Guided Kananaskis Hiking Tours


Get away from the crowds so you can fully unplug and tune your senses with awe into the natural wonders of Kananaskis Country.

Roughly an hour west of Calgary lies the sprawling wilderness playground of Kananaskis Country, an idyllic escape with some of the best hiking and camping in Canada.

Roughly an hour west of Calgary lies the sprawling wilderness playground of Kananaskis Country, an idyllic escape with some of the best hiking and camping in Canada.

Kananaskis Country covers over 4,000 square kilometres (1,540 square miles) of prairie grasslands, wetlands, rivers, valleys and mountains from the foothills west of Calgary to the Continent Divide.

This protected area was officially created in 1978 when Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed was convinced by a helicopter ride over the area of the need to conserve the natural landscapes and resources of the area.

Since then, Kananaskis Country has been partly protected as a multi-use area for recreation and tourism while still allowing limited cattle grazing, resource extraction, power generation and off-road vehicle use.

The mountain views of Kananaskis Country rivals those of Banff National Park but you will find the trails here much less crowded (especially on weekdays).

We can help you customize a unique Kananaskis Hiking Tour experience so you can get off-the-beaten track to see the natural wonders that many tourists miss.

Tour Kananaskis Country with a private hiking guide and get a customized adventure tour tailored to your personal interests and schedule.

On your private Kananaskis hiking tour, you will have an interpretive hiking guide specialized in the unique stories and ecology of the Canadian Rockies.

You will help you get away from the crowds of mass tourism and enjoy mindful hiking and sightseeing that educates you about the unique ecology, wildlife and history of the Canadian Rockies.

About Kananaskis Country

How does Kananaskis Country compare to Banff National Park?

In high season from June to September, popular places in Banff National Park can feel overrun by mobs of tourists and tour bus groups.

Kananaskis Country is a great alternative because you will avoid the high season crowds and the trails, mountains and glacial lakes are just as beautiful as in the Banff.

In terms of size, Banff National Park is 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) and Kananaskis Country is 4,000 square kilometres (1,544 square miles) of peaks and valleys in the Canadian Rockies.

Where does the name Kananaskis originate from?

According to popular legend, Kananaskis got its name 150 years ago from an early European explorer of the region named John Palliser after he heard a Cree tale about “Kin-e-a-kis” (the word translates as “the one who is grateful”), a native warrior who survived after receiving a devastating blow to the head with an axe in a fight over a woman at the confluence of the Bow and Kananaskis Rivers.

The local Stoney Nakoda First Nation refers to the Kananaskis area as Ozada, which means the “meeting of the waters” in the Stoney Language.

What is the First Nations history of Kananaskis Country?

Archaeological evidence proves that there have been humans living in Kananaskis for over 8000 years.

The Kananaskis region lies within Treaty 7 lands in the traditional territories of the Ĩyãħé Nakoda (Stoney), Tsuut’ina, Kainai (Blood), and Siksika (Blackfoot) First Nations, and within Region 3 of the Métis Nation of Alberta.

What famous movies and TV shows have been filmed here?

You will recognize many places in Kananaskis Country from famous movies and TV shows as it is probably the most popular spot in Alberta for feature films.

Recently, the Netflix TV series series Last of Us was filmed in the area.

Famous Hollywood movies filmed here include Planet of the Apes (2017), The Revenant (2015), The Bourne Legacy (2012), Inception (2010) and Brokeback Mountain (2005).

Is Kananaskis as good as Banff for seeing wildlife?

Yes, you can see just as much wildlife in Kananaskis Country as Banff National Park.

The deep forests, valleys, and hills of Kananaskis Country are home to an abundance of western Canada’s most legendary wildlife. Grizzly and black bears, moose, elk, Bighorn sheep, mountain goats, mule and white-tailed deer, cougars, lynx, wolves, coyotes, and numerous ground animals.

Kananaskis is also ecologically important to Southern Alberta as home to the headwaters of many important rivers on the west side of the Continent Divide, including the Sheep River, Elbow River, Pekisko River, Spray River and Kananaskis River which form a significant part of the Bow and South Saskatchewan River watersheds that provide drinking water for millions of people in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

What is the highest mountain peak in Kananaskis Country?

There are 370 named mountains in Kananaskis Country and the tallest and most prominent is Mount Joffre 3434 m (11,263 feet).

The mountain was named in 1918 by the Interprovincial Boundary Survey after Marshal Joseph Joffre, commander-in-chief of the French Army during World War I. The Kananaskis region includes eleven official mountain subranges but there is some overlap between ranges and groups.

One of the best ways to hike to Mount Assiniboine 3,618 m (11,870 ft), the highest peak in southern ranges of the Canadian Rockies starts in Kananaskis Country.

Popular Hikes In Kananaskis Country


Just south of the town of Canmore is the spectacular Spray Lakes. Here there are excellent options for hiking and wildlife watching.

Wind Ridge

Experience a beautiful ridge near the town of Canmore that overlooks Mount Lougheed and the backside of the Three Sisters.


Hike from the Kananaskis Lakes region up into the alpine to one of the most beautiful lakes in the Canadian Rockies.


On the edge of the Canadian Rockies, Prairie View offers a spectacular view of the Barrier Lake, the high peaks of Kananaskis Country to the west and the foothill to the east.

Upper Kananaskis

Upper and Lower Kananaskis Lakes offer great trails around the lake, waterfalls, islands and some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the Rockies.


Chester Lake is an intermediate hike through meadows to a picture-perfect alpine lake that reflects the sprawling mountains around it.


Picklejar Lakes are a hidden gem in Kananaskis Country. It is a great intermediate hike with a variety of terrain and a stunning view of some of the highest mountains in the area.

The Rae

The Rae Glacier is a Kananaskis classic near Highwood Pass. It involves a hike to Elbow Lake and then on to the Rae Massif and the Glacier, which is one of the main sources of Calgary’s Elbow River.


The hike to Galatea Lakes follows a beautiful trail that winds up through the forest to the stunning Lillian Lake and then on to the spectacular awe-inspiring colours of Upper and Lower Galatea Lakes.


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