Worth the Wait: Explore Canmore Kananaskis this Summer
- Arts and Culture
- Dining and Nightlife
- Nature and Parks
- Tourism Canmore Kananaskis - July 6, 2020
The last few months have been a challenge for everyone. To protect our communities, we waited to get outside. To get together. To get back to the things that bring us joy. Those moments we can’t wait for are exactly the ones that are worth the wait. Moments like soaking in a mountain sunset, catching a glimpse of wildlife in the great outdoors, sharing a pint on a patio with friends, and shopping in a real-life store for the best of local. As Canmore Kananaskis works to reopen and get acquainted with our new normal, we’ve put together a list of things to do, and places to stay and dine that have definitely been worth the wait.
To make physical distancing easy for everyone, Main Street in downtown Canmore is now pedestrian only! Between 6th and 8th Ave, Main Street is now open for pedestrian and bicycle traffic only (with plenty of places to park nearby) so you can stroll between shops and restaurants safely, and get a dose of fresh mountain air.
Don’t miss some awesome local shops along the way. Stop in, say hi, and show your support at places like Café Books (named one of the dreamiest bookstores in Canada), Carter Ryan Gallery (with its incredible, colourful artwork), and Alberta’s Own Marketplace (where you can find all things ‘Berta big and small).
Give your couch and TV a break and get outside! So much of the Canmore Kananaskis area can be explored from a safe social distance, because there’s plenty of wide open space to go around. Want time to stop and smell the wildflowers? A Nordic Walk with Active by Nature gives you a full body workout, and full access to some of the region’s most stunning scenic trails.
If you want to up the adrenaline factor even more, splash through whitewater rapids with Chinook Rafting, or take to the skies and see Banff National Park from above on a thrilling ride with Alpine Helicopters, based in Canmore and Kananaskis.
Embrace patio season and get out to enjoy delicious local food and drink. Dig in to some Alberta-style barbecue at The Drake Pub. For an elevated meal that definitely doesn’t come in a takeout container, The Sensory features forward-thinking presentation, ingredients foraged in the Bow Valley, and amazing views of the Rockies. Craving an epic patio day? The Iron Goat Pub & Grill has you covered with not one, but two elevated patio areas. Sip a local brew, grab some snacks and share a few laughs with some majestic mountains as your backdrop.
Right about now, everyone is ready for a little change of scenery. Relax and refresh with a stay in the Canmore Kananaskis region that’s sure to recharge your batteries. For a luxurious escape, it has to be The Malcolm Hotel. With its chic spaces and location on Spring Creek, it’s an amazing place to treat yourself. For that classic lodge vibe, A Bear and Bison Inn at the base of Lady McDonald mountain is the perfect basecamp for all kinds of outdoor adventure. And if all that time inside has you really wanting to get away from it all, Mount Engadine Lodge in Spray Valley Provincial Park is exactly where you can seek some solitude.
We ask everyone to be prepared and properly research the safety measures for the places you plan to visit when you come to Canmore Kananaskis. Call ahead, check to see if you should make a reservation, and get ready. We’re ready for you, and we’re worth the wait.
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