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Kananaskis Outfitters

Need some inspiration for your mountain adventures? Here you can read our tales from the Kananaskis wilderness as we hike, bike, paddle and ski our way around this majestic region. We'll be writing about everything from hikes we love to how to dress for a day outdoors in the mountains. Our guides love sharing their insider knowledge with you!

April

26

Life in Bear Country

Bears are a hot topic in Kananaskis. We frequently get asked by visitors to the area if there are bears here, and once told that there are in fact bears here (grizzly and black!), the follow-up question is usually ‘Well do I need bear spray?’ Let’s look at a helpful infographic: The follow-follow up question is usually ‘But are there actually bears?’ Yes. There are actually bears in the Kananaskis area. Bears can be found everywhere in the Rockies, to be precise. Should you live

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March

22

Come Join The Adventure!

What makes Kananaskis Outfitters such an awesome place to work? Our team is made up of awesome people and we get to live in one of the most beautiful places, so what’s not to love?! Want to know what a summer with us looks like? Check this out:   All of our team members love what they do and are passionate about their mountain lifestyle. So where do you fit in? We are looking to fill several different positions: Voyageur Canoe Guide and Waterfront Attendant

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March

20

Kananaskis – AKA Hollywood North

The Kananaskis area is well known for being a big and beautiful wilderness area where people go to explore the mountains and enjoy some serenity. It is also an area well known for being significantly quieter than the neighboring mountain towns of Banff and Canmore. But it’s not always a sleepy little village, there are secrets to be found in Kananaskis. One of the best-kept secrets of Kananaskis?  Just how many movies are actually filmed out here.  And we are not talking cheesy B-roll sci-fi films. There are

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February

08

Cross Country Skiing With Kids

Cross country skiing with your family is a fun, easily accessible and inexpensive winter activity. As a ski instructor, people often ask me “ at what age can my child start xc skiing?” My answer: kids can physically ski anytime after they can walk … but really it depends on how much patience you have. When you are skiing with very young children I find it’s the parents’ desire and a massive amount of patience that really dictates whether or not skiing with your child

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February

06

The Art of a Perfect Snow Day

With over 6 inches of fresh snow falling in the Kananaskis Village this morning, the staff here at Kananaskis Outfitters want to share with you the art of a perfect snow day. ‘But I’m an adult,’ you say? Doesn’t matter! Everyone deserves a snow day every once in awhile, and a snowy Monday is just as good a reason as any to take one. Snow days should always start out a little on the lazy side; stay in bed for a few extra minutes, or

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January

04

Snowshoeing in Kananaskis

Snowshoeing is a method of transportation that has been around for about 4000 years, but in the last couple of years, it has definitely gained a lot of popularity! A lot of this popularity is probably because of how accessible snowshoeing is for the vast majority of people, and also how snowshoes have become easy to wear and use. Originally designed by the necessities of living in a snow-covered world, nowadays, people mostly snowshoe for fun. Snowshoeing turns hiking into a year-round activity. Snowshoes no longer

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December

12

KO Holiday Gift Guide for the Adventurous

Finding a great gift for the adventurous mountain lover in your life can be difficult, so to help you out, our guides have compiled a list of the coolest things on their Christmas lists this season. So when planning what to put in the ripping paper this holiday season, keep these awesome items in mind: Take the classic ‘socks and underwear’ present to a whole new level by gifting them with life changing underwear and socks that will keep their toes toasty on the coldest

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December

03

Winter Layering for Mountain Adventures

The more layers of miss-matched fabrics you put on, the less breath-ability your body has to release the sweat you are producing. One of the things I get asked on a daily basis is ‘what is the warmest product?’ We could go on for days looking up specs on a line of product or brand, but when it comes down to it, layering is the best policy. Now to clarify, I don’t mean rummage through your closet and load on everything that fits over each

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November

29

Lets Talk Cross Country Skiing

     It’s that time of year again folks: time to dust off your skis and dig out your wooly base layers and socks. But life in the mountains isn’t all about downhill skiing…Now don’t get me wrong, everyone loves a powder day at a resort or in the backcountry, but what about the rest of the time? Cross-country skiing is a great way to enjoy a wintery day outside without wasting time waiting in lines. Cross country, or Nordic, skiing is a form of

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November

22

Bananaskis

Now you are probably thinking, “Wow the team over at Kananaskis Outfitters must have fallen off their rocker this time.” But what can I say, our team likes to have fun! Years ago when I started Kananaskis Outfitters, I was speaking with a friend about how people have a hard time spelling Kananaskis. Being a long time local to the area, she gave me a hint: “it’s just banana skis with a K.” I let this percolate for years and years until the other day when

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