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Wild Jobs: Gear Shop Owners

Regardless of what you’re doing, outdoor activities all require equipment of some sort and if you’re anything like me you aren’t committed to just one sport, so the gear just continues to pile up. Outdoor enthusiasts are passionate about their chosen pastimes and their extensive gear collections are a source of pride. We’ve all walked into the local shop with no intentions of buying, only to leave with the latest ‘needed’ item, and an even longer wish list. Gearheads like us have all dreamed about

E-bikes Approved in Kananaskis

Kananaskis Outfitters now rents pedal-assist mountain bikes and cruisers for use on approved trails! Here is the article published in the Outlook: Alberta Parks has launched a pilot program allowing pedal-assist e-bikes on designated pathways and trail networks until October 2020. Officials with Alberta Parks say e-bikes won’t be allowed at the Canmore Nordic Centre, or more wilderness setting trails such as the 80-km High Rockies Trail that winds through Bow Valley Wildland, Spray Valley and Peter Lougheed provincial parks as part of the pilot.

Alberta, Canada as Your Next Winter Getaway? Yes. Seriously.

“Here’s the thing. Canada can’t escape the winter. So Canadians have made it as fun as it can be with some of the world’s most gorgeous scenery (and no crowds).” We had the pleasure of taking William O’Connor and his partner in crime, Alejandro snowshoeing up to Chester Lake and they loved it! “I will admit I was a bit meh on the prospect of snowshoeing—people in the U.S. always seemed to react so unenthusiastically when I brought it up. Instead, it was …” Read

There may be a K-Country revival, but it’s still raw and rugged

We were fortunate to have Andrew Penner rediscover Kananaskis. Here’s his piece from the Calgary Herald. “The momentum has really been building here,” “We’ve seen steady year-over-year growth and there is definitely a new shine on everything here in Kananaskis. We still don’t have the crowds like other mountain destinations, but that’s a good thing. Kananaskis has always been about the mountains, the raw and rugged landscape, and the development here has always been in harmony with this. The new Kananaskis Nordic Spa, with its

Why You Need to Take a Road Trip To Kananaskis This Winter

Just an hour west of Calgary, lies a place where civilization as you know it disappears. The beauty of the Rocky Mountains envelopes you, the air is scented with pine, and the reception bars on your cellphone wink out, one by one. You are officially on your own. Kananaskis is often overlooked with nearby Canmore and Banff offering the comforts of big city life while enjoying the relaxation and scenery of the mountains. But after making a visit to Kananaskis Village and taking in the

Finding Gold in the Rockies

While cooler temperatures at night have most people thinking of curling up with a good book and cozy sweaters, true outdoors enthusiasts know that these cooler temperatures bring about the perfect conditions for fall hiking and photo-worthy views: light dustings of snow on the mountain tops, lingering twilights, and best of all? Changing leaves on mountain slopes. While Alberta doesn’t have the autumnal reds that you can find in Eastern Canada, we are pretty fond of the colours that we do have: the flaming orange/reds

Hike Canada’s Highest Pass

This season we have put a twist on one of our classic KO tours. How did we do that you ask? Well, we made it even easier for you to get out and hike on the Highwood Pass. We have added a new member to the Kananaskis Outfitters team: Big Bertha! Big Bertha is our brand new passenger van, so we can now shuttle adventurers from our shop in the Kananaskis Village, right up to the top of the Highwood Pass for their hike. Let’s

Kananaskis Valley Winter Activity Guide – Play Outside Guide

Our fatbiking and snowshoe adventures were recently featured in the Kananaskis Valley Winter Activity Guide, published by Karen over the Play Outside Guide, a popular website for getting families outdoors and active! The Play Outside Guide is published by Karen Ung: Karen Ung is an outdoor adventure and travel writer based in Calgary, Alberta. With her Geography degree and experience leading hikes and backpacking trips in the Rockies, she is full of ideas on where to go and what to do. The mission of her

Canada’s Signature Winter Experiences

Flight Network has made a comprehensive list of the most incredible winter experiences from all over Canada. We are proud to announce that our Snowshoe Fondue Tours have been chosen as Canada’s Best Signature Winter Experiences by Flight Network. Read the full article here. Want to try out our Snowshoe Fondue tour for yourself? You can find more information here. Book your snowshoe fondue tour here We also wanted to share some of our favorites off their list: Going from West to East in Canada… British

So far in 2018…

So far in 2018 we have experienced a wide range of different weather; We rang in 2018 with fireworks and some very cold weather in Kananaskis. Following New Years, the weather took a drastic swing and warmed up, with us seeing temperatures as warm as +5’C. The weather has since taken another swing, with temperatures dropping but with a healthy dumping of snow that has Kananaskis look wintery and wonderful. Here are some photos taken out on our tours or around our shop from the