Best Things to Do in Canmore in Fall – 2020 Canmore Guide

Canmore is the gateway to the Canadian Rockies. Just over an hour away from the major international airport in Calgary, it is easy to reach and is surrounded by towering mountains. The location of this little city is perfect as you are close to Banff National Park, have beautiful views of the mountains all around, and yet are still in a big enough city to find everything here you could possibly need.

Fall is one of the best times of the year to visit Canmore as many of the tourists have left after the summer season. Any trip here in fall is even more magical as the colors of the leaves begin to change, turning the Canmore area into a sea of yellow and orange. If you're planning a trip to Canmore in fall, make sure you also visit Banff as it is only a 20-minute drive away and also incredibly beautiful.

 

View of Three Sisters from Poliman's Creek Boardwalk - Things to do in Canmore

 

From hiking to spending a day at the spa, we put together the best things to do in Canmore in fall that will help you create the perfect Canmore itinerary. These are all our tips for your visit and how to plan your trip to Banff’s neighbor.

  1. Hike East End of Rundle
  2. Hike to Ha Ling Peak
  3. Walk the Policeman’s Creek Boardwalk
  4. Go Biking and Explore the Biking Trails
  5. Experience Downtown Canmore
  6. Take in the View of the Three Sisters
  7. BONUS: Go on Day Trips from Canmore and explore Banff National Park

Disclaimer: We were provided a stay at the Malcolm Hotel and an incredible dinner experience at The Sensory for our visit to discover the best things to do in Canmore in fall. All opinions remain our own, as always. Thank you for supporting the businesses that support us!

 

What are the best things to do in Canmore in Fall?

 

Canmore’s location right in the mountains makes it the perfect destination for any mountain lovers and people who enjoy the outdoors. There are countless great hikes and biking trails in the area and great places to relax at after an exhausting day exploring. Here are the best things to do in Canmore in fall that you can’t miss on your trip.

 

Hike East End of Rundle

 

You can’t help but notice the towering peaks that surround Canmore in every direction. The most striking, bordering Canmore on the south, are the East End of Rundle and Ha Ling Peak. The views from East End of Rundle of Ha Link Peak are unparalleled! Hiking up East End of Rundle end enjoying the view over Canmore is one of our favorite things to do in Canmore in fall.

 

View of Ha Ling Peak from East End of Rundle

 

The trailhead for this hike is just a short drive up a gravel road from downtown Canmore, with lots of parking available on the side of the road. The hike is a relatively short 3.5 miles (5.6 km) which may make it seem like a walk in the park, but it should be taken fairly seriously. You will gain almost 3,000 feet (900 m) over this short distance.

The first half of the hike is through the trees, with an easy to follow path, however once above the tree line there are multiple paths that all lead upwards. We recommend you download the Alltrails app here to help with navigation and check it frequently while you’re on your hike. Once you pass the tree line, the hike involves lots of scrambling up the steep slope over loose rocks, which makes a good pair of hiking shoes mandatory. You might also want to bring some hiking poles to help get some weight off your legs and add stability. Make sure you take note of the easiest path up as going downhill on the loose rocks can be dangerous.

 

View of Canmore from East End of Rundle

 

Once near the top, the views of Ha Ling Peak, the town of Canmore, and Whitemans Pond are seriously impressive. The wind up at the false peak can be pretty strong which can make climbing up to the true peak dangerous as the view point on the summit is relatively small and the ridge quite steep. The views from the false summit are just as beautiful though and definitely worth the hike.

 

Opening Times: Open all year – however, the hike becomes much more difficult, or impossible once it begins snowing. Further, the road up to the trailhead may be closed in winter.

Price: Free

Location on Google Maps: East End of Rundle Trailhead

What to Bring: Hiking shoes with very good grip, jacket to protect from the wind, your favorite snacks!

 

Scramble to Ha Ling Peak

 

Not far from the East End of Rundle trailhead is the trailhead for Ha Ling Peak. If you have already climbed East End of Rundle, you are familiar with the stunning view from such heights and have seen the incredibly impressive Ha Ling Peak. From East End of Rundle, you can see people hiking up to Ha Ling Peak and across the ridge.

 

View of Ha Ling Peak of East End of Rundle

 

The hike up to Ha Ling Peak is relatively popular and can get very busy if you are visiting on a warm weekend. Make sure you get here early if you are looking to avoid crowds. You will be hiking up a zig-zag trail for most the hike with rock steps and wooden stairs which is relatively easy to follow. Starting about 0.2 miles (0.4 km) from the top, the trail is unmaintained and similar to the East End of Rundle, it is quite rocky and requires scrambling uphill. Think about bringing hiking poles for your descent to help take weight off your knees.

Once you reach the top, the views are incredibly breathtaking, but it is extremely windy and cold. Make sure you are prepared for strong winds and cool temperatures by wearing a warm hat, gloves, a wind breaker and lots of layers.

Hiking is one of the main things to do in Canmore in Fall, and we can’t recommend it enough.

 

Opening Times: Open all year – however, the hike is only recommended for very experienced hikers once it begins to snow. Make sure you check the Ha Ling Peak trail report here. Further, the road up to the trailhead may be closed in winter.

Price: Free

Location on Google Maps: Ha Ling