Close your eyes and picture this: you're driving through the mountains listening to your favourite music with absolutely no worries, nothing on your mind. Just you, the freshest air, and a beautiful view of the Canadian rockies. That was me in February 2017. Our MACT graduate program at the University of Alberta teamed up with the University of Calgary to host an event for students by students, focusing on bringing together academic and professional perspectives on communication.
The day before the conference started I flew from Toronto to Calgary, rented a car and made my way to Kananaskis. I'll be honest––when I googled Kananaskis this is what I got: "a park system situated to the west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada in the foothills and front ranges of the Canadian Rockies" (Wikipedia). Sounds beautiful, no doubt... but a tad boring, don't you think? If you're a regular city goer that enjoys foodie adventures and regular bar stops, this may not be a bucket list stop for you. However, if you're an adventure seeker who loves nature, this is the perfect getaway to add to your list.
I wouldn't describe Kananaskis as a final destination, but rather as a en route stop to Banff, Calgary, or the beautiful British Columbia. So what does one do in Kananaskis? Snow shoeing, skiing, hiking, you name it––depending on the time of year, there is always an outdoor activity to check off your bucket list. We stayed at the Delta but if you're looking for a more adventurous option, check out these Airbnb options in the Kananaskis/Canmore area.
Kananaskis is the perfect stop for a low key day or two in the mountains. My recommendation? Stay for one night on the way to your final destination. Go hiking, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and get moving! Some of the best places to hike are in the Rocky Mountains. So next time you find yourself wanting no worries, no stress, make a stop in Kananaskis to take in the quieter side of the mountains.