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Attractions and Sightseeing in Canmore, Alberta

Attractions and Sightseeing in Canmore, Alberta

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One of the standout features of Canmore (besides the mountains, of course) is our incredible walkability. Choosing to explore Canmore on foot (or bike) is not just about getting from point A to point B; it’s about nourishing your soul in the outdoors and experiencing the essence of this scenic town. With numerous attractions and breathtaking sights, Canmore is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace, allowing you to absorb its natural and cultural offerings.

The Big Head

Begin your walk at The Big Head, an intriguing sculpture that marks your entrance into Downtown Canmore. Created by artist Al Henderson, this piece draws inspiration from Canmore’s Gaelic name, Ceannmore, meaning “great head” or “chief.” This sculpture not only serves as a focal point for visitors but also as a nod to Canmore’s Scottish heritage, making it a perfect spot for those memorable vacation photos.

Policeman’s Creek Boardwalk

Before heading downtown, take a slight detour to stroll along the Policeman’s Creek Boardwalk towards Spring Creek. You’ll see the boardwalk just across the street from The Big Head. This beautiful promenade offers a serene view of the wetlands, allowing you to connect with nature without disturbing the local ecosystem. It’s a tranquil experience that showcases Canmore’s dedication to preserving its natural beauty.

Canmore’s Main Street

After exploring Policeman’s Creek, continue back down to Canmore’s Main Street. Here, the heart of downtown awaits with its array of shops, cafes, and eateries. Take your time meandering through local shops like Bear Big Trading Co and Stonewaters, enjoy a coffee at Eclipse or Beamer’s, and learn about our rich culture at the Canmore Museum.

Downtown Local Art

As you wander downtown, keep an eye out for the vibrant murals and sculptures that decorate the streets. These artistic expressions add a splash of colour and creativity to the streets, giving you a peak at the local art scene and the inspiring landscapes surrounding Canmore.

Spur Line Trail

From Downtown Canmore, you can follow 8th Avenue north to connect to Spur Line Trail. In the 19th century, the Canmore Spur Line was a rail line to serve the local coal mines. When the mines closed, the Spur Line became a walking trail, still popular today for residents and visitors alike. You can follow the trail down to the Bow River and discover the famous Canmore Engine Bridge.

Canmore Engine Bridge

Featured in Episode 6 of HBO’s hit TV series, “The Last of Us”, the Canmore Engine Bridge is rich with history and a picturesque setting to take in the views of Rundle Mountain Range and the glacial-fed Bow River. The bridge is a must-visit for those looking to capture Canmore’s stunning scenery and historic charm.

Riverside Park

From the Canmore Engine Bridge, follow the river downstream until you reach Canmore Riverside Park, about 10 minutes walking distance. Riverside Park is a popular attraction for hanging out by the river, whether you’re tossing around a frisbee, throwing stones into the river, or simply taking in the outstanding views of the mountain ranges, including the iconic Ha Ling peak and the Three Sisters peaks.

From Riverside Park, you can continue your journey downstream towards Millenium Park, loop back towards Downtown Canmore, or explore the south side of the river and make your way to West Canmore Park Playground. The choices are endless – a testament to Canmore’s small-town charm and walkability. 

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.