Guidebook for Canmore

Jane & Shaun
Jane & Shaun
Tilmeldt i 2016
Jane & Shaun

Guidebook for Canmore

Food Scene
Only a short 5 minute walk from the condo, this lovely bistro offers great food and drinks after a busy day. Upstairs is gorgeous, worth a visit.
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Sage Bistro
1712 Bow Valley Trail
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Only a short 5 minute walk from the condo, this lovely bistro offers great food and drinks after a busy day. Upstairs is gorgeous, worth a visit.
In my opinion the best restaurant in Canmore for lunch and dinner. Extraordinary food and a great wine list. It is pricey, but lunch is a great way to try their amazing food without breaking the bank. And a secret tip is the afternoon happy hour menu from 3-5pm!
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Crazyweed Kitchen
1600 Railway Ave
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In my opinion the best restaurant in Canmore for lunch and dinner. Extraordinary food and a great wine list. It is pricey, but lunch is a great way to try their amazing food without breaking the bank. And a secret tip is the afternoon happy hour menu from 3-5pm!
By far the best pizza in town! Only a ten minute walk uphill from Falcon Crest, and hidden away in Canmore suburbia, you can eat in at Red Rock, or call them and have your pizza delivered. Their pizzas include the classics, but also some different offerings. My fave is the True North!
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Red Rock Pizza
1005 Cougar Creek Dr
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By far the best pizza in town! Only a ten minute walk uphill from Falcon Crest, and hidden away in Canmore suburbia, you can eat in at Red Rock, or call them and have your pizza delivered. Their pizzas include the classics, but also some different offerings. My fave is the True North!
Always a great place for lunch and dinner, Murrieta's now offers an outstanding breakfast 10am - 3pm on weekends. My personal favourite is the eggs Benedict, but the avocado smash looks awesome too!
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Murrieta's Mountain Bar & Grill
737 8 St
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Always a great place for lunch and dinner, Murrieta's now offers an outstanding breakfast 10am - 3pm on weekends. My personal favourite is the eggs Benedict, but the avocado smash looks awesome too!
The food here is outstanding, easily the best lunch in Canmore. Healthy food that tastes good! If you like your tea you will love this store, but their coffee is also amazing. It is busy, but you can pre-order online and take away if you like.
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Communitea Cafe
1001 6 Ave
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The food here is outstanding, easily the best lunch in Canmore. Healthy food that tastes good! If you like your tea you will love this store, but their coffee is also amazing. It is busy, but you can pre-order online and take away if you like.
Exceptionally good French bakery, well worth a visit. And it's only a 10 minute walk down Bow Valley Trail from the condo.
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Le fournil Bakery
1205 Bow Valley Trail
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Exceptionally good French bakery, well worth a visit. And it's only a 10 minute walk down Bow Valley Trail from the condo.
A local's favourite and the best breakfast in town. The huevos rancheros are to die for! This place is a 10 minute walk from the apartment, and away from the more touristy areas, so you get a real sense of how the locals live. It is very busy, so early is better. Line ups are common, but it turns people over fairly quickly. There's a great outdoor patio for the warmer months.
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The Summit Cafe
1001 Cougar Creek Dr
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A local's favourite and the best breakfast in town. The huevos rancheros are to die for! This place is a 10 minute walk from the apartment, and away from the more touristy areas, so you get a real sense of how the locals live. It is very busy, so early is better. Line ups are common, but it turns people over fairly quickly. There's a great outdoor patio for the warmer months.
Pinky's Diner at the Canmore Legion is Canmore's secret budget dinner spot! They have the best fish and chips, and the best burgers (bacon cheeseburger my favourite) for a reasonable price (quite hard to come by in Canmore!). Visit on Friday night for bingo, or play snooker/billiards and darts. This is a local favourite, and quite a different vibe to the more upmarket Canmore offerings. Well known food critic John Gilchrist gave it an 8/10!
