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The Best Things to Do in Canmore This Winter

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The Yervana Staycation Series is your guide to staying local but keeping your travel spirits high! Throughout this series we will be bringing you staycation inspiration, guides to must-see destinations in Alberta and BC, road trip and weekend itineraries to help you plan, and chances for you to win a staycation of your own!

The Best Things to Do in Canmore This Winter

Nestled between the hustle and bustle of urban Calgary and the quaint tourist-destination of Banff is a little, cozy town called Canmore. Planning a staycation to Canmore? We’ve created a list of the top places for you to visit, the best experiences in the area, and our favourite restaurants you’ll want to check out!

From a bumpin’ local community to an expanding tourism industry focused on responsible travel (check out our Adventures supporting local economy), here’s the inside scoop on things to see, do, eat and more. Canmore is a gorgeous destination in spring, summer and fall, but in winter this magical town is the perfect place to experience a true Canadian winter.

Read on and let us show you the best things to do in Canmore, Alberta this winter.

Woman overlooking road near Canmore: winter

Things to See in Canmore

The Main Drag

Spend some time getting acquainted with Canmore by wandering the downtown.

Loaded with quirky shops and places for delicious caffeination, this street will keep you occupied for a few hours. Not only will you find some cool knick knacks, winter clothing and treats, but you’ll also get to know some of the locals as many of them own and operate these stores. Chat up a storm and find out where their favourite spots, in and around town, are.

People having a fire in the Rockies: Festival

AV Wakefield. Instagram: @picobac

Things to Do in Canmore

Grassi Lakes and Ha Ling Peak

These well-known hikes are located right beside each other and offer very different experiences. Ha Ling Peak will take you straight up the mountain and to sheer cliffs with stunning views of Canmore laid out below you. This hike has a higher level of difficulty and exposure to the elements (it can get super windy up there!). 

If you’re looking for a more relaxing and family-friendly winter hike in the Canmore area, consider Grassi Lakes trail. This hike will take you by brightly colored pools and streams of water. You’ll also find climbers peppered along the rock walls as this is a popular climbing spot. 

These hikes are well-travelled and accessible in the winter months. However, we recommend that you pack for a winter excursion! That means layering up, bringing your spikes and checking the trail report prior to Adventure time. 

Regardless of which hike you choose, remember to utilize AdventureSmarts 3 T’s to Trip Planning. Even though you’re close to town, proper preparation is key! And because these hikes are well-trafficked, please follow Leave No Trace principles while out exploring.

Person Putting On Snowshoe Near Canmore: Winter

The list of the best things to do in Canmore this winter wouldn’t be complete without including these amazing Adventures that support the local economy and follow responsible travel best practices. By booking through Yervana, you are supporting local community members and their professions.


Fat Biking

Join Yervana Local, Ryan on a guided fat biking tour through the Canadian Rockies. Whether it’s your first time trying the sport or you’re a seasoned professional looking to discover new trails or skills, Ryan has the Adventure for you! 

Rocky Mountain Hike

Embarking on a hike through the Rockies will allow you to experience the natural beauty and fresh mountain air with a certified guide showing you the way. Head out with Yervana Local, Jacob on a 3-hour hike through the jaw-dropping backdrop of the Rockie Mountains and learn all about the human and natural history of the Rockies along the way. 

Ski or Snowboard

With world-class resorts and incomparable snow conditions that last for months and months, those who love to ski and snowboard will find endless bliss near Canmore. Although a bit of a drive (your own vehicle or a shuttle) Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Norquay are all near enough for a half or full day trip. Whether you’re new to the sport or an experienced turn-champ, these resorts all have something for everyone.

You can also access tons of amazing cross country skiing trails around Canmore, or learn to Nordic Ski in Lake Louise with Yervana Local, Shauna. Stay tuned for more Adventures from us.

People skiing and snowboarding near Canmore: winter

Travel Alberta/Anthony Redpath

Snowshoeing

A great way to see your favourite hikes in the cold winter months is to strap on a pair of snowshoes and get moving! Check out our top 3 favorite snowshoe trails near Canmore or book a guided adventure with Yervana Local, Shauna!

Experience Frozen Waterfalls

Witness the beautiful frozen waterfalls from the ground on an Ice Walk tour through Johnston Canyon or get your adrenaline pumping and experience the ice  from new heights while climbing it!

Yervana Local, Paddy offers an Ice Climbing Experience designed for people who have no experience climbing waterfall ice and want to try something new and exciting.

For those who would rather keep their feet on the ground, Yervana Local, Laura, will take you through a deep canyon covered in snow along with multiple frozen waterfalls!

Local Highlights: Eat, Drink and Shop in Canmore

Now you’ve seen the best things to do in Canmore this winter. But we’re not done yet! We’re also giving you the details on some of the best local highlights of this engaging town.

Alberta Food Tour

Discover all the delicious food Canmore has to offer on an Alberta Food Tour. you’ll be sure to experience passionate locals, big smiles, delightful dishes and an overall good time.

Bella Crusta

“What the focaccia!” Literally. How can a focaccia sandwich shop be so good!? Go. Just go and try the delicious offerings of Bella Crusta. You’ll probably end up going again. In the same day.

The Summit Cafe

What kind of winter destination guide would this be if we didn’t include a place to grab a yummy cup of hot cocoa after a long day out exploring in the cold?

The Summit Cafe offers great views, a full breakfast and lunch menu, vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options, and fair and sustainable coffee! What are you waiting for? Head on over and warm up.

Person Pouring A Hot Beverage Out Of An Insulated Mug In Mountains Near Canmore: Winter

How to Get to Canmore

Canmore is accessible. If you’re starting your journey in Edmonton, hop on the TransCanada Highway. Head towards Calgary and pay attention to signs directing you to Banff. From Calgary, it’s just an hour out of town. You’ll hit Canmore before you enter the National Park! Because you’ll be coming in winter, ensure you check road and weather conditions prior to departure. 

Don’t have your own car? No problem-o. Renting a car from the airport is straightforward. Or you can do a quick google search to find the best shuttle options for you!


If you’re unsure of what to pack for your winter wonderland vacation, check out our blog on packing for a Canadian winter.

Keep us in the know with your Canmore adventures! Tag us using #Yervana on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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