Canmore is located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, just 106 km west of Calgary on the Trans-Canada Highway, 5 min from Banff National Park east gate and 22 km east of Banff townsite. Founded in 1883, Canmore was a coal-mining town until recently, transformed into one of the most beautiful and charming tourism, health & wellness and outdoor activities destinations in Canada.
In Canmore you can browse art galleries, boutiques, local coffee shops, bakeries, bookstores, liquor store, more than 70 restaurants, spas, trails, charming inns, bed & breakfasts, resorts and hotels and much more. Canmore is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts: cross-country ski, snowshoeing, ice-skating, ice climbing and backcountry ski in winter and golf, hiking, scrambling, rock climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, kayaking, rafting and canoeing during the short summer are some of the activities that you can try here.
The World Class Canmore Nordic Centre is one of the legacies of the 1988 Calgary Olympics, a destination in itself, either on summer or winter, and host of many mountain biking, trail running, ski and biathlon events and competitions.
With a population of 12,317 permanent and 5,982 non-permanent/Second Home Owners, Canmore is the ninth-largest town in Alberta. The Bow River flows through Canmore, giving the valley its name: Bow Valley. Bordering Canmore to the south and east lies Kananaskis Country, a 5200 square kilometre Provincial Recreational Area.
Canmore’s abundant natural and scenic resources are matched by the spirit and energy of its people. The invigorating surroundings and friendly atmosphere of the town make it ideal for people of all ages. The community is a diverse mix of age groups, cultures, occupations and talents united in commitment to the town and our environment. It is also impressive to see how many book authors, very talented artists, Olympic athletes and mountain guides can be found in town.
The commitment of our community finds expression in the community service of enthusiastic volunteers and in the way citizens become actively engaged in local planning. We are pledged to live in harmony with the natural environment. Changes are inevitable, but careful planning can ensure that what makes the area attractive now will be protected for future generations.
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