Nestled amongst dramatic rocky peaks and glacier-fed rivers, Canmore is an old mining town known for its outdoor adventures. Connect with nature on a hiking, fishing or skiing excursion or get a glimpse of the city’s cultural heritage by exploring local art galleries, museums and a mysterious cave.
Things to do in Canmore
Pack your sense of adventure and head to the Canmore Nordic Centre. There are over 100 kilometers of trails to explore, including the Grassi Lakes Trail winding past cascading waterfalls and turquoise lakes. You can also get your adrenalin-pumping at the cross-country ski and mountain-bike trails.
Marvel at the limestone walls that snake through a canyon and surround a narrow creek at Grotto Canyon. You can hike through a picturesque valley, then explore a mysterious cave featuring ancient paintings on the wall. Visit during winter so you can see the waterfalls turn into an ice sculpture. If you’re looking for a challenge, cycle the 27-kilometer-long Legacy Trail.
Interested in art? Visit Canmore’s local art galleries, such as Avens Gallery to see local and western Canadian art, then step inside Kari Woo’s studio to pick up handmade jewelry. To see impressive pieces of glass artwork, visit the Fireweed Glass Studio.
Learn more about the natural history of Canmore at the Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre, which features interactive mountain displays that will keep the kids engaged. Go horseback riding through scenic trails at Cross Zee Ranch, then stop to sample vodka and gin at the Wild Life Distillery.
Getting around Canmore
Canmore can be accessed by flying into Calgary International Airport, located a 1.5-hour drive away, while driving offers beautiful views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Canmore’s city center is easily navigated on foot or bike.