Things to Do in The Alberta Rockies

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The Alberta Rockies are a marvelous year-round vacation destination with exhilarating attractions and things to do. From golf, horseback riding and white-water rafting in the summer to winter escapades like skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding and snowmobiling, the Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino offers unmatched access to unforgettable adventures. Perfectly located at the junction of Highway 1 (Trans Canada Highway) and Highway 40 at Exit 118, the resort is just a short drive from Kananaskis Village, Calgary, Canmore, and Banff.

For more recommendations or to make arrangements to experience any of the Alberta, Canada, attractions and things to do below, please stop by the front desk. 

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  • Nakiska Ski Area :15 minutes

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    Host of the Calgary '88 Olympic Alpine events, this ski resort offers a range of terrains, from perfectly groomed yet challenging runs to a secure beginner's area with a friendly ski school staff offering lessons.

    Host of the Calgary '88 Olympic Alpine events, this ski resort offers a range of terrains, from perfectly groomed yet challenging runs to a secure beginner's area with a friendly ski school staff offering lessons.

  • Kananaskis Village :15 minutes

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    From fine dining restaurants to cosy cafés and high-end shopping to quaint boutiques and first-class mountain outfitters, charming Kananaskis Village has something for everyone.

    From fine dining restaurants to cosy cafés and high-end shopping to quaint boutiques and first-class mountain outfitters, charming Kananaskis Village has something for everyone.

  • Canmore

    Canmore

    Canmore, a picturesque and authentic mountain lifestyle community and surrounding region enveloped by the majesty of the Canadian Rockies and just one hour west of Calgary.

    Here you will discover Canada’s Mountain Sports destination - an impressive mountain landscape offering limitless outdoor activity across an expanse of provincial parks, wildland reserves, emerald green waterways, unspoiled wilderness and snow-capped mountain peaks.  The town offers a charming main street with a variety of shops, restaurants and coffee houses to add to the mountain experience.

    Canmore, a picturesque and authentic mountain lifestyle community and surrounding region enveloped by the majesty of the Canadian Rockies and just one hour west of Calgary.

    Here you will discover Canada’s Mountain Sports destination - an impressive mountain landscape offering limitless outdoor activity across an expanse of provincial parks, wildland reserves, emerald green waterways, unspoiled wilderness and snow-capped mountain peaks.  The town offers a charming main street with a variety of shops, restaurants and coffee houses to add to the mountain experience.

  • Banff :30 minutes

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    Tucked high in the Canadian Rockies, Banff offers a one-of-a-kind blend of cosmopolitan charm and exhilarating outdoor activities. Surrounded by nearly 7,000 square kilometres of national park, this is a place that lives and breathes its mountain heritage every day.

    The town of Banff is approximately a 30 min drive from Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino.  Friday & Saturday nights enjoy our complimentary shuttle service to/from Banff & Canmore.  Check out our online shuttle service schedule for more details.

    Tucked high in the Canadian Rockies, Banff offers a one-of-a-kind blend of cosmopolitan charm and exhilarating outdoor activities. Surrounded by nearly 7,000 square kilometres of national park, this is a place that lives and breathes its mountain heritage every day.

    The town of Banff is approximately a 30 min drive from Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino.  Friday & Saturday nights enjoy our complimentary shuttle service to/from Banff & Canmore.  Check out our online shuttle service schedule for more details.

  • Calgary :35 minutes

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    Situated where the prairies ends and the foothills of the Rockies begin, Calgary features world-class culture, dining and shopping living side-by-side with attractions and activities that celebrates the city’s rugged beginnings as an oil boom metropolis. 

    Situated where the prairies ends and the foothills of the Rockies begin, Calgary features world-class culture, dining and shopping living side-by-side with attractions and activities that celebrates the city’s rugged beginnings as an oil boom metropolis. 

  • Lake Louise :60 minutes

    Stoney Nakoda Resort

    The spectacular scenery of Lake Louise is reason enough to make the 60-minute trip from the resort. Located in the heart of Banff National Park, Lake Louise offers infinite diversions, from hiking, swimming and fishing in the summer to three separate ski areas in the winter to a postcard-perfect Rocky Mountain town brimming with great restaurants, bars and shops throughout the year. 

    The spectacular scenery of Lake Louise is reason enough to make the 60-minute trip from the resort. Located in the heart of Banff National Park, Lake Louise offers infinite diversions, from hiking, swimming and fishing in the summer to three separate ski areas in the winter to a postcard-perfect Rocky Mountain town brimming with great restaurants, bars and shops throughout the year. 

  • Summer Adventures

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    White-water Rafting

    Kananaskis is rich in watersports. You can canoe, kayak, raft, row, or riverboard down the Kananaskis and Bow Rivers. Enjoy the thrill of rushing streams, or the calm serene flow of the river while exploring the rich wildlife the area has to offer. Check out our Specials & Packages section for Rafting Packages.

