Your Fall Bucket List: 10 Adventures in Canmore and Kananaskis

Your Fall Bucket List: 10 Adventures in Canmore and Kananaskis

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  • Tourism Canmore Kananaskis - September 24, 2020

There’s no better way to celebrate the changing colours of the Canadian Rockies’ famous larch trees than with an autumn hike. Larch trees transform with a golden hue for just a few weeks each fall, making autumn a special time for locals and visitors alike.

As always, check advisories and trail reports prior to exploring in Canmore and Kananaskis. Read on to discover our selection of the best larch hikes in the area, plus more autumn activities to add to your bucket list. Grab your pumpkin spice latte—this is about to get good!


5 Glorious Golden Larch Hikes

Mt. Lorette Ponds

Craving a serene experience rather than an adrenaline rush? Spend an afternoon in this stunning day-use area on the Kananaskis Trail (Hwy 40). Mt. Lorette Ponds is a 1.1-km loop trail and is an ideal spot for a fall picnic or a relaxing stroll on paved paths. Don’t forget your fishing gear, as the ponds are stocked with rainbow trout. Lunch is on you, right?!

Burstall Pass

Enjoy incredible fall scenery on this 14.8-km hike to Burstall Pass on a trail featuring forests and willow flats near Burstall Lakes. Pack a pair of water shoes, and don’t forget your camera to capture the dazzling views of towering mountains at the pass.

Three Isle Lake

If you’re searching for a challenging but picturesque overnight fall hike, the Three Isle Lake out and back trail is for you. This 20.4-km hike features a waterfall that’ll knock your socks off. Another bonus? You can bike the first 3.8 km!

Arethusa Cirque

Arethusa Cirque is a moderate 4.5-km hike with gorgeous autumnal views located in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. On this trail, you can look forward to vibrant larches, a picturesque alpine meadow and sweeping vistas with dramatic peaks.

Chester Lake

The beautiful forested Chester Lake trail is a 9.2-km hike leading to an alpine meadow gleaming with larch trees. This hike starts as an uphill, forested trek with 300m elevation gain, but the idyllic larch views are worth it.


3 Activities to Make You Fall in Love with Canmore and Kananaskis

Fortress Mountain Larch Hike

Escape the larch season crowds and try this new adventure at Fortress Mountain. You’ll be transported to ridgetop views via ATV, and learn about the area’s history and geology from your professional guide. You’ll also have a chance to guess which Hollywood films were shot here!

Soar Above the Clouds

Thrill-seekers will love a magnificent helicopter tour around the soaring mountain ranges. You’ll never forget the astounding sight of Canmore and Kananaskis alpine lakes, glaciers and waterfalls from a bird’s eye view. 

Rejuvenating Walk Along the River Paths

Feel the cool breeze and enjoy the fall colours while exploring Canmore’s walking paths. The extensive network of trails in Canmore will take you through the downtown core and along the beautiful Bow River as you take in the stunning mountain views.
Feeling a bit more adventurous? Why not try a Mystery Towns Clue Solving Adventure where you explore and try to solve the mystery!


2 Ways to Relax After Your Mountain Adventures

A visit to one of Canmore and Kananaskis’ many art galleries is the cherry on top of a wonderful time in the great outdoors. Check out the Indigenous visual artist, Jason Carter at the Carter-Ryan gallery or Fallen Leaf Gallery on Main Street in Downtown Canmore!

Another one of our favourite ways to treat yourself after a day of hiking in the golden larch forests is with dinner at one of our incredible restaurants. On our bucket list? Devil’s Table for Jamaican flare or Tapas Canmore for a Spanish twist, Stirling Lounge for a fine dining experience, The Drake Pub for a casual meal, and Wild Life Distillery for gin lovers. Bottoms up!


Make it a Multi-Day Getaway

Canmore and Kananaskis offer so many options for adventure, your best bet is to stay in town a night or two to soak it all up! Explore our accommodations, from hostels to B&Bs to chalet-style vacation homes all of which are so cozy you won’t want to leave!

See you soon!