Canmore is a very special place, surrounded by the protected lands of Kananaskis and Banff National Park. We invite you to follow the Pledge to the Peaks to care for the land, animals, and people of Canmore and Kananaskis for generations to come.
Pledge to the Peaks
I acknowledge that I travel, explore, and play in the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw, Chiniki, and Goodstoney – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. I acknowledge that this land is also home to the Rocky View Métis District within the Battle River Territory. I acknowledge all Nations who live, work, play, and steward this land, and honour and celebrate this territory.
I promise to honour and celebrate the land, history, and habitants of this sacred space, for I am a guest in their home.
I will do this by:
✔ Respecting the local culture, exploring with an open mind and gentle heart.
✔ Sharing the space, showing care and consideration for others.
✔ Treading lightly, leaving no trace behind.
✔ Gathering memories rather than mementos, leaving rocks, plants, and artifacts in place.
✔ Watching wildlife from a distance, keeping myself—and the animals—safe.
✔ Preparing for my adventures, respecting the mountains and my abilities.
✔ Travelling mindfully, being kind to all people, wildlife, and plants.
I pledge to preserve and protect these peaks for now and for future generations.
Learn how to protect our natural spaces
Here in Canmore and Kananaskis, we’re proud to coexist with wildlife and strive to protect the incredible ecosystems – that’s why it is extremely important to know what to do when you spot a bear or other wildlife on your outing.
As with any outdoor excursion, it’s important to be prepared for the unexpected. Whether you’re a seasoned outdoors enthusiast or a first-time visitor, here are some tips on how to be prepared for your next adventure in the Rocky Mountains.
Kananaskis Conservation Pass
You must purchase a day, multi-day or annual Kananaskis Conservation Pass for your vehicle before you visit Kananaskis Country and the Bow Valley.
One of the best things about being in a small mountain town is that it’s so easy to leave your car behind and get around on foot, by bus, or of course bike!
Ask a Local
Looking for personalized recommendations? Drop by the Canmore Visitor Information Centre to get your questions answered by a local expert.
Weather & Environment
The weather in Canmore and Kananaskis can vary greatly depending on the time of year. With proper preparation, you can enjoy all the natural beauty that Canmore and Kananaskis have to offer in any weather condition.
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