If you love the outdoors, then Canmore is an ideal place to call home. With 71 kilometres of hiking, biking and walking trails within the town limits (and hundreds more on the outskirts), there’s wide-open outdoor space and idyllic land to explore year-round.
Canmore is close to 4 world-class ski resorts, and home to the Nordic Centre, where visitors, tourists, and residents can enjoy cross-country skiing, biking, hiking, disk golf, and more. Kayaking, canoeing, and rafting are also popular pastimes. The people who call Canmore home are energetic and love the adventurous, outdoor lifestyle afforded by a town that takes care to preserve the land.
The Courtyard at Stewart Creek in the Three Sisters Mountain Village is at the heart of it all, and residents will tell you that they are in continuous wonder and amazement of the beauty that surrounds them.
However, not every day has to be filled with adrenaline-pumping adventures. In fact, one of the most significant measures of quality of life for a town’s resident is the availability of parks. Canmore is no slouch in this department as there’s abundant greenspace all over town.
Throughout the town, you’ll find family-friendly parks, off-leash dog parks (for your four-legged family members), and sports fields to enjoy after work games and weekend time with the kids.
Parks in Canmore
Did you know that there are 28 playgrounds within the town’s limits designed for kids ranging from 18 months to 12 years of age? That’s a lot of slides to go down!
Here are our top three favourite parks in Canmore:
If you are looking to play some sports after-work or on the weekends, Lions Park is the place to head. With a little league diamond and sports field, you can play baseball, soccer, football, rugby and even ultimate frisbee. There are tennis courts, too! This space also boasts not just one playground, but two! And, there are washrooms available to the public, so you could theoretically stay here all day.
If it’s a view you’re after, head down to Riverside Park. It has views of the Bow River, the Rundle Range, Ha Ling Peak, and the Three Sisters. Because of its spectacular beauty, it’s a popular site for weddings, birthday parties, and family gatherings. You could even drop in on an outdoor yoga class!
The location is ideal, too. It’s near downtown and 8th street, so even though you’re close to the “city,” you can still enjoy the great outdoors.
It also connects to other green spaces in Canmore such as Millennium and Lions Park.
Quarry Lake Park
This park is a testament to Canmore’s commitment to restoring and preserving the environment, as this land was once an old mining area, hence the name.
There’s a lake that’s over 100 metres deep, making the water only warm enough for swimming in July and August. There are lots of trails for hiking and biking, and it’s also connected to an off-leash dog park, so bring your pup along when you head out to this part of town.
Off-Leash Dog Parks in Canmore
Canmore is a dog-friendly town, and there are plenty of areas for your pup to run around and socialize without the constraints of a leash. There are five off-leash dog parks in total. Here are our three favorites (though they’re all pretty fantastic):
Quarry Lake Dog Park (on Glacier Drive)
There’s a lot of land for your pup to play fetch, jump for frisbees and run around with the pack!
Cougar Creek / Highway 1A Dog Park
Hop in the car and drive on over; there’s plenty of parking. There’s lots of room to run around, and a four-foot fence surrounds the property.
Hubman Dog Park
This one is the closest to Stewart Creek. It’s a smaller neighbourhood park, so it’s a perfect spot to make friends with the neighbours and their furry family members.
The sports fields in Canmore are perfect for family gatherings, social get-togethers, and even large, organized tournaments. There are several to choose from, and here are our three favourites:
This field is at the top of our list because it’s centrally located and near downtown, making it a convenient spot for youth practices, competitive tournaments and league play.
Eagle Terrace Field
As one of Canmore’s newest sports fields, Eagle Terrace is on the east side of town and has gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains, including Ha-Ling and Three Sisters. It’s also the home of most of the minor league soccer games.
If you’re looking for a regulation-sized baseball diamond, then Millennium Field should be your top pick. It’s also a new park and is widely believed to be the most beautiful.
As you can see, there’s no shortage of outdoor adventure in Canmore!