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 3
834 7 St
Pinky's Diner at the Canmore Legion is Canmore's secret budget dinner spot! They have the best fish and chips, and the best burgers (bacon cheeseburger my favourite) for a reasonable price (quite hard to come by in Canmore!). Visit on Friday night for bingo, or play snooker/billiards and darts. This is a local favourite, and quite a different vibe to the more upmarket Canmore offerings. Well known food critic John Gilchrist gave it an 8/10!
If you are fussy about your coffee, this is the best place to visit! My personal favourite is the Rave White (flat white). This is the coffee we provide in all our properties, so you can enjoy it at home and on the go!
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Eclipse Coffee Roasters
702 Bow Valley Trail
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If you are fussy about your coffee, this is the best place to visit! My personal favourite is the Rave White (flat white). This is the coffee we provide in all our properties, so you can enjoy it at home and on the go!
Drinks & Nightlife
If you like a sports bar with ambience, you'll love this pub! Think wood cabin, with a great selection of beer that changes regularly. I'm a fan of the appetizer menu, the dry ribs are awesome! The outdoor patio is great for views and people watching. Tuesday night steak night is amazing value.
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The Wood Restaurant & Lounge
838 8 St
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If you like a sports bar with ambience, you'll love this pub! Think wood cabin, with a great selection of beer that changes regularly. I'm a fan of the appetizer menu, the dry ribs are awesome! The outdoor patio is great for views and people watching. Tuesday night steak night is amazing value.
The best patio in town! Huge patio with panoramic views of the Three Sisters and the entire north-facing mountains that sit over Canmore. A good selection of beer and wine, and the food is pretty good too. I recommend the appetizers for sure, have found the main meals a little hit and miss. Worth it for the view though, whether inside during winter or outside on the patio in summer.
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Iron Goat Pub & Grill
703 Benchlands Trail
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The best patio in town! Huge patio with panoramic views of the Three Sisters and the entire north-facing mountains that sit over Canmore. A good selection of beer and wine, and the food is pretty good too. I recommend the appetizers for sure, have found the main meals a little hit and miss. Worth it for the view though, whether inside during winter or outside on the patio in summer.
New to Canmore, and tucked away in the industrial area near Safeway, this brewery is worth a visit if you like craft beer. There's a little bit of food (the meat pies are awesome), but mostly just drinks. If you prefer your beer with food you can get Canmore Brewing Co beer at many restaurants and bars in town. The brewery is quiet, especially when Canmore is crazy-busy in summer, and it's nice sitting inside the actual brewery while enjoying a beer without all the crowds. They have started putting on live music at night too, something to look out for.
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Canmore Brewing Company
1460 Railway Ave
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New to Canmore, and tucked away in the industrial area near Safeway, this brewery is worth a visit if you like craft beer. There's a little bit of food (the meat pies are awesome), but mostly just drinks. If you prefer your beer with food you can get Canmore Brewing Co beer at many restaurants and bars in town. The brewery is quiet, especially when Canmore is crazy-busy in summer, and it's nice sitting inside the actual brewery while enjoying a beer without all the crowds. They have started putting on live music at night too, something to look out for.
They make the best gin ever! Cute, quiet and away from the tourist hotspots, this local company is just starting out and look to have a great future.
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Wild Life Distillery
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They make the best gin ever! Cute, quiet and away from the tourist hotspots, this local company is just starting out and look to have a great future.
The best cocktails in town! Small, cosy and with great ambience, this is an excellent place to start your evening. And if you are going to have a drink, you have to try the Tater Tots!
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Where The Buffalo Roam Saloon
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The best cocktails in town! Small, cosy and with great ambience, this is an excellent place to start your evening. And if you are going to have a drink, you have to try the Tater Tots!
Sightseeing
Not everyone can climb a mountain under their own steam! If that is out of the question for you (or it is winter and too cold to contemplate) then this is a great option to see the mountains from the top.
