When the days start to get longer and the snow stops falling Canmore becomes a summer sports playground as mountain bikers, hikers and climbers inhabit the mountains.
If the heights are not for you can always get your feet wet in the rivers and lakes nearby. White water rafting is huge in Canmore, various rivers are rafted that offer trips tailored for all competences. Kayaking and canoeing are equally as popular. Not forgetting the Fly fishing, the wild brown trout are plentiful in the Bow River as it flows from the glacier in the Banff National Park with the season stretching all summer. The glacier is an attraction in its own right and an experience not to be missed.
Golf is growing really fast in town, three courses await discovery: SilverTip, Stewart Creek, and the Canmore Golf and Curling Club. SilverTip and Stewart Creek are championship courses with gorgeous designs inspired by the natural surroundings.
Located on opposite sides of the Bow Valley, each course offers a different view of the mountains, and a different experience. SilverTip is known for providing a naturally inspired mountain golf experience, and both SilverTip and Stewart Creek have been rated among the best new Canadian courses by Golf Digest in Canada.
If the pace of sport leaves you tired why not visit the many galleries, art exhibitions and festivals that regularly run through the summer months and be inspired a different way.
In the winter months the powder is renowned the World over. It a ski and boarders paradise with great snow coverage and quiet runs so you get to enjoy the mountain you want when you want! From beginners to full on Heli-skiers there is something for everyone.
For a change why not try the strength sapping cross country skiing. The Canmore Nordic Centre offers some of the best cross country skiing in the world and is the home to the Canadian Team, while being the venue for the Nordic events at the 1988 Olympic Games held in Calgary.
If skiing is not for you, why not try ice fishing, dogsled adventure trips, ice climbing, ice skating or snowmobiling they will all keep you busy!
Our friends in Canmore can help you with all your Mountain needs from organising lift passes, excursions to as much extreme adventure you want to grab! Helli Skiing being the most exciting in my opinion!
With 5 world-class ski resorts within a short drive, Canmore is the hub for skiing and snowboarding in the Canadian Rockies.
You’ll want to check out some of the powder snow at Banff’s Sunshine Village, Mount Norquay, Lake Louise, Fortress Mountain or Nakiska.
The ski and snowboard season starts around mid-November, and runs through till mid-May. The actual dates vary from season-to-season, and from hill-to-hill so make sure you call ahead.
Whether you’re looking for some easy gliding down gentle slopes, or all-out extreme skiing or snowboarding, you’ll find it within easy reach of Canmore.
Sunshine Village is located 30km (18mi) west of Canmore just past Banff on Highway #1. Uncrowded slopes and abundant snowfall Sunshine Village is renowned for its lengthy season from mid-November until late May. Sunshine Village offers over 3,300 acres of terrain on three mountains, with an average annual snowfall of over 30 feet!
Top Elevation: 2730m 8954ft
Base Elevation: 2160m 7082ft
Vertical Drop: 1070m 3514ft
Runs: green: 22% blue: 31% black: 42% double black: 5%
Longest Run: 5 kms Banff Trail
Number of Lifts: 13
Average Annual Snowfall: over 10 meters / 33ft
Season Opens: Mid-November
Season Closes: Mid-May
Phone Number: 1-87-SKI-BANFF – toll free in North America
Website: http://skibanff.com/ designed to host the alpine events of the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, the Nakiska Ski Resort continues to attract skiers from around the world. Nakiska is a 30 minute drive east of Canmore in Kananaskis Provincial park.
Top Elevation: 7,415 feet
Base Elevation: 5,003 feet
Vertical Drop: 2,412 feet
Longest Run: 3.3km (2 miles)
Number of Lifts: 5
Average Annual Snowfall: 250 cm (8.3 ft)
Season Opens: Early December
Season Closes: Mid-April
Phone Number: (403) 591-7777
Website: http://www.skinakiska.com/ Norquay
Banff Mount Norquay’s long-standing reputation for challenge is based on the first runs you see upon approaching the area: a quintet of super-steep, mogul-studded freefalls served by the original Norquay double chair. Norquay is located in Banff, and is a 20 minute drive west of Canmore.
Top Elevation: 2133 meters (7,000 feet)
Base Elevation: 1630 meters (5,350 feet)
Vertical Drop: 1,650 feet (503 m)
Longest Run: n/a
Number of Lifts: 5
Average Annual Snowfall: 300 cm (120 inches)
Season Opens: early December
Season Closes: mid April
Phone Number: (403) 762-4421
Website: http://www.banffnorquay.com/ Mountain
Fortress Mountain is an affordable place to take the family out on the slopes. The casual and relaxed resort offers wide-open cruising, serious bumps (training site for the Canadian Freestyle Team), large gladed areas, and natural half-pipes popular with snowboarders. Fortress Mountain is located in Kananaskis Country about 45 minutes east of Canmore.
Top Elevation: 2,369 m (7,775 feet)
Base Elevation: 2040 m (6,692 ft)
Vertical Drop: 329 m (1,082 feet)
Longest Run: 2 km (1.25 miles)
Number of Lifts: 6
Average Annual Snowfall: 630 cm (21 ft)
Season Opens: Early November
Season Closes: Late April
Phone Number: (403) 591-7108
Spectacular scenery awaits at Lake Louise with uniquely beautiful terrain that is both vast and varied. The wilderness is pristine and inspirational. Located in the heart of majestic, historic Banff National Park, Lake Louise is truly legendary and offers world class terrain.
With 4200 skiable acres, Lake Louise is one of the largest ski areas in North America. The unique layout allows families and groups of varying abilities to ski together; there are beginner, intermediate and expert runs down from every chair. Beginners and intermediate skiers have access to an abundance of gentle slopes and long cruising runs. Experts can explore endless chutes, glades, gullies and remote bowls in some of the Rockies’ most challenging terrain. Lake Louise is located about an 45 minutes drive west of Canmore.
Statitstics:Top Elevation: 2,591 m (8,500 ft)
Base Elevation: 1,648 m (5,400 ft)
Vertical Drop: 943 m (3,100 ft)
Longest Run: 8 km (5 miles)
Number of Lifts: 10
Average Annual Snowfall: n/a
Season Opens: n/a
Season Closes: n/a
Phone Number: (403) 762-4766
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