11. Marvel at a Frozen Waterfall
The falls in the region are incredible in the warmer months, but epic in when they freeze over. Winter hikes to frozen waterfalls are popular with locals and visitors. There are quite a few in Kananaskis, and each one is as dazzling as the next. Popular waterfalls are the Grotto Canyon in Canmore or Troll Falls.
12. Check Out a Cozy 4-Season Patio
Get into your winter coat and sip something warm by the fire this winter! There are a few places in Canmore and the surrounding area that encourage patio hangouts year-round.
An honourable mention is The Malcolm Hotel, which has a heated pool-deck year-round, as well as a number of fireplaces on an elevated patio deck with beautiful views on the Three Sisters, Ship’s Prow, Ha Ling, and the Rundle peaks.
13. Get Your Fur Fix with a Dog Sledding Tour
What a rush! Head out with Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours and experience Kananaskis country like the olden days, in a comfy and cozy dog sled. Dogsledding through Kananaskis is a must-do for many travellers, and once you hop on you’ll understand why.
These friendly pups are ready to give you an experience you’ll never forget. If you’re more of a thrill-seeker, ask to be the driver and give sledding a whirl.
14. Skate (without even leaving Downtown)
The Canmore pond is maintained, and it’s conveniently located to boot. You’ll find incredible skating (chock full of mountain views) just a short walk from Downtown. Not the skating kind? Leave the skating to the pros and watch a Canmore Eagles game.
15. Swap the Skis for a Tube
Nakiska has an awesome tubing park and is located only a short car ride from Canmore. Spend a few hours on the hill, and pair it with afternoon lunch in the lodge. Who knows… maybe you’ll even come across a moose!
16. A High-Elevation Run
Get out your winter spikes and meet up with Run Uphill for a winter jog through the mountains. The trails in town will have been packed down by the fat bikers, and are ready for you to turn up the heat!
17. Explore Your Artistic Side
artsPlace offers a plethora of classes throughout the winter months, so why not head indoors and learn a new hobby! Pottery, knitting, or painting are all a great way to pass the winter blues by.
Canmore is also famous for its many galleries, many of which call our beautiful Main Street home. Chances are if you flew in through Calgary or Edmonton, you saw some stunning works by Indigenous painter and sculptor, Jason Carter. Browse his works — and maybe even meet the artist himself — at the Carter-Ryan Gallery on main street.
18. Sample a Spirit made with Foraged Ingredients
Locally distilled spirits are having a wild moment in Canmore! Head out with some pals on a tasting tour to sample some finely crafted beverages featuring locally sourced ingredients.
Be sure to leave the keys behind, and take one of Canmore’s excellent transportation systems — or your own two feet! Two incredible gin-loving distilleries have popped up in the last few years, and the locals and travellers love them. Learn more about them below.
Wild Life Distillery
If you can’t tell by now, Canmore Kananaskis in the winter is a place for you to explore and relax. Take in some fresh mountain air, seek out an adventure, and finish your days with great food & drinks. Surrounded by 360° mountain views, there is no time for bad days in Canmore and Kananaskis.