Top 5 rainy day activities in Canmore

Top 5 Rainy Day Activities in Canmore and Kananaskis

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  • Tourism Canmore Kananaskis - May 27, 2016

What do we do when the sky isn’t blue?


Whether the rain makes you want to stay inside with a hot drink, or if you want to brave the elements, the Bow Valley has something to fit anyone’s taste. Luckily for us, Canmore and Kananaskis have a multitude of activities, attractions, stops and shops for any weather.

#1 Visit unique art galleries

Canmore is an art enthusiast’s paradise. The panoramic mountain views and lush natural beauty inspire local artists to create masterpieces. Walking along Main Street, you’ll find incredible galleries like the bold sculptures at Carter-Ryan or hand-painted landscapes at Avens Gallery.

If you’re feeling encouraged by all the incredible art created in the valley, why not try to create your own? Visit artsPlace, Canmore’s community arts centre, to sign up for a class, watch a movie or check out a performance. Alternatively, you can drop by Crock a Doodle for a family-friendly day of painting pottery.

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#2 Adventure in the rain

Not all adventure activities are affected by the rain! Canmore Cave Tours offers a day-long Adventure Tour that will bring you underground exploring narrow passages and repelling hidden cliffs. This is exactly the adrenaline rush you’ve dreamed of – plus it’s underground so the weather can do whatever it wants.

If above-ground is more your thing, try paddling along the Kanananaskis River by going on a family-friendly whitewater rafting experience with Canmore Rafting Tours. Don’t let the rain stop you – as they say, “you’ll get wet anyway!”

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#3 Reach new heights at Elevation Place

With both a world-class climbing wall and a state-of-the-art aquatics facility, the whole family is sure to find something to their liking at Elevation Place. The climbing wall has no-rope bouldering, self-belay systems, or manual belay routes; whether you’re an experienced climber or not you’ll be sure to find a fun challenge. The aquatics center is home to an 8-lane pool, a 2-lane warm-up pool, a waterslide, a lazy river, a splash-and-play area, a fully accessible hot tub, and a steam room. With affordable family rates, it’s easy to do it all.

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#4 Learn about the past

Travel back in time and learn about Canmore’s history. From a railroad town to the mining days, the Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre is the perfect location to delve into the past. The new museum’s brand new exhibit opened in March and offers a unique perspective on Canmore’s history.

Visit other historic buildings downtown including the North West Mounted Police Barracks and imagine what Canmore was like before the 1988 Olympics transformed it into the outdoor adventure and mountain lifestyle destination that it is today!

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#5 Cozy up with a warm beverage and delicious snack

One thing Canmore isn’t lacking in is places to eat and drink. Stay dry on a rainy day by enjoying a delicious beverage like a locally roasted coffee at Eclipse Coffee, a pot of tea from Communitea Cafe or a delicious hot chocolate at Beamer’s Coffee Bar. If adult beverages are more your style, you can enjoy a signature cocktail from Where the Buffalo Roam Saloon (locally known as ‘The Buff’) or enjoy a tour of the Grizzly Paw Brewery and learn all about the “bear”-making process in their state of the art brewery.

For those who like a snack with their drinks, there are endless options to eat in Canmore. With dozens of incredible restaurants, there’s something for every taste. Stay warm inside and watch the raindrops fall as you enjoy an elk burger, pizza, curry, and other delicious comfort foods.

Although the rain can sometimes scare people away, ‘Monsoon June’ is the perfect time to come to enjoy all that Canmore has to offer.

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