Who We Are

Local Experts

Guided excursions and experiences. High quality rentals. Mountain lifestyle retail.

We are a husband and wife team, Claude and Michelle. We want everyone to get out and play in the mountains! It should be simple—pick up some gear, grab a map and some info and hit the trail.

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Our Tours

Planning a group or corporate function? Get outside! We offer customized experiences for groups of six to 180. Try hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking or canoeing. Contact Michelle for group ideas, guided excursions and detailed planning.

Group Tours

Our Story

Kananaskis Outfitters started out as a rental shop that Michelle bought in 2006. We’ve always been committed to renting high quality, new sporting equipment.

Our first order of business was to purchase all new rental gear. Then we expanded the store’s small retail section. We offer mountain lifestyle clothing and gear, and pride ourselves on a unique shopping experience with expert level customer service.

Two years later in 2008, we started offering guided tours. In 2012, we expanded into our new location and opened Barrier Lake Boat Rentals.

Michelle

Michelle Michelle
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Michelle loves to get outside with people of all ages and abilities. After moving from Ontario to work as a dog sled guide in the mountains for a season, she was hooked. With endless recreational opportunities and stunning mountain views, how could you ever leave?

Michelle studied Adventure Tourism in northern Ontario, then worked as a raft guide, canoe guide, hiking guide and dog sled guide before opening Kananaskis Outfitters.

Hobbies and Passions

  • Mountain biking
  • Canoeing
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Cooking and baking
  • Gardening

Claude

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A big nature nerd, Claude is passionate about the interactions and relationships within the ecosystems, the planet and the cosmos. He wants to make nature accessible to everyone.

Claude studied Ecotourism and outdoor leadership at Mount Royal University, then worked for six years for a company that ran hiking and biking tours across the Rockies and around Europe before joining Kananaskis Outfitters.

Hobbies and Passions

  • Mushroom picking and wild foraging
  • Space and astronomy
  • Mountain biking
  • Stand up paddleboarding
  • Wild fermentation
  • Experimenting

Meet the Guides