You can include Canmore in your itinerary in a variety of ways. The most obvious one is to make the town a base for your Canadian Rockies vacation. The advantages are less-crowded streets, better-priced accommodations, a choice of family-friendly lodgings, and a central location (Banff is a 20-minute drive to the west and Kananaskis Country is a 40-minute drive southeast). Campers should keep in mind that there are much nicer campgrounds elsewhere in the region. If you decide to stay in Banff instead, there’s no reason to relocate to Canmore for a night or two—simply visit the town as part of a day trip (or two).
Regardless of whether or not you stay in Canmore, there’s plenty to do in the town itself for one day. Plan on two or more if you enjoy being outdoors. A two-day stay might include a morning tee time at Silvertip Golf Resort or a horseback ride at CROSS ZEE RANCH. After lunch at CRAZYWEED KITCHEN, spend the afternoon exploring the main street, the museum, and the historic buildings west of town. The next morning, lace up your hiking boots for the walk to GRASSI LAKES. Golfers will probably want to squeeze in another round of golf, this time at STEWART CREEK GOLF COURSE, but there are plenty of other choices—fishing on Bow River, a rock-climbing lesson, or a helicopter flightseeing trip. Your two evenings could be spent at Oh Canada Eh! and the Sage Bistro.