Six Weeks of Fall Festivities in the Rockies
I think fall is the very best time of year to explore the Rockies. Every autumn we’re rewarded for living in this richly forested area. Even if you’re not a leaf peeper, taking part in the inaugural Kananaskis Mountain Festival, is a great excuse to dash into the invigorating autumn air and view some intense colour.
With five more weekends of entertainment and activities, the festival that runs until November 3 features outdoor concerts, a craft beer festival and a ball hockey tournament, all set against the stunning backdrop of Kananaskis Village.
What I think would be most fun? Heading out to K-country on September 28 for a Calgary Stampeders tailgate party. They’re going to erect a massive screen, and you can cheer on the Stamps while tucking into top-notch tailgate cuisine. There’ll be activities for the kids and a movie shown after the game. If bedtime doesn’t allow for late nights, pop out again on Sunday for another family-friendly feature, or head to Barrier Lake for a paddle board race.
Need a place to crash for the night? Come to my house! Kidding. I’m a terrible host, but Canmore is flush with family accommodation. Though if I were looking for a fall getaway Delta Lodge at Kananaskis would be my pick. Here’s a look at our family’s experience staying there one autumn.
Parts of Kananaskis were heavily damaged in June’s flood, so donations will be accepted onsite throughout the festival to rebuild K-Country trails that were lost .
“Kananaskis was just one of the areas in the province impacted by the June floods,” says Andrew Nickerson, president and CEO Tourism Canmore Kananaskis. “Most trails and activities are once again operating and the Kananaskis Mountain Festival is an opportunity for us to reconnect with Kananaskis and celebrate autumn in Alberta’s backyard.”
When’s the last time you were out in the Kananaskis?