The beautifully snow capped Rocky mountains are calling! You don’t need to travel far from home to experience some of Canada’s most breathtaking scenery this holiday season. Kananaskis Valley, just west of Calgary, is only a four-hour drive from Edmonton and boasts a multitude of fun winter activities and spectacular accommodations. There are so many great reasons to head to the mountains and Explore Kananaskis this holiday season!

Explore Kananaskis Skating Kananaskis Village Pond

Kananaskis Village Pond | Photo Credit Travel Alberta and Karl Lee

Beautiful Natural Scenery

The picturesque Kananaskis Valley is the perfect escape from the city. In a single eye span, you can see the majestic Rocky Mountains, wide-open skies and snowy tree-covered terrain. The quaint village is the ideal place to retreat and relax, with an invitation around every corner to slow down and partake in the beauty of nature – no matter what the season!

Explore Kananaskis Cross Country Skiing

Kananaskis Outfitters | Photo Credit Travel Alberta and Karl Lee

Modern & Comfortable Accommodations

A variety of modern and inviting hotels in Kananaskis make it easy for you and your family to set up central basecamp and enjoy easy access to all the snow fuelled activities and adventures the area has to offer. Spend your day in the fresh mountain air, then retire to the warm comfort and convenience of one of these great hotels.

The Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge is a family favourite with it’s colourful indoor water park and wide variety of rooms, suites and configurations to accommodate families of every type and size. During the holiday season, it transformed into a dreamy winter wonderland complete with skating pond, live reindeer, holiday entertainment, and a multitude of other festive activities.

Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge | Photo Credit Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge

The beautiful and rustic Mount Engadine Lodge is nestled in the shadow of the mountain, offering outdoor enthusiasts easy access to outdoor activities right outside their door.

The Stoney Nakoda Resort Casino offers play opportunities for young and old. Stay in one of the 110 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, and enjoy access to an exhilarating pool and waterslide, family friendly dining and a state-of-the-art casino.

Merry Kananaskis

Kananaskis Valley is the perfect setting for an Alberta staycation this holiday season. Explore Kananaskis has even more great reasons to visit this holiday season with a calendar full of unique Merry Kananaskis events.

Explore Kananaskis

Explore Kananaskis

At the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, the kids will enjoy making Christmas crafts, meeting Santa’s reindeer and being personally tucked in by one of Santa’s elves – complete with bedtime milk and cookies! Head to the village on select dates, and also enjoy a ride through town on the Polar Express Christmas Train.

Plus, there’s plenty of fun to be had in our natural winter wonderland with unique outdoor activities from Kananaskis Outfitters. Check the full schedule for everything from snowshoeing, animal tracking, and shelter building, to a family survival hike and fat bike frozen waterfall tour!

Kananaskis Outfitters Fat Bikes Explore Kananaskis

Mount Engadine | Photo Credit Travel Alberta and Mike Seehagel

Adventures in the Great Outdoors

Whether your family is filled with outdoor enthusiasts and risk-takers, or a more careful nature observers, there is something for all to enjoy when visiting the Kananaskis Valley. The winter is the perfect time to take a sleigh ride at Boundary Ranch, enjoy skiing or snowboarding at nearby Nakiska and Fortress Mountain Resort, or try your hand at cross country skiing or skating with a rental from Outdoor Gear Rentals. There are winter activities for all ages, skill levels and adventure levels!

Nakiska Ski Resort Explore Kananaskis

Nakiska | Photo Credit Travel Alberta and A.V. Wakefield

For those who have come to the mountains to simply relax and unwind, we recommend a booking with the famed Kananaskis Nordic Spa or Afternoon Tea at Mount Engadine Lodge. Or enjoy a short adults-only escape to enjoy the fun and games at Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino.

Book your stay and start planning your escape today! The Explore Kananaskis blog is full of sample itineraries and helpful hints for making the most of your stay in Kananaskis Country.

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Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, Blacktail Bar | Photo Credit Travel Alberta and Karl Lee


To discover more about all that they currently provide, follow the Kananaskis Lodge on Facebook, Instagram,and Twitter. Start planning your ultimate summer getaway today by visiting explorekananaskis.com or head straight to making an online reservation at lodgeatkananaskis.com. Beautiful scenery, comfortable accommodations and fun adventures await your family in Kananaskis this summer!