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Best Winter Activities in Canmore Kananaskis

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One of the best things about winter in Canmore Kananaskis is that, whether it’s your first visit or your hundredth, you’ll never run out of things to do. If you’re wondering where the fun should start, try ourlist of can’t-miss winter activities.

When the weather in Alberta is cooling down, things are really starting to heat up in Canmore Kananaskis. This 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, you’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. View available tours.

Skating on the Pond. Show off your ice-skating skills at Canmore’s famous downtown Pond. Just two blocks North of downtown Canmore on 7 Ave, the downtown pond hosts numerous winter events and festivals. There’s even a heated gazebo for lacing up your skates and warming up. It’s the perfect place to play a little hockey, go for a romantic skate, or take the kids.

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 at our Visitor Centre, so you’ll be comfortable even if you’re a snowshoeing beginner.

Heli-Tour. The Rocky Mountains look stunning draped in fresh white snow. See the mountains from a new angle and take a heli-tour with Alpine Helicopters. You’ll see mountain passes, frozen lakes, and terrain that few people get to see.

Snow-Tubing. Whether you’ve tried on a pair of skies or not — snow tubing is an exhilarating way to enjoy the slopes. Sitting in your inflated tube you’ll feel a rush of adrenaline as you cruise down the mountain on groomed tube runs. Race your friends or team up for even more fun! Try it at Nakiska Ski Resort or Lake Louise Ski Area.

Best Winter Activities in Canmore Kananaskis

The Winter Carnival. The Canmore Winter Carnival is a celebration of the season and a popular community tradition for more than 20 years with events including ice carving, snow sculpting, family fun, and more. The Carnival runs from February 13 – March 1.

Ice Walking. Inside Grotto Canyon, take an Ice walk on a frozen creek bed through a towering canyon to a beautiful ice-covered waterfall. Explore the area yourself or take a guided tour.

Cross Country Skiing. 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 groomed 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!

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 the best dining in the Rockies, unique shopping, 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!