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4 Reasons Why You Should Ditch the Car in Canmore

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Leave the car behind and experience Canmore the way it was meant to be explored – outside.

One of the best things about being in Canmore is that it’s so easy to leave your car behind and get around on foot, by bus or bike, and depending on the season, sometimes even by ski! Here are a few reasons why getting out of your car is the best way to get around this charming mountain town.

#1 Go Green

It’s no secret that vehicle emissions are bad for the environment. Canmore is known for world-class scenery and pristine outdoor spaces, and we want to keep it that way. Leave the car at home and enjoy the feeling of knowing you’re doing good for the environment while exploring the natural world we all call home.

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#2 Save Money

With gas prices at an all-time high, now is as good a time as any to leave the stress of driving (and parking!) behind.

Discover Canmore’s vast multi-use pathways on foot or bike as you explore the unrivalled mountain scenery. The 70+ kilometres of pathways will make it effortless to get to and from your local destinations – for free!

If going on foot isn’t your taste, ROAM Transit is your ticket to easy exploration, offering free local service within the town of Canmore. The buses run seven days a week, making it the perfect mode of transportation that’s both sustainable and budget-friendly.

ROAM also provides shuttles to Banff and Lake Louise for those looking to extend their trips into Banff National Park.

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Photo Credit: Nick Fitzhardinge

#3 Get Active

With views like Canmore’s, there’s no excuse not to enjoy the great outdoors. Walking and biking instead of driving are great ways to get some exercise into your daily routine and see more of what Canmore has to offer – it’s about the journey as much as the destination!

If you’re looking for the ideal way to experience Canmore’s network of trails, look no further than Active by Nature. The owner, Mandy, teaches the specialized technique of Nordic Walking that will propel you through the mountain scenery while getting in a full-body workout. Once you have the walking technique down, Mandy will happily fill you in on the ins and outs of Canmore.

For those looking to go the extra mile, consider renting an e-bike from Pedego Canmore or Canmore Sports Experts and get around in style and with ease. These electric bikes will have you cruising at a swift pace to get you from A to B in no time. Some visitors even take up the challenge of biking to Banff and back in a day!


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#4 Shop Local

Canmore’s one-of-a-kind downtown corridor is something you won’t want to experience from a car. Taking a leisurely stroll along Main Street or cycling over to the Shops of Canmore means more opportunities to peek inside our diverse range of local boutiques, coffee shops and eateries, and art galleries. Between May and October, Main Street even closes off to vehicle traffic, making it a haven for pedestrians and cyclists alike.

Take the opportunity to get to know our local shop owners – you may just run into one of the many Olympians who have retired in Canmore and now run their own business here!


Downtown Canmore's Shared Pedestrian and Cyclist Zone

In Canmore and Kananaskis, our natural ecosystems and stunning landscapes are the heart and soul of our local mountain culture. Before your visit, we encourage you to sign the Pledge to the Peaks, committing to mindful exploration to ensure the safety of all inhabitants of the region and preserve the beauty of our unfiltered wilderness for generations to come.