The beautiful Rocky Mountains are home to an incredible region known as Banff, a national park area with stunning snow-capped peaks, sparkling glacial lakes and quaint mining towns such as Canmore. Located in southern Alberta, this area is a majestic mountain playground teeming with wildlife and opportunities for outdoor adventures, including hiking, fishing, boating, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding and more. A recreational hot spot year-round, Banff is a gorgeous vacation area with quiet trails, a serene natural environment and unending mountain landscapes.
Stroll around the quaint downtown and enjoy shopping and dining set against spectacular mountain scenery. Soar above the landscape on a gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain, or go deep underground in the Canmore Caverns, known for their spectacular geological formation and exposed fossils. golf enthusiasts will enjoy Silvertip and Steward Creek golf courses.
For a true taste of Canada, spend some time in the Banff National Park, one of Canada's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, an incredible wildness area with numerous glaciers, spectacular mountains and abundant wildlife.
Canmore Travel Tips
Packing Tip - If you're planning on hiking, a pair of good walking sticks will come hand on those steep downhill slopes.
Best Attraction - Canmore Nordic Centre, created for 1988 Winter Olympics, offers all sorts of expert trails.
Best Time to Visit - Each season brings its own charm to this spectacular area, but prices reach their peak during the ski season and in the summer.
Crazyweed Kitchen A combination cafeteria and gourmet foods shop, this charming restaurant serves specialty pizzas, creative sandwiches, fresh soups and artisan sandwiches. Enjoy lunch al fresco on the patio or take your meal to go – and don't forget to pick up gourmet sauces for tasty souvenirs.
Mountain Flatbread Co. Dine at this Canadian chain for dishes made with local produce, organic ingredients and sustainable seafood. Choose from a menu of pastas, soups, salads and gourmet pizzas, including varieties with gluten-free crusts.
Murrieta's Inspired by rustic and romanticism and fine dining, Murrieta's take patrons to another time in a very elegant way. From wild game to curry, prosecco to champagne and crème brulee to gelato, Murrieta's eclectic menu pays homage to the opulence the beautiful and intriguing landscape that is Canada.
Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show Why just have dinner when guests can have dinner, laugh and sing along? Guests make dinner a once-in-a-lifetime experience at this unique restaurant. Patrons are led on songs with the in-house mountie, hockey player, and other characters that define Canada.
The Trough Dining Co. Restaurant A cozy Canmore restaurant with ten tables and an intimate atmosphere, The Trough is a family-owned establishment that is open for dinner and features innovative dishes such as jerk spiced baby back ribs, crispy basil polenta and duck spring rolls.
Banff National Park Shops Along with spectacular mountains and glacial lakes, you'll also find gift shops with unique items and regional souvenirs in Banff National Park. Pick up scenic postcards, wildlife videos, souvenir keepsakes and sporting goods in Banff.
Canmore Art Galleries The beautiful Banff region is home to numerous artists, and you can peruse their works in Canmore's many art galleries. Shop for fine art or just enjoy paintings of the scenic area in oil, acrylic and watercolors.
Cascade Plaza Banff's premier shopping and dining destination, this shopping plaza features retail galleries selling clothing, accessories, sporting goods, books, electronics, specialty gifts and more. Parking is free and underground.