Canmore Nordic Centre

Canmore Nordic Centre

The sprawling Canmore Nordic Centre on the outskirts of town was built for the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. The cross-country skiing and biathlon (combined cross-country skiing and rifle shooting) events were held here, and today the centre remains a world-class training ground for Canadian athletes in a variety of disciplines. Even in summer, long after the snow has melted, the place is worth a visit. An interpretive trail leads down to and along the west bank of the Bow River to the barely visible remains of Georgetown, a once-bustling coal-mining town. Many other trails lead around the grounds, and it’s possible to hike or bike along the Bow River all the way to Banff.

Mountain biking is extremely popular on 70 kilometres (43.5 miles) of trails. Bike rentals are available at TRAIL SPORTS (below the day lodge, 403/678-6764, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily). In summer, you can also try the mountain bike skills park, play disc golf (Frisbees are available at Trail Sports), and head out to an orienteering course.

Snowmaking guarantees a ski season running from December to late March, with rentals and instruction available through Trail Sports. Trails are groomed and lit for night skiing. The day lodge (403/678-2400, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily) has lockers, a lounge area, a cafe (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily), and an information desk.