Canmore Travel Guide

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Canmore Highlights

  • Pro
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     Much cheaper than Banff National Park 

  • Con
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     Too far away from Scotland 

  • In a nutshell
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     Great Base for Exploring Banff National Park 

Canmore Things to Do

  • Perfect Setting For Uniting Church

    This small church has the perfect location with the Rocky Mountains as its backdrop. The ideal place to locate a church, such a peaceful scene.

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  • Walk The Main Street

    We found Canmore to be a quaint little town, very peaceful and surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the Rocky Mountains. We arrived late afternoon on a mid June Saturday and were welcomed with dark swirling clouds that looked like they would drop their contents any minute, however luck was with us and the rain held off to 8pm.On our walk into...

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  • A Winter wedding in the Rockies

    Our youngest daughter has been living in Alberta for a few years now and she and Ryan suddenly decided that it was time to get married! In checking out possible venues for a winter wedding, they liked what they found out about the Bear & Bison Inn in Canmore. This little town specializes in both tourism and weddings, with the Bear & Bison alone...

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  • Gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain

    A short drive through Banff township will bring you to the Banff Gondola ride complex, where you can get to the top of 7490-ft (2280-m) Sulphur Mountain the easy way! We had made this trip in 1982 while returning to New Brunswick following the completion of my 3-year work contract in Papua New Guinea, so it was time for another look. This time we...

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  • Banff National Park is only minutes...

    During the day of the wedding, the Bear & Bison Inn requested that all guests leave for a few hours while they prepared the Inn for the evening wedding ceremony. With a picnic lunch provided by them, we all headed off the short distance to Banff National Park, one of Canada's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We passed some large elk grazing in the...

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  • Spelunking under Grotto Mountain

    Have you ever explored a cave? No, not one with a staircase cut into the rock for accessibility. No, no. I mean a real, natural, almost unmodified from nature cave?You have a short 20 minute hike up the mountain side to the cave entrance. Once there, you put on your overalls, helmet with spotlight and battery pack.Then you enter the cave. It's damp...

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Canmore Restaurants

  • Rose and Crowns Brother

    The Drake is very similar to the Rose and Crown.Its about the same size and has a downstairs bar as well.Prices are similar and there are big plasma televisions everywhere.The staff for the most part are very polite and a lot of fun.Other members of staff are the most miserable people walking gods green earth.Although food is good here it takes a...

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  • Olde World Cuisine

    The Drake Inn Restaurant & Pub offers wonderful mountain views with every bite. The new non-smoking lounge features a fireplace, comfortable couches and a relaxed atmosphere in an open, spacious room. Started off with a cup of Creamy Chicken/Corn Chowder and then you can't go wrong with one of these entrees: a Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich...

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  • Excellent local brew!!!

    The Grizzly Paw has probably the best pub food in the Rockies. The food is perfect for sharing over a pint as well as meals which leave your taste buds happy and your appetite satisfied. Try the 12 inch Chicken Pizza with Thai Sauce...absolutely awesome!!! Wash it down with a Grumpy Bear Honey Wheat Ale (a light wheat ale brewed with wild mountain...

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Canmore Nightlife

  • Great Beer

    Great place for a party or families alike. More of a restaurant during the day, and a good place for a pint or 10 on the way to dancing. Very unique beers, as they brew on site. If you are a fan of great beer, then this is not to be missed.Summer time patio is a must, with an outdoor grill and great views of the mountains and Main Street...

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  • Popular Alternative

    A popular alternative to Hooligans is the excellent Drake Pub.In the nights(certain days)live bands play.A door charge is required Friday and Satuarday.Its a good place to play pool,watcgh some sport and have a pint(although the music is so loud sometimes you cant hear yourself speak,nevermind anyone else). No dress code,Just bring the ID.

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  • Canmores Only Nightclub

    What can i say about Hooligans?Thats a very difficult question.Its not the best nightclub in the world by miles(although its far better than Cardiffs Philamonic),the drinks are a reasonable price and it is very well staffed.Its the music though,its basically RnB and Rap.Another reason is there always seems to be more men in here than women.i did...

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Canmore Transportation

  • Alamo Car Hire - Good Value

    On arrival at Calgary we walked outside the terminal and across the road to the Alamo Rent A Car office to collect our vehicle. We could choose from a number of mid size cars and chose the blue PT Cruiser as we had seen them around and thought it would be an ideal change for our holiday.Our rental was for 8 days with return of vehicle in Banff. Our...

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  • Rocky Mountain Sky Shuttle

    Took this from Calgary airport - you'll see their booth in the airport as you leave customs. There's several shuttle companies all next to each other, so it's not hard to get a ride to Canmore/Banff.Very good service.

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  • Keep on Truckin

    No wonder at our accommodation there was a sign for delivery vehicles restricting there delivery times. These things are huge & can block your exit from the car park.This happened to us so we just went for a walk around Canmore. Thanks Truckie!Please click the picture to see the truckers travel companion.

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Canmore Shopping

  • Turn the Old School Bus into a Tastey...

