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Things to Do in Canmore

You’ll be moments from unique attractions and experiences during your stay

If you like nature, you’ll love Canmore; from skiing, hiking, cycling, paddle boarding and canoeing to exploring the recesses of Rat’s Nest Cave, there are countless ways to enjoy the stunning, Rocky Mountain-beauty that surrounds us. We’re located a few minutes away from Banff National Park and 15 minutes from Kananaskis Country.

Of course, Canmore offers plenty of other things to do and see, including brewery tours and cultural attractions like Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre and artsPlace. The town’s event calendar is always full, too; check out events like the Canmore Winter Carnival, the Festival of Trees, the Canmore Folk Festival and more. If you need advice on activities or attractions, ask a member of the team at Coast Canmore Hotel & Conference Centre. We’re always happy to help! 


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Canmore Ski Rentals

Distance from Hotel: 1KM

Locally owned and operated, Canmore's largest sporting goods store offers all you need to enjoy the great outdoors in style!

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Canmore River Adventures

Distance from Hotel: 2KM

Get to know the Bow River on a relaxing guided boat expedition. It's a great way to enjoy picturesque views of the Rockies.

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Canmore Cave Tours

Distance from Hotel: 3KM

These utterly unique tours enable you to explore the rich history and fascinating geology of the Canadian Rockies by visiting Canmore's Rat's Nest Cave.

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Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre

Distance from Hotel: 1KM

Check out this Museum to learn more about the history of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and the people of Canmore, Alberta.

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Distance from Hotel: 1KM

artsPlace is the new hub for artists and the general public to create art; it's family friendly and showcases performances and exhibitions.

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Elevation Place

Distance from Hotel: 200 metres

Canmore’s newest attraction, Elevation Place is an expansive indoor entertainment facility, offering an aquatics centre, a library, a gymnasium and much more.

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Main Street Canmore

Distance from Hotel: 1KM

Canmore’s Main Street features quaint, artsy local shops and galleries, and is just minutes from our hotel.

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Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park

Distance from Hotel: 5KM

Located just minutes from downtown Canmore, Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park is one of the absolute best places on earth for cross-country skiing. 

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The Grizzly Paw Brewery & Tasting Room

Distance from Hotel: 200 metres

Stop by this state-of-the-art craft brewery during your Canmore visit. Tours are available!

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Wild Life Distillery

Distance from Hotel: 3KM

Founded by two area locals, Wild Life Distillery produces and bottles all of its spirits on site.

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Canmore Brewing Company

Distance from Hotel: 2KM

Check out this local brewery, which features everything from seasonal and pilot brews to cocktails made with beer.

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Big Head Sculpture

Distance from Hotel: 1KM

Installed in 2008, this unusual statue has become one of the unofficial symbols of Canmore. It's located just outside Banff National Park.


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Canmore Folk Festival

Held over the Heritage Day long weekend in August, this much-loved music festival features great music and plenty of fun activities for children.

Canmore Highland Games

Ever seen someone toss a caber? Here's your chance! The Canmore Highland Games celebrate Celtic tradition with dance, music and sports. It's a great event for families.

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Canmore Rocky Mountain Half Marathon

Run in support of CAUSE Canada, the Canmore Rocky Mountain Half Marathon also includes 10k and 5k races.

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Canmore Festival of Art and Creativity

Bow Valley's creative spirit is on full display at this three-day festival, which offers plenty of events and activities - including a community campfire.

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Canmore Christmas Artisans’ Market

From jewelry and furniture to clothing and food, the Canmore Christmas Artisans’ Market offers treasures for everyone. It's the perfect place to pick up a special holiday gift.

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Canmore Uncorked

Explore Canmore's fantastic dining scene as this week-long food and drink festival, which  highlights the area's top restaurants.

Canmore Mountain Market

A summer tradition in Canmore. Visitors and locals are treated to an excellent selection of locally and regionally produced items including fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, jams, coffee and baked goods.

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Canmore Rocky Mountain Soap Women's Run & Walk

Canmore Rocky Mountain Soap Women's Run & Walk is designed for girls and women of all ages and fitness levels who are looking for a fun, healthy experience.

Fall Fair

The Fall Fair is fun for all ages! Held in September, it features everything from a petting zoo and a hay maze to garden tours and a silent auction - along with plenty of food from local food trucks.

Masquerade in the Mountains

In addition to great entertainment, this annual event celebrates the BVSPCA's successes in finding adoptive families for animals.

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Canmore Canada Day Parade & Celebration

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Celebrate Canada Day in Canmore! The city offers a wide range of family-friendly events, including a parade.


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Held in the fall, this event celebrates the natural beauty of Canmore through art, activities and more.

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Festival of Trees

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Get into the holiday spirit at this month-long festival, which offers a full calendar of family events - as well as decorated trees, gingerbread houses and more.

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Canmore Winter Carnival

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Canmore has plenty to offer cold-weather lovers - and at this yearly carnival, we celebrate what makes our city such a winter wonderland with a variety of activities around the community.

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Experience Winter Magic in Canmore


Tucked into the Canadian Rocky Mountains in Alberta, just minutes away from world-renowned Banff National Park, is a charming small town called Canmore. This part of the world is stunningly beautiful year-round, but when it's blanketed in snow it transforms into a true winter wonderland, complete with soaring snow-capped mountains, frozen lakes and expansive valleys of alpine trees.

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