    Horseback Riding

    Saddle up, and don your cowboy boots to explore the countryside from a different perspective – on horseback. One hour or full day trail rides are available on the most scenic trails in the Rockies. Horseback riding packages are available on our Specials & Packages page.

    Mountain Climbing

    A mecca for rock climbers around the world, Kananaskis offers thrill seekers and families experiences they will never forget. Climb to peaks and view landscapes that will take your breath away!

    Fishing

    Among the many trout-filled lakes in the area, Bow River is world-renowned for its trout fishing. Fishermen can choose from hiking into a high alpine lake or fishing from the shores of the Kananaskis Lakes. Most lakes are ice-free by April.

    Camping

    Kananaskis Country has over 30 different campgrounds, and a variety of camping alternatives including vehicle access, group and backcountry camping. Mt. Kidd –only a short drive away -offers year round camping in the Canadian Rockies where you can enjoy biking, hiking, tennis and whirlpools. Each of their 229 campsites is equipped with a picnic table and fire pit.

    Hiking

    Hiking enthusiasts can enjoy a variety of hiking experiences, ranging from barrier-free trails to high alpine backcountry adventures. Whether you seek a short exciting hike or full day excursion, you can find what you're looking for here. Then, cross-country ski these trails come wintertime!

    Biking

    Bicyclists can bike along paved pathways or rugged foothills and mountain trails solo or with a guide. The lush landscape offers stunning views, and challenges for all skill levels.  Enjoy world-class mountain biking in Kananaskis Country – it can best be described as -invigorating, challenging and inspiring. Located right at your doorstep when you stay at Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino.

    Canoeing & Kayaking

    Explore the breathtaking views while canoeing or kayaking in the beautiful Kananaskis lakes. Whether you are looking to challenge a corporate team, or create lifetime family memories, the gorgeous landscapes offer something for everyone!

    Stand Up Paddling (SUP) also available.

    Caving

    Enhance your Rockies' experience in summer or winter by hiking a mountain trail to a mysterious cave entrance. Enjoy a natural history interpretation by guided tour, or explore the curving passageways – etched by glacial waters – as well as underground chambers and pool grotto with friends or colleagues. Explore animal fossils and incredible mineral formations during your all season caving experience.

    Wildlife & Bird Watching

    Explore the gorgeous landscapes and enjoy Bird Watching and Wildlife. This unspoiled paradise has picture perfect mountain scenery, wildlife and flora, and visitors may spot bears, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, lynx, moose or mountain goats. Bring your camera!

    White-water Rafting

    Kananaskis is rich in watersports. You can canoe, kayak, raft, row, or riverboard down the Kananaskis and Bow Rivers. Enjoy the thrill of rushing streams, or the calm serene flow of the river while exploring the rich wildlife the area has to offer. Check out our Specials & Packages section for Rafting Packages.

    Horseback Riding

    Saddle up, and don your cowboy boots to explore the countryside from a different perspective – on horseback. One hour or full day trail rides are available on the most scenic trails in the Rockies. Horseback riding packages are available on our Specials & Packages page.

    Mountain Climbing

    A mecca for rock climbers around the world, Kananaskis offers thrill seekers and families experiences they will never forget. Climb to peaks and view landscapes that will take your breath away!

    Fishing

    Among the many trout-filled lakes in the area, Bow River is world-renowned for its trout fishing. Fishermen can choose from hiking into a high alpine lake or fishing from the shores of the Kananaskis Lakes. Most lakes are ice-free by April.

    Camping

    Kananaskis Country has over 30 different campgrounds, and a variety of camping alternatives including vehicle access, group and backcountry camping. Mt. Kidd –only a short drive away -offers year round camping in the Canadian Rockies where you can enjoy biking, hiking, tennis and whirlpools. Each of their 229 campsites is equipped with a picnic table and fire pit.

    Hiking

    Hiking enthusiasts can enjoy a variety of hiking experiences, ranging from barrier-free trails to high alpine backcountry adventures. Whether you seek a short exciting hike or full day excursion, you can find what you're looking for here. Then, cross-country ski these trails come wintertime!

    Biking

    Bicyclists can bike along paved pathways or rugged foothills and mountain trails solo or with a guide. The lush landscape offers stunning views, and challenges for all skill levels.  Enjoy world-class mountain biking in Kananaskis Country – it can best be described as -invigorating, challenging and inspiring. Located right at your doorstep when you stay at Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino.

    Canoeing & Kayaking

    Explore the breathtaking views while canoeing or kayaking in the beautiful Kananaskis lakes. Whether you are looking to challenge a corporate team, or create lifetime family memories, the gorgeous landscapes offer something for everyone!

