Trail Riding near Canmore

Trail Riding near Canmore

Canmore & Kananaskis Country

The Canadian Rockies town of Canmore, located just 15-minutes from Banff National Park, is a town literally built around recreation and entertainment.

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From the 1890s up until the late 1970s, Canmore was a coal-mining town. When the mines closed in 1979 due to low demand for coal, it probably didn’t occur to people living there that the town had a future as a resort and recreation destination. The province dismantled most of the mining infrastructure over the next year, and the town’s population dwindled from 6,500 to a low of about 3,000. In many ways, Canmore became a blank slate, waiting for some new future to make its mark.

That came in 1980s, when the Canmore Nordic Center was constructed for the 1988 Winter Olympics, putting the town on the map as a recreation destination.

“That was really the turning point,” says Donna Trautman, manager of Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge in Canmore, and a long time resident.

The following decades would see incredible changes—the town became known not just for the Nordic Center, but also for the wide array of recreation activities it offers. The population boomed to its current 16,000, and an infrastructure to support tourism sprang up. Canmore now hosts a wide selection of stunning full service hotels, charming bed and breakfasts and every accommodation in between, as well as an eclectic collection of world-class restaurants, pubs and patios. Read more.

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Canmore & Kananaskis Country in Alberta, Canada

Considered to be the residential community of the area - but secretly is the HUB of the Bow Valley Community - Canmore has an established infrastructure geared towards an outdoor lifestyle mixed with all the facilities you need to enjoy your stay.

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Many accommodations in this area fill up for the summer holidays at a rapid pace. If you are planning on visiting the Canadian Rockies do not hesitate – the Bow Valley receives over 5 million visitors a year – the bulk of which visit in June – Sept. followed by a second wave for the ski season – book in advance.

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