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  • Writer's pictureRichard Greaves

Top 5 things to do in Canmore this summer!

Are you looking to get out and explore the stunning Canadian Rockies this summer? Then look no further than Canmore for an unforgettable experience. Situated between two national parks — Banff National Park in Alberta and Kootenay National Park in British Columbia –

Canmore offers some of the most incredible scenery, activities, attractions and accommodations that Canada has to offer! Whether you’re a serious outdoorsman searching for adventure or a sightseer searching for something new, it's safe to say there is something here for everyone.

To help make planning your Canmore trip less daunting, we’ve rounded up the top 5 things that should absolutely be on your list—so keep reading to discover what experiences await you in this magical mountain town!

Main street Canmore

Main street offers a unique summer experience. As the road traffic is closed off during the warmer months, the vibrant street transforms into a lively patio and dining area. With a variety of options ranging from cozy cafes to art galleries and world-class restaurants, there's something for everyone in this picturesque town. It's the perfect place to gather with friends and family, enjoy the sunshine and relax in the scenic mountain atmosphere. Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and truly immerse yourself in the beauty that is Mainstreet Canmore.

Places for coffee / sweet treats -

  1. Beamers - Main St

  2. Highline Cafe - Main St

  3. Eclipse - Main St

Places for a quick bite -

  1. JK Bakery - 7 Ave

  2. Rocky Mountain Bagel - Main St

  3. Harvest Cafe - 10 St

  4. Alder Cafe - Spring Creek Drive

Places for lunch / dinner

  1. Murrieta's Mountain Bar & Grill - Main St

  2. Crazyweed - Railway Ave

  3. The Wood - Main St

  4. Bridget Bar - Spring Creek Drive

  5. Iron Goat - Benchlands Trail

Canmore's Engine Bridge and Bow River stroll

Nestled in the heart of the beautiful town of Canmore lies a true engineering marvel - the engine bridge. Stretching across the breathtaking Bow River, this stunning piece of infrastructure is a sight to behold. The engine bridge has been a vital link for locals and visitors alike, connecting the two sides of the river and allowing for easier access to the town's many attractions. Here you can have a scenic walk along the Bow River and loop back towards downtown. You can even stop for a picnic at Riverside Park.

Policeman's Creek in Spring Creek

Policeman's Creek is an enchanting spring that meanders through Spring Creek. The creek gets its name from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers who used to stop by the creek on their patrols. With its crystal clear waters bubbling over rocks and through pools, Policeman's Creek offers shelter to a wide variety of wildlife and flora. It's a great place for a stroll, with picturesque scenery, you can even stop for a coffee at The Pulse inside The Malcolm Hotel.

Quarry Lake

Quarry Lake in Canmore is a natural oasis of blue-green water surrounded by soaring cliffs. The lake was formed by a former limestone quarry, which explains its striking depth and clarity. Visitors to Quarry Lake can enjoy a refreshing swim in the summer months or test their paddleboarding skills. The area is a popular spot for hiking and mountain biking, with several trails traversing the surrounding hillsides. It is also a great place for a picnic!

Three Sisters viewpoint
Three Sisters viewpoint

Three Sisters viewpoint

Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a nature enthusiast, this easy route is perfect for all. With an average completion time of just 15 minutes, you can enjoy a peaceful stroll and take in the scenic beauty at your own pace. Be sure to bring your furry friends along, as dogs are welcome on a leash. This trail offers stunning views all year round, and if you're looking for that iconic photograph of the Three Sisters, this is the place to visit! Bear Spray recommended.


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