Canmore – The Pearl of the Canadian Rockies

Nestled between Banff National Park (one of the most visited places in Canada) and Kananaskis Provincial Park, Canmore is a world renowned four season destination… a super place! The asurrounding wilderness offers breathtaking views. They made perfect backdrops for hollywood blockbusters such as Dances with Wolves, Legends of the Fall and Brokeback Mountain.

This small alpine village was the staging point of the nordic events for the 1988 winter olympics. Since then, tourism in the area has skyrocketed. Each year, Canmore and the Bow Valley area attract millions of visitors from all over the world.

If you live there, you truly are lucky. This means you are free to experience the relaxed, small town ambiance anytime you want. You are envied by so many young and young at heart.

For the rest of us, it makes for a fantastic place to visit and vacation. Whether there’s snow on the ground, leaves of yellows, browns and reds falling to the ground or flowers of all sorts blooming in all directions, Canmore is a pleasant place to stay.

There is only one problem about Canmore… It’s hard to leave! There re so many things to see and do that you really don’t know where to begin. You want to make sure you plan ahead to reserve some time to explore the endless outdoor pursuits such as hiking, biking, sightseeing, rafting and horseback riding in the warmer months and alpine skiing, nordic skiing, snow-boarding, heli-skiing, dog-sledding, and horse-drawn carriage excursions in the winter months. All this and much more!

Of course, you can’t go to Canmore without experiencing some fine cuisine, a beer on one of the many restaurants’ patios downtown or a nice dip in a jacuzzi at one of the many resorts, chalets, cottages, hotels, motels or B&Bs. All of this, surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery, is a true recipe for a good time!

I could go on and on about the feeling you get plowing through the endless powder at one of the 5 world-class ski resorts around Canmore or the screaming sense of exhilaration as your raft jumps into the icy glacier waters while on a white-water rafting trip, but these adventures, as so many more, are best left for you to experience them yourself. And as for Canmore, the best kept secret of the Canadian rockies, it is cheaper and definitely less touristy than Banff, without leaving anything to be desired. All the amenities you need, all the charm you can dream of, and all this, year round. You could spend many years trying to find the place to go not just once, but on a regular basis, and feel at home while vacationing. Look no more! Crisp, clear, adventurous and beautiful Canmore… the pearl of the Canadian Rockies is waiting for you to explore it.