Canmore, Alberta is a popular year-round vacation destination. It is a peaceful, vibrant community nestled in the Canadian Rockies and located next door to Banff.

Canmore is a perfect destination for both summer and winter activities. In the winter months, there is plenty of fresh powder snow and easy access to local world-class skiing and snowboarding areas. While in the summer rafting, hiking and cycling are very popular activities.

One of the advantages of Canmore is its close location to Banff national park, just a 15 minute drive away. Visitors to Canmore can easily spend their time enjoying Banff facilitates while having a relaxed vacation in Canmore.


Canmore has a large selection of rental accommodations that are ideal for leisure travelers. Travelers can choose from many hotels, lodges, and bed and breakfasts that cater to visitors of Banff National Park.

Staying in Canmore allows travelers to visit Banff while providing them with affordable accommodations. Nightly rates in Canmore are a fraction of the cost of Banff, which is only a 15 minute drive away.

Travelers staying in Canmore are reminded to make reservations as early as possible. Hotels and other accommodations are difficult to find at the last moment during the ski season and on national and international holidays.

Bed and Breakfast

Canmore bed and breakfasts provide short-term accommodations to travelers visiting Banff National Park. Staying in a bed and breakfast is an affordable and charming way for travelers to spend a vacation.

Bed and breakfast locations are found throughout Canmore and in its surrounding areas including in Banff. Whichever bed and breakfast you choose all offers a continental or full-breakfast with their rooms.

Cross-Country Ski

Cross-country ski trips in Canmore are a wonderful way to enjoy a winter vacation. Skiers enjoy breathtaking views and fantastic trails in and around Canmore.

Canmore has tour operators that provide professional guides and instructors. They offer daily and overnight excursions into the backcountry and nearby Banff National Park.

Also located in Canmore is the Canmore Nordic Centre. It provides skiers with over 50 kilometres of world-class cross-country trails.

Dog Sled Tours

Canmore dog sled tours are a thrilling way to experience the season. Guests will enjoy this unique experience in the heart of the Rockies.

Experienced guides lead you through the paces. Either lead your own husky team under a guide's supervision or relax in the cozy sled, while in the Canmore area.

Canmore dog sled tour packages can include igloo building, heli dog sledding, and lessons to drive your own team. Hourly of half day tours available with either hot drinks or fireside lunch on the trail.


Canmore festivals include the Canmore Folk Music Festival and Artspeak Arts Festival.

Artspeak Arts Festival July 11 - 13, 2004
Canmore Folk Music Festival July 31 - August 2, 2004
Canmore Highland Games Sept 5, 2004
Children's Festival May 16 - 17, 2003
Inaugural Festival of the Arts May 23 - 25, 2003


Canmore golf boasts some of the best courses in western Canada. With spectacular fairways and many locations to choose from, these courses are a great choice for your golf vacation.

Golf courses in Canmore and the surrounding area exhibit well groomed greens, distinctive views, and professional instructors. Restaurants, clubhouses, pro shops, and practice greens are conveniently on site.

Canmore golf packages may be tailored for individual needs including senior, group and family rates. Multilingual instruction, equipment rentals, and pick up and drop off services can also be added.


Canmore hotels provide quality sleeping accommodation to tourists on a nightly basis. Hotels provide travelers with a choice of a variety of sleeping arrangements. Travelers can choose from cozy one-bedroom units to family suites.

Travelers staying in Canmore should make their reservations as early as possible. Many people who visit Banff, which is located only 15 minutes away, stay in Canmore during their vacation.


Lodges are a great alternative to hotel accommodations for outdoors and recreation enthusiasts. Canmore has several high quality lodges that are located nearby. They provide an excellent base camp for any activity located in the backcountry.

Lodges are also a great place to relax after an exciting day outdoors. They have large common areas that are ideal to unwind and talk with friends or other guests.


Canmore motels are a short drive to many area tourist spots. Visitors will enjoy the mountain views and the splendid atmosphere of this Alberta location.

Guests staying at motels in the town of Canmore will be happy with the amenities available. Outdoor hot tubs and swimming pools, air-conditioned and pet friendly rooms can all be found. Non-smoking rooms and restaurants are also available.

Canmore motels are a great find, and vacation packages can often be purchased for a more customized holiday. Family and group rates are available as well as ski or golf holiday packages and more.

Nordic Centre

Canmore Nordic Centre is a world-class destination for cross-country skiing and mountain biking. It is located 1 ½ hour west of the City of Calgary and just five minutes from the Town of Canmore.

Canmore Nordic Centre was developed for the XV Winter Olympic Games. It is an excellent facility with over 60 kilometres of cross-country and biathlon trails.

The trails at Canmore Nordic Centre are designed to be challenging. The majority of them are geared towards intermediate and advanced skiers.


Guided rafting trips are the perfect day's excursion for adventurers and thrill seekers. Rafting operators offer single or multi day excursions on class 1 to 4 rapids.

Rafting packages and customized trips are available for singles and groups. All rafting trips include rafting gear, safety equipment, transportation and refreshment or meals on full day trips.


Canmore skiing offers world class downhill, heli-ski and cross-country trails. Some of the best skiing areas in the region include Lake Louise, Mt. Norquay, Nakiska, and Sunshine. Together these ski facilities provide hundreds of ski runs, backcountry, and cross country trails for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels.

Snow conditions for Canmore skiing are excellent. The climate of the Canadian Rockies gives local mountains abundant amounts of powder snow. The average snowfall for Lake Louise is 360cm (144in), Mt. Norquay 300cm (120in), Nakiska receives 250cm (8.3ft), and Sunshine 1041cm (410in).

Canmore Skiing Facilities and Runs

Lake Louise 113 runs 25% Beginner
45% Intermediate
30% Advanced
Mt. Norquay 31 runs 28% Beginner
36% Intermediate
28% Advanced
16% Expert
Nakiska 28 runs 16% Beginner
70% Intermediate
14% Advanced
Sunshine 91 runs 22% Beginner
31% Intermediate
42% Advanced
5% Expert


Canmore weather is similar to that of nearby Banff.