The Canadian Rockies never cease to fascinate me. I just love the snow covered mountains, the fresh air, warm tea and long strolls along the lakes in the Rockies.
In November of 2016, I explored Kananaskis and re-visited Canmore’s untouched spots.
Getting to Kananaskis and Canmore
Nearest airport to fly to Kananaskis and Canmore and other Canadian Rockies parks is Calgary in Alberta. Other nearby airports include Edmonton and Vancouver (for international visitors)
I took a road trip to Kananaskis from Edmonton, Alberta. Roads are very well maintained with service spots as well as rest areas. Road journey from Edmonton to Kananaskis was three (3) and half hours. Our pit stops were Red Deer and Calgary.
I started the road trip to Kananaskis from Edmonton with my travel partner, my husband. Kananaskis is situated at the foothills of Canadian Rockies and offers stunning views of the mountain ranges.
We chose Kananaskis also because we wanted to do a little “staycation” at the Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino.
Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino is located in the middle of the mountain parks system, connected by the national highway. Everywhere you look, you will find mountains and beautiful landscape. The Resort is also popular due to the “Las-Vegas” style resort, with casinos and dining areas.
We arrived in the evening and were mesmerized by the views in and around the resort – you truly land at nature’s lap, surrounded by the mighty Rockies. The resort offers free breakfast, parking and wi-fi. (Room charges range from $100-150 for mountain view suite, 2016)
We walked around the resort and relaxed for a nice supper at its restaurant, before calling it a day.
We started the day with a hearty breakfast. Took a little stroll around Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino. It was too windy that morning, too cold for me. But the views were too stunning to let go
From the resort, we headed to the Canmore Nordic Provincial Park. Drive from Kananaskis to Canmore is about 20 minutes. You can witness the mountain ranges along the way.
The Nordic Centre is located at the foot of Mount Rundle, along the Bow Valley and the Trans-Canada Highway. It has an elevation of 4,600 ft and is a part of the Kananaskis Country park system.
When you enter the Park, you will see flags of different countries, ski tracks, souvenir shops and tourist information area. The Canmore Nordic Centre was originally constructed for the 1988 Winter Olympics. Its open everyday from 9:00am-5:30pm (local time, 2016) During winters, people visit the centre for ski and mountain bikers (trails) frequent this park during the summer time.
From the Nordic Centre, we reached Canmore Downtown. We decided to have some lunch at the Green Chilli restaurant, serving East Indian cuisine.
Then of course another walk around the town.
Downtown Canmore also offers very comfortable and budget accommodation options.
We ended our weekend trip at the Policeman’s Creek in Canmore. I have always wanted to explore this trail and am glad I did it this time. Read more about this exploration here Canmore: Exploring Policeman’s Creek
Places like Kananaskis, Canmore, Banff, Lake Lousie, Jasper offer amazing options to explore for the nature and adventure lovers. Its a perfect weekend getaway from cities like Edmonton and Calgary.