    Stand Up Paddling (SUP) also available.

    Caving

    Enhance your Rockies' experience in summer or winter by hiking a mountain trail to a mysterious cave entrance. Enjoy a natural history interpretation by guided tour, or explore the curving passageways – etched by glacial waters – as well as underground chambers and pool grotto with friends or colleagues. Explore animal fossils and incredible mineral formations during your all season caving experience.

    Wildlife & Bird Watching

    Explore the gorgeous landscapes and enjoy Bird Watching and Wildlife. This unspoiled paradise has picture perfect mountain scenery, wildlife and flora, and visitors may spot bears, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, lynx, moose or mountain goats. Bring your camera!

  • Winter Adventures

    Stoney Nakoda Resort

    Alpine Skiing and Boarding

    Stoney Nakoda Resort offers a choice of mountains – all within one hours’ drive of the resort. Choose the hill with the best terrain or the best conditions of the day.

    Heli Flight with Wilderness Hike

    Enjoy a 20-minute flight over the Canadian Rockies and a 45-minute wilderness hike and the option for a quick snowshoe trip. *Please dress for the weather.

    Snowmobiling

    Experience the excitement of operating your own snowmobile as you make your way along winding, snow-covered trails. Enjoy the fantastic landscapes and gorgeous mountains at your own speed.

    Snowshoeing

    Kananaskis Country has a great selection of trails for snow shoeing that are either groomed or ungroomed. Enjoy this activity that is friendly for all activity levels and is easy to master.

    Independent Adventurer

    Not sure if you would like to snow shoe or cross country ski or ice skate? Let the local experts at Kananaskis Outfitters help you decided. This package includes one night accommodation and $ 50.00 per person in store credit for rentals ( ½ the credit for gear and the rest can be used for goodies)

    Cross Country Skiing

    Cross-country ski over 250 kilometres of groomed trails in Kananaskis Country including Ribbon Creek, Pocaterra and Chester Lake –Sawmill area. Check out the blog at “skihere.ca” for the latest conditions and comments by fellow Nordic skiers.

    Dog Sledding

    A fun and exciting winter activity, dog sledding in the Canadian Rockies is a Canadian tradition. The exhilaration of leading a team of Alaskan Racing Huskies through the Canadian Rocky Mountains is no doubt a thrilling experience not to be missed!

    Ice Climbing

    A mecca for ice climbers around the world, Kananaskis offers thrill seekers and families experiences they will never forget. Climb to peaks and view landscapes that will take your breath away!

    Ice Fishing

    Among the many trout-filled lakes in the area, Bow River is world-renowned for its trout fishing. Fishermen can choose from hiking into a high alpine lake or fishing from the shores of the Kananaskis Lakes. Most lakes are ice-free by April.

    Alpine Skiing and Boarding

    Stoney Nakoda Resort offers a choice of mountains – all within one hours’ drive of the resort. Choose the hill with the best terrain or the best conditions of the day.

    Heli Flight with Wilderness Hike

    Enjoy a 20-minute flight over the Canadian Rockies and a 45-minute wilderness hike and the option for a quick snowshoe trip. *Please dress for the weather.

    Snowmobiling

    Experience the excitement of operating your own snowmobile as you make your way along winding, snow-covered trails. Enjoy the fantastic landscapes and gorgeous mountains at your own speed.

    Snowshoeing

    Kananaskis Country has a great selection of trails for snow shoeing that are either groomed or ungroomed. Enjoy this activity that is friendly for all activity levels and is easy to master.

    Independent Adventurer

    Not sure if you would like to snow shoe or cross country ski or ice skate? Let the local experts at Kananaskis Outfitters help you decided. This package includes one night accommodation and $ 50.00 per person in store credit for rentals ( ½ the credit for gear and the rest can be used for goodies)

    Cross Country Skiing

    Cross-country ski over 250 kilometres of groomed trails in Kananaskis Country including Ribbon Creek, Pocaterra and Chester Lake –Sawmill area. Check out the blog at “skihere.ca” for the latest conditions and comments by fellow Nordic skiers.

    Dog Sledding

    A fun and exciting winter activity, dog sledding in the Canadian Rockies is a Canadian tradition. The exhilaration of leading a team of Alaskan Racing Huskies through the Canadian Rocky Mountains is no doubt a thrilling experience not to be missed!

    Ice Climbing

    A mecca for ice climbers around the world, Kananaskis offers thrill seekers and families experiences they will never forget. Climb to peaks and view landscapes that will take your breath away!

    Ice Fishing

    Among the many trout-filled lakes in the area, Bow River is world-renowned for its trout fishing. Fishermen can choose from hiking into a high alpine lake or fishing from the shores of the Kananaskis Lakes. Most lakes are ice-free by April.

