The majestic countryside in 'Brokeback Mountain' provides the setting for Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) to meet and discover their mutual love for one another. The two young men meet in the summer of 1963 after they're hired on as ranch hands, and while roaming the land they unexpectedly fall in love. Despite marriage, children, and long periods of separation, their relationship never dwindles.

Ang Lee's movie is based on writer Annie Proulx's short story 'Brokeback Mountain,' originally published in The New Yorker in 1997. Alberta's Rocky Mountains and Kananaskis Country (known as K-Country) provide a scenic, mesmerizing backdrop for the story. The fictional Brokeback Mountain is actually a composite of three mountain sites: the majestic Mount Lougheed near Canmore, and the Fortress and Moose mountains in K-Country.

The majestic countryside in 'Brokeback Mountain' provides the setting for Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) to meet and discover their mutual love for one another. The two young men meet in the summer of 1963 after they're hired on as ranch hands, and while roaming the land they unexpectedly fall in love. Despite marriage, children, and long periods of separation, their relationship never dwindles.

Ang Lee's movie is based on writer Annie Proulx's short story 'Brokeback Mountain,' originally published in The New Yorker in 1997. Alberta's Rocky Mountains and Kananaskis Country (known as K-Country) provide a scenic, mesmerizing backdrop for the story. The fictional Brokeback Mountain is actually a composite of three mountain sites: the majestic Mount Lougheed near Canmore, and the Fortress and Moose mountains in K-Country.

Location as Character:
It's so much easier to fall in love when two people are isolated; they have almost no choice but to develop a connection. In this case, under the shadow of the mountains, not only are Ennis and Jack separated from everyone, they're also in an environment conducive to romance. Many folks will also attest that there's something evocative about cowboys, hats, boots, and the open plains.

Historic Significance:
"Kananaskis" is said to be an Indian word meaning "meeting of the waters." Before the arrival of first European explorers in the 19th century, Kananaskis Valley was considered home to the nomadic Stoney Indians, a mountain Sioux band. In 1854, James Sinclair, a university-educated settler, led an expedition from the north end of the valley to K-Country. Historical accounts of Sinclair's expedition are unconfirmed, but it is known that in 1848, he told British explorer Captain John Palliser of the route. The Kananaskis River and various passes were named by Palliser, who led a British scientific expedition through the area around the mid-1850s.

These two men helped formulate the maps and geographic understanding of K-Country. By 1976, the Alberta's provincial government created Kananaskis Provincial Park and K-Country, and any mining, clear-cutting, or environmental degradation was prohibited.

Fun Facts:
This area is something of a hot spot for film production. With such jaw-dropping scenery, it's no wonder. Besides 'Brokeback', other movies filmed near here include 'Legends of the Fall,' 'Superman III,' 'The Edge', 'X-Men 2: X-Men United,' and 'Shanghai Noon,' to name only a few.

Address:
Varies, but as a base camp, check out Bow Valley Campgrounds: Box 8585, Canmore, Alberta T1W 2V3

Directions:
West of Calgary about 12.5 miles, you'll turn south at Highway 22, known as the Cowboy Trail, and head for Bragg Creek. Stop at Elbow Falls in Bragg Creek Provincial Park, about 5 miles west of Highway 66. If you're an outdoorsy person, there are countless things to do in the area.

Visitor Info: Nestled within the gateway to the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Bow Valley Campgrounds provides spectacular camping and recreational opportunities including group camps and equestrian campgrounds. Services are only available from end of April to the end of October, due to harsh winter conditions. For more information check out the campsite's website, or reach them at (403) 673-2163.