Canmore and Kananaskis Country: Exploring the beauty of the Canadian Rockies

Canmore and Kananaskis Country: Exploring the beauty of the Canadian Rockies

Last week I wrote about our trip to Banff and how, despite being sick, we were still able to enjoy the insanely beautiful lakes and mountains. After spending the weekend in Banff National Park, we headed south for Canmore and Kananaskis Country. Although I’d never heard about Kananaskis, we wanted to check out some other areas of the Canadian Rockies. And I’m so happy we did!

Canmore and Kananaskis Country have plenty of great places to stay

We stayed at the Delta Hotels Kananaskis Lodge. I mentioned in my last post that it was impossible to book a last minute campsite, but it all worked out. The lodge is set right in the middle of Kananaskis and is filled with natural beauty and proximity to trails. You can also camp or stay in the nearby city of Canmore (hotel, Airbnb, etc.), both of which are awesome options. If we come back (which I anticipate doing), I’d love to stay in Canmore for a few days. More on Canmore below!

Canmore and Kananaskis Country

Enjoy the great outdoors in as many ways as possible

Like Banff, Kananaskis Country is all about getting outdoors. You can hike, raft, stand-up paddle board, climb, ski/snowboard (depending on the season), etc. Since Jimmy is still only two (and sadly, I was still sick) we were limited to hiking. Hiking is great though because you can make it suitable for anyone just by picking an appropriate trail. We chose some hikes that were easy enough for Jimmy to hike himself and others where we could carry him in his backpack. And without having to go far, we saw waterfalls (climbed under a few) and got some insane 360 views of the Rockies.

I’ll admit too that this is sometimes a drawback of traveling with a young child. He can’t do things like white water rafting yet and that bums me out, but still 100% worth it to have him there 🙂 And I still have those more adventurous activities to look forward to in a few years!

Jimmy hiking in Kananaskis Country
Jimmy decided to coordinate nap time with our hike

Spend some time in Canmore for great food and the cutest downtown area

One of my favorite fellow mom travelers (Baby Can Travel) is from Canmore and had plenty of glowing reviews so we had to check it out! If you’re not staying in Canmore, I would still make it into the city for lunch or dinner and a stroll downtown. There are tons of restaurant options to choose from too. We ended up at The Wood Restaurant and Lounge which had great food and a bunch of local beers. If you’ve got kids with you, be sure to check out a couple of Canmore’s kid-friendly activities. My favorites were these two:

  • Old School Bus Ice Cream: Here, your ice cream comes straight from a school bus on main street. So cute — and who doesn’t love ice cream?
  • Hi Jinx Toy Shop: Even if we don’t get anything, I love popping into toy stores with Jimmy. He loves his cars so I like letting him pick out a car to play with back at the hotel!

And be sure to check out Canmore’s website for tons more activities. We loved our trip to Canmore and Kananaskis Country and can’t wait to come back!

Canmore and Kananaskis Country


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