Top 20 Places to Visit in

Canmore | Alberta


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Selfie with the Three Sisters Mountain

Recommended by NICK

A notable landmark on the horizon, the Three Sisters Mountain has been the subject of many art pieces and has become a symbol of Canmore. The peaks even have names: Faith, Charity, and Hope. This trio of mountain peaks is the pride and joy of Canmore and can be photographed from almost anywhere in Canmore since they are right in the heart of the town.

In 1883, Albert Rogers named these mountains the Three Nuns after a storm left a heavy veil of snow on the northern face of all three peaks. They were renamed the Three Sisters in 1886 by George Dawson and they are referred to individually as Big Sister, Middle Sister and Little Sister.

Heavily associated with the town of Canmore in the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies known as Kananaskis Country, the Three Sisters may be the most recognized peaks in the Bow River Valley section of the TransCanada Highway (Hwy 1).

Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada

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The Home Town of Olympic Champions

Canmore is the home town of Canadian Olympic Champions Chandra Crawford and Beckie Scott.

Chandra Crawford is a cross-country skier. She surprised everyone when she won the gold medal in the free sprint at the Turin 2006 Olympic Winter Games.

She was born in Canmore. In 2014 she retired from competitive skiing. Chandra divides her time between Calgary and Canmore. She focuses on running “Fast and Female”, her organization dedicated to the empowerment of girls through sport.

Read and watch more about Chandra in The People of Small Towns post.

 

Rebecca “Beckie” Scott was a cross-country skiing athlete as Canada’s most successful cross-country skier and one of the world’s best all-around cross-country racers.

Beckie retired in 2006, as the most decorated Canadian cross-country skier. She currently resides in Canmore, Alberta and is a student of English through distance programs from Athabasca University.

Read and watch more about Beckie in The People of Small Towns post.

100-1995 Olympic Way, Canmore, AB T1W2T6

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03

Grassi Lakes

The Upper and Lower Grassi Lakes lie at an elevation of about 1,525 m in the southern Canadian Rockies overlooking the Canmore. The land is part of the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park.

The short picturesque trail is one of Canmore’s most popular hikes. Choose from the easy route, which takes you up a gentle incline to the spectacular turquoise lake, or the more challenging wooded trail that passes by a waterfall and offers beautiful views of Canmore and Bow Valley.

Ken Richie Way, Canmore, AB

(403) 762-1550

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Canmore Highland Games

The Canmore Highland Games fosters and encourages our Celtic culture and tradition in all its forms – dance, music and sports.

Highland Games in Canmore is one of the first Highland Games known was organized by King Malcolm III Canmore (1058-1093). Held at a fairly flat meadowland (the Brae O’Mar) along the River Dee, this sporting event was used for a royal contest to find the swiftest and strongest man in the kingdom with the necessary stamina to carry Malcolm’s messages across the land.

1 Spring Creek Gate, Canmore, AB T1W 0A7

(403) 678-9454

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Canmore Engine Bridge

Recommended by KATHERINE

This beautiful historic railway bridge has the gorgeous backdrop of the mountains with the Bow River running right through it. You can also see the Three Sisters from the bridge. This is a popular spot for engagement and wedding photos so plan going there for sunrise to avoid running into people.

Spur Line Trail, Canmore, AB T1W 1V9

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North-West Mounted Police Barracks

Built in 1893, the North-West Mounted Police Barracks was the home, lodging, and jail for police officers stationed in Canmore until 1929. The historic building is the oldest North-West Mounted Police detachment to still stand on its original location, Canmore’s third oldest remaining building, and was declared an Alberta Provincial Historical Resource in the 1990s.

609 8 St, Canmore, AB T1W 2B1

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Ha Ling Peak

Ha Ling Trail to Ha Ling Peak (2,407 m) is a 7.9 kilometre heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Canmore. In three or four hours, you’ll have summited a mountain and taken in the otherworldly views.

Only a few minutes outside of Canmore, this hike is the perfect way to spend an early morning or an afternoon.

AB-742, Canmore, AB

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Policeman’s Creek Boardwalk

You can access this scenic trail from downtown Canmore, near the Big Head sculpture. Follow a 3.9-km boardwalk that runs alongside Policeman’s Creek and you’ll pass ponds with ducks swimming, and forested areas, with songbirds singing.

This is an easy route that works for all skill levels, but since the boardwalk connects with the town’s trail system, you can switch to a more ambitious route if you have the gumption.

Bow Trail Road, Canmore, Alberta, T0L 0M0

(403) 678-1500

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Big Head Sculpture

Big Head is a sculpture created by the artist Al Henderson. The sculpture was inspired by Canmore’s name, which was taken from a small Scottish town and means “great head” or “chief” in the Gaelic language.
Big Head has become a local landmark and tourist sight, and occasionally gets dressed up for town festivities.

