Located in the Village Center next door to the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis we offer high quality rental equipment and guided tours. Our retail shop can supply you with needed gear, that one piece that you forgot at home or a nice gift to take with you. Need your bike tuned or your skates sharpened? We can take care of that for you as well. Our service area offers basic year round service.
Who we are
Michelle and Claude Faerden are the owner/operators of Kananaskis Outfitters. The shop
has been Michelle’s brain child since 2006, Claude came on board in 2009. Graduates of adventure tourism programs with years of guiding experience in a variety of activities they strive to deliver the highest quality experience 100% of the time.
Michelle: Born and raised in Southern Ontario she moved to the “north” and completed her diploma in Nature Based Adventure Tourism at Cambrian College. From there she jump started her guiding career. Working for 4 years as a raft guide and safety kayaker on the Ottawa River, one winter of dog sled guiding interlaced with hiking and canoe guiding. In 2008/2009 she expanded Kananaskis Outfitters capacity from rentals to include guided tours. Guiding most of the tours herself has allowed her to continue her passion of exposing people to the wonders of the Kananaskis Valley and educating them along the way in hope that they will become stewards of the area. Currently Michelle sits on the board of directors for the Friends of Kananaskis.
Claude: Born and raised in Saskatchewan he moved west and completed his degree in Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership. From here he moved into guiding and worked for Backroads as a bike tour guide and trip leader in the Canadian Rockies and France. In 2007 Claude relocated to Malaysia taking a position as operations manager and guide for a multi sport adventure company; including rafting, team building and high ropes. Claude has taken on many of the company’s responsibilities including guiding since the arrival of their son in July 2011.
Vasco: Is the friendliest, furriest team member at Kananaskis Outfitters. He’s a Portuguese Water Dog who loves to hike and cross country ski. Contradictory to his name, he isn’t too thrilled about swimming yet. He’s lucky enough to come along on most of our family tours and when he’s not “assistant guiding” he’s usually keeping a patch of the floor of the shop nice and warm.
The History of the Kananaskis Outfitters Shop
When we opened in September 2006 we were a small rental shop offering bike, ski, snowshoe and skate rentals. Below as a few pictures of the shop before it was Kananaskis Outfitters.
That November we closed for a month and renovated the space to gain more floor space. We will never forget the hard work our friends and family put into making this reno happen. Thank you!
Below are are few pictures of the shop after the 2006 renovations. Since then owner / operator Michelle Faerden has been steadily expanding it’s horizons.