Most people visiting the Rockies think of Banff first because of the area's reputation as Canada's foremost National Park. However, Canmore, just five minutes away from the borders of the park and only twenty minutes from Banff, has many beautiful sights and attractions. A glance at any list of fun things to do near Banff, AB, will convince guests at our luxurious Clique Hotels & Resorts that they have made a wise decision to locate in Canmore to take advantage of the many possibilities in this remarkable area.
No matter which season you visit, and regardless of your tastes and budget, you are guaranteed to find an activity or attraction in Canmore that you'll love. Exceptional galleries, superb mountain biking, hiking and walking tours, trail systems, live music and drama, festivals, breathtaking mountain golf, fishing, caving, and mountaineering await your presence.
This Provincial Park was developed for the 1988 Olympics. It features spectacularly groomed cross-country ski trails ranging from quiet forest routes to challenging, world-class biathlon trails. Night skiing is along a 6.5 km illuminated track.
In summer, their single track mountain biking trails for rookies or experts make Canmore one of the top centres in North America. The 70 kilometres (38 miles) of mapped trails give cyclists and hikers a chance to view wildlifesuch as deer, bears and cougars, as well as some astounding scenery. Aside from biking, visitors looking for fun things to do near Banff, AB can participate in an 18-hole disc golf course or four orienteering courses.
Nearby massive ski areas are so well known throughout the world, they hardly need more mention here. Visitors looking for fun things to do near Banff, AB will eagerly seek out one or more of the three major sites:
Sunshine Village boasts the longest ski season in Canada and the world's fastest 8-passenger gondola.Lake Louise Ski Area is Canada's single largest ski area, offering 18 square kilometres (11 square miles) and 11 lifts including a gondola from which you might see a glacier or a wild grizzly bear in its natural habitat.
Ski Norquay is only 25 minutes from Canmore enabling you to get in more skiing, sooner each day. Although some ski teams may find the terrain steep, it is quite family-friendly. Norquay is the only local hill offering hourly rates, so you pay only for the time you ski.
Lake Minnewanka, the largest lake in Banff National Park and one of the most picturesque, is also the only lake that allows powerboats. Guides in three glass-enclosed tour boats entertain their visitors as they interpret the area's history, geology, flora and fauna. The company also offers charter fishing and boat rentals for those inquiring about fun things to do near Banff AB.
Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours are considered one of the top ten winter activities in Canada. A relationship based on respect, acceptance and family values exists between dogs and handlers. The company's attitudes, experience, and expertise in their touring, racing, and conservation endeavours make their sled dog tours unique for all.
Howling Dog Tours operating out of Canmore, promises romantic, thrill seeking adventures in a tranquil setting. Summer Kennel Tours allow you tointeract with 190 Alaskan, Siberian and Seppala Huskies, as well as meet Iditarod and Yukon Quest race veteran dogs. When trying to enjoy fun things to do near Banff AB, watch up to twelve dogs run on the largest North American Dog Treadmill….forty feet long, and humanely designed to protect the dogs.
Mad Dogs & Englishmen Expeditions besides offering summer and winter kennel tours, provides Ski-Joring clinics which combine dog sledding with skiing. Their packages range from two hour to multi-day trips, and give you the options of relaxing in the warmth of your sled, or becoming a real musher on the back.
For a fun night out in a homey atmosphere, choose a quality, award-winning professional production by Cornerstone Theatre & Restaurant Rave reviews and nightly sold out houses testify to the popularity of this premiere attraction for arts in the Bow Valley. Look also for other productions by this entertaining group such as Broadway smash hits, and enjoy acting and food described by visitors as "absolutely outstanding".
Golfers from around the world gravitate to the Canmore area when seeking out fun things to do near Banff, AB. Stewart Creek Golf Course, Silver Tip Golf Course, Brewster's Kananaskis Golf Course, Banff Springs and the Canmore Golf and Country Club are bound to capture your imagination. As you play through ever-changing mountain terrain, you'll pass through or by forests, streams, rivers, lakes, a population of elk, and even abandoned mine shafts.
Visit our Preferred Golf Resort, Stewart Creek Golf Course:
The Calgary Zoo is the second largest zoo in Canada with more than 1000 animals from all over the world. Explore strange and wonderful creatures in exotic habitats from Africa to the Arctic. Stroll through butterfly gardens and tropical foliage. And step back to the land before time in Prehistoric Park. No visit to Calgary is complete without a visit to its world-class Zoo.
Home to the world's highest elevation observation deck, the Calgary Tower provides great sightseeing, entertainment, and dining for visitors and locals alike! Great vistas of Calgary's downtown, as well as great views of the nearby Rocky Mountains. For the truly daring, a walk on the glass-bottom floor will really give you a unique view of the city!
Every July, the world-famous Calgary Stampede draws millions of visitors looking to enjoy a unique rodeo and festival experience. Often called "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth," the event has been held since 1912 and features the world's largest rodeo, dozens of stage shows and concerts, a parade, and much more. The festivities extend outside the fairgrounds too: for the ten days of the festival the whole city comes alive in celebration. It is truly a one of a kind experience.
The Telus SPARK is Canada's newest science centre, with over a decade of planning and construction now complete. Brand new exhibits, temporary and travelling installations, and a domed theatre provide fun for visitors of all ages.
The spirit of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games is still very alive in Calgary, AB. Come check out Canada Olympic Park, just outside of downtown Calgary, with skiing and snowboarding, bobsled rides, summer camps, mountain biking, hockey, ziplining and more! There's an activity or adventure awaiting you year-round at Canada Olympic Park!
Come experience Western Canada's largest outdoor family amusement park! With over 32 rides, lots of attractions, entertainment, and food serivces - it's sure to be a blast for the whole family. Admission to the park includes unlimited rides and access to all the attractions and shows.
Experience "How the West was Once", at Calgary's Heritage Park. Ride a steam train, visit a historic village, and meet pioneers as you journey back to Western Canada's colouful and vibrant history. Heritage Park also offers great seasonal events, as well as unique wedding and event space, too!
Combining a museum, art gallery, library and archives all under one roof, Glenbow boasts over a million artifacts and some 28,000 works of art in its vast collections and is one of the largest museums in Canada.