Twinkling lights, vast alpine vistas, silent snowfall, and crackling hearths warm hearts as the festive celebrations of the winter season kick off. It’s a time for retail therapy, family, relaxation, Canmore activities, and quiet reflection. The bright stars and snowflakes reflect in the windowpanes of Canmore.
About the Canmore Nordic Centre
Canmore residents have all this magnificent beauty at their fingertips as a young and lively community with an appreciation for nature and unbounded zest for life. There is a definite pull toward the outdoors when you live steps away from unlimited adventure.
Only a ten-minute drive from The Courtyard at Stewart Creek lies another jewel in the crown of the Canadian Rockies - the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park. Covering an area of about 470 hectares, the provincial park abuts the Town of Canmore, and is a pleasant hour-long drive from neighbouring Calgary.
The Canmore Nordic Centre offers so much more than just leisure and action: there is an air of mystery and wonder here, too. It was initially developed as a host station for the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, and its spectacular views, slopes and cross-country skiing tracks made the area an obvious choice.
A tradition of excellence has been upheld in this fascinating coal-mining-turned-Olympic-host town. The Centre complements the best parts of Canmore including the aquamarine lakes, mountain peaks, and sparkling Bow River. It remains a prime winter sports destination for both Alberta locals and visitors from around the world.
Connected to Nature
Not surprisingly, winter is a popular time of year in Canmore. The town is abuzz with excited people looking to enjoy the unique snowscapes and the breathtaking scenery. Thanks to its close proximity to the town, the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park offers visitors an excellent variety of options for accommodation and entertainment.
Nature is at its finest in and around the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park. It is a popular getaway all year round but really outdoes itself during the winter months when cross-country skiers, fat bikers, snowshoers and winter hikers flock to the park. A plethora of interesting trails are just waiting to be explored, and there are pristine winter camping grounds at McLean Creek and Mount Kidd RV Park, both about 45 minutes away from the Centre itself.
Winter Activities at the Canmore Nordic Centre
As the nip in the air turns to snow days and hot chocolate by the fire, the adventurous spirit of Canmore really kicks in. Activities are not only for the active among the crowd, but for enthusiastic spectators who want a chance to enjoy it all from inside the warm visitor's centre - sipping on a handmade cappuccino and snack on delicious treats.
Trails and Tales
The natural snow trails on Mount Rundle cover more than 65 kilometres of varied technical levels and terrain.
For more than forty years, the Canmore Nordic Centre has hosted world-class events in this pristine snowy haven.
Residents at The Courtyard have easy access to all-age fun at the Canmore Nordic Centre, and it isn't only on the cross-country skiing front. The whole family will be spinning stories around the fire about their ice skating, snowshoeing, fat biking, tobogganing antics. There is even a Frisbee golf game on the snow called disc golf.
A Proud Heritage
The Canmore Nordic Centre is held in high regard. Its Olympic-level standards are carefully maintained, and the safety of its patrons remains a top priority. The biathlon range has been a favourite for many athletes over the years, and the real-time webcam forms part of an impressive live grooming trail report available online.
A top-class facility in all aspects, the Centre has been a beloved destination in Alberta for quite some time. The staff and service here are excellent, the facilities are extensive, and the location is unbelievably beautiful.
One of the simplest and best attributes is the central meadow offering majestic views of the Rocky Mountains. It is accessible from almost every one of the trails. The meadow even boasts a warming hut as a toasty welcome to happy wanderers.
A Canmore Perspective
In the end, life is what we make it, and with the peaks, crags, rivers, and lakes surrounding Canmore, it is a pretty amazing life here.
In fact, the young at heart will probably be spending a lot of time at the Canmore Nordic Centre - and why not?
Living so close to such a stunning location is a luxury afforded by only a handful of lucky people.