6 Must-Try Winter Activities in Canmore Kananaskis
- Karen Fennell - October 17, 2015
When the weather in Alberta is cooling down, things are really starting to heat up in Canmore Kananaskis. Even though the summer is a great time to visit us and get away from high temperatures and city life, our beautiful little mountain town really comes to life once the snow starts to fall.
One of the best things about winter in Canmore Kananaskis is that, whether it’s your first visit or your hundredth, he’ll never run out of things to do. If you’re wondering where the fun should start, try our list of can’t-miss winter activities:
Dog sledding. Sometimes, it really is about the journey instead of the destination – that’s certainly the case when you trade high-powered motors for a team of sled dogs. Experience dog mushing at its best, and still move in comfort, while you make your way through snow-packed trails, valley descents, and so much more while enjoying an experience that will stay with you forever. Check out some of the dog sledding tours in the area.
Snowshoeing. If you prefer peace and quiet, a romantic walk, or just a leisurely way to take in the mountain countryside, snowshoeing might be just for you. With a number of trails and circuits for every skill and fitness level, it’s a relaxing and affordable way to enjoy alpine beauty at its best. We’ll even provide you with instruction and lots of route maps, so you’ll be comfortable even if you’re a snowshoeing beginner. Check out our snowshoeing guide for trails.
Heli-skiing and snowboarding. This adrenaline-surging activity is probably on every skier and snowboarder’s bucket list, and for good reason – there’s nothing like taking the express route to the top of a mountain and then flying down an entirely different way. If you crave speed, excitement, and a lifelong story, you can’t miss this one. Just be warned ahead of time: you may find yourself looking for ways to come back and try heli-skiing again soon!
Winter hiking. Even in the winter months, men and women from throughout the province seek out our beautiful and well-maintained hiking trails to enjoy some of the best that Western Canada has to offer. Whether you want to get closer to nature, or just experience a light stress-reducing walk in the woods, our winter hiking trails have just what you need to soothe your mind.
Cross Country Skiiing. Since hosting the 1988 Winter Olympic Nordic events, Canmore has become known as one of the world’s best cross country skiing areas. The Canmore Nordic Centre provides over 100 different groom trails and cross country ski rentals are available on site. As you glide the trails you might just bump into a current or future Olympian! Check out our cross-country ski guide for trails. Trail Sports at the Nordic Centre offers rentals and lessons right on the track.
Caving. Under Grotto Mountain is an extensive network of underground caves. Regardless of the season the caves maintain a 5°C (41°F) temperature. Knowledgeable guides take you on a Natural History tour of this exciting underground world – etched and sculptured over hundreds of thousands of years – through twisting passages and chambers of stalactites & stalagmites, animal bones and fossils
As beautiful as the mountains are in the winter, though, all the fun isn’t outdoors. No matter what kind of adventure you come for, be sure to top off an active day in style. With dozens of restaurants, live music venues, and nightlife destinations, Canmore Kananaskis offers all the excitement of a winter wonderland coupled with the lively spirit of a mountain town resort.
See for yourself why winter is such a great time to visit us…book a trip to Alberta’s Backyard destination today!
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