Canmore features some of the most densely-packed opportunities for outdoor adventure of any town in the world. Situated right at the base of the majestic Canadian Rockies, the area is a treasure trove for those who enjoy hiking, camping, skiing, fishing, mountain biking, and just about anything else you can do outside.
The following are just a few of the most incredible day trip experiences to be had within an hour and a half from your new home here at The Courtyard at Stewart Creek. Pack your bags and join us as we venture into the wilds of some of Canada’s most incredible natural features.
Banff National Park
Of all the potential day trips from Canmore, this one is probably the most well-known, and for good reason. Banff features some of the most stunning natural splendour imaginable, with views unlike anywhere else in the world. Here are a few areas to check out when you visit:
Lake Louise – 1 hour 16 minutes away
Lake Louise is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the entire park; thousands of photographers have captured the pristine blue waters and soaring mountain peaks at this spot, but it’s something else entirely to see it for yourself. Be sure to get here either in the early morning or the late afternoon to avoid the biggest crowds!
Peyto Lake – 1 hour 25 minutes away
Another glacier-fed wonder, Peyto Lake can be easily accessed right from the Icefields Parkway. If you want to make a full day of it, you could even visit both this spot and Lake Louise, as they are rather close together off the same route. Regardless of what you do, you’re sure to find adventure and gorgeous panoramic views in this natural paradise.
Plain of Six Glaciers – 1 hour 6 minutes away
If you’re looking for something a bit more involved, the Plain of Six Glaciers hike is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful treks in the entire park. Best of all, it’s also one of the most accessible! This gentle, 15km hike takes about five hours round-trip and offers a suitably charming rest stop at the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse along the way.
Though often overlooked by tourists seeking the sights and sounds of Banff, Kananaskis Country holds the same level of beauty within its borders and offers tons of fun for an easy day trip from Canmore. If you’re searching for inspiration, here are a few of our favourite things to do in the area:
Kananaskis River – 17 minutes away
In the summer months, the Kananaskis River is a white-water rafting utopia, flowing all the way through the winding passages of Horseshoe Canyon. The whole family can enjoy a day filled with sunshine, thrills, and amazing views on a guided tour of the area. If you’re looking to get a little wet, this is the best way to go.
Moose Mountain Fire Lookout – 1 hour 13 minutes away
Offering one of the most breathtaking 360-degree views in the region, the Moose Mountain Fire Lookout hike is a must-do for anyone looking to soak in the wonders of the Rockies from all directions. The hike itself is relatively easy, though the roughly 14.5km round trip will take you a good portion of the day at a relaxed pace. It’s entirely worth it, however, for the view at the top of the summit, as well as a quick peek at the historic fire lookout itself, built in 1974.
Bow Valley Provincial Park – 5-10 minutes away
If spending a relaxing day hanging out in pristine nature is up your alley, there’s no shortage of spots in Kananaskis Country. Bow Valley Park, however, might be one of the best and easiest to get to. Situated within Canmore itself, you won’t have to travel far at all to enjoy natural vistas, amazing campsites, and wide-open spaces.
Yoho National Park
Yoho is situated back-to-back with Banff, and though it isn’t quite as popular amongst tourists as its sister park, it still holds the same level of natural beauty just waiting to be explored.
Emerald Lake – 1 hour 26 minutes away
Continuing the trend of mind-blowing alpine water, Emerald Lake features insane views of the surrounding landscape, and is conveniently located right off of the Trans Canada Highway. Again, early morning or late evening are the best times to visit to avoid the crowds, but this area is gorgeous no matter when you visit.
Takkakaw Falls – 1 hour 28 minutes away
Takkakaw Falls is the second highest waterfall in all of Canada at 380 metres. This glacier-fed drop-off is a sight to behold, and the best time to see the area is the peak of the flow in late spring, when the heavy snows are melting.
As you can see, if you’re looking for unforgettable day trips from your front door at The Courtyard at Stewart Creek you certainly have your pick!