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Boredom Can't Breathe Up Here

The Area

About Canmore Kananaskis

Canmore Kananaskis, a picturesque and authentic mountain lifestyle community and surrounding region enveloped by the majesty of the Canadian Rockies and just one hour west of Calgary.

Here you will find award-winning festivals, world-class mountain sports, outstanding health and wellness, vibrant arts and culture, unique boutique shopping and remarkable dining experiences. And all of this is set amid an impressive mountain landscape offering limitless outdoor activity across an expanse of provincial parks, wildland reserves, emerald green waterways, unspoiled wilderness and snow-capped mountain peaks.

Whatever type of experience you’re looking for, you’ll find it in Canmore Kananaskis.


Canmore is an authentic mountain community, where real people from all walks of life live; including an impressive list of accomplished mountaineers, and Olympic athletes.  Here, you can take in the one-of-a-kind boutiques, eclectic art galleries or just enjoy the atmosphere without crowds of tourists huddled on jam-packed streets. In fact, in Canmore, laid back is a way of life. Even the rock climbers here like to put up their feet at a local pub after a thrill-packed day on a vertical cliff. That’s the beauty of Canmore!

Lively and popular annual events include the Canmore Folk Music Festival, Highland Games, Festival of Eagles and ArtSpeak Arts Festival


Kananaskis encompasses more than 4000 square kilometres (1544 square miles) of wildlands on the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies east and south of Canmore. Kananaskis Country’s boundaries range from rolling foothills where rushing creeks cascade through forests of aspen, pine and spruce, to knife-edge limestone ridges and jagged summits that cradle glaciers and sapphire-blue alpine lakes. The region also boarders Banff National Park, and is an ideal point to explore some of its renowned sights.
What all this boils down to is a sprawling wilderness playground right on Canmore’s doorstep begging to be explored by hiking boots, running shoes, canoe, road bike, horseback, whitewater raft, snowshoes, mountain bike, skis or with a fishing rod. Don’t forget your camera!

Stats & Facts

Town centre elevation:

1309 metres/4296 feet with surrounding summits reaching heights of 2936 metres (9,633 feet).

Geographic Location:

*106 KMS (66 miles) west of Calgary on the Trans-Canada Highway *22 KMS (12 miles) east of the Banff townsite on the Trans-Canada Highway.
Latitude: 51.087977, Longitude: -115.349418

Canmore Population:

In 1983 Canmore had a population of 2,763. Today we have 13,077 permanent residents and 3,890 non-permanent residents, making us the largest community in the Alberta Rockies. View detailed census.

Canmore Economy:

Driven by tourism & hospitality services and a mix of health & wellness, arts & culture and sports.


Canmore has a young, energetic, diverse and well-educated population that values a vigorous, outdoor adventure lifestyle that allows them to come home to comfort and amenities usually reserved for city life.

Official Canmore Kananaskis Visitors Guide

Travel Planner/Visitors Guide

Want the insider's scoop on your favourite place in the Canadian Rockies? Download the Official Visitors Guide to help plan your trip, find your next favourite restaurant or hike, and discover why you will want to keep coming back to Canmore Kananaskis.

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Travel Planners

Need even more information? Travel Alberta has a number of resources to help plan your Alberta adventures. Take a look at these official guides.

Official Alberta Travel Planner

If you're looking for inspiration, you'll find it here. Explore the pages in Places to Go and check out all the road trips. Start making lists of Things to Do when you get here, then flip to Plan Your Trip for everything you need to know to plan a perfect Alberta vacation.

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Alberta Accommodation Guide

Alberta's Official Accommodation Guide provides you with a list of all Approved Accommodations in Alberta. These accommodations are inspected each year by the Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association’s Quality Assurance Advisors to make sure they offer the quality and amenities you expect.

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Alberta Campground Guide

Alberta's Official Campground Guide provides you with a list of all Approved Campgrounds in Alberta. These campgrounds are inspected each year by the Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association’s Quality Assurance Advisors to make sure they offer the quality and amenities you expect.

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Explore Alberta Parks

Discover the hundreds of parks and recreation areas in Alberta. The Explore Alberta Parks Guide is also available from visitor information centres, Alberta Parks offices, Alberta Registries and Alberta Motor Association.

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