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G7 Summit of world leaders coming to Kananaskis Country in 2025

Kananaskis Country hosted the summit of world leaders in 2002.
Kananaskis Country sign
The Kananaskis Country entry sign on Highway 40 near the Trans-Canada Highway. GREG COLGAN RMO PHOTO

KANANASKIS - Kananaskis Country will be the location of the next G7 Leaders’ Summit in 2025.

At the conclusion of the three-day summit in Italy on Friday (June 14) of the world leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) countries – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the K-Country announcement.

He underlined Canada’s continued commitment to working together with G7 partners on common priorities, such as building economies that benefit everyone, fighting climate change, and managing rapidly evolving technologies.

“As Canada prepares to host G7 partners in Kananaskis next year, we are focused on delivering fairness for every generation and making life better for everyone," said Trudeau.

The summit of world leaders was last held in Kananaskis County in 2002 – then the G8 Summit – and was said to have cost $300 million.

Following the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States the year before, the security concerns surrounding the hosting of a world leaders’ summit in K-Country increased dramatically.

Determined to be beyond the capability of just RCMP and local law enforcement agencies, security in Kananaskis Country was complemented by the Canadian Forces.

RCMP and military patrolled the woods and were scattered throughout the backcountry to prevent any ground threats and were stationed for any airborne threats.

Then-U.S. President George. W Bush was in Kananaskis, as was Jean Chrétien, Canada's prime minister at the time.

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