Explore Some of the Best Things to do in the Canadian Rocky Mountains
The Alberta Canadian Rockies are a marvelous year-round vacation destination with exhilarating attractions and things to do. From golf, horseback riding, heli tours 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.
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Nakiska Ski Area
15 Minutes South
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. Adult stay & ski packages are available.
15 Minutes South
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.
20 Minutes West
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.
35 Minutes West
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 35 min drive from Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino. Park entry fees apply.
Situated where the prairies end 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.
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, and fishing in the summer to world renowned skiing in the winter to a postcard-perfect Rocky Mountain village brimming with great restaurants, bars and shops throughout the year. Park entry fees apply.
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!
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 May. Permits are required.
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 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!
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
Cross Country Skiing
Cross-country ski over 250 kilometres of groomed trails in Kananaskis Country including Ribbon Creek, and Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. Check out the blog at “skierroger.ca” for the latest conditions and comments by fellow Nordic skiers.
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!
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!
Located at Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino, Alpine Helicopters is a full service helicopter tourism provider known for panoramic views, comfortable and fun helicopter activities. Choose from a variety of Rockies Sightseeing Tours suitable for all ages!
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.
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.