Below are the top ten reasons to go to Canmore:
1 – Hiking
Without doubt hiking is the most popular thing to do in Canmore. There are far too many trials to list here but THIS site has done a good job of detailing them. My family’s favorite easy hike is Grassy Lakes. The video below shows “the hard way” to get up to the lakes but there is a much more popular way which is to walk up a wide gravel path that is well travelled by families with strollers!
2 – Cross Country Skiing
Because Canmore was a venue for the 1988 Winter Olympics it has many world class cross country skiing trails. The Canmore Nordic Center is notable enough to have Travel Alberta create a video for it:
3 – Housing
Canmore has a substantial amount of luxury residential and rental properties. Like Chestermere, Canmore’s housing prices have not had the pull back that the Calgary housing market has seen in the latest oil industry downturn. It has 8,248 homes and is the most expensive place to purchase a house in Alberta on average.
4 – Biking
Connected directly to the TransCanada Trail means that Canmore has an excellent paved bike path to Banff. If you want more aggressive adventures, then hundreds of kilometers of full on mountain biking is available. Personally I like the Goat Creek trail which is 18 kilometers nearly all downhill and comes out at the beautiful Banff Springs Hotel.
5 – Proximity to Banff
Banff is a great place to visit but it is often crowded and expensive. Canmore is right next door to Banff so if you want to have nearly the same experience for far less money and without the mass of tourists, Canmore a place you consider.
6 – Proximity to Calgary
Because Canmore is just 80 scenic minutes through the foothills of the Rocky Mountains to Calgary, it has good access to Calgary services and amenities. Calgary the largest city (by square kilometers) in Canada and one of the largest in the world. Calgary’s sprawl is legendary and Calgary City Council is doing all it can to densify the existing spaces and stop more sprawl but it does keep pushing towards the boundaries of it’s neighboring cities and towns.
7 – Relaxing
If you are renting a hotel room, cabin or a full luxury condo, or if you own a house in Canmore one of the best things to do is nothing. Just sit out in the sun and read a book in front of the awesome landscape that is the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
8 – Good Municipal Government
Canmore’s local government enjoys a good relationship with its citizens and the provincial government. In 2016 one of their major projects is how to deal with a shortage of affordable house. Canmore has the 36th highest municipal taxes out of 380 tax jurisdictions in the Province.
9 – Amenities – Golfing – Curling – Hospital
Canmore has many establish amenities including the Silvertip Golf Course, the Canmore Golf and Curling Club and the Canmore General Hospital. These services provide services to many more than local residents. In addition to out of country tourists, the are used by the regional citizens as Canmore is the largest Town for more than 100 kilometers.
10 – Eating!
Because Canmore has a solid population base to support it AND it has a substantial tourist trade. Dining in Canmore can be done well. THIS site provides full list of Canmore restaurant descriptions and ratings but personally I like The Drake for easy, reasonable priced family food in an outdoorsy atmosphere.
This video provides a nice visual summary of Canmore in Winter: