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The Thrill Seeker’s Guide to Canmore Kananaskis

Karen Fennell Posted In: Adventure Time Posted On: February 05, 2019

From deep powder to kite surfing & ice climbing to fat biking, Canmore and Kananaskis has you covered!


They are among us; those who seek the thrill of being sky-high, moving at the speed of light, or floating effortlessly down a VERY steep mountain face. Thrillseekers need to look no further!  As we have curated a list of activities and adventures for you to partake in while your family wanders the streets of Canmore on your next family holiday.

Backcountry Skiing - Test your backcountry knowledge and skiing or riding skills at Chester Lake, Black Prince, Hero’s Knob or watch the video of how it really is at Tryst Lake Chutes.

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Cat Skiing - If you don't like lift lines, but also don’t feel like using your own two feet to get you to the top of that powder field you see in the distance, say no more. K-Pow in Kananaskis Country out at Fortress Mountain has what you’re looking for and will drive your adrenaline seeking butt to the top of the mountain. Check out the video here!

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Ice Climbing - Yamnuska Mountain Adventures and Cloud Nine Guides has the gear and know-how to get you up on the ice safely. There are plenty of waterfalls nestled in the mountains scattered throughout Kananaskis. Some local fan favourites are Ghoster Coaster, Grotto Canyon, Mount Kidd Falls and Evan Thomas Creek.

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Fat Biking - If you mountain bike in the summer, you’ll love mountain biking in the winter. Rent a fat bicycle from Rebound Cycle, Tour Canmore or Trailsports at the Canmore Nordic Centre and tackle the winter trails! You can venture out to the High Rockies Trail, Highline Trail, Montane Traverse or stick to the Canmore Nordic Centre trails.

Mountaineering & Winter Hiking - This is winter hiking at it’s finest. You can tackle the quick and easy Grassi Lakes Trail or get up high for breathtaking views atop mountains such as Mount Lady MacDonald, Prairie View or Wasootch Ridge. Be sure to watch your step, and pack the necessary gear! Peaks that seem daunting in the summer are way more so in the winter. If you seek guidance, check out Ridgeline Guiding.

River Surfing - Ride the Mountain Wave at Lower Kananaskis River! Be sure to bring some warm clothes to heat you up after the plunge.  Even though you’ll have a dry suit on, it can get quite chilly in these glacier-fed waters. Rent gear from Kananaskis Outfitters.

Kite Surfing - Head out with your kite and try a different type of surfing on Spray Lakes in Kananaskis. Probably one of the best areas to do so in the Bow Valley, let the wind sweep you off your feet (literally) as you glide across the frozen and snow-covered waters

If you’ve got the know-how but not the gear, head over to see the crew at Gear Up Mountain Sports and Rental on Bow Valley Trail in Canmore or Kananaskis Outfitters located conveniently in Kananaskis Country, and they’ll have you ready to go in no time.

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You’ll definitely be in need of some sugar after all those adrenaline rushes. If you’re in Kananaskis Country, aprés at Mount Engadine Lodge, or Mad Dog Cafe. If you have accommodations booked in Canmore, your aprés options are endless and you can find a full list in our recent Foodie Blog. A few of our favourites are Where the Buffalo Roam, The Drake Pub and Tavern 1883. Whatever you choose to get your adrenaline fix, your inner thrill seeker can rejoice and know there are lots of activities in Canmore Kananaskis to fuel your fire!


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