What to do and see in Canmore, Alberta: The Best Places and Tips

Catapulted to fame for its part in the 1988 Winter Olympics, this former coal-mining town in the Canadian Rockies is a perfect base for visiting some of the country’s most impressive national parks. First stop for most visitors is the ski trails in Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park. Contemplate natural wonders at the Museum and Geoscience Centre, and mush through the snow on a sled-dog tour.

1. Grassi Lakes

Canmore, Alberta, Canada Nature & Parks, Bodies of Water
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4.5 based on 1407 reviews

Grassi Lakes

Reviewed By Dilly4472 - Lincoln, United KingdomLincoln, United Kingdom

So pretty

Every time we come to Canmore we do this hike - this is our third visit. Each time it’s different because of different seasons and weather conditions. This time it was very snowy making it even more magical than before! It is certainly best when it’s quie

2. Canmore Cave Tours

129 Bow Meadows Cres | Unit 202, Canmore, Alberta T1W 2W8, Canada Nature & Parks, Caverns & Caves
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5 based on 822 reviews

Canmore Cave Tours

Canmore Cave Tours operates year-round tours in Rat's Nest Cave, near Canmore, Alberta, Canada. For those seeking as much excitement as possible, including squeezes, rappels, and other adrenaline-inducing activities we offer a 6-hour "Adventure Tour". For those just looking to sample what the cave has to offer, or those with less time, we offer a 4.5 hour "Explorer Tour". We can offer these tours year-round, in any weather because the cave is a constant 5 degrees Celsius, a comfortable temperature any time of the year.

Reviewed By Rūta K

Great Experience

We have received nothing but great service with Canmore Cave Tours. From booking the tour till getting down the mountain we were informed about each step, instructed on how to move to get the best experience ever and stay safe. Overall great adventure for

3. Ha Ling Peak

Mount Lawrence Grass | Spray Lakes Road, Canmore, Alberta, Canada Nature & Parks, Mountains
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4.5 based on 293 reviews

Ha Ling Peak

Reviewed By photolover75 - Millersville, MarylandMillersville, Maryland

So worth it!

So... ages 62-66 hiked to the top. All reasonably fit, took us 2.5 hours to ascend and 1.5 to return. Spoke with some locals in town prior to going who said it was easy to moderate but we are not use to the altitude and they were about half our age so we

4. Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park

1988 Olympic Way | Suite 100, Canmore, Alberta T1W 2T6, Canada Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Cross-country Ski Areas, Ski & Snowboard Areas More
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4.5 based on 357 reviews

Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park

Created for the 1988 Winter Olympics, this ski area offers many expert trails.

Reviewed By GlobeGirl4EVR - Calgary, CanadaCalgary, Canada

GORGEOUS SETTING, EXCELLENT CLASS BY MICHAEL FROM TRAIL SPORTS

This is a beautiful setting for cross country skiing for everyone regardless of your skill level. The day cost is minimal (I think about $15) and night skiing is free. I took lessons through Trail Sports and Michael was exceptional. I'd only really cross

5. Upper Kananaskis Lake

Canmore, Alberta, Canada Nature & Parks, Bodies of Water
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4.5 based on 195 reviews

Upper Kananaskis Lake

Reviewed By Jan5847 - Doncaster, United KingdomDoncaster, United Kingdom

Breathtaking scenery

Along with Lower Kananaskis Lake this is part of the Kananaskis trail which takes you from Seebe on a loop drive taking in Spray Lakes reservoir, Goat Pond and Whiteman's Pond before descending into Canmore. The second half of the drive is on gravelled ro

6. Policeman's Creek Boardwalk

Canmore, Alberta T0L 0M0, Canada Sights & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas
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4.5 based on 260 reviews

Policeman's Creek Boardwalk

Reviewed By BenLar137 - Calgary, CanadaCalgary, Canada

Wilderness just steps from the downtown eateries and shops

In fact, now that the Elevation Place rec centre has become quite the thing, Policeman's Creek Boardwalk makes for a great stop when you walk (and you can) between that one and downtown. The boardwalk is ideal, making this a true all-season walking area.

7. The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company

310 Old Canmore Rd, Canmore, Alberta T1W 0J7, Canada Food & Drink, Breweries
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The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company

Come visit our state-of-the-craft brewery located just off the Trans Canada Highway in the town of Canmore. Stop in for Tastings and Retail shopping. Cheers!

Reviewed By sharinakg - EdmontonEdmonton

Informative, fun, & great value

Staff was friendly upon arrival and engaging throughout!! Tour was informative without dragging on and on. Beautiful views upstairs of the mountains. Great value for what you pay! We feel like so many of the tourist activity options are WAY over priced. T

8. Quarry Lake

Spray Lakes Road, Canmore, Alberta, Canada Nature & Parks, Bodies of Water
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4.5 based on 164 reviews

Quarry Lake

Reviewed By Sam G - Vancouver, CanadaVancouver, Canada

Beautiful Views, Short Walk

Quarry Lake was the perfect little getaway. It's quite close to the town and takes about a ten minute drive. The views of the mountain and lake are spectacular and there is loads of seating and shade to escape from the sun. The walk around the lake took a

9. Grotto Canyon

Canmore, Alberta, Canada Nature & Parks, Canyons
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4.5 based on 178 reviews

Grotto Canyon

Reviewed By bleats100

WOW

The weather was nice. the icicles and ice walking up the canyon were stunning. It was fun showing my Fiancee the mountains.

10. Travel Alberta Canmore Visitor Information Centre

2801 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore, Alberta T1W 3A2, Canada Traveler Resources, Visitor Centers
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Travel Alberta Canmore Visitor Information Centre

Located on Highway 1 in Canmore, Alberta, the Travel Alberta Canmore Visitor Information Centre (VIC) is a great place to stop and get information on Banff and Jasper National Parks, as well as all of Alberta. Our travel experts onsite will help personalize your Alberta vacation to make it unforgettable. They know all the best things to do, places to stay and ways to get there!

Reviewed By BenLar137 - Calgary, CanadaCalgary, Canada

Nice place to stop, catch your breath, get info

It's a beautiful building, with lots of parking. On my recent visit, I checked out the lovely gallery/lounge area. There's lots of info and staff were very friendly and helpful. There's good signage on the Trans Canada Highway as to where to turn off. It

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