Guide to Winter Activities in Canmore

Canmore’s ideal location, nestled in the Rocky Mountains, close to Banff National Park, and just a short drive from Calgary, means residents have plenty to do in the wintertime! Whether you’re into winter sports, or prefer a cup of hot chocolate by the fire while you watch the snow fall, you’ll find something to enjoy in our picturesque town. Browse our guide to winter activities in Canmore, and watch the sky for the first sign of snow!

Ski Big 3

Canmore locals and visitors appreciate being so close to some of Canada’s largest and most exciting ski hills! The “Big 3”—Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise, and Mt. Norquay—offer slopes for all skill levels. If you’re new to skiing, you can rent equipment and book a lesson. Know your way around a pair of skis? Try a guided tour through the breathtaking mountain scenery.

Winter in Canmore: SkiBig3
Photo:Rueben Krabbe

There’s more to do at the Big 3 than ski. You can try an ice-walking tour, or go snowmobiling. See the sights in a sleigh ride, or tour local pubs. The Eat the Castle Tour is a perennial favourite. How about an afternoon session of mountain yoga?

Winter in Canmore - Snowshoeeing
Photo: Banff & Lake Louise Tourism Noel Hendrickson

Winter in Canmore - Pub with friends
Photo: Noel Hendrickson

Winter in Canmore - Ice Skating

Lace Up Your Skates

Love skating? You’re in luck! Canmore has five outdoor ice rinks. Bring the kids for an afternoon fun skate, or come after dark and skate under the stars. Some ice rinks allow sticks and pucks for pick-up hockey games as well. Check the Canmore winter activities page for rink openings and schedules.

Strap On Your Snowshoes

Snowshoeing is a great way to see the spectacular beauty of Kananaskis country, and it’s great exercise, too! Choose a snowshoe trail based on how experienced you are and how long a hike you want to try. Dress for the weather, and let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to be back. Remember to check the bear report before you leave!

Photo: Noel Hendrickson

Winter in Canmore - Fatbiking
Photo: Jeff Barlett

Get Ready to Ride

You might be excited about all the fun winter activities in Canmore, but disappointed at giving up biking for the year. Don’t despair! The new fat biking trend allows you to ride snowy trails. There are plenty of fat biking trails in Kananaskis country where you can get a great workout in the beautiful outdoors. If you’re new to fat biking, check out these etiquette tips for fat biking in the winter. There are plenty of bike shops and winter sport shops where you can rent a fat bike in Canmore.

The Adventure Never Ends

In Canmore, there’s something for every season. Locals and visitors alike find plenty of winter activities in Canmore to get you out of the house and into a snowy wonderland. In our next blog, we’ll talk about some of the exciting winter & holiday events coming to Canmore. Until then, have fun in the drifts!

Winter in Canmore: Dining
Photo: Noel Hendrickson

Winter in Canmore - Kids Skiing
Photo: Noel Hendrickson