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From the expert Jay Gould

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With an endless variety of activities and sights to take in year-round, Canmore offers everything from Highland Games to the world-class Canmore Nordic Centre. Offering an exceptional variety of outdoor activities, as well as culinary and accommodation options, Canmore provides a wide range of exhilarating opportunities for travelers both young and old. Click to read The Ultimate Guide to Banff National Park, Jasper and Canmore

The idyllic town of Canmore is settled among the Rocky Mountains along the banks of Bow River, and is conveniently located only one hour west of Calgary and less than five minutes from the Banff National Park.

Canmore is so much more than just a base camp to explore Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. Canmore offers a vibrant downtown community that is practically bursting at the seams with a remarkable variety of restaurants, boutiques and cultural venues. Not only that, but Canmore also offers exceptional access to prime recreational mountain space – all within the town’s borders!

Your outdoor activity options are almost endless; with over 71 kilometres of multi-use trails, the world-class Canmore Nordic Centre, five major ski resorts, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing and rafting all at your fingertips, it is unlikely to find yourself without something to see or do.

Hiking is one of the best ways to take in the spectacular surroundings of Canmore and the Canadian Rockies. Here you will have access to some of the best hiking and backpacking trails found anywhere in North America. Breathe in that fresh mountain air as you take in a spectacular mountain views, a variety of pristine lakes, and scenic alpine meadows.

Canmore is also a coveted destination for golf enthusiasts from around the world. Located at high elevations, the golfing season usually begins around mid-May and ends in early October. Whether you are in search of a laid-back round with friends or the challenges of a demanding course, you will surely find what you are looking for at one of Canmore’s six world-class golf courses.

In the winter, Canmore’s Main Street becomes a Cross Country Ski Track, with tons of snow covering two blocks during the National and World Cup Cross Country ski events and the Canmore Winter Festival. The Canmore Nordic Centre played host to the 1988 Winter Olympics and while it is still maintained as a world-class training facility, it is also perfect for the everyday Joe to get in some exceptional cross-country skiing.

During the summer months, downtown is transformed as the town hosts many music and arts events including a weekly outdoor market with fresh produce and locally-made lunches, dinners and treats. Canmore caters to all kinds of culinary tastes so you can find family restaurants, fine dining, vegetarian, and so much more!

For those looking to take in the local community and culture, Canmore hosts a variety of popular annual events such as the Canmore Folk Music Festival, the Highland Games, the Festival of Eagles and ArtSpeak Arts Festival. The Canmore Folk Music Festival has been entertaining crowds since 1978 with a line-up of performers from around the world. The Canmore Highland Games invite anyone with a little Celtic blood to toss a caber, cheer on the sheepdogs and join in the rousing ceilidh every Labour Day long weekend. Whether you are visiting in the summer or winter months, there are truly an unlimited number of possibilities for activities and events here in Canmore.

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