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Canmore

Canmore is Banff for locals, a former coal-mining town that reinvented itself as an outdoorsy hub during the 1988 Winter Olympics, when it hosted the cross-country skiing events. Spend time sitting in a downtown bar or cafe and you’ll quickly intuit that most of the population lives here because they love it – and no wonder! The hiking, cycling, skiing and spiky mountain vistas are magnificent, and the rock climbing – Canmore acts as HQ for the Alpine Club of Canada – is world-class. Quieter, cheaper and more relaxed than Banff, Canmore makes a good launching pad for the national park or the more hidden pleasures of Kananaskis Country to the south.

While not officially part of Banff National Park, Canmore is a mere 24km (15 miles) southeast of Banff Town and 7km (4.3 miles) from the park’s East Gate along Hwy 1.

Explore Canmore

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Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Canmore.

Top experiences

Whether it’s a guided tour of a historic landmark, private tasting of local delicacies, or an off-road adventure — explore the best experiences in Canmore.