Kananaskis ( or K-Country as locals know it) is a park system West of Calgary, that consists of 4250 square kms of wilderness. It contains 5 provincial parks: Elbow-Sheep, Peter Lougheed, Bluerock, Spray Valley, and Bow Valley. The area has a 360 degree expanse of beautiful scenery. K-Country has many kms of trails for hiking, biking and horse-back riding. Nakiska Ski Resort is set on the east face of Mount Allan. It has 64 runs with 4 chairlifts. The longest run is 3.3 km. Being only 83 km from Calgary – this ski hill is frequented by locals as well as tourists. In the summer, white water rafting provides an adrenaline rush for those adventurous enough to paddle away from the shore.
Kananaskis Country Golf Course was designed by Robert Trent Jones in 1986. He planned every tee shot to line up with a different mountain peak. John golfed here a couple of times, and while the greens weren’t in optimal shape (early season), he thought the views were exceptional.
Because of this beautiful scenery, this area has been the film location for the following movies: Legends of the Fall, Unforgiven, Brokeback Mountain, Inception, and The Bourne Legacy.
In 2002, the 28th annual G8 Summit was held in Kananaskis. This is the only G8 summit to be held in Western Canada. This conference brought $300 million into the Alberta economy, but security cost taxpayers in excess of $200 million.