Just an hour west of cosmopolitan Calgary await Canmore and Banff. The charm of two historical towns is surrounded by 6600 square kilometers of Banff National Park’s pristine mountain peaks and trails.
Winter and early spring offer the unmatched variety of four ski destinations, Banff Mount Norquay, Nakiska Mountain Resort, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise. Dog-sledding, snowshoeing, and hiking are also a must on the list. 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. After working up an appetite, families will love to indulge in any one of the refreshing mountain bistros in the area before taking a step back in time with a visit to the Sweet Shoppe or the Fudgery.
Spring, summer and fall feature hiking and biking through the vast network of trails the majestic Canadian Rockies. Explore alpine meadows and turquoise waters all amongst the elk, bighorn sheep, black and grizzly bear, and over 260 species of birds. Canada’s oldest National Park boasts the spectacular historic experience of the Banff Springs Hotel and Golf Course, Cave and Basin Historic Site, Upper Hot Springs Pool and the Sulphur Mountain Gondola.
Canmore’s Main Street becomes a Cross Country Ski Track, with tons of snow covering 2 blocks during the National and World Cup Cross Country ski events and the Canmore Winter Festival. 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.