What To Do In Canmore – A Local’s Guide

Picture this: it’s a bright, sunny day in Canmore, a town just on the outskirts of Banff National Park. A warm breeze is blowing, and you’re looking for the best way to enjoy this mountain town. You’re in luck—this guide will help you choose a perfect activity! We’ve compiled a list of information on rafting Canmore, where to eat, where to hike, and other activities!

Ha Ling Peak

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Photo courtesy of Diana Cocchiarella

For you adventurous types, the trek up to the summit of Ha Ling is worth the effort. Standing at an elevation of 2,407m, this 5.4km round trip hike offers gorgeous views. Keep in mind that this hike is not for the faint-hearted. Over 741m of elevation gain, you will hike a steep trail through a treed area and finish with what’s classified as an easy scramble through scree and slab up to the summit. Need more details?  Check out the hike to Ha Ling Peak Here!!

Bow River Loop

For those after a more leisurely, accessible stroll that still has mountain views, the Bow River Loop is a fabulous option. Taking about 25 minutes, the trail begins in downtown Canmore, and follows the Bow River, giving views of the majestic Three Sisters.  If you’re in the mood for a perfect late season or Fall hike, check out more information here!

Whitewater Rafting Canmore

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Photo courtesy of Wild Water Adventures.

Whitewater rafting Canmore is the ultimate outdoor adventure.  The best whitewater rafting near Canmore is the Kicking Horse River with Wild Water Adventures.  The Kicking Horse River boasts Class III-IV whitewater with suitable trips for families and adrenaline junkies.  If you are looking for something a little more exciting than the Bow River, come on over to Wildwater Adventures and let us give you the trip of a lifetime. Check out our most popular trip, the Whitewater Exciter! 

Bike The Benchlands Trail

There are many fantastic places to mountain bike in Canmore, and the Benchlands Trail is a popular option! Classified as an easy trail, the Benchlands trail offers gorgeous views of Canmore and connects to a few other trails, namely the Douglas Fir Trail and the Montane Traverse Trail. There’s even a skills park at the bottom of the Benchlands Trail!

Grab a bite at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.

After all of that physical activity, you’re sure to have worked up an appetite! What’s better than pizza after a day of hiking, rafting, or biking? Wood-fired pizza cooked to perfection using local ingredients and toppings.  For more information about their Farm to Pizza program, or to browse their tasty menu, visit their website.

After, if you’re feeling like dessert, you can pop over to Old School Bus Ice Cream, which is exactly how it sounds! An old school bus was converted into an ice cream truck, and it’s some of the best ice cream in town!

Visit the Canmore Mountain Market

If you’re lucky enough to be in Canmore on a Thursday, be like the locals and head over to the Canmore Mountain Market. There are a wide variety of vendors, from local produce to yummy treats and artisan products! This market takes place every Thursday in the summer, between 10 am – 6 pm.

Happy exploring (and happy eating)! Enjoy your day in Canmore!

Don’t forget to check out our Whitewater Exciter Trips!


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