Canmore Travel Guide

© Jan J. Komierowski

The Canadian Rockies are a majestic, mountain landscape, full of peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons and caves. Its Canadian leg runs from the Montana border up to the Liard River in British Columbia. Five national parks are located in the Canadian Rockies, including Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Kootenay, and Waterton Lakes, as well as numerous other provincial parks. For many, the Canadian Rockies are the iconic symbol of wild spaces, and they are deservedly famous for their beauty. Although the Rockies are not the tallest mountain range in Canada, many people mistake them for it, as their sheer ruggedness can feel over-whelming when you're up close.

Just outside Banff National Park is the town of Canmore, which in many ways rivals Banff. The scenery is stunning, and Canmore is a jumping off point for many adventure areas in Kanaskis, such as the Spray Lakes. There are several of Canada's best golf courses in Canmore, including SilverTip and Stewart Creek. The Canmore Nordic Centre hosted the cross-country events for the 1988 Winter Olympics, and it still attracts world-class athletes, today, as well as the public. Canmore has many shops and hotels, much like Banff, but it has more of a local culture because it is less touristy.

Where to Go in Canmore


Mount Engadine Lodge

expert pick

PO Box 40025

One of the Canadian Rockies' hidden gems

Canadian Rockies Rafting and Adventure Centre

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701 Bow Valley Trail

The leader in Canadian Rockies adventures


user rating

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737 Main St.

Canadian fine dining

Canmore Hotel

738 8th Street

Watering Hole & Live Entertainment Venue

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