Calgary, Alberta outdoor activities


By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: We're planning a winter trip to Alberta where we'll be spending a few days in Calgary. I was hoping to try some outdoor activities nearby. Although skiing isn't my thing, I was willing to give it a try. Any suggestions on things to see and do would be greatly appreciated.

A: Why not venture to Kananaskis? Dubbed "K Country," this wilderness juggernaut sprawls west of Calgary and is where the mantra here is "play and play." This urbanite's playground of golf, ski and hiking trails even has its own provincial park, named after their former premier Peter Lougheed.

In winter, Mount Allen is blanketed with thick snow, making Nakiska an alpine skier's paradise. As the host site of the 1988 Winter Olympics games, a $5-million snowmaking machine guarantees there will be lots of powder for skiiers.

It's a quick 49-minute drive and is the closest mountain from Calgary. Perfect for the novice and the pro, Nakiska will have you no doubt swooshing down Olympic-groomed trails. There are 28 marked trails and the longest run covers 3.3 km.

For reservations call toll-free 1-800-258-7669 or visit For more travel-related information on Kananaskis, visit


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