Why Choose Canmore?
Canada is a vast, sweeping, diverse wilderness: almost four million square miles, stretching from the Pacific to the Atlantic, second only to Russia in total area. Bordered by oceans on three sides, she boasts the longest coastline in the world.
Her lowlands nestle between two great mountain ranges: the Rockies to the west, with the Appalachians extending up from America in the east.
Since the last glacial period, her territory has consisted of eight distinct forest regions, including extensive boreal forest on the Canadian Shield.
Canada has more lakes than any other country, containing much of the world’s fresh water. There are also fresh-water glaciers in the Canadian Rockies and the Coast Mountains. She is home to the most voluminous and arguably most famous waterfall in the world: the Niagra Falls.
Canada is also geologically active, having many earthquakes and potentially active volcanoes, notably Mount Meager, Mount Garibaldi, Mount Cayley, and the Mount Edziza volcanic complex.
The vastness and variety of Canada’s geography, ecology, vegetation and landforms have given rise to a wide variety of climates throughout the country.
So from all of the Canadian provinces, why choose Alberta?
Alberta is a fertile province, the southern portion of its surface consisting chiefly of plains that are almost entirely treeless: undulating grasslands, with rounded sloping ridges covered with shorter grasses, which serve for the support of large herds of beef cattle.
As the slopes of the Rocky Mountains to the west are reached, more trees are found until, in the foothills of the mountains, bodies of forest timber occur. Trees also become more numerous in the northern part of the province, until in the region north of the North Saskatchewan River continuous forests are met with again. The wooded portions of the terrain are dotted with clumps and belts of trees of moderate size, giving them a park-like appearance.
In winter it is continuously very cold, but this is occasionally reduced by a warm wind from the west, known as the Chinook.
Within a hundred kilometres of the mountains there is constantly in view, in clear weather, a line of snowy peaks along the western horizon. This continues for hundreds of kilometres northwestward. The Canadian Rockies are ascended by a gradual approach from the east, but are exceedingly abrupt on their transalpine slope in British Columbia. The peaks of these mountains are majestic, many of them reaching a height of more than three km above the sea.
With all that Alberta has to offer, why choose Kananaskis Country?
Kananaskis Country is a park system situated to the west of Alberta in the foothills and front ranges of the Canadian Rockies, noted for recreation and tourism.
Recreation facilities in Kananaskis include several campgrounds, a golf course, a hotel, a holiday ranch, two alpine ski areas (Nakiska, which hosted alpine skiing and freestyle moguls skiing during the 1988 Winter Olympics and Fortress Mountain) and a competitive cross-country ski area (the Canmore Nordic Centre) that the public can use. Kananaskis has many kilometres of hiking, cross-country ski, and horse trails. Other activities popular in Kananaskis include mountain biking, scrambling, climbing, backpacking, hunting, and fishing.
And with all this, why choose Canmore?
Canmore is located in the Bow Valley, just east of Banff National Park and immediately north of Kananaskis Country. The town lies in the Bow Valley, named so for the Bow River that passes through it. Its mountain setting is noted for The Three Sisters. Canmore’s climate is relatively mild compared to most regions of Canada, with very low humidity that makes it feel considerably warmer than the thermometer indicates. Summers are short, and winters from November to March are usually sunny and dry. The area has, on average, 330 days of sunshine annually, with the short wet season occurring through mid-May to early June. The rest of the summer is dry.
Established as a humble mining town in 1884, Canmore first came to the world’s attention in 1988 when it played host to the cross-country ski and biathlon components of the Calgary Winter Olympics. Since then the town has gone from strength to strength, establishing itself as the perfect base from which to explore the Canadian Rockies.
Despite its recent growth, Canmore has maintained its identity as a Canadian mountain village, surrounded by wild land areas abundant with wildlife, lending themselves perfectly to any number of recreational pursuits.
Canmore is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Climbing is popular with trad, sport and multi-pitch climbs throughout the Bow Valley, and the area is a world destination for ice climbing. Kayakers and canoeists can enjoy guided trips with one of the many local outfitters, or independently navigate the surrounding rivers and lakes. Caving enthusiasts will enjoy the extensive Rat’s Nest Cave. Mountain bikers will enjoy the huge trail network in and around Canmore: A series of hiking, mountain biking, equestrian, and paved trails traverse the area. Major trail systems are located on the Benchlands of Mount Lady Macdonald, at the Canmore Nordic Centre, and along the north slope of Mount Lawrence Grassi. Many of these trails, and others around the community, are located within Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park and Kananaskis Country.