If you are staying in a place with a kitchen, you might want to stop by here and pick up some of their excellent deli meats to make up an incredible sandwich for yourself; they also have some good quality ready-to cook items such as kabobs, and other meats. We buy their bacon, and it is so lean that there is maybe a tablespoon of fat after frying up half a package.
The owner is originally a chef who was working for the Rocky Mountain Resorts, and compared the environment to his own native Austria. He decided to start Valbella meats to offer customers quality cured and deli meats.
They have expanded now, and have a retail store, with a cafe next door, where you can pick up ready-made sandwiches or eat in, and also purchase some wonderful bread made by the owner's wife.
An exhilerating hike along Heart Creek.
At Lac Des Arcs about 10 kms east of Canmore and minutes off the Trans Canada highway lies a massive Limestone mountain called Heart Mountain.
For those of us less inclined to climb such a 'heart" breaking peak, there is a less awesome trail that follows the Heart Creek to a spot where the gap is just too narrow to continue and to keep your feet dry.
Ample parking is provided and the trail climbs a little as it follows a Utility right of way, then by following the trail as it crosses the creek some 7 or 8 times, bridges provided, one suddenly finds that the cliffs are close on each side of the trail and then the trail ends as the creek glides out from between the rock face.
Once back at the start of the trail I advise driving over to Lac des Arcs to the pic nic site and a view of the small lake. In October that is when the birds gather before heading south for the Winter.
Panoramic view of the Rockies at Canmore.
"The Three Sisters."
As I mentioned earlier, in the comment about the Falcon Crest Hotel, the view of the mountians was stupendous. The views were enhanced since there was much snow at the higher elevations.
Yes I know you have seen the Three Sisters elsewhre on my Canmore page, but here you will see an added dimension, since there is snow on them thar hills.
Here the three mountains greet the morning sun.
"The Three Sisters on a cloudier day"
It was also later in the evening when this photo was taken.
The mountains look cold and more menacing, in the late evening light.
"The Prow, just north of the Three Sisters"
Maybe not as striking a mountain, yet part of the chain that runs along the western edge of Canmore.
"Pinnacle on the northern edge of the Prow."
Another shot taken in the evening as the sun dropped below the western horizon, shows a pinnacle rising in front of part of the Prow, with what appears to be a cirque behind it, with the main mountain beyond the pinnacle.
"The Central part of the Prow."
My photo montage show the range of mountains to the west of Canmore and we are moving north along that ridge.
This view of the Prow does show the vasy bulk of the Prow and the housing developments along the base of the mountain. Below the houses among the trees flows the Bow river as it runs east, to the left, to Calgary and on eventually to Hudson's Bay. By then the name has changed to the South Saskatchewan river.
This peak is at the north end of the Prow and can be climbed after a drive up a gravel road, to a point behind the mountain.
Once called Chinaman's Peak to recignise the work done by Chinese people in building the railway system in the 1800's. Renamed recently to recognise Political correctness.
I admit I am using a photo from a previous summer visit.
"Mount Rundle.Yes all of it, from Canmore to Banff."
Mount Rundle, a massive piece of rock in its many forms, can be seen from Canmore, from Banff and from the Trans canada Highway between the two towns. It also stretches along the south east side of Banff.
On the slopes above Canmore, there is the Nordic Centre, built for the 1988 Calgary/Canmore Winter Olympics. Now used for Cross Country ski ing and for summer cycling, a path runs from Canmore along the bench lands to Banff, arriving into Banff alongside the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
"The end of Mount Rundle."
The photo shows the northern end of Mount Rundle on the left, the sun setting in the gap above the Bow river and Cascade Mountain to the right.
In the gap is also the Trans Canada Highway, the CP Rail line and to the left but beyond Rundle is the townsite of Banff.