Nestled just beyond the Foothills, in the Rocky Mountains, sits a gorgeous little place called Kananaskis Village. It is a tiny little village comprised of a few bistros and coffee shops, a large hotel, and an abundance of wonderful outdoor activities. This village is definitely a nature lover's paradise, both in summer and winter. I had the pleasure of visiting Kananaskis Village for 1 night and half a day this winter and was blow away by the amount of things to do. Here is what I saw in my short time in the village:
Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge
This is a beautiful hotel in the center of the village and the prime location for food as there are a few restaurants and bars. We ate diner at the Cedar Room and it was beyond delicious. The rooms were spacious and clean, and from where we were, we had a gorgeous view of a mountain from inside our room. The best part about this hotel though, is that it is dog friendly. It was great being invited out there last minute and I didn’t have to worry about finding a sitter for my four legged friend, he just came along for the adventure.
All around the village there are trails for Cross Country skiers. Near the back of the village there is a wide open field and while I was there, I saw a couple people practicing their technique and using it as a learning grounds. For the more advanced skiers though, there is a multitude of trails starting from right within the village. For those folks that aren't so interested in Cross-Country skiing and more so into snowboarding or downhill skiing, Nakiska Ski Hill is just a short drive outside the village.
The village has 2 different ice rinks and both are open to the public, it simply depends on your preference. One of the ice rinks is a gorgeous little pond that freezes over in the winter. It is surrounded by trees and has a wonderful view of Mt. Kidd that you can take in while gliding around the ice. The other rink is a full size skating rink, equipped with a couple hockey nets. You and your friends can enjoy a game of 3 on 3, practice your slap shot, or just simply skate laps around the ice. Again, it is also nestled in the trees with picnic tables and fire pits close by.
Hiking & Snowshoeing
Around the village itself, is a paved hiking trail called Village Rim Trail. This trail winds through the forest but also breaks out into some spectacular mountain views. It is definitely a must do while visiting the village, no matter what season it is.
It is a rather mild winter this year so a lot of the trails that would normally be snowshoe trails by this time of year, can still be hiked so long as you have the proper equipment (boots, crampons, poles, etc.). In winter the snowshoe trails can be a wonderful way to spend the day and in the summer, there are more hiking trails than one knows what to do with.