  • Outdoor Adventures

    Stoney Nakoda Resort

    Canadian Rockies Rafting

    Based out of Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino. At Canadian Rockies Rafting , the safety and enjoyment of our guests is paramount. We know our guests arrive with a unique set of needs, desires, and experiences. We work hard to ensure that we meet each and every one of your expectations. We want you to enjoy the rivers we run as much as we do.

    Boundary Ranch

    Ideally located in the spectacular natural beauty of Kananaskis Valley, Boundary Ranch is perfect to discover the adventure and serenity of a Canadian tradition: a trail ride in the Rockies! En route, pristine views, flowered alpine meadows and abundant wildlife are just a few of the scenic wonders you’ll experience. Safe – and a photographer’s delight – horseback guided tours are sure to be a highlight of your holiday.

    Heli Tours

    Rockies Heli Canada is a full service helicopter tourism provider known for panoramic views, comfortable and fun helicopter activities. Choose from a variety of services such as Heli-hiking, which is suitable for all ages – includes a guide, water and gourmet picnic lunch; or choose a beautiful Rockies Sightseeing Tour!

    Hidden Trails Adventures

    A Canadian company in business since 2002, Hidden Trails Adventures is located less than 45 minutes from Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino, specializing in guided ATV/Quad tours for family outings, special events, corporate team building, outdoor enthusiasts, and even the lone adventurer. They provide the newest government approved 2-seater ATV's and some of the most experienced, safety conscious, environmentally friendly guides in the business.

    They provide is top-of-the-line equipment with automatic transmissions and independent rear suspension. No great skill is required to operate these new machines. The safety equipment is designed not just to look good, but also to be comfortable and fit properly.

    Canadian Rockies Rafting

    Based out of Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino. At Canadian Rockies Rafting , the safety and enjoyment of our guests is paramount. We know our guests arrive with a unique set of needs, desires, and experiences. We work hard to ensure that we meet each and every one of your expectations. We want you to enjoy the rivers we run as much as we do.

    Boundary Ranch

    Ideally located in the spectacular natural beauty of Kananaskis Valley, Boundary Ranch is perfect to discover the adventure and serenity of a Canadian tradition: a trail ride in the Rockies! En route, pristine views, flowered alpine meadows and abundant wildlife are just a few of the scenic wonders you’ll experience. Safe – and a photographer’s delight – horseback guided tours are sure to be a highlight of your holiday.

    Heli Tours

    Rockies Heli Canada is a full service helicopter tourism provider known for panoramic views, comfortable and fun helicopter activities. Choose from a variety of services such as Heli-hiking, which is suitable for all ages – includes a guide, water and gourmet picnic lunch; or choose a beautiful Rockies Sightseeing Tour!

    Hidden Trails Adventures

    A Canadian company in business since 2002, Hidden Trails Adventures is located less than 45 minutes from Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino, specializing in guided ATV/Quad tours for family outings, special events, corporate team building, outdoor enthusiasts, and even the lone adventurer. They provide the newest government approved 2-seater ATV's and some of the most experienced, safety conscious, environmentally friendly guides in the business.

    They provide is top-of-the-line equipment with automatic transmissions and independent rear suspension. No great skill is required to operate these new machines. The safety equipment is designed not just to look good, but also to be comfortable and fit properly.

Nakiska Ski Area

: 15 minutes
1

Host of the Calgary '88 Olympic Alpine events, this ski resort offers a range of terrains, from perfectly groomed yet challenging runs to a secure beginner's area with a friendly ski school staff offering lessons.

Kananaskis Village

: 15 minutes
1

From fine dining restaurants to cosy cafés and high-end shopping to quaint boutiques and first-class mountain outfitters, charming Kananaskis Village has something for everyone.

Banff

: 30 minutes
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Tucked high in the Canadian Rockies, Banff offers a one-of-a-kind blend of cosmopolitan charm and exhilarating outdoor activities. Surrounded by nearly 7,000 square kilometres of national park, this is a place that lives and breathes its mountain heritage every day.

The town of Banff is approximately a 30 min drive from Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino.  Friday & Saturday nights enjoy our complimentary shuttle service to/from Banff & Canmore.  Check out our online shuttle service schedule for more details.

Calgary

: 35 minutes
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Situated where the prairies ends and the foothills of the Rockies begin, Calgary features world-class culture, dining and shopping living side-by-side with attractions and activities that celebrates the city’s rugged beginnings as an oil boom metropolis. 

Lake Louise

: 60 minutes
Stoney Nakoda Resort

The spectacular scenery of Lake Louise is reason enough to make the 60-minute trip from the resort. Located in the heart of Banff National Park, Lake Louise offers infinite diversions, from hiking, swimming and fishing in the summer to three separate ski areas in the winter to a postcard-perfect Rocky Mountain town brimming with great restaurants, bars and shops throughout the year. 

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