8 Street, Canmore, AB T1W 1P3

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10

Cafe Books

Recommended by NINA

We were lucky to be voted in the top 11 dreamiest bookstores to visit in Canada by Chatelaine. We hope you come and spend some time with us, have a coffee or tea or even a glass of wine and cream pie. Sit on a couch, pick up your drink and open your book and enter a different land. 

100-826 Main Street, Canmore, Alberta T1W 2B7

(403) 678-0908

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Canmore Folk Music Festival

The Canmore Folk Music Festival is the longest running folk music festival in Alberta and one of its finest. Adhering to a philosophy and legacy of folk, world, blues and roots music, the festival since 1978 has attracted up to 21,000 music fans annually from across southern Alberta, western Canada, the northwestern USA and indeed the world.

The festival takes place over three days of the Heritage Day long weekend in August.

2B-110 Kananaskis Way (Office), Canmore, Alberta T1W2X2

(403)  678-2524

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Stirling Patio at the Malcolm

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The Malcolm Hotel is situated between two natural-flowing creeks. Its ambiance and design reflect the pageantry, royalty and heritage of past Scottish King – Malcolm III, who is also known as Canmore’s namesake.

The Stirling Lounge and Grill outdoor Creekside Patio offers gorgeous views. It’s the perfect cozy spot for relaxing after a day of mountain adventure.

321 Spring Creek Dr, Canmore

(403) 812-0680

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Canmore Mountain Market

The Canmore Mountain Market is a summer tradition in Canmore for over twenty years operating every Thursday 10 AM – 6 PM from May to October.

Visitors and locals are treated to an excellent selection of locally and regionally produced items including fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, jams, coffee and baked goods. The Market also offers unique crafts, clothing, jewellery and other artisanal products.

902 7 Ave, Canmore, AB T1W 2B6

(403) 678-1500

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Brewery and Distillery Tours

Recommended by SHANNON AMEY

Experience a wide variety of Canmore and the Bow Valley’s finest craft beer, distilleries, authentic foods and exclusive brewery access! Take in the amazing Rocky Mountain views and listen to the stories that our guides share with you!

We are a family owned business, run by locals who are dedicated to bringing you an authentic craft beer experiences.

1 – 702 8th Street Canmore, AB T1W 2B5

(403) 688-1775

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Artists of Elk Run Studio Tour

Recommended by SHANNON AMEY

The talented artists who create their work in Canmore’s Elk Run Industrial Park open their doors for the Artists of Elk Run Studio Tour. From painting, to ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, photography and glass art, there are some amazing things happening in the studios of Canmore’s industrial area.

111 Bow Meadows Crescent #8, Canmore, AB T1W 2W8

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Canmore Winter Carnival

Every February we come together as a community during the Canmore Winter Carnival to celebrate the best parts of our unique winter lifestyle. With two weeks of indoor and outdoor events and experiences, the Canmore Winter Carnival is a favourite for locals and visitors alike.

902 7th Avenue, Canmore

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Canmore Raft Tours

This tour along the Bow River allows you to relax and enjoy the forests and wildlife that live on the riverbanks.

Surrounded by big mountain views and forested slopes, our scenic nature floats offer guests of all ages and abilities an opportunity to learn about Canmore’s storied history, learn about the plants, animals and birds that call the Bow Valley home and the ability to explore an area first settled by the Indigenous people of North America.

829 8th (Main) Street, Canmore, AB

(403) 688-1775

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Canmore Caves Tours

Recommended by ANTON

It takes a very special person to work here at Canmore Cave Tours. We eat, sleep and breathe all things caving.

Join us year-round, rain or shine, for a Natural History tour into Rat’s Nest Cave – a wild, undeveloped cave under Grotto Mountain. Canmore Cave Tours has been offering tours at Rat’s Nest Cave, since 1992.

129 Bow Meadows Crescent Unit 202, Canmore, AB T1W 2W8

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Underground – Katherine Govier

Installed in 2009

Canmore is a home town of Canadian author Katherine Govier. Katherine has been made a member of the Order of Canada, one of Canada’s highest honours “for contributing to Canada’s literary scene as an acclaimed author, and for supporting refugee and immigrant women.” She is a founder of The Shoe Project. Katherine splits her time between Toronto and Canmore.

Underground, Katherine Govier’s poem is dedicated to Canmore’s mining history. And she asks us to look down instead of up, to consider what is under the ground, -coal, water, tunnels, tracks. The piece reminds everyone, whether they are new to Canmore or have a long history here, of what has gone on before, what is under the surface, and what is invisible.

709 10th Street, Canmore AB

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