Things to do in/around Canmore

Canmore is located in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains but this mountain paradise is only an hour and a half from Calgary International Airport by car or bus.

In addition to kite snowboarding, in the winter season you can go dog sledding, ice climbing, snowboarding, skiing and mountaineering within a stone’s throw of Canmore. In the summer months the area offers a different selection of activities including mountain biking, kite surfing, rock climbing, golfing, hiking and mountain climbing.

Visit Graykite Canmore and discover the secrets of this majestic wilderness, its fresh mountain air and exhilarating activities.

Canmore boasts some truly spectacular climbs.

Rock Climbing

Canmore and Banff offer some of the best outdoor rock climbing in the world. Their location in the Canadian Rockies means there are long multi pitch routes offering challenges for all levels, as well as easy and fun beginner crags and climbing areas to be enjoyed. The popularity and demand that this fantastic location has built means there are also many indoor climbing gyms, allowing the sport to be enjoyed and practiced all year round.

When can I climb in Canmore and Banff?

Things to do in Canmore - Rock Climbing

Depending on temperatures and elevation the season for rock climbing in Canmore and the Canadian Rockies is from around May to the end of September. Crags around Canmore, Banff and Kananaskis can more often than not be climbed into October. Routes at higher elevations are typically out of season by mid-September.

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Will I enjoy rock climbing? Do I need experience?

Canmore Rock Climbing

The sport of rock climbing can be enjoyed by people of all physical capabilities and ages without feeling like they need to be Spiderman. As with all technical sports, proper technique is critical to taking you to the next level. More advanced rock climbing on steep multi pitch routes does require a much greater level of skill, strength and stamina, which is usually attained during years of training and experience.

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Horse Back Riding

Horse Riding Canmore

Gallop along incredible rocky mountain trails of Canmore and Kananaskis and enjoy the spectacular scenery on horseback.

The area around Canmore is home to several ranches that can provide you with horses, guides and instruction. If you tell them what you want they will be able to provide you with any horseback adventure your heart may desire. Well, within reason!

Our two favourite horse riding ranches are Boundary and Crosszee

Adventure Center

Dogsled Canmore

A one stop adventure shop

The Adventure Center provides year round fun all over the Canadian Rockies. Winter activities include skiing, snowboarding, dogsledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, helicopter tours and ice climbing.

Address: 909 Railway Avenure, Canmore
Visit the Canadian Rockies Adventure Center website for more information.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking Canmore

Uphill, downhill and cross country biking in Canmore and Banff

Canmore is one of Canada’s premier Mountain Sports destinations and boasts scenic trails perfect for road biking or cross country and extreme down hill tracks for the adrenaline junkies among you. For a detailed list of trails and mountain biking rental and guide companies visit Tourism Canmore

Golf in Canmore and Banff

Golf in Canmore

Swing by the Rockies for the round of your life

Unsurprisingly, golfing in the Canadian Rockies is a seasonal affair. If you visit during the summer months then you can enjoy a spectacular round of golf.  With the majestic Rocky Mountains as your fairway you will enjoy a unique golfing experience. For a full list of golfing clubs near Canmore and Banff visit the Banff / Alberta Golf Guide.

Cave Tours

Cave in Canmore

The real inside track on the Rocky Mountains

You can physically and literally get into the Canadian Rockies with Canmore Cave tours, who are based just outside the gates to Banff National Park.

Caving is not weather dependent and is therefore one of the rare year round experiences in Banff. Rat’s Nest Cave under Grotto mountain may not have the prettiest name but it really is quite special, wild and undeveloped. Fun and educational tours run daily, just touch base with Canmore Tours for information about times and schedule.

You  will discover how caves form, find out how both humans and animals have used these caves and also all about the geology of the beautiful Bow Valley area.

Knowledgeable and experienced guides will start you off with a natural history tour of this exciting underground world through unpredictable twists and turns and passages and chambers full of stalactites and stalagmites. At the end of your exciting caving experience you will reappear into the fresh Rockies’ mountain air and make your way back towards Banff or Canmore, carrying some of the most unexpected memories of your vacation with you.

Visit the Banff Tours website for more information.

Ski and Snowboard

Snowboarding in Canmore

Black runs, off piste, nursery slopes – there’s something for everyone near Canmore

Canmore is the hub for skiing and snowboarding in the Candian Rockies with 4 world-class ski resorts within a short drive. If you are planning a skiing or snowboarding vacation in Western Canada, you’ will surely want to check out some of the champagne powder snow at Banff’s Sunshine Village, Mount Norquay, Lake Louise or Nakiska.

The season starts around mid-November, and runs all the way through till mid-May. It does vary from season-to-season depending on the snow fall so make sure you check current conditions with mountain you plan to visit. Whether you are looking for extreme steeps or some easy gentle gliding slopes, you will find it all on your doorstep in Canmore, the skiing centre of Alberta, Canada.

For more local ski resort information visit their website.