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Canadian Rockies Wildlife

One of the most spectacular drives in Alberta takes you through the heart of Kananaskis Country on a three-hour loop starting in Kananaskis Village into Canmore, the largest community in the Canadian Rockies.

Kananaskis Village is a one-hour drive west from the Calgary International Airport offering many visitor amenities including the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis, outdoor guide and sport equipment rental store Kananaskis Outfitters and other shops and services.

Known as Alberta’s Backyard, Kananaskis Country is more than 4,200 sq km (1,545 sq mi) of mountain parks to explore and unlimited activities for all levels of adventurers.

The Kananaskis Wildlife Drive is a 153 km (96 mile) picturesque drive taking you past towering mountains peaks, turquoise waterways and breathtaking wilderness. There is an opportunity to see abundant wildlife including bears, moose, elk, deer and bighorn sheep frequently seen from the roadside. Interpretive walks, hiking trails, picnic areas and beautiful photography opportunities can also be found throughout the drive.

From the TransCanada Highway (Highway 1), take Highway 40 which plunges into the front ranges of the Rockies. Connect with the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Trail highway then travel 65 km towards Canmore through the Spray Lakes region along a high-grade gravel surface.

In the summer and winter months, stop in at Mount Engadine Lodge for hiker’s tea every afternoon or stay overnight and enjoy the view from the deck watching moose wander into the neighbouring meadow in the evenings.

Alternatively you continue along the Smith Dorrien Trail, following Spray Lake for another 35 km into Canmore where you can shop, dine or choose from a variety of accommodation types.

Rockies Wildlife

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