Kananaskis is both a Country and a Village in the park system of about 4000 square kms west of Calgary, Alberta in Canada and it is part of the Canadian Rockies. Kananaskis Country is renowned for the closeness to adventure and tourism facilities. It is about eighty km or a 60 minutes drive from Calgary. The town is positioned on the west aspect of the Kananaskis River near the base of Mount Kidd. The region was presented with its name in 1858 by John Palliser whom named the Kananaskis River which runs through the region after an associate in the Cree 1st nations community. There are several primary freeways that go through the Kananaskis area. The main one being Highway 40 which has a 66 km segment of the Bighorn Highway also being known as the Kananaskis Trail.
Kananaskis Village is an unincorporated resort community with several international level hotel accommodations along with other features including theKananaskis Country 36-hole Golf Course, down hill skiing with both the Fortress Mountain Resort as well as the Nakiska Ski Area that hosted the freestyle moguls skiing in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, horse riding services at Boundary Ranch and lots of trails for running, hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and also riding horses. The nearby competitive cross-country ski area, the Canmore Nordic Centre is open to the general public. Hunting is also popular in Kananaskis.
The primary hotel with 247 bedrooms will be the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge that is part of the Autograph Collection operated by the Marriot chain. It had been previously known as the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis. It's considered a country mountain resort.
The area obtained worldwide attention in 2002 when on June 26th and 27th the region acted as host to the the 28th Summit of the G8 nations in Delta Lodge at Kananaskis in the Kananaskis Resort in the Village. It was the second occasion Canada has organised the G8 Summit (the first in 1981 in Quebec). The meeting is thought to have pumped about $300 million to the Kananaskis and Alberta economies, however there was clearly conflict are around the believed greater than $200 million that security cost the Canadian tax payers.