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About Canmore

We’re so laid back, you might be tempted to call us a sleepy town.

Pretty as a picture with an authentic mountain soul and a pulse that resembles a much larger city, with the arms of the majestic Rockies wrapped around us and the Bow River running right through our downtown. But being in Canmore is larger than life.

An hour west of Calgary, 22 kilometres (12 miles) east of Banff, and nestled next to the larger wildlands of Kananaskis Country, Canmore is energized and inspired by our incredible location. Our beauty is enviable, geography, mind-boggling. We take advantage of the environment that surrounds us but we’re committed to sustaining it.

We’re made up of an eclectic mix, this quaint small town in the wild. We’ve got endless amounts of outdoor activities, world-class mountain sports, and standout wellness facilities. Impressive food, one-of-a-kind shopping, and a vibrant arts and cultural scene, including award-winning festivals. All of this within the backdrop of provincial parks, unspoiled wilderness, and our show-stopping snow-capped mountain peaks. From our humble small mining town beginnings, Canmore is now a celebrated tourist destination that takes outdoor adventure lifestyle very seriously with a youthful, entrepreneurial, creative energy that’s compelling, inspiring, and welcoming.

This is Canmore. Welcome.

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Quick Facts

  • Latitude: 51.087977, Longitude: -115.349418
  • Town centre elevation: 1,309 metres (4,296 feet) with surrounding summits reaching heights of 2,936 metres (9,633 feet).
  • Geographic location: *106 kilometres (66 miles) west of Calgary on the Trans-Canada Highway *22 kilometres (12 miles) east of the Banff townsite on the Trans-Canada Highway.
  • Population: 13,077 permanent residents and 3,890 non-permanent residents, making us the largest community in the Alberta Rockies.
  • Economy: Primarily tourism and hospitality services, with a mix of health and wellness, arts and culture, and sports.
  • Lifestyle: Canmore has a young, energetic, diverse and well-educated population that values a vigorous, outdoor lifestyle along with the comfort and amenities usually reserved for city life.
  • Mountain recreation: More than 71 kilometres of multi-use trails within the town limits facilitate endless opportunities for outdoor activity.
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Downtown Canmore

At the heart of Canmore is our vibrant downtown core. Nestled between the glacier-fed waters of the Bow River, the picturesque walking trails along Policeman’s Creek and the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains you will discover a downtown unlike any other.

Stroll down Main Street for an authentically Canmore experience. Check out incredible art galleries, shop stylish boutiques, or indulge in a delicious patio lunch. Or soak up the dreamy mountain views.

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The Area

Canmore is the charming mountain town. Kananaskis is the more than 4,000 square kilometres (1544 square miles) of wildlands surrounding it, the stunning valley on the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies. Together, the Canmore Kananaskis area is picture-perfect and primed for any manner of adventure, in any season, any day of the year.

Think rolling foothills and rushing creeks cascading through forests of aspen, pine, and spruce. Knife-edge limestone ridges and jagged summits that cradle glaciers and sapphire-blue alpine lakes. A sprawling wilderness playground begging to be explored by hiking boots, running shoes, canoe, bike, horseback, whitewater raft, snowshoes, skis, or with a fishing rod. Bordering Banff National Park, the region is also an ideal jumping off point to explore some of its renowned sights.

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Canmore History

Prior to the arrival of Europeans, aboriginal peoples hunted bison in the Bow Valley, leaving behind some of the oldest archaeological sites in Canada dating back more than 8,000 years. The town of Canmore itself was named in honour of King Malcolm of Scotland, from the Gaelic word, Ceann Mór, which translates to mean Big Head, in reference to one’s elevated height or stature.

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Getting Around

No car? No problem! Making your way around Canmore Kananaskis is a breeze while you’re visiting.

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