Kananaskis in the Canadian Rockies

Kananaskis in the Canadian Rockies

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Kananaskis is both a County and a Village in the park system of around 4000 square kilometres to the west of Calgary, Alberta in Canada and is part of the Canadian Rockies. Kananaskis County is famous for the closeness to recreation and tourism amenities. It's about 80 kilometers or a 1 hour car drive from Calgary. The town is located on the western side of the Kananaskis River along at the base of Mount Kidd. The region was given its name back in 1858 by John Palliser whom gave the name to the the Kananaskis River that runs through the region after an friend in the Cree 1st nations local community. There are 4 primary freeways that go through the Kananaskis region. The major one being Highway 40 with a 66 km segment of the Bighorn Highway also being known as the Kananaskis Trail.

Kananaskis Village is an unincorporated resort community having several international level hotel accommodations along with other amenities including theKananaskis Country 36-hole Golf Course, alpine skiing with both the Fortress Mountain Resort and the Nakiska Ski Area that hosted the freestyle moguls skiing throughout the 1988 Winter Olympics, horseback riding amenities at Boundary Ranch and many paths for running, trekking, biking, cross-country skiing and horse riding. The close by competitive cross-country ski area, the Canmore Nordic Centre is available to the general public. Hunting is also popular in the area.

The most important hotel with 247 rooms would be the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge that is part of the Autograph Collection operated by the Marriot chain. The hotel had been formerly known as the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis. It is considered a rustic mountain resort.

The location gained international prominence in 2002 when on June 26th and 27th the area acted as host to the the 28th Summit of the G8 countries in Delta Lodge at Kananaskis within the Kananaskis Resort in the Village. This was the 2nd time Canada has organised the G8 Summit (the first being in 1981 in Quebec). The meeting is understood to have pumped near $300 million to the Kananaskis and Alberta economies, yet there was clearly conflict are around the supposed greater than $200 million which security cost the Canadian taxpayers.

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