Must-See Nature Spots Around Canmore

Nestled within the Canadian Rockies, Canmore has no shortage of outdoor activities to experience. This small town never fails to provide visitors with much-needed reconnection to nature, no matter what time of year you decide to come and explore. 

Because of this, we decided to put together five of our favourite outdoor activities for the nature-lovers out there.

Ha Ling Peak

Located in Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park, Ha Ling Peak is a 7.24km out & back route that is considered to be fairly challenging. This peak offers arguably the most rewarding views out of all of the hikes in Bow Valley, as it is approximately 3385 feet above Canmore and offers 360 views. Keep in mind that if you will be hiking in the winter months, many experienced hikers suggest micro crampons because of possible slick spots.

Three Sisters Pathway

The Three Sisters Pathway is a great option for those with littles that love to bike ride. Rent bikes from Rebound Cycle and explore this nearly 10km route, winding in between the foothills of the Rockies.

Trail Ride with Boundary Ranch

Boundary Ranch is located 35 minutes outside of Canmore and offers amazing trail ride experiences on horseback. They have a variety of trail rides to choose from depending on how long you’d like your experience to be and what views you’d like to see. They even offer a trail ride that ends with a BBQ burger lunch, which is one of their most popular experiences. Boundary Ranch states that kids six and older are able to join the trail rides. Alternatively, they offer pony rides for kids.

Grassi Lakes Trail

Grassi Lakes Trail is located in Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park and is a moderately challenging trail. At 3.38km, it is a fairly quick route, taking an average of 1 hour and 20 minutes to complete. Similar to its sister trail, Ha Ling Peak, hikers suggest crampons for the winter months due to potential slippery areas. In the summer, it makes for an excellent family hike.

Policeman’s Creek Boardwalk

Widely regarded as a super easy, family-friendly route, Policeman’s Creek Boardwalk is a scenic trail that starts in Canmore’s downtown core. The trail is approximately 4.8km that winds alongside small bodies of water and through forested areas. The entrance is located near the Big Head Sculpture on 8th Street. Grab a coffee and croissant from Communitea Cafe and head out on your adventure.

Have fun adventuring (and don’t forget to hydrate)!

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