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Fat Biking in Canmore

  • Epic Adventure
  • Winter
  • Tourism Canmore Kananaskis - January 5, 2024

Extra-large tires, hand warmers, and strange frames are some of the signatures of a fat bike – a relatively new cycling trend that has quickly become a must-try winter sport. Using ultra-wide tires (up to 4 inches across), fat bikes can ride on top of snow-covered trails with improved traction where traditional mountain bike tires would sink. Using a fat bike opens up a world of new winter adventures and trails are no longer limited to those with skis or snowshoes.

We recommend the following trails in Canmore Kananaskis for both new and experienced riders to try. Please use caution and check the trail conditions before attempting to the trails.

Introductory Level

Bow River Loop
This trail runs along the edge of the Bow River, beginning close to downtown Canmore. With incredible views of the Three Sisters Mountain and Old Engine Bridge, you’ll have no shortage of great scenery for your ride. The trail is mostly flat and can be accessed via Riverside Park.

Quarry Lake Recreation Area
The Quarry Lake area has several trails beginning at the back of the lake and is also an access point for the more difficult Highline Trail. If you venture into the dog park, watch for dogs as fast-moving bikes can become a fun target to chase. Follow the power line trail to the right (west) and make a loop up toward the Trans Alta Dam and follow the reservoir back to Spray Lakes Road. Follow the road downhill to return to the Quarry Lake Parking lot.

Canmore Nordic Centre
The Nordic Centre is a world-famous cross-country ski facility used during the 1988 Winter Olympics. Winter cycling is permitted, but not all trails are available to cycle on, so ask for a trail map at the Day Lodge or download it here. Trail conditions are available online.

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Cougar Creek / Horseshoe Loop
Beginning next to Cougar Creek, this trail system rises up to the bench of Grotto Mountain and levels out on a loop that gives you stunning views of the Three Sisters and Mount Lawrence Grassi. Follow the East side of Cougar Creek for 700 metres before turning right onto the first trail. Be aware that trail closures are in place in some areas over winter, affecting parts of the Horseshoe Loop/G8 trails.

Highline Trail
Accessed through the Quarry Lake Parking Lot, the Highline Trail is a popular trail with snowshoers and hikers in the winter. The packed snow makes for great fat biking conditions. With a 350-metre elevation gain, this trail can be a challenge, but once you reach the top of the trail, it levels out and features beautiful views towards the Town of Canmore and Mount Lady MacDonald. The Highland Trail has multiple decent options including an exit in the Peaks of Grassi subdivision (2.6 km) and the Three Sisters Mountain Village (6 km).

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Goat Creek Trail
The Goat Creek Trailhead begins just off Spray Lakes Road / Smith Dorrien Highway and travels 20 km to Banff. Depending on weather and snow conditions, some portions of the trail may require walking your bike. The trail travels mostly downhill but has a few steep climbs. The trail finishes next to the Banff Springs Golf Course. Riders can return via the trail or take the Roam Bus back to Canmore (a second vehicle may be required to go and pick up your car at the trailhead).

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Where to rent a fat bike

Rebound Cycle

Trail Sports

Kananaskis Outfitters

Learn more about fat biking

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