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We’ve pledged 1% of sales to the preservation and restoration of the natural environment also to support youth opportunities in outdoor sports.

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.

Our Story

Kananaskis Outfitters started out as a small rental shop that Michelle bought in 2006. After selling all the old gear KO has always been committed to renting high quality, new sporting equipment.
In 2008, she started offering guided tours and have expanded that business to offer a wide variety of year-round experiences. In 2011, Michelle and Claude extended their rentals to the beachfront on Barrier lake, opening Barrier Lake Boat Rentals.
In 2013 they expanded the store’s small retail section. KO now offers mountain lifestyle clothing and gear, and pride themselves on a unique shopping experience with expert level customer service.

Meet the Team

Masters of Amazing Experiences
  • Dayna
    Lead Guide & Tour Coordinator
    Dayna was born and raised in Calgary, AB, and has previously worked numerous outdoor education jobs in the Calgary area. Dayna loves hiking, backpacking, canoeing, and skiing. When not on the trails or rivers, Dayna can be found petting any friendly dog, sitting by a campfire, or working on a jigsaw puzzle.
  • Amy
    Manager
    Amy was sprouted and grown in Airdrie, AB. Amy was drawn to the mountains viewed out her back window. She made the trek to K-Country one lovely summer and never looked back. Amy has worked numerous roles throughout the park including many years with Alberta Parks which has given her a vast knowledge of the mountains. She enjoys paddling, mountain biking, and skiing of all sorts. When cozied at home she can be found swinging in a hammock in the trees with a campfire nearby and a tune playing in her ear.
  • Tiffany
    Guide
    Fascinated and curious about nature, Tiffany enjoys the many aspects that surround it! The plants and animals that inhabit our beautiful Rocky Mountains, and our wonderfully rich geology would take a lifetime to learn, and Tiffany loves the challenge! It comes as no surprise that Tiffany also enjoys foraging, wildcrafting, and wilderness survival. When Tiffany is not out studying the nature of things, she can be found challenging herself in the great outdoors.

    Michelle

    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

    • Cross-country skiing
    • Snowshoeing
    • Mountain biking
    • Canoeing
    • Gardening

    Claude

    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

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    • Phone:

      +1-403-591-7000

    • Address:

      1-279 Mt. Sparrowhawk Crescent,
      Kananaskis, AB, T0L 2H0

    • Current hours of operation :
      9:00AM to 5:00PM DAILY
    In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge that we live, work and play on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is your cancellation policy?

    Cancellations or changes made to bookings more than 72 hours away: We will fully refund your purchase, less a $10 admin fee, onto the card that was used for payment. You can cancel your booking by calling 403-591-7000 or emailing info[at]kananaskisoutfitters.com . Please allow 3-5 business days for the refund to process.

    Cancellations made 71- 12 hours of start time: No refunds will be provided, but we will provide a 50% credit to use towards a future booking. You can cancel your booking by calling 403-591-7000 or emailing info@kananaskisoutfitters.com

    No shows: A booking is considered a no-show if we aren't notified about a booking cancellation at least 12 hours prior to the start of the booking. Arrive on time, as departures will be leaving on schedule. No refunds or credit will be given for no shows or late arrivals.

    Should I tip my guide?

    If you enjoyed your experience and would like to show your appreciation, our guides will be grateful.

    Do I need a reservation?
    While reservations are not necessary all the time, we do advise making them as we frequently book all of our gear out in a day. With a reservation, you will know that your gear is here waiting for you. Payment is taken in full when the reservation is made.
    How do I rent gear?
    Come into the shop and fill out waiver; we will then take a credit card imprint (Visa and Mastercard accepted) as a damage deposit until you return with the gear, at which point we will check it over and then you may pay for your rental with credit, debit or cash.
    Do I need bear spray?
    If you are going to be hiking, walking, biking, running, camping, or pretty much anything else outside in Kananaskis, you should definitely carry bear spray. We do. It's more effective than a gun, and doesn’t require a special permit to carry.
    What kind of tours do you offer?
    We offer hiking, mountain biking, stargazing, snowshoeing, canoeing (and voyageur canoeing) tours as well as XC ski and stand up paddleboard lessons.
    Can I book a private tour?
    Any of our activities can be booked for a private group. Click here for more information.
    What if I have a big group?
    We regularly host large corporate or family groups; we can book individual activities for you or we can plan out a full day or multi-day adventure. Click here for more information, or give us a call: +1-403-591-7000.
    Are there trails near you?
    On foot, you can access mountain biking, hiking, XC skiing and snowshoe trails from our shop (season dependant). If you want to drive, then the options in Kananaskis are endless.
    How do I rent a canoe/kayak/SUP?
    During peak Summer season, we offer lakeside rentals at Barrier Lake. Hourly rates are in effect when a staff memer is present. During this time boats can not be reserved they are rented on a first come first served basis.

    During quieter times, the boats will still be located at Barrier Lake, however you will need to come to the shop to fill out waivers and pick up the safety gear. Gear will also need to be returned to the shop when you are finished. For self serve boat rentals, full day rental rates apply and reservations are possible.

    Paddles, PFDs and safety kit are included in the rental rate. Should you need to transport a boat, tie down kits are also available.
    Do you rent downhill or touring equipment?
    No, sorry we just rent XC skis.

    Nakiska is a great place to rent downhill ski stuff. Go to Gear Up in Canmore or MEC in Calgary for touring gear.
    Can we take the gear that we rent somewhere else?
    Yes, you may transport the gear elsewhere as long as you can do so safely. We have tie down kits available for boats. Ask about our multi-day prices.
    When do you sell off your used rental gear?
    At the end of every season, we sell off select gear. So in the Fall, we sell off bicycles, in the Spring we sell off fat bikes, XC skis, and snowshoes, etc. Want to know all the details and get notified when the sale is happening? Join our email list. Sign up on our home page.
    Where can I buy groceries, firewood, propane, etc.?
    Some groceries and camping supplies can be bought at the Mt. Kidd Campers Centre, or at Fortress Gas Station. Hours are seasonal, call before you go.
    Where is the closest gas station/liquor?
    Fortress Gas Station (20 km south on Highway 40) is the closest place for gas and liquor/beer, although offsale beer is also available at Woody’s Pub at the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis.
    Are there lakes near you?
    Yes; Barrier Lake is about a 15 minute drive north on Hwy 40 and is where we keep our boats for summer rental. There is also Upper and Lower Kananaskis Lake a 40 minute drive South on Highway 40 in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.
    Can I bring my dog?
    Dogs must be on a leash at all times in Kananaskis; dogs are allowed on all trails except groomed cross country ski trails. If you are confident paddling with your dog you are welcome to do so at your own risk.

    Dogs can be brought on tours only it all of the other participants on the tour are agreeable. We can not determine this until right before the tour departs.
    What is the meaning of life?
    We’re still trying to figure that out, but Kananaskis is a great place to look for it. No wait…it's 42.