Kananaskis is both a Country and a Village in the park network close to 4000 square kilometres west of Calgary, Alberta in Canada and it is situated in the Canadian Rockies. Kananaskis Country is noted for the closeness to recreation and tourism facilities. It’s about 80 km or a 60 minutes car drive from Calgary. The town is situated on the west side of the Kananaskis River at the base of Mount Kidd. The location was presented with its name back in 1858 by John Palliser whom gave the name to the the Kananaskis River that runs through the area after an friend in the Cree 1st nations local community. There are several main freeways which move through the Kananaskis region. The main one being Highway 40 which has a 66 km segment of the Bighorn Highway also getting known as the Kananaskis Trail.
Kananaskis Village is an unincorporated holiday resort community with several international level hotel accommodations as well as other services such as theKananaskis Country 36-hole Golf Course, downhill skiing at both the Fortress Mountain Resort along with the Nakiska Ski Area which hosted the freestyle moguls skiing throughout the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, horse riding facilities at Boundary Ranch and lots of tracks for jogging, trekking, cycling, cross-country skiing as well as horse riding. The nearby competitive cross-country ski location, the Canmore Nordic Centre can be open to the general public. Hunting is popular In Kananaskis.
The primary resort having 247 bedrooms is the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge that is part of the Autograph Collection run by the Marriot group. The hotel had been previously known as the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis. It is regarded as a country mountain resort.
The area received worldwide prominence in 2002 when on June 26th and 27th the location hosted the 28th Summit of the G8 countries in Delta Lodge at Kananaskis within the Kananaskis Resort in the Village. This is the second time Canada has hosted the G8 Summit (the very first being in 1981 in Quebec). The meeting is considered to have injected about $300 million to the Kananaskis and Alberta economies, however there were condemnation are around the presumed greater than $200 million which security cost the Canadian tax payers.