Kananaskis

At Kananaskis Village

Kananaskis Country, south-east of Banff National Park, is an area we had not explored on our previous visit to the Canadian Rockies. This time, we enjoyed a stay at Kananaskis Village – basically, Delta Lodge and a few attached businesses. Originally developed for the 1998 Winter Olympics, it was later chosen to host the G8 Summit in 2002 for its get-away-from-it-all ethos – what world leader could complain at being surrounded by scenery like the above?

The main hike we did here was a lovely trail round Upper Kananaskis Lake, starting at the Upper Lake parking lots at its south-east corner.

Upper Kananaskis Lake near parking lot

From there, we crossed Upper Lake Dam (both Upper and Lower Kananaskis Lakes are now reservoirs).

Upper Lake Dam

We continued round the lake drinking in the views:

On the north shore, the path began to climb above the trees –

View from north shore

– ending in a huge boulder field, dazzling in the sun.

After picking our way down through this, we encountered rivers and falls as we made our way back along the west shore.

Two final panoramic views – as we neared the parking lot we could see people out on the lake enjoying the boating life.

I admit my feet were sore after this walk – our first of the holiday and yet, as measured by Fitbit, the longest of all at over 30,000 steps (although there wasn’t much climbing: we did much steeper hikes later on).

A last word on Kananaskis Village. There are two routes in and out.  On the way in, we took the long way round – the unsealed Smith-Dorian Road via Spray Lakes.

On the way out, we stuck to Hwy 40. When we woke up that morning it was pouring with rain, but by the time we got out onto the highway this had cleared to leave a pleasing mist over the mountains. I also include what I think is the only picture of our hire car, a Nissan Rogue, which served us well for three weeks.

Where were we headed? Into British Columbia’s Glacier National Park. Nostalgia is involved. In the meantime, I’m linking this visit to Jo’s Monday Walks. She takes us to Northumberland this week.

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91 thoughts on “Kananaskis

  1. dunelight September 18, 2017 / 21:09

    All of these Canadian Rockies posts, just gorgeous!

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  2. BeckyB September 11, 2017 / 14:34

    Superb photographs, and the weather was fabulous for you.

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  3. thenaturepixel September 10, 2017 / 17:04

    What breathtaking views of the mountains! They look so serene. We have amazing mountains here in Costa Rica, but they are so different. Great post!

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    • Anabel Marsh September 10, 2017 / 18:02

      We have mountains in Scotland too, but ours tend to be just a tiny bit smaller! 😉

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  4. inesephoto September 9, 2017 / 21:44

    Beautiful views! The mountains are magnificent. I love the reflections and the color of water. All so crisp and cool.

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  5. Kathleen Jennette September 9, 2017 / 01:43

    That North Shore view is stunning! You travel to the best. Always a joy to come over and “wish I was there”.

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  6. Helen C September 8, 2017 / 01:55

    So pretty! We enjoyed our Canadian Rockies trip a lot, but like all traveling tour, it didn’t spend a lot of time at each spot. ;-( I like the way you travel a lot. Thanks for sharing your trips with us.
    Have a wonderful day.

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    • Anabel Marsh September 8, 2017 / 07:52

      Thanks Helen – there’s never enough time! We always wish we had another day, but then we wouldn’t see so many places if we didn’t move on. It’s a balancing act.

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  7. Donna September 7, 2017 / 22:10

    Congratulations on such a wonderful trip, Anabel and John. You have definitely motivated me to get back to the Canadian Rockies. John’s photographs are stunning. I’m envious how you have displayed them so creatively. I definitely need some tips in this area. I look forward to your upcoming posts!

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    • Anabel Marsh September 8, 2017 / 00:03

      Thanks Donna! Lucky you not to have too far to go…..

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