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Where in the world: Canada  /  Alberta  /  Canadian Rockies  /  Kananaskis Country  /  Canmore

Top 15 things to do in Canmore

1. Canmore Cave Tours

Join a guided tour of Canmore Cave Tours. You can push your limits to the extreme while discovering the beauty of the Rockies from the inside. With over 4 km (2.5 mi) of tunnels and many geological and paleontological features including stalactites, stalagmites, and animal remains, the caves offer lots to see. Rappel 18 m (60 ft) inside a giant cave or belly crawl through tight sections of cave. You’ll visit the Grand Gallery, the largest known room within the cave system. With no lights, ladders, or walkways, your senses will be on overdrive. Wear sensible shoes.
Suggested duration: 6 hours
Tours from $6 › Learn more about Canmore Cave Tours

2. Nature & Wildlife Tours

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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3. Grassi Lakes

Take a scenic hike to Grassi Lakes, nestled in the cliffs of the southern Canadian Rockies. The two lakes are named after an Italian immigrant, Lawrence Grassi, a notable climbing guide in the area who built the trail that leads to the lakes. Choose between two trails, a gentler one with a gravel road to the lake or a more difficult trek that passes a picturesque waterfull before ascending to the lake. When you reach the lakes, you can take in the panoramic view of the city below, try rock climbing on the surrounding cliffs, or have a picnic by the water.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $6 › Learn more about Grassi Lakes

4. Canmore Caving Adventure Tour

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The Adventure Tour has been recognized as a Canadian Signature Experience. As the longest tour we offer in Rat’s Nest Cave, the Adventure Tour is the complete package. Cavers will rappel 18m (that’s 6 Stories!) inside the cave, plus have the opportunity to push your limits in the warm-up squeeze, challenge squeeze, and the Laundry Chute – a section of the cave that adds a little extra challenge but a whole lot of extra fun.
Suggested duration: 6 hours
Tours from $134 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park

Ski along world-class slopes and trails surrounded by breathtaking mountain views at Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park. The park operates year-round, providing a wide range of activities for cross-country skiers, mountain bikers, and hikers. The provincial park features over 60 km (37 mi) of world-class cross-country and biathlon trails designed to meet the standards for international competitions. Ski next to a picturesque lake at the base of a giant rock face, then stop at the warm-up hut and have an al fresco meal on the picnic tables. The day lodge provides various amenities, such as a cafeteria, maps and information, bathrooms, equipment rentals, and lessons.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $6 › Learn more about Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park

6. Sunshine Village, Banff National Park

Sunshine Village sits high on the continental Divide in the heart of Banff National Park, just a 15 minute drive from the picturesque mountain town of Banff. Three sprawling mountains feature more than 3,300 acres of skiable terrain, ranging from gentle inviting beginner runs all the way up to the most extreme big mountain runs. With an altitude of 2,200 m (7,200 ft) at the village, Banff Sunshine receives over 9 m (30 ft) of soft, dry "champagne" snow in a season and boasts the longest non-glacial season in Canada. Banff Sunshine Village offers guests 12 lifts including nine super lift one of which being Canada’s only heated chairlift and a high speed 8 passenger gondola.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
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7. River Rafting & Tubing

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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8. Canmore Caving Explorer Tour

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The 4.5-hour Explorer Tour is jam-packed full of fun and excitement. Your guide will introduce you to the amazing world of caves, spending approximately 2 to 2.5 hours underground crawling past prehistoric bones, investigating ancient cave formations and even squeezing into places like the warm-up and challenge squeezes if you so choose.
Suggested duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Tours from $103 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. The Lake Louise Ski Resort, Lake Louise

Hit the slopes in the heart of the Canadian Rockies at The Lake Louise Ski Resort. With 1,700 skiable hectares (4,200 acres) and 139 marked ski runs, the resort offers runs for the beginner, intermediate, and expert skier or snowboarder. The site sports endless chutes, glades and gullies, cruising runs, gentle slopes, and extremely challenging terrain. Take a ride on the gondola with views of glaciers, natural springs, and possibly grizzly bears. Finish your day with a meal or drink at one of the many restaurants within the resort.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
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10. Lake O' Hara, Yoho National Park

Explore the vistas and deep azure waters of Lake O' Hara amidst an untouched alpine landscape. You'll find a number of well-marked trails around the lake. Situated on an elevation of 2,020 m (6,627 ft), the lake can be a challenge to get to--the best way is via bus. A trek up an 11 km (6.8 mi) trail is a more adventurous option, and be aware that you’re not guaranteed a bus ride down unless you made the reservation for the journey uphill. Book tours early to avoid disappointment.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $6 › Learn more about Lake O' Hara

11. Ha Ling Peak

Climb over 700 m (2,296 ft) to take in the incredible views of Bow River Valley from Ha Ling Peak. The peak takes its name from a cook working for the Canadian Pacific Railway who, in 1896, climbed to the summit in record time. With various trails on offer, you can choose whether to hike, climb, or scramble to the peak to enjoy the panoramic vistas. When you leave the tree-shaded area, the path to the top becomes loose rock, so wear appropriate footwear.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $6 › Learn more about Ha Ling Peak

12. Covered Wagon Ride in Banff with Western Cookout

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Travel back in time on this scenic ride by covered wagon or horseback to a hearty western-style cookout meal, enjoying panoramic views of the Bow River and Sulphur Mountain along the way. This family-friendly activity also includes fun post-BBQ activities like roping and horseshoes, plus your choice of morning or evening departure. Highlights: • Western cookout experience in Banff • Take a relaxing covered-wagon ride along the Bow River • Enjoy views of the spectacular Canadian Rockies landscape • Dine on a hearty BBQ cookout • Your choice of a morning or evening tour • Perfect activity for the whole family
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $101 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Wild Life Distillery

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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15. Full Day Private Tour Banff

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This 8 hour private charter gets you exploring Banff with a luxury 4x4 vehicle and expert guide. When you book with High Camp, we listen to your needs and build a custom tour around them. From helicopter rides to making your own maple taffy, your guide gives you the local's view of Banff. With our 4x4 tour vehicles, you'll revel in deep snow instead of dreading the drive. Sip icewine by a glacier, learn to snowshoe or seek out wildlife. This winter, share the gift of adventure with your loved ones. Call the pros at High Camp and make the most of your quality time.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
Tours from $253 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

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