Summer Activities

Summer Fun in Canmore

Due to its proximity to both Banff National Park and Kananaskis Country, even when the ski season closes Canmore offers itself as the ideal hub for your vacation to the Canadian Rockies. It’s hard to imagine a better base for your summer vacation. The breathtaking vistas of the Rockies alone make a trip worthwhile; but above and beyond the scenery itself, Canmore offers more than enough to keep everyone entertained:

Numerous mountain biking and hiking trails originate from the town itself: mountain biking is probably one of the most popular Canmore summer activities for vacationers and locals alike. There are a wide range of mountain bike trails for you to enjoy, and riders of all abilities can enjoy the sport as many in town multi-use trails allow for family style touring around.

But what if you fancy something a little more adventurous?

The history of the Canadian Rockies and Canmore is steeped in a long climbing tradition. Today the mountain culture continues to thrive in Canmore. A host well-known climbers call Canmore home today. There are a minimum of eight crags await discovery within half an hour’s drive. They offer a wide range of climbing options, from bouldering to day-long multi-pitch climbs. There is more than enough here to challenge any level of climber. Most of the climbing around Canmore is in the canyons formed by the runoff from the mountains in the area. As such, many of the cliffs receive only a limited amount of sun, which is good on hot summer days, but can be cold in the early and late season.

Don’t mind getting wet? Riding the white water of Bow River’s Horseshoe Canyon will give you an adrernalin rush that’s hard to beat. For a more family-friendly ride, the Kananaskis River offers more junior thrills; and for those with very young children, there are float trips along the calmer stretches of the Bow River allowing you to take in the scenery and just contemplatively relax. You can kayak along the Bow River, giving you the chance to view the area from a whole new perspective and  giving the opportunity to spy osprey, bald eagles and other Canadian Rockies wildlife. And for even more fun on the water, head over to Banff National Park’s Lake Minnewanka where boat tours offer daily cruises on the lake to one of Banff’s great landmarks, Devil’s Gap.

If you’d rather be by the water than on the water, Canmore will give you a fishing experience like no other. Kananskis is trout country: the waters of the Upper Bow River are home to naturally reproducing wild brown trout, while the many lakes of the region offer opportunities to pursue rainbow, cutthroat, brook trout, lake trout and there are even golden trout in a few locations.

If dry land is more your thing, Canmore and Kananaskis Country are great places to get in some rounds of golf in some of the world’s most beautiful locations. Beyond the almost unbeatable mountain backdrop, Canmore golf courses are top quality and internationally recognized as such.

Should you ever tire of the great outdoors, the town of Canmore itself can give a little respite, giving you a chance to recharge your batteries. Strolling around Canmore in summer is a pretty relaxed affair. The towering peaks of the Canadian Rockies literally surround you on all sides, and it is likely their proximity and presence that so much influences the mood and spirit of all who live here as well those who visit this place. It’s a great place to sip a beer or take in a gourmet meal while sitting on a deck and gazing at the beautiful Canadian Rockies.

Canmore’s events calendar is pretty full all year round and the summer season is usually the peak period for the event line up. So even when you’re not on the slopes, there’s more than enough to give you a holiday you will always remember.

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