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Banff Gondola
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Not everyone can climb a mountain under their own steam! If that is out of the question for you (or it is winter and too cold to contemplate) then this is a great option to see the mountains from the top.
Parks & Nature
A fun paved biking trail that runs between Canmore and Banff. At around 16km long, it's a good workout, especially if you go from Canmore to Banff (more uphill). Hire bikes from Gear Up on Bow Valley Trail if you don't have any with you.
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Legacy Trail
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A fun paved biking trail that runs between Canmore and Banff. At around 16km long, it's a good workout, especially if you go from Canmore to Banff (more uphill). Hire bikes from Gear Up on Bow Valley Trail if you don't have any with you.
This is a great, easy mountain bike trail that starts from the Spray Valley (10 minutes drive from Canmore) and finishes at the Banff Springs hotel. 17km long, it is double track all the way, making it relatively easy for a less experienced mountain biker. End your trip with a cocktail at the Banff Springs or Park Distillery, then put your bike on the Roam transit bus and travel back to Canmore in style. Or you can utilize the services of one of the many bike transfer companies in town (they'll take you to the start of the trail, and pick you up in Banff), or if you feel fit, bike back to Canmore via the Legacy Trail. Time your trip on the bus for the morning if you can, it gets very busy!
Goat Creek Trail
This is a great, easy mountain bike trail that starts from the Spray Valley (10 minutes drive from Canmore) and finishes at the Banff Springs hotel. 17km long, it is double track all the way, making it relatively easy for a less experienced mountain biker. End your trip with a cocktail at the Banff Springs or Park Distillery, then put your bike on the Roam transit bus and travel back to Canmore in style. Or you can utilize the services of one of the many bike transfer companies in town (they'll take you to the start of the trail, and pick you up in Banff), or if you feel fit, bike back to Canmore via the Legacy Trail. Time your trip on the bus for the morning if you can, it gets very busy!
A lovely introduction to hiking in Canmore that suits all abilities. Only a few minutes out of town, and a relatively short hike that rewards you with two beautiful blue lakes and an amazing view of the Bow Valley. And if you like rock climbing (either to watch or participate) there's tonnes on the go at Grassi Lakes. This is a popular trail so if you seek peace and quiet, it's probably a little busy for you. But it's a great walk nevertheless, and a great way to acclimatize yourself to our altitude without too much exertion.
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Grassi Lakes Trail Head
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A lovely introduction to hiking in Canmore that suits all abilities. Only a few minutes out of town, and a relatively short hike that rewards you with two beautiful blue lakes and an amazing view of the Bow Valley. And if you like rock climbing (either to watch or participate) there's tonnes on the go at Grassi Lakes. This is a popular trail so if you seek peace and quiet, it's probably a little busy for you. But it's a great walk nevertheless, and a great way to acclimatize yourself to our altitude without too much exertion.
Banff National Park is an icon for a reason. There's something here for everyone. Check in at the visitor centre for up to date info on where to go, and how to get there.
Banff National Park Administration Building
101 Mountain Ave
Banff National Park is an icon for a reason. There's something here for everyone. Check in at the visitor centre for up to date info on where to go, and how to get there.
If you are looking for a tougher hike in town than Grassi Lakes, you may enjoy this one. Grab a coffee from Summit Cafe, and head up the hill for a steep climb to the top of the tree line (there's an old helipad to sit on) or right to the top of the mountain. Bear spray is a necessity. It's a solid 2 hours to the top, rewarded by great views of Canmore and the Bow Valley, and all within town limits.
Cougar Creek/Mount Lady MacDonald trail head
500 Benchlands Trail
If you are looking for a tougher hike in town than Grassi Lakes, you may enjoy this one. Grab a coffee from Summit Cafe, and head up the hill for a steep climb to the top of the tree line (there's an old helipad to sit on) or right to the top of the mountain. Bear spray is a necessity. It's a solid 2 hours to the top, rewarded by great views of Canmore and the Bow Valley, and all within town limits.
