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As a Canadian mountain sports destination Canmore is a hub for various outdoor adventures. It offers year round activities, so whether you visit in spring, summer, fall, or winter you can be assured of a wide choice of things to do or see. We've listed just a few items as suggestions, but there are many more activities available.
Canmore Nordic Centre
Developed for the 1988 Winter Olympics, the Nordic Centre is a stunning year-round facility still used for world-class events, and is just minutes from downtown Canmore.
Summer activities include mountain biking; hiking/trail running; roller skating; roller biathlon; orienteering; disc golf; and numerous events or races taking place. Winter activities include cross-country or skate skiing; biathlon; fat biking; snowshoeing; tobogganing; ice skating; and winter disc golf.
Rentals and lessons are available on-site. Passes are required for some activities and are available from the day lodge which has a cozy fireplace, and cafe serving hot and cold meals, drinks, and energy snacks.
Opened in 2013, Elevation Place is a 77,000 square foot indoor recreation space in the heart of Canmore. It includes an aquatics centre with an 8 lane 25 metre pool, leisure pool, lazy river, water slide, steam room, and 25 person hot tub; climbing gym with 11,000 square feet of climbing surface; cardio and weight room; public library; coffee shop; and also houses the Canmore Art Guild gallery.
Drop-ins are welcome, though if the weather is bad you'll want to get there early as it can get busy— especially for the climbing walls.
Canmore is home to three spectacular mountain golf courses, and just a short drive from the Banff and Kananaskis courses. Golf enthusiasts from all over the world come to the Canadian Rockies to experience playing a round in the breathtaking scenery.
Canmore is the perfect hub for hiking adventures. Trails in the Bow Valley and Kananaskis Country range from short 1 hour trips to multi-day hikes, and from easy to strenuous. Pick up a trail guide, some bear spray, a packed lunch, and visit some of the Canadian Rockies on foot.
If you're looking for a mountain biking adventure Canmore is the perfect place to stay. The Canmore Nordic Centre has over 100 kms of trails for all abilities, from wide dirt roads to single track trails. The entire Bow Valley is criss-crossed with cycling trails from easy along the river to the more technical up the sides of the valley.
Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail
For cyclists looking to ride from Canmore to Banff without traffic worries this paved trail offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking scenery by bike. The Canmore trailhead is located across from the Alberta Visitor Information Centre which offers plenty of parking for vehicles.
Halfway between the two towns there is an excellent picnic stop with spectacular views across the valley. If a one-way trip is all you're interested in then the Roam transit buses can carry bikes and bring you back from Banff to Canmore. For the more energetic cyclist the trail continues through Banff and past Vermillion Lakes to join the Bow Valley Parkway all the way to Lake Louise.
A great way to explore the stunning landscapes of the area in the winter is by snowshoeing. There are plenty of trails available, either groomed or unbroken conditions. Strap on your snowshoes, layer up, and enjoy the fresh air and breathtaking views.