If you need some inspiration for travelling, hiking or simply getting outdoors, Kananaskis Country in Alberta, Canada, is it.
In fact, ever since our trip last year, I always find inspiration looking at Canada photos. They don’t have to be mine. Anyone’s. They make my heart ache. This country is just so incredibly beautiful.
So let me make your heart ache too by sharing some photos from Kananaskis Country.
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWDS IN KANANASKIS COUNTRY
Since Banff National Park turned out way too busy for us, we ended up staying only a couple of nights. Although we missed out on doing much hiking there, and thus seeing some amazing scenery around Banff and Lake Louise, we just couldn’t stand traipsing after 200 other people in single file as we did on our hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers.
So after talking to various Parks Canada rangers and some locals, we decided to head further south and explore Kananaskis Country (or K-Country if you’re a local), just south of Canmore in Alberta. Whilst it is not Rocky Mountains national parks country, K-Country is choc-a-bloc with Rocky Mountains provincial parks, all waiting to be explored!
Read more: Brief trip overview: Kananaskis Country
Kananaskis was the perfect escape from the busyness of Banff. And since we had nothing better to do, we stayed for three nights. While we barely scratched the surface with our five hikes there, what we did see was nothing short of breathtaking, including some amazing wildlife!
The wildlife icing on the cake was spotting two grizzly bears, which we were ridiculously ecstatic about after having managed to completely miss any sightings of them in the Yukon and BC.
Read more: Chasing bears across Canada
Totally not on our radar (we had never heard of the area), far enough away from the major tourist spots to give us a sense of remoteness, and beautifully devoid of tourists in late September, Kananaskis Country was heavenly (apart from the ridiculous cost of campsites). The only people we met were locals from around Canmore or Calgary, exploring their own stunning backyard. And what a backyard it is!
HERE’S A PHOTO SNAPSHOT OF OUR THREE DAYS IN KANANASKIS COUNTRY…
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