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Canmore

About Canmore

Canmore Town

Another Rocky Mountain Town

Located just outside of Banff National Parks boundary, Canmore is a laidback mountain town filled with incredible views and experiences to be had. The town is filled with many accommodation options for your stay, such as hotels, resorts, condos, lodges, and campgrounds. Canmore has a vibrant downtown filled with local art galleries, stylish boutiques, and unique restaurants, surrounded by unbelievable views of the Rocky Mountains.

Three Sisters Reflection Canmore

Take Your Pick

Canmore is surrounded by several Alberta Provincial Parks, with the closest being Canmore Nordic Centre and Bow Valley Provincial Park. Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park is filled with over 65 kilometres of cross-country skiing trails during the winter and over 100 kilometres of mountain biking trails during the summer. Bow Valley Provincial Park is filled with campsites for your stay, day-use areas for picnicking and extensive hiking and biking trails.

Biathlon World Cup Canmore

Recent History

Canmore was originally established in 1884 as a coal mining town. When the last mine shut down in 1979, Canmore’s economy took a hit, and its future was uncertain. When Calgary held the Olympics in 1988, Canmore was chosen to host the cross-country and biathlon events. This brought a whole new group of tourists, developers, and eager new citizens which helped turn the town into what it is today – a lively tourism destination.

Most Recognizable Peaks

One of Canmore’s best-known views is of the Three Sisters Mountains. Individually, from left to right, they are known as Big Sister (or Faith), Middle Sister (or Charity), and Little Sister (or Hope).

Popular Spots

Grassi Lakes

One of the most popular hikes in Canmore offers both an easy trail and a more challenging trail to reach the shallow, emerald Grassi Lakes.

Legacy Trail

The Legacy Trail is a scenic biking route that connects the Town of Canmore to the Town of Banff.

Policeman’s Creek Boardwalk

This scenic trail is accessible from downtown Canmore and makes for a leisurely stroll alongside Policeman’s Creek.

Ha Ling Peak

A moderate hike up to Ha Ling Peak is one of the best hikes in the Canmore area and offers outstanding views outside the National Park.

Tours in Canmore

Your challenging adventure awaits! Tighten your harness and repel down watery chutes then crawl into undeveloped cave in the Canadian Rockies. This 3 day, 2 night package runs from May to October.
Get off the beaten path and seek a different kind of adventure. Ride horseback and tour a wild, undeveloped cave in the Canadian Rockies. This 2 day, 1 night package runs from May to October.

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Featured Attraction: Rat’s Nest Cave

Rat’s Nest Cave is only accessible through a four-kilometre maze of underground tunnels and passages. Take a guided tour to experience all the underground wonders this cave has to offer as you slide through the ancient water-worn paths.

Canmore Caving Rats Nest Cave Credit Paul Zizka

EXPLORE

Average Temperature

Spring
9°c

Summer
21°c

Fall
9°c

Winter
-5°c

Did You Know?

The Canmore Highland Games are held annually over the Labour Day long weekend (the first weekend in September). You can experience a dose of Scottish culture through the many entertainment options, such as dancing, piping and drumming, and traditional food and beverages.

Highland Games Canmore

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