Hiking. Biking. Exploring. Adventure.
While neighbouring Banff National Park often steals the limelight when it comes to Alberta hiking, true outdoor enthusiasts shouldn’t overlook the Canmore area. Canmore hiking is a great way to experience the outdoors and see some incredible scenery.
Hundreds of kilometres of enthusiasts trails twist through the Canmore area’s rugged terrain, providing hikers with a wide range of options. Take a simple valley bottom stroll or test your legs on a grueling incline. This area provides plenty of trails to choose from.
Mountain biking in Canmore ranges from easy to extreme and attracts seasoned mountain biking veterans while still pleasing more casual riders. You can cycle along more than 70kms of immaculately maintained trails that meander through town and many sections follow the beautiful Bow River. The Canmore Nordic Centre is popular choice as it offers a wide variety of trails for all levels and offers bike rentals on site.
SKIING & SNOWBOARDING
Banff and Lake Louise are a paradise for skiers and snowboarders. Three world-class resorts, the rugged terrain of the Rocky Mountains, light and fluffy snow, and the most stunningly scenic backdrop you’ll ever experience all add up to a must-visit location for snow lovers.
The skiing and snowboarding in Banff and Lake Louise are uniquely accessible. All the resorts are short, easy drives from the town of Banff and hamlet of Lake Louise and offer huge variety for skiers and riders of all ages and abilities. You can buy lift tickets for the individual resorts, or try the SkiBig3 Tai-area lift ticket which gives access to all three resorts. For those who prefer to earn their turns, the backcountry touring is some of the best in North America, while heli-skiing and snowboarding opens up a whole new world of terrain for snow lovers.
Most of the climbing around Canmore is in the canyons formed by the runoff from the mountains in the area. The climbing itself is quite varied. Acephale, Grassi Lakes and Carrot Creek are steep, pocketed crags, while Cougar Canyon and Heart Creek tend to be less steep, but more technical climbing. The long cliffs on Mt. Rundle and Ha Ling peak offer some fantastic multi-pitch climbing, both sport and gear, in a fine situation over 1000 metres above the valley floor.