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Canmore | Alberta

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Three Sisters Mountain

Symbol of Canmore

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).

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Bow River Trail

When visiting Canmore, enjoy dozens of trails in the area. Hiking is one of the loveliest activities for locals.

Discover this 6.0-km trail in the famous Bow Valley—fantastic views of the mountains and the water’s incredible colour.

Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 1 h 30 min to complete. This is a very popular area for birding, fishing, and hiking, so you’ll likely encounter other people while exploring. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. Dogs are welcome.

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Canmore Engine Bridge

Recommended by KATHERINE

Walking along the Spur Trail on the banks of the Bow, you will come to this historic bridge (or rather, two bridges). Previously, they served the railway but are now intended only for pedestrians.

This beautiful historic railway bridge has a gorgeous backdrop of the mountains with the Bow River running right through it. You can also see the Three Sisters from the bridge and take an amazing selfie with Canmore’s iconic view.

This is a popular spot for engagement and wedding photos, so plan to go there for sunrise to avoid running into people.

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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. You’ll pass ponds with swimming ducks 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.

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Enjoy Wildlife

You have no idea how many elk, deer and unexpected signs you can find on the streets, parks and trails of Canmore. Be prepared to meet someone unusual at any moment.

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Canmore Downtown

Walk downtown to enjoy local restaurants, art galleries, and dozens of craft stores. Relax on one of the benches. Fell the beautiful heart of Canmore.

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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 Historic Resource in the 1990s.

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Underground by Katherine Govier

Canadian novelist and essayist Katherine Govier 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 divides her time between Toronto and Canmore.

Underground, Katherine Govier’s poem is dedicated to Canmore’s mining history. When you walk down 10th Street, don’t miss the metal plates you walk on. Katherine asks you 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.

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The Canmore Miner

Canmore Miner’s Bronze by Lorne Wall, located along downtown 8th Street, is a tribute to European immigrant miners who made the community of Canmore a reality. The town of Canmore was established in 1884 as a coal-mining town serving the Canadian Pacific Railway.

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Canmore Mountain Market

Thursdays from May to October

The Canmore Mountain Market has been a summer tradition in Canmore for over twenty years, operating every Thursday from 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.

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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. The town of Canmore was named after an early king of Scotland, Malcolm, who became known as Malcolm Canmore, from the Gaelic language, meaning “Great Head” or “Chief.”

Big Head is a local landmark and tourist sight and occasionally gets dressed up for town festivities.

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Cafe Books

Recommended by Mary-Beth

Café Books was lucky to be voted in the top 11 dreamiest bookstores to visit in Canada by Chatelaine. Come here and spend some time with a unique collection of books, and have a coffee or tea. Sit on a couch, open your book and enter a different land.

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Stirling Patio at the Malcolm

Recommended by ROSE

The Stirling Patio in the famous Malcolm Hotel offers gorgeous views. It’s the perfect cozy spot for relaxing after a day of mountain adventure.

Malcolm’s ambiance and design reflect the pageantry, royalty and heritage of past Scottish King – Malcolm, known for Canmore’s namesake.

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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 | People of Small Towns

 

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 | People of Small Towns 
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Canmore Highland Games

Labour Day Weekend

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 and 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.

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Canmore Folk Music Festival

Heritage Day long weekend in August

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.

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Canmore Winter Carnival

February

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.

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TransCanada Highway

TransCanada Highway is the fastest way from Calgary to Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise and other gems of the Rocky Mountains. Enjoy the fantastic mountain views all the way!

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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.

beautifull lake and mountains

 

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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.

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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.

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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 authentic craft beer experiences.

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Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

Built in 1890-91, the historic Ralph Connor Memorial United Church in Canmore was named, in 1942, for its founder and first minister, Charles W. Gordon, who wrote popular stories and novels under the pen name Ralph Connor.

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The Shrine Church of Our Lady of the Rockies

Recommended by Mark

The Shrine Church of Our Lady of the Rockies is a recently built beautiful Catholic shrine with many modern elements intermingling with old aspects of churches.

For example, the spire of the church is very unique and unusual. The church’s interior is beautifully lit, with natural light pooling over into every crevice and corner of the church. The center of the church is directed to a beautiful stained-glass window with a stunning altar right beneath it.

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