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As the upcoming winter season is quickly approaching, it’s time to start planning things to do in Canmore, Alberta, to make the most out of your vacation. There are so many exciting Canmore activities to experience, creating endless fun and lifelong memories.

With so much to do, be sure to stay somewhere close to all the action. Nestled in the heart of Canmore, the elegant suites at Spring Creek Vacations are located just minutes away from exciting winter adventures including hiking, cross-country skiing and skating. It is also central to small businesses and stores, where local events and activities create a vibrant and lively atmosphere. To help you plan an unforgettable trip, this article provides just a few things to do in Canmore in winter. 

Things To Do In Canmore In Winter #1: Cross-Country Skiing at Canmore Nordic Centre

A woman in a red jacket and her dog are cross-country skiing across a snowy landscape with mountains in the background.

Developed to host the 1988 Olympic Winter Games cross-country ski events, the Canmore Nordic Centre is a must-see. As one of the few operational Nordic Skiing venues in the world, people travel from all over to experience the extensive recreational ski trails. The Nordic Centre is a great place to visit whether you’re an experienced cross-country skier, or are new to the sport, as it offers both rentals and lessons. Located only five minutes away from Canmore’s town center, people from across Alberta, Canada and the world come to participate in and be spectators at world-class events that the Nordic Centre hosts. 

Things To Do In Canmore In Winter #2: Enjoy Other Winter Sports Like Ice skating, Tobogganing and Snowshoeing 

If cross-country skiing is not on the agenda for your trip, be sure to check out some of the other winter sports Canmore Nordic Centre offers, or winter activities within the community. The Centre offers skating, tobogganing, winter disc golf, and snowshoeing at its facility. Though, that’s not the only place people go skating and snowshoeing. Canmore sets the scene for winter fun within the community, where you can wild ice skate on frozen lakes. Be sure to follow the Town of Canmore’s guide to outdoor ice rinks, which includes locations open for skating and safety precautions. 

A mother and father hold their two children while sledding through the snow in Canmore Alberta, dressed warmly for the cold snowy weather, with bright, sunlight trees in the background.

Things To Do In Canmore In Winter #3: Experience Canmore Winter Hikes

A wintery view of the Bow River by the Canmore Engine Bridge, with the snowy mountains and forests in the background, and fresh snow on the ground.

Embark on a winter hike through the Grotto Canyon, located just ten minutes from the town of Canmore and Spring Creek Vacations. Starting at the Grotto Pond, travel along the narrow-walled Grotto Canyon trail to the glistening frozen waterfalls. Just before reaching the waterfall at the end of the trail, you can catch a glimpse of the Hopi pictographs, which were painted 500 to 1,000 years ago. As this path is roughly four kilometres and does not have a steep incline, it is a great activity for all ages.

One of Canmore’s best winter hikes is adventuring the Bow River Loop. This classic walk offers exceptional panoramic mountain views, illustrating the ultimate winter wonderland. Another science walk that’s fun for the whole family is the Three Sisters Pathway. Journey along the Bow River and take a stroll on the multi-use pathway that provides amazing views of the surrounding mountains. 

Things To Do In Canmore In Winter #4: Visit a Cafe And Indulge In Delicious Winter Treats

After an exciting day of winter activities, warm up and relax with a cup of hot chocolate. Canmore has plenty of coffee shops that offer a wide range of tasty treats, delicious drinks, and a cozy atmosphere.

If you’re interested in being adventurous with your hot chocolate, Cacao 70 has various styles of hot chocolate, including Cookie and Crème, Chai and Earl Grey. Whether you’re stopping in for brunch or looking for a sweet treat, be sure to try The Summit Cafe or JK Bakery Cafe and have a taste of their diverse menu. If you’re trying to find a healthy alternative or have dietary restrictions, visit Communitea Cafe for a fresh and flavourful meal and a vibrant ambience. And if you’re on the hunt for a nearby caffeine hub, The Pulse Coffee Bar & General Store offers a delicious menu of quick bites and delectable hot drinks to cozy up with (and is just a short walk from our Spring Creek Vacations’ vacation rentals).

Two hands with knit mittens in a light grey colour hold a white ceramic mug with hot coffee, a perfect winter treat to get cozy with.

Things To Do In Canmore In Winter #5: Check Out Canmore Winter Activities and Events

An outdoor Christmas market at night with a light up Christmas tree, artisan stalls and cobbled roads.

During all seasons, Canmore is filled with inclusive community events and activities—but the winter is when the fun really begins. The annual Canmore Christmas Artisans’ Market takes place on November 19 and 20, and this year it’s happening at two locations: the Canmore Seniors Centre and the Canmore Civic Centre. Established in 1996, this festive market welcomes the holiday season with quality handmade items, celebrating the work of artists and artisans in the community.

In addition to artistic and enlightening exhibits, the Canmore Museum hosts events and activities. If you’re looking to explore your artistic side, artsPlace Canmore is a place where community meets creativity. Check out their upcoming winter events where there’s something for everyone, including live music, comedy shows and movie screenings. 

With all of these spectacular winter activities and events, lifelong memories are sure to be made while visiting Canmore. Looking for more things to do in Canmore year-round? Check out Spring Creek Vacations’ travel blog for more ideas and travel tips. For more information about things to do in Canmore during winter, or to book one of Spring Creek Vacations’ Canmore vacation rentals for your winter vacation, browse our vacation rentals or contact us today.

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