ABOUT CANMORE

The Best of the Canadian Rockies

Canmore is a close-knit community with a relaxed alpine atmosphere and a rich history. Canmore offers a critically-acclaimed dining scene, fantastic shopping and great opportunities for outdoor adventure. With the Banff National Park gates only a few minutes west of Canmore, and easy access to a myriad of other beautiful Provincial and National parks, Canmore is the perfect gateway to the Canadian Rockies and a destination to experience.

About the Rockies

  • The Rocky Mountains touch The Yukon Territory, British Columbia and Alberta
  • The Alberta Rocky Mountains house Canada's first national Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Banff National Park (1885)
  • The highest mountain in the Rockies is Mount Robson in British Colombia (3945 M)
  • The Rocky Mountains are 120 million years old
  • The tallest mountain in Alberta is Mount Colombia (3747 M)
  • The Rocky Mountains were created by the pressure built up from the collision between the Pacific and North America tectonic plates
  • Canmore is approximately a 10 minute drive from the gates of the Banff National Park
  • The Bow Valley Provincial Park is only 25 km east of Canmore. The park is home to award-winning interpretive shows and guided interpretive hikes, and seasonal golden eagle migrations (open May - October)
  • Canmore is home to the year-round Nordic Centre Provincial Park. In the winter visitors enjoy the recently upgraded cross-country ski facilities and in the summer try the mountain bike paths and disc-golf

Elevation

The elevation of Canmore is 1350 meters (4300 feet). The elevation of Banff is 1350 meters (4300 feet).

Hiking

It doesn’t matter if you’re visiting Fire Mountain Lodge with a group or friends, or your family, between Banff, Canmore, and Lake Louise there is world-class hiking for any skill level. Lake Agnes Tea House in Lake Louise is great to bring the kids to. If you have older kids, or friends who are intermediate hikers, take them to Ha Ling near Canmore so they can summit their first peak. For glacier views, there’s no better hike than The Plain of the Six Glaciers in Lake Louise.

Currency

In the event you encounter a financial emergency, your relatives or friends can wire you money in Canada. Funds are paid in Canadian dollars. In addition, many automated teller machine (ATM) cards, such as those on the PLUS or CIRRUS system, can be used throughout Canada to obtain Canadian funds. Try out the Currency Converter.