaking panorama over Upper Kananaskis Lake.

Radium Hot Springs, B.C. [B2] On the doorstep to Kootenay National Park at the junction of highways 93 and 95, this longtime favorite B.C. vacation spot is a must for those who like an outdoor sauna. Tucked into the Sinclair Canyon, the two hot spring pools offer visitors a hot 41 °C or a cooler 28°C soak in the mineral-rich waters. Private lodges and camping are available. Golfing is also an attraction here.

Turner Valley [B8]

At the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Turner Valley has been the cradle of Alberta's gas and oil industry since the Dingman Discovery well blew on May 14th, 1914. The Turner Valley Gas Plant National Historic Site traces the roots of big oil through photos, videos, model derricks, and tours. Driving tours of area oil boom towns are also available. IS Slightly north of Turner Valley is Millarville, home of the largest Farmers' Market in the Calgary region, held Saturday mornings throughout the summer.

ATTRACTIONS

BAR U RANCH NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

Visitor Orientation Centre Pekisko Creek General Store Bar U Ranch Roadhouse Restaurant

KANANASKIS COUNTRY OUTDOOR RECREATION AREA

William Watson Lodge Highwood House Kananaskis Village Fortress Mountain Highland Pass

Bow Valley Provincial Park Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park Peter Lougheed Provincial Park McLean Creek Off-Highway Vehicle Zone Elbow Sheep Wildland Park

RADIUM HOT SPRINGS

Aquacourt Kootenay National Park

TURNER VALLEY

Turner Valley Gas Plant National Historic Site Sheep River Library Sheep River Wildlife

Sanctuary Millarville Farmers' Market

 

Road map of Invermere & Kananaskis Country. Detailed map of roads of Invermere & Kananaskis Country