    What a novel idea to turn an old school bus into an ice cream vanBoth images instantly recogniseable to children Ice Cream of course A few cents

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  • Buy a Mountain Bike or a Coffee

    Good selection of mountain sports equipment including bikes - snowboards - skateboards - almost anything for the great outdoors. If like me you just want to browse - well the baggage allowance isn't enough to pack in a bike as well.This shop has a seperate cafe selling coffee, cold drinks & snacks.

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  • Some interesting shopping to be had in...

    So many local craft items crammed into the shop made it difficult to decide what to buy.I was quite happy just browsing through the books & natural gifts on sale. Canmore has many shops not all are aimed at tourists. You can find all most anything in town from home furnishings to local supermarkets.

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Canmore Local Customs

  • We will remember

    This memorial was erected as a pledge of everlasting friendship between Canada & The United States for their help in joining the Commonwealth of Nations in the Second World War. Further reading on the other side commemorates two Canadadian Airforce men & One Airforce man from Wichita who died in the Alberta plains on a training excercise.

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  • Have heard Bears visit Canmore

    I think this one is a tourist - he looks so relaxed - strolling around Canmore is fun with lots of novel things to see - just incase you get fed up with the mountain scenery!

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  • The Ravens know where the good take...

    Spotted the Raven in the parking lot in Kananaskis - rooting around in the back of a pick up truck. These birds are highly intellegent & after all the warnings of leaving food - a well for the Raven = Good Drive Thru - for the tourists lucky - not a bear.

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Canmore Warnings and Dangers

  • Bear Country

    Lions,Tigers and Bears Oh My!Read Elk,Cougars and Bears oh my!and yes they are all out there.The chances of running into a cougar are slim,Elk are a concern.More so in Jasper than canmore.Bears do exsist espicially in th mountains.If you encounter a bear do the following1).Make yourself look big2).make loud noises so that the bear will be aware of...

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  • Without warning!

    On the day of the wedding, the whole group cleared out of the Inn to do a bit of exploring in nearby Banff National Park. The forests and mountains were beautiful from the previous day snowfall and we took a winding road up to the Two Jack Lake area. While stopped there for a look out over the frozen lake, we had an interesting experience with a...

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  • Care for a seat on a park bench

    Because this bench is made of metal - the tip would be a warning if you sat here in a thunder storm!!The park was adjacent to the local school & had only the one bench - but what a bench, it could easily seat 20 children.

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Canmore Tourist Traps

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    by Willem_oa Written Sep 4, 2002

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    I will list all of the horrid things about this rip-off tourist trap!

    1. Expensive! $40.00 Canadian!
    2. Meagre food portions
    3. Absolutely awful comedy material
    4. Having to sit through several hours of endless songs and lame jokes about Canadians.
    5. The whore who walks around and tries to serenade old men on tourist buses.

    Unique Suggestions: Take a book, or a boombox to drown out the bad singing.

    Fun Alternatives: Climb a mountain! Hell, this is a national Park! Don't sit in a stupid dinner theatre! Go out and bike, climb, hike, canoe, etc.

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Canmore What to Pack

  • by Jen.W Written Mar 11, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You're right in the heart of the Rockies; layers of clothing are your best bet!

    Runners or hiking boots depending on what you'll be doing.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bug repellent would be good to have.

    Photo Equipment: Dont' forget your camera, and lots of film!

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Canmore Off The Beaten Path

  • Off the beaten track on the way back to...

    All the way back on the lesser road you will see interesting farmland with peace & tranquility instead of the constant rush of traffic. Only 2 point of interest according to the Canadians a soldiers memorial & this quaint little church. The path to the church is really overgrown, indicating that most tourist head down highway 1, but I don't regret...

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  • Keep your camera handy to capture the...

    Driving empty roads in Kananaskis is a perfect opportunity to spot deer & other wildlife.The roads are scenic and provide a pleasant drive through cattle ranches - horse ranches & great mountain scenery.

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  • Nice & Relaxing to watch the lapping...

    Nice water feature near the lodge - but have to admit the natural ones are far more interesting. The one in the picture was build to commemorate the G8 summit in 2002

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Canmore Favorites

  • Mountain Views Everywhere

    What we enjoyed most about Canmore was the view of the Rocky Mountains, they were so close. It was easy to drive up to the mountains as they are only minutes away. On the hills there are many beautiful homes and around Canmore there is considerable development of apartments, hopefully this development will be managed to prevent it spoiling the...

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  • General Info

    Tourism CanmorePO Box 8608Canmore, AlbertaT1W 2V3Internet:- www.tourismcanmore.comE mail: Info@TourismCanmore.comor606 7th StreetCanmore, Alberta, CanadaT1W 2V8Internet:- www.canmorealberta.com- E mail: info@canmorealberta.com

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  • Looking back

    Looking back at the fastly disappearing Rockies becoming foothills. The memories of this wonderous place float into my dreams & will remain in my heart. Oh to be back among the Rockies one day!

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