Photo courtesy of Banff Lake Louise Tourism/Paul Zizka
A Little Outdoor Heaven Between Calgary and Banff
Between Calgary and Banff you’ll find Kananaskis Country, a giant park in the foothills where in-the-know locals come with their skis and snowshoes to escape the city. There is one downhill ski area, Nakiska resort, as well as the Canmore Nordic Centre; both facilities were built to accommodate skiing events for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. But the true charm of Kananaskis Country is its size (more than 1,600 square miles) and its huge variety of cross-country and snowshoe trails, which range from easy to difficult. (Some trails also welcome dogs.) An hour or so west of Calgary, Kananaskis encompasses a number of provincial parks and recreation areas as well as a nature reserve.