4 Unforgettable Ways to Experience Canmore in Winter

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Canmore is a small, picturesque town near Banff on the eastern slopes of Alberta’s Canadian Rockies. It’s a town that proves you don’t need to get on a plane to enjoy world-class skiing, hiking, and mountain biking. It’s all right here.

The following are four unforgettable ways you can experience winter in Canmore.

The Wapta Ski Traverse

This is the ultimate Canadian rockies hut-to-hut ski tour, spreading miles across vast glaciers and peaks,  through one of the favourite winter playgrounds in the country.

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The four day journey starts in Canmore, and accommodations are provided by the Alpine Club of Canada, where communal facilities are equipped with propane stoves. Water for drinking, cooking and washing are provided too.

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Evening meals are included and breakfast, lunch and trail snacks can be purchased in packages for the journey. All are prepped by the acclaimed in-house chef.

The Ghosts Of Fortune Mountain Sledding

An unforgettable two-day dog sledding winter getaway — you’ll get a chance to travel over 80 kilometres through a variety of a trails, while keeping your team on track over the frozen expanse of Spray Lakes. Ghosts of Fortune Mountain Sledding is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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After your first day dog sledding, you’ll have time to relax and feed your four-legged companions as you cozy up to the warm glow of your campfire.

Delicious meals are included and cooked fireside while you sip on hot drinks and share exciting stories before snuggling up for the night.

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Expedition style tens are included and lined with furs and cozy “North Face Inferno” sleeping apparel. Perfect for anyone sensitive to the cold.

The next day you’ll be off the races on a full excursion beyond anything you’ve ever experienced.

Three Sisters Peaks Helicopter Tour

Take a break from skiing and dog sledding and hop on a helicopter. This tour will be the most action packed 12 minutes of your life.

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It’s a unique view and way to explore the beauty of Canmore and surrounding areas.

The adventure takes you past the Three Sisters Peaks, Spray Valley and the Goat Range where you can see the variety of colors in the Spray Lakes.

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The flight returns with views of the Bow River as it circles back to Canmore.

Guided Fishing on the Athabasca River

Canmore’s location, near some of the city’s top national parks, rivers, and cities, makes it an ideal home base for day trip adventures.

Photo credit: Peggy2012CREATIVELENZ
Photo credit: Peggy2012CREATIVELENZ

In fact, just a few hours northwest of Canmore is some of the best chartered fishing in Alberta, offered by Reel Angling Adventures. Anglers of all abilities levels can embark on river and lake fishing (and ice fishing) excursions across the province with these Alberta-based experts. There’s no better way to experience the beauty and bounty of the Canadian wilderness — no matter the season.

Regardless of the four unforgettable ways you choose to experience Canmore, you won’t regret it and will have plenty of photos to brag about your adventures.

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About the Author: Courtney McCaffrey

Courtney McCaffrey is a freelance writer and editor based in Wilmington, N.C. In addition to writing, she lives for travel - seeing new places, learning new cultures and surfing new waves.

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