Canmore’s Activity Top Ten

Canmore’s Activity Top Ten

The top activities for you to enjoy on your visit to the Bow Valley


  1. Skiing

    The 1988 Winter Olympic Games left behind a lot to offer cross-country and downhill skiers. The Canmore Nordic Centre has 60km (37 miles) of cross-country trails and was refurbished for the 2005 World Cup. Many downhill skiing sites are within an hour from town, including Nakiska and Fortress in Kananskis, as well as the three resorts of the Banff National Park.

  2. Canmore Winter Festival
    Celebrate the cold at this annual January event that offers ice carving contests, concert performances and a curling bonspiel.
  3. Ice Fishing
    After a walk across the frozen stillness of Spray Lake, fish for two- to twenty-pound trout in the comfort of a heated cabin. Local tour operators will provide licenses, equipment, guides and even underwater cameras for spying beneath the ice!
  4. Dog Sledding
    Snuggle into blankets on your sled as baying huskies speed you across the snowy landscape. Sledding companies in town can arrange a winter experience you’ll never forget.
  5. Ice Climbing
    Get a thrill at the Ice Climbing Festival in March, whether you’re watching experts scale a treacherous frozen waterfall or learning the skills yourself at one of the festival clinics.
  6. Rock Climbing
    The Canmore area is famous for some of the best climbing in the Rockies. Mount Yamnuska is a popular spot and a good place for lessons, but climbers should also seek out routes at Grotto Canyon, Chinaman’s (Ha Ling) Peak and Cougar Creek.
  7. Hiking
    Trails around town take you through canyons, up to glacial lakes, around historic buildings and even to the site of ancient pictographs. Take a camera in case you spot wildlife!
  8. Golf
    What’s better than a day spent golfing beneath the Canadian Rockies? Within a five-minute drive from town you’ll find a historic course built by volunteers, a resort designed by a renowned golf architect and an 18-hole course that incorporates rushing mountain creeks and restored mine entrances.
  9. Fishing
    The Bow River is a famous fly fishing spot for brook trout, and there’s plenty of rainbow trout in Ghost Lake and Grotto Pond. Book a float tube or a heli-fishing excursion, or just pick up a license and go it alone.
  10. Mountain Biking
    Trails range from easy rides along the valley floor to challenging routes through the mountains. Routes at Goat Creek and Mount Sharp are well recommended and, in the summer, the Nordic Centre is a mountain biker’s dream.

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