Canmore and Kananaskis are treasure troves of winter adventure, offering both time-honored activities and unique experiences for the discerning traveler. From the thrill of downhill skiing to the serene beauty of cross-country trails, from ancient caves waiting to be explored to the culinary delights of the region, there’s something for everyone. Dive into our curated list of classic activities and unique excursions, along with indoor delights for when you want to get cozy.
#1 Take a new spin on biking
Looking for a winter spin on your regular biking adventures? Enter fat biking. With broader tires designed specifically to cruise over snow, fat biking offers an exhilarating experience for riders. The Canmore Nordic Centre is a prime destination, with rentals readily available at Trail Sports only seconds away from the trails. If you find yourself venturing into Kananaskis Country, Kananaskis Outfitters supplies, great trail advice, and premium rental bikes designed to tackle those snow-draped trails.
#2 Hit the slopes
Whether it’s your first time skiing or snowboarding or you’re a seasoned power hound here for another cherished season in the Rockies, Nakiska Ski Resort caters to all skill levels. If the downhill thrill isn’t your cup of tea, Nakiska’s tube park might be your calling. Sliding down on an inflatable tube with the wind rushing past and snowy scenes blurring by, it is a rush like no other!
#3 Glide through winter’s beauty
For those who prefer a serene, rhythmic experience, cross-country skiing at the Canmore Nordic Centre is a treat. The pristine tracks and open spaces allow for a meditative ski experience. If you’re new to this, worry not. Trail Sports not only offers rentals but also lessons to get you started. Check out our blog post for more information on the best places to cross-country ski in Canmore and Kananaskis.
#4 Experience Canada’s heartbeat
The shimmering ponds of Canmore, frozen perfectly in winter, provide a magical backdrop for ice skating. The local outdoor ponds offer a slice of idyllic winter charm. Not keen on skating? You can still immerse yourself in the Canadian winter spirit by catching a Canmore Eagles hockey game. Experience the thrill, the strategies, and the sheer energy of this beloved sport.
#5 Walk atop a winter wonderland
For those who enjoy the quieter moments of winter, hiking on popular trails like Chester Lake or Grotto Canyon promises an intimate experience with nature. Seeking guidance? Consider a guided experience with Canadian Rockies Experience. Check out our blog post on winter snowshoeing and hiking for more recommendations!
#6 Explore an ancient cave
Find shelter from the snowy exterior within Rat’s Nest Cave within the infamous Grotto Mountain on a one-of-a-kind excursion with Canmore Cave Tours. Discover the incredible history of the cave as you climb past 7,000-year-old animal bones, ancient cave formations, and pictographs. The temperature inside the cave sits at a predictable 5 degrees Celsius year-round, making it the perfect adventure for any weather conditions.
#7 Get out glamping
Winter camping is transformed at Mount Engadine Lodge. Imagine waking up in a cozy, heated tent with a panoramic view of the snow-laden mountains and forests. Mount Engadine Lodge’s glamping tents provide the perfect balance between nature immersion and luxurious comfort. With all amenities at your fingertips, including gourmet meals, this experience ensures you relish the winter wilderness without compromising on the comforts of home.
#8 Get your fur fix
Venture into the heart of Kananaskis on a sled powered by the strength and spirit of magnificent huskies. With Howling Dog Tours, experience the harmonious blend of exhilaration and tranquility as you glide over snow-blanketed trails. This journey through the serene landscape offers not only a chance to revel in winter’s breathtaking beauty but also a connection with the dedicated dogs that guide the way, celebrating a timeless tradition.
#9 Conquer frozen landscapes
For those seeking a pulse-pounding winter activity, look no further than ice climbing with Yamnuska Mountain Adventures. Under the expert guidance of certified instructors, beginners and seasoned climbers alike can tackle frozen waterfalls and icy rock faces. Equipped with the necessary gear and knowledge, you’ll safely ascend these icy giants, taking in unparalleled views and experiencing the pure exhilaration of defying gravity.
#10 Dine out, peak-to-plate style
Step inside the flavourful world of Alberta’s culinary landscape with the Alberta Food Tours. This award-winning self-guided tour takes you through a curated list of local eateries and specialty shops, offering a delectable taste of Alberta’s rich food culture. Experience the unique flavours, local ingredients, and passionate artisans that make Canmore and Kananaskis a foodie’s paradise. While the tour may be indoors, the flavours will undoubtedly transport you across Alberta’s diverse culinary regions.
#11 Sample the local craft scene
The Mountain City Brew Bus tour with Canmore Brewing Company is an immersive experience that introduces you to the burgeoning craft brew and spirit scene. Get behind-the-scenes access to local breweries and distilleries, engage with passionate brewers, and most importantly, relish the diverse range of locally made beers and spirits. Every sip tells a story of dedication, craftsmanship, and the Rocky Mountain spirit.
#12 Stretch your slopes muscles
While you gear up for another unreal ski or snowboard season in the Rockies, you might want to give your body a little tune-up, too. If you’re not sure where to begin, you’re in luck. WildHeart Canmore has a four-part SnowFlow Yoga series designed to elevate your season with a mindful, proactive approach. The course instructor works to condition your body and help prevent injury as you build leg strength, improve balance, and energize your core. It’s the perfect combination of stretching and strengthening for mountain lovers of all levels.
#13 Did someone say spa?
It’s time to indulge in some R&R in the Rockies. From outdoor forest bathing with Original Path Guiding to a luxurious massage with Bodhi Wellness Canmore, there are many options for how you can nourish your soul in Canmore and Kananaskis. Read our Relaxation in the Rockies blog post to find out more!
#14 Frost-free climbing
For those with a taste for vertical adventures, indoor climbing facilities like Elevation Place and Canmore Climbing Gym offer exhilarating experiences for all skill levels. Safe, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, and staffed by experienced climbers, these gyms provide a thrilling alternative to outdoor rock climbing during the winter months.
#15 Explore your artistic side
Embrace your artistic side at artsPlace. This creative hub in Canmore and Kananaskis offers a diverse range of classes, from painting and pottery to digital arts and theater. Inspired by the mountains, you’ll discover (or rediscover) your passion for art, all while getting hands-on experience under the guidance of skilled local artists. An afternoon at artsPlace is not just a class; it’s a journey into the world of artistic expression.