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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!

August

26

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

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July

02

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

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February

23

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

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February

21

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

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January

11

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

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November

05

Kananaskis Outfitters Visits Wild Life Distillery

Have you heard about Adventure Hub? Yes? Awesome! No? Then you need to check this out.  What is Adventure Hub? Well long story short, it is a curated group of experiences from incredible, locally owned companies focused on offering unique experiences based on their personal expertise. With experiences from cave exploration with Canmore Cave Tours, to sleigh rides with Boundary Ranch or float trips with Canmore Raft Tours, Adventure Hub has it all. Kananaskis Outfitters is proud to be a member of this incredible group

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September

04

Fall in KCountry – An Outfitters Update

Now that the summer holidays are officially over and the kids are back in school, a couple things are changing here at Kananaskis Outfitters. Our fall shop hours will be from 10 am until 6 pm every day and we will have staffed (hourly) boat rentals available on Saturday and Sunday directly at Barrier Lake Day Use Area. During the week, all of our boats at Barrier Lake will be available on a key system and daily rates from our rental shop in the Kananaskis Village.

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July

29

How To Hike Safely in Kananaskis

Hiking is a fantastic way to get outside and enjoy Alberta’s beautiful backyard! Obviously, we are partial to the hiking trails in Kananaskis, but there are just so many incredible places to explore! No matter where you are hiking, there are certain things to take into consideration and certain things to plan for to make sure that you have the most enjoyable experience possible. Check out our top five list of things you need to do and know before heading out hiking: 1.Research Your Route

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July

22

Get Out On The Water This Summer!

Who doesn’t love getting out on the water! There is no where like a mountain lake in the summer time. Just don’t forget your sunscreen! For a full list of rental rates, or to make a reservation, check out the ‘rentals’ page on our website, here. FAQ’s Can I make a reservation? We have two canoes and 3 inflatable SUPs located at our shop that can be reserved 7 days a week. Lakeside canoes/kayaks can be reserved on Tuesday and Wednesday. No reservations for lakeside

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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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