A dream day in Canmore
The picturesque town of Canmore, Alta, located within Treaty 7 Territory, is one of those places that gets better each time you visit. Just when you think you’ve seen everything it has to offer, take another look. There are a multitude of hidden gems that the locals know and love, but if I had a single day to spend in Canmore, this is what I’d do:
I’d start the morning on the patio at The Summit Café, sipping a steaming hot cup of organic, fair-trade coffee while soaking up the scenic surroundings. This fully license.d family-friendly establishment has been a local favourite since 1999, and it’s easy to see why. Not only is the freshly roasted java delicious, it offers all-day breakfast, a full lunch menu, kids’ menu, specialty drinks,and fresh baked goods. It even has gluten- and dairy-free options, and their takeaway boxed lunches are ideal to grab-and-go for whatever daytrip you have on the agenda.
Get your body moving on the South Canmore River Trails that wind their way along the Bow River’s beautiful turquoise waters. This well-marked network of recreational paths was intentionally planned to preserve habitat patches within the township, making space for wildlife to rest, feed, and breed. As a bonus, most of the paths are within view of the rugged towering trio known as the Three Sisters – the most recognized mountain peaks in the Bow River Valley section of the Trans-Canada Highway.
E-bikes are all the rage these days, and Pedego Canmore is your starting point for two-wheeled adventures. It offers 18 different electric bike models with something suitable for any shape, size and ability, making it the perfect way to explore the Rockies without worrying about being fit enough. Wen cycling legs get tired, the battery powered, pedal-assist technology kicks in, allowing you to travel up to 30 km/h with very little effort. In fact, it’s fairly easy (and super fun) to ride 24 kilometres to Banff, have lunch, and make it back to Canmore, all in one afternoon.
If retail therapy is more your speed, Canmore has a variety of unique shopping options. Thrifty folks with a penchant for outdoor activity will love Switching Gears, a sports consignment store featuring gently-used clothing and equipment. The Sugar Pine Company is a family-owned shop that specializes in quilting, sewing, and knitting, with more than 200 quilts and wall hangings on display. Canmore Tea Company stocks over 180 of the finest teas from around the world, while Le Chocolatier uses the finest ingredients to craft its own handmade chocolates, which you can watch being made through a large glass window.
Rusticana Market + Deli is billed as the ‘corner store with more’. Located in the heart of downtown, it brings a strong community focus to its shelves by bringing all things local under one roof. Its website lists nearly 40 local suppliers, including Fedora’s Cakes and Bakes, Honest Dumplings, Bear Bait Honey, Seedz Crackers, Glowfood Creamery, and dozens of other selections.
Stopping in here for some delicious take-home eats has to be the perfect ending to any kind of day in Canmore. Especially after working up an appetite from all that pedaling you did – or, perhaps didn’t do.
RoseAnna Schick is an avid traveller and music lover who seeks inspiration wherever she goes. Email her at email@example.com