14 Things to Do in Canmore This Winter

by - Thursday, December 01, 2016

Canmore is a winter lover's paradise with world class cross country skiing, dogsledding, fatbiking and more at its doorstep.Whether you go for the day, weekend, or extended stay, you will find plenty of adventurous activities to suit your adrenaline level. Winter is also a great time for festivals! Here are 14 of our top picks for winter fun in Canmore.

  1. Do The (Coolest) Ice Walk: Grotto CanyonWalk the frozen creekbed to ice falls and 500 year old pictographs. Microspikes mandatory, white socks optional. 
    Grotto Canyon Ice Walk
  2. Explore the Bow Valley Bunker. A short 1.9 km hike takes you to large caverns built during the Cold War. Bring a headlamp - the caverns are 50 feet long!
    Bow Valley Bunker
  3. Spel-what? If the Bow Valley Bunker has you wanting to do more cave exploring (spelunking), take an adventure tour of Rat's Nest Cave with Canmore Cave Tours. The caves are a great place to visit when it's cold out as the temperature stays 5 degrees C year round! I loved rappelling down into a large, dark cavern and peering up at stalactites. 
    Rat's Nest Cave
    Image Credit: Canmore Cave Tours
  4. Cross Country Ski with Pros at the Canmore Nordic Centre. Many national team athletes train at this world class facility just minutes from downtown Canmore. Pristine grooming and gorgeous views guarantee a great day no matter your experience level. Note: Trail fees in effect 9 am - 5 pm. Rentals available onsite from Trail Sports
    Canmore Nordic Centre
  5. I'm not fat, I'm snowbiking. Whatever you choose to call it, fatbiking is an amazing way to stay active in winter! Rent a fatbike at Trail Sports (Canmore Nordic Centre) or Rebound Cycle.  Quarry Lake Park and Canmore Nordic Centre have beginner-friendly trails.

  6. Ice Skate at The Pond (7th Ave & Mallard Alley). This 150m x 60 m well-maintained ice rink in downtown Canmore boasts beautiful views of the Three Sisters, has a heated gazebo, and is lit up until 10 pm.

  7. Dashing through the snow in a 6-dog open sleigh! Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours' powder hounds will take you on an adventure like no other. After an amazing ride, enjoy some treats around the fire and get to know your sled dogs.   
    Cuddles with the Cute Sled Dogs
  8. Enjoy Canmore's indoor playground, Elevation Place; your place for swimming, climbing, or working out.  

  9. Rotary Festival of Trees: This annual festival includes tree viewing (by donation), kids' crafts ($), kids' story time (by donation), beer/whiskey and wine tasting ($), Breakfast with Santa ($), and Adult Christmas Crafts ($). Monies raised support the Canmore Rotary Club. See the December 1-31, 2017 schedule and purchase tickets here
    Enjoy Canmore's Christmas light as you make your way from venue to venue.
  10. Life at Altitude (in celebration of International Mountain Day): December 11, 2017 7-9 pm at ArtsPlace. Ticketed event. Details at http://www.tourismcanmore.com/event-calendar/life-at-altitude-2.0

  11. New Year's Eve Party on The Pond & Fireworks at Millennium:  
    • Party at the Pond (7th Ave & Mallard Alley) - December 31, 2017 6 pm - 10 pm.
    • Family fireworks - 8:30 pm at The Pond (7th Ave and Mallard Alley)
    • Midnight fireworks at Millennium Park (1st St and 5th Ave)

  12. FIS World Snow Day: Kids ski free at Canmore Nordic Centre and can win costume prizes! January 21, 2018. To be confirmed.
    Cross country skiing at the Canmore Nordic Centre
  13. Snowy Owl Kid n Mutt Races: Dogsledding races for kids! Pre-registration required ($). February 12, 2018. Details at https://canmore.ca/residents/town-events/canmore-winter-carnival
    Dogsledding at West Spray Lakes
  14. Canmore Winter Festival - February 2-11, 2018. Details at https://canmore.ca/residents/town-events/canmore-winter-carnival


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