Friends of Kananaskis Country Cooperating Association

Working together to build trail culture - we develop opportunities and programs for individuals to experience Kananaskis Country through engagement and sharing. In partnership with Alberta Parks, we engage in the stewardship of Kananaskis for current and future generations.

Friends of Kananaskis Country - Working Together to Build Trail CultureOur Story Why We Exist

Located in Southwest Alberta’s Eastern Slopes foothills and mountains, Kananaskis Country covers over 4,200 square kilometres of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. We connect people and to this spectacular place in a meaningful way. We develop opportunities and programs for individuals and groups to experience Kananaskis Country through engagement and sharing. We raise money to support relevant, practical initiatives that not only benefit the people involved, but benefit the ecology and ecosystems of Kananaskis Country. The Friends of Kananasksis Country brings people together to ensure future generations have the same opportunities to enjoy this special part of Alberta.

We are committed to sharing this special place with the world through education, community engagement and volunteer participation. We are aligned with the Government of Alberta’s vision of engaging the public in participating in the long-term use and enjoyment of Kananaskis Country.

Friends of Kananaskis at WorkOur Impact What We Do

With over four million visits per year, and a population base exceeding one million bordering this natural wonderland, Kananaskis Country is not immune to development and use pressures. Working collaboratively with our partners, we develop opportunities and programs for individuals and groups to experience Kananaskis Country through engagement and sharing – through TRAIL STEWARDSHIP & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT by:

  • Actively protect the ecosystems within Kananaskis Country through trail care and other volunteer programs;
  • Educate people about the appropriate use of this natural treasure through our environmental education programs;
  • Engage communities and individuals in the stewardship ofKananaskis Country through direct participation and sponsorshipopportunities;
  • Support sustainable use initiatives undertaken in partnership with the Kananaskis division of Environment and Parks.

Vision: A Kananaskis country of exquisite natural and cultural landscapes enjoyed by present and future generations.

Mission: To cooperate with the Alberta Government and community to engage in the sound stewardship of Kananaskis Country through participation and education.

Mandate: Connecting people and place in a meaningful way. We develop opportunities and programs for individuals and groups to experience Kananaskis Country through engagement and sharing. We raise money to support relevant, practical initiatives that not only benefit the people involved, but benefit the ecology and ecosystems of Kananaskis Country. The Friends of Kananasksis Country brings people together to ensure future generations have the same opportunities to enjoy this special part of Alberta.

Friends of Kananaskis at WorkOur Programs How We Do It

The culture of trail stewardship starts within our community. We strive to offer volunteer opportunities to enhance community involvement with our organization and to foster a powerful, broad-based public connection with Kananaskis Country. Our projects engage volunteers at all levels of ability and intensity, offering everyone an opportunity to give back to the Kananaskis Country trails they love.

Trail Stewardship

Kananaskis Country is a wilderness playground for hikers, cyclists, skiers, snowshoers and other outdoor enthusiasts who rely on the vast network of stunning yet safe trails to experience to outdoors. Maintenance of these trails is the responsibility of Alberta Environment and Parks. We primarily carry out volunteer trail days throughout Kananaskis Country under the supervision of Alberta Parks staff to ensure safe, appropriate efforts to provide trail care and stewardship at the highest level of practice. We offer two trail stewarship programs.

Education

Our Education program focuses on a variety of projects that benefit our members and Kananaskis users.

Events

Our events celebrate Kananaskis trails, people and culture!

Our Requests What You Can Do

DONATE

We depend on the generosity of donations to maintain operations. Your donation will help us deliver trail stewarship activities, educational programs, and other programs that allow individuals and groups to experience Kananaskis Country through engagement and sharing. We work hard to keep our costs down and our operations efficient and we are always grateful for your financial support. Together we can continue to build trail culture and do more for Kananaskis trails and trail users.

BECOME A MEMBER - It's free!

We offer two membership options: 

  1. Trail Care & Volunteering Opportunities: Our Trail Care volunteer program delivers a safe, fun and meaningful way for people to give back to the Kananaskis Country trails they love. To receive notifications for upcoming Trail Care events, and to join CLICK HERE.
  2. Subscribe to our Monthly Newsletter: A fun and informative newsletter where we share upcoming volunteer events, updates on projects, and something interesting about Kananaskis Country.

VOLUNTEER 

We are currently looking for team members - especially in Canmore or other Kananaskis-based individuals with the following expertise and experience:

  • Fundraising and fund development;
  • Trail Care;
  • Finance & Accounting;
  • Community connections (networking);
  • Education and events

Please contact us at info@kananaskis.org if you are interested in joining our team.

ATTEND AN EVENT 

Our events celebrate Kananaskis trails, people and culture!

Contact

Nancy Ouimet
Executive Director
403.678.5593
Charitable Number: 890214430RR0001

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Finance & Governance

Annual Operating Budget: 
$ 245,726