Thirty-five years ago, on September 22nd, 1978, Premier Peter Lougheed officially dedicated Kananaskis Country and Kananaskis Provincial Park (now Peter Lougheed Provincial Park), as a place where all visitors could enjoy outdoor recreation.
Only a half hour west of Calgary, this 4,200 square kilometre recreation area quickly became a cherished location for Albertans to spend time with friends and family, to hike, ride, and be active on the eastern slopes of the central Rockies year-round. Since then, and especially after the `88 Olympics, it has grown into a place where people from around the world come to enjoy wildland recreation – a place to renew one’s spirit and reconnect with wilderness.
More than fifty percent of Kananaskis Country is included in Alberta’s Parks and Protected Areas program. The rest of Kananaskis Country is managed as a multiple use area where forestry, cattle grazing, and petroleum industries work hand-in-hand with those involved in recreation.
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