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- Tourism Canmore Kananaskis - July 14, 2021
Summer is here, and long, warm days mean there’s no better time to enjoy the seemingly endless ways to explore Canmore and the surrounding Kananaskis area. Take a day trip from Calgary or plan a longer getaway, and be sure to add these new experiences and places to visit to your list of must-do activities.
Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours are a favourite winter experience in Canmore, but did you know you can visit them in the summer, too? The team has launched new Adventure Dog Cart tours that run from mid-June until late October. The hour-and-a-half tour provides a crash-course in dryland dog carting and even a chance to help care for your four-legged guides – plus a bonus stop at the bison paddock to wrap it all up.
There’s no other experience quite like canyoning. Even better? You don’t have to be an avid adventurer to enjoy it. Bow Valley Canyon Tours offer experiences for all levels, from first-timers to adrenaline-seekers. Tours range from a couple of hours (the Heart Creek Tour is a great introduction to canyoning) to half- and full-day excursions (Ghost Canyon and Castle Canyon). Whichever tour you choose, you can rest assured you’ll have expert guides with you to make the experience fun and safe.
The summer of 2020 saw Canmore’s bustling main street open to pedestrians and cyclists only to ensure adequate room for social distancing. The idea was a hit, and Main Street (from 6 Avenue to 8 Avenue) will be closed to vehicle traffic until October 15. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of parking nearby, and then you’re free to stroll and visit all the fantastic local businesses and restaurants in the centre of town.
Canmore is spoiled for choice when it comes to delicious things to eat, and new restaurants are joining the eclectic scene at a steady pace. 4296, created by Chef Blake Flann, serves globally inspired “pop culture cuisine,” and the restaurant’s impeccably crafted cocktails have quickly become a hit, too. Änkôr is an eco-friendly addition to the town’s fine-dining roster and brings a focus on wine and food pairings that shine the spotlight on sustainable Canadian ingredients.
International travel may still be off the table, but Cabeza Grande will make you feel like you’ve escaped to Mexico. Sample a lineup of tacos, burritos, tequila and cocktails on the sunny patio.
The views from the Blackshale Suspension Bridge are one-of-a-kind. Kananaskis Outfitters are now offering a guided sightseeing tour that provides a more memorable experience than a quick photo stop. Catch a shuttle ride to the bridge, and your guide will fill you in on the diverse wildlife in the area – you may even spot some. Then, take a 6 km round-trip hike to the Blackshale Suspension Bridge. Venture out onto it and capture some unforgettable photos before indulging in charcuterie on the shore of Upper Kananaskis Lake. Add a one-hour horseback ride to the day if you want to keep the fun going.
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