Entertainment & Activities
Beautiful in winter and summer, "the Lake" is my favourite place to downhill ski. The views from the Summit platter are incredible. You can buy a Louise Card before December 25th and take advantage of 3 free days and discounts on other days; perfect if you are staying for a week or more.
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The Lake Louise Sightseeing Lift and Gondola
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Beautiful in winter and summer, "the Lake" is my favourite place to downhill ski. The views from the Summit platter are incredible. You can buy a Louise Card before December 25th and take advantage of 3 free days and discounts on other days; perfect if you are staying for a week or more.
Awesome downhill skiing in winter, with the longest season in Canada. And just as beautiful to hike in summer, especially during wildflower season. If you are here for a couple of weeks skiing you might consider buying the Sunshine card (before December 25, buy from Safeway or SaveOn) to take advantage of 3 free days and discounts on your other days. Sunshine carpark fills up quickly, and it's a long walk from the back of the carpark (or worse, from up the road). There is a free bus from Banff this year (2017), with connections to/from Canmore - definitely worth considering as it drops you off at the gondola on the way up, and you can enjoy some apres ski in Banff on the way home.
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Sunshine Village
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Awesome downhill skiing in winter, with the longest season in Canada. And just as beautiful to hike in summer, especially during wildflower season. If you are here for a couple of weeks skiing you might consider buying the Sunshine card (before December 25, buy from Safeway or SaveOn) to take advantage of 3 free days and discounts on your other days. Sunshine carpark fills up quickly, and it's a long walk from the back of the carpark (or worse, from up the road). There is a free bus from Banff this year (2017), with connections to/from Canmore - definitely worth considering as it drops you off at the gondola on the way up, and you can enjoy some apres ski in Banff on the way home.
Are you a fan of disc golf? Then this is the course you are going to fall in love with! Almost a hike in itself, the scenery is amazing, and the course is challenging. You can hire discs at Trail Sports on-site, or buy them cheap downtown at Sports Experts. Don't forget to rent some bear spray at Trail Sports if you don't already have some - this is well and truly bear country. If you don't want quite such a challenging option, try the disc golf course at Three Sisters. Located on Riva Heights, it is 9 easy holes, and it's wide open. There is still wildlife up there - bears and elk are common, but it is not as risky as the Nordic Centre if you don't have bear spray.
Canmore Nordic Centre Disc Golf Course
1988 Olympic Dr
Are you a fan of disc golf? Then this is the course you are going to fall in love with! Almost a hike in itself, the scenery is amazing, and the course is challenging. You can hire discs at Trail Sports on-site, or buy them cheap downtown at Sports Experts. Don't forget to rent some bear spray at Trail Sports if you don't already have some - this is well and truly bear country. If you don't want quite such a challenging option, try the disc golf course at Three Sisters. Located on Riva Heights, it is 9 easy holes, and it's wide open. There is still wildlife up there - bears and elk are common, but it is not as risky as the Nordic Centre if you don't have bear spray.
Fantastic cross country skiing at this Olympic and World Cup facility located right here in Canmore. Public transport will take you right to the door, or there is plenty of parking out front.
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Canmore Nordic Centre
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Fantastic cross country skiing at this Olympic and World Cup facility located right here in Canmore. Public transport will take you right to the door, or there is plenty of parking out front.
Need your yoga fix while on holidays, or want to give it a try? This is by far the best yoga studio in town, with experienced instructors and a range of different types of classes. Give us a shout if you want some info or recommendations - we are regulars here!
Yoga Lounge The
826 8 St
Need your yoga fix while on holidays, or want to give it a try? This is by far the best yoga studio in town, with experienced instructors and a range of different types of classes. Give us a shout if you want some info or recommendations - we are regulars here!
