There are more adventures than one can do in a lifetime in the thousands of square kilometers of protected parks surrounding Canmore.
Hiking: There are more trails and more vistas than one can do in a lifetime in the thousands of square kilometers of protected parks surrounding Canmore. There are hikes leaving right from Grandview’s doorstep! Your hosts are very familiar with great destinations, and have a wealth of books and maps to go through (also available at Café Books). Or you can use a number of guided adventure companies like Nature in Focus. Perhaps a relaxing hike or yoga hike with Ronna? You can also try the Via Ferrata at the Norquay Ski area.
Cycling: Singletrack abounds in Canmore on both sides of the valley for outstanding mountain biking. This includes the Canmore Nordic Centre, which has an excellent mix of cross-country riding. Events include the 24 Hours of Adrenaline and Canada's National Cup cross-country races. There are singletrack routes all over Kananaskis, and some in Banff. Your Grandview hosts know all the best ones! You can also get a shuttle to Goat Creek for a very scenic 19km (mostly) downhill ride into Banff on an old fire road. Ask us about mountain biking the new HIgh Rockies Trail that will soon be 90 km in length - we can help you pick which portions to ride.
Road biking includes the Legacy Trail, a 27 km paved pathway between Canmore and Banff, that links up with a couple of great road rides in Banff National Park (Lake Minnewanka, or Mt Norquay). Cycle to the top of Highwood Pass - Canada's highest paved road (2206m or 7239 feet). Or shuttle to the Bow Valley Parkway in Banff for an outstanding road ride to Lake Louise and back (100 km). Bikes are available to rent from Rebound Cycle, Trail Sports, and Gear Up. Various tour operators, such as Canusa Cycle Tours, offer day and multi-day guided trips.
Sight Seeing: A chairlift takes you to gorgeous vistas at the Norquay Ski area. The Banff Gondola takes you to the top of Sulphur Mountain (or walk up and ride down). You can take a bus up to the Sunshine ski area and walk into alpine meadows. Various bus tours take visitors to the Ice Fields, or the Glacier Skywalk. Take a boat tour of Lake Minnewanka. Or just drive to a myriad of breath-taking areas. Your Grandview hosts can suggest some great road tours.
Paddling: Rent stand up boards, or canoes and paddle on your own in spectacular scenery. Book a rafting trip on the very fun Kananaskis River, or the Bow River out of Banff (Canadian Rockies Rafting, Kananaskis Whitewater Rafting, Rocky Mountain Raft Tours). Standup paddle boards available at Trail Sports at the Nordic Centre, Or check out Bow Valley Stand Up Paddleboarding - they are new in town!
Your Grandview Hosts know the nice spots to spend the day on the river, or a variety of lakes.
Sport Climbing: Excellent sport climbing exists in a variety of locations in Banff and Kananaskis, including at Grassi Lakes, right here in Canmore (see Kananaskis.com). Practice on the brand new climbing wall at Elevation Place.
Mountaineering and Ice Climbing: Guides are available for more adventurous climbing types, or take courses from Canada’s top mountain school here in Canmore (Yamnuska Mountain Adventures). Ice climbing is world-class in this area.
Skiing: There are 4 major downhill ski areas in Banff and Kananaskis including Sunshine, Lake Louise, Norquay, and Nakiska. Lessons and rentals available at each area. The world-class Canmore Nordic Centre is 5 minutes away from Grandview Chalet, and offers 65 km of groomed and natural trails for classic and skate skiing. Trail Sports, at the Centre, offers rentals, sales and lessons. Cross-country skiing is also available in many other nearby locations, that vary from groomed to naturally track-set. Alpine touring is very popular for those more adventurous. Guided tours and courses available through Yamnuska Mountain Adventures.
Skating: The Pond in Canmore is a popular 100m X 60m natural area that is maintained daily. Its open until 10 PM under lights. Lake Louise is a wonder to skate on, amongst ice carvings in front of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Or try the ice behind the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
Canmore Kananaskis tourism website: http://www.tourismcanmore.com/ This site takes you to a myriad of activities, and fun ways to spend the day.