Our local recreation centre offers a great indoor climbing gym, 2 indoor pools (complete with lazy river and water slides) and plenty of things to while away the time on a rainy or extra cold day. The climbing gym is absolutely amazing!
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Elevation Place
700 Railway Ave
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Our local recreation centre offers a great indoor climbing gym, 2 indoor pools (complete with lazy river and water slides) and plenty of things to while away the time on a rainy or extra cold day. The climbing gym is absolutely amazing!
The best bowling alley you will ever see! Great beers on tap, excellent pizza, and a wonderful vibe. Be sure to check their website for the many deals on offer each night.
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High Rollers
110 Banff Ave
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The best bowling alley you will ever see! Great beers on tap, excellent pizza, and a wonderful vibe. Be sure to check their website for the many deals on offer each night.
Small and cosy, a great night when it is cold or rainy outside.
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Lux Cinema Banff
229 Bear St
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Small and cosy, a great night when it is cold or rainy outside.
Arts & Culture
I can never get enough of huge stuffed animals! And I'd prefer to see them like this than running towards me down a trail.... Great museum of local culture and wildlife, including our indigenous history. Perfect for kids and a rainy day.
Luxton Museum of the Plains Indian
1 Birch Ave
I can never get enough of huge stuffed animals! And I'd prefer to see them like this than running towards me down a trail.... Great museum of local culture and wildlife, including our indigenous history. Perfect for kids and a rainy day.
There is always an eclectic mix of art, sculpture and jewellery in this gallery that keeps me coming back to visit on a regular basis. Well worth a look when you are in Banff.
Canada House Gallery
201 Bear St
There is always an eclectic mix of art, sculpture and jewellery in this gallery that keeps me coming back to visit on a regular basis. Well worth a look when you are in Banff.
Dip your toe into mountain art and culture at this fabulous gallery on Main St, Canmore. Say hi to the manager Betty, and let her help you choose a little something to take home as a memento of your visit!
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Avens Gallery
101-710 8 St
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Dip your toe into mountain art and culture at this fabulous gallery on Main St, Canmore. Say hi to the manager Betty, and let her help you choose a little something to take home as a memento of your visit!
Gorgeous gallery whose works we love to showcase in our properties. Pop in if you are strolling around Canmore, it's worth a visit. You might be lucky and get to chat to Jason or Belinda, who are usually on hand to help out and chat to visitors.
Carter-Ryan Gallery
705 8 St
Gorgeous gallery whose works we love to showcase in our properties. Pop in if you are strolling around Canmore, it's worth a visit. You might be lucky and get to chat to Jason or Belinda, who are usually on hand to help out and chat to visitors.
I cannot get enough of Brandon's photography, and it is very reasonably priced (especially for the smaller pieces). If you love wildlife, this is great local souvenir to take home.
Brandon T. Brown Wilderness Gallery
826 8 St
I cannot get enough of Brandon's photography, and it is very reasonably priced (especially for the smaller pieces). If you love wildlife, this is great local souvenir to take home.
Shopping
Gear Up can rent you anything you need for winter or summer sports. Bikes, ski's, ice climbing gear - you name it, they've got it!
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Gear Up
1302 Bow Valley Trail
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Gear Up can rent you anything you need for winter or summer sports. Bikes, ski's, ice climbing gear - you name it, they've got it!
A fantastic selection of books and gifts, not to mention excellent Devonshire Tea's! One of my favourite Canmore stores by far.
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Cafe Books Ltd
826 8 St
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A fantastic selection of books and gifts, not to mention excellent Devonshire Tea's! One of my favourite Canmore stores by far.
The best handmade chocolate this side of Belgium! Worth a trip to the south side of Canmore. You can combine it with lunch at the Iron Goat, or a visit to Summit Cafe!
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Le Chocolatier
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The best handmade chocolate this side of Belgium! Worth a trip to the south side of Canmore. You can combine it with lunch at the Iron Goat, or a visit to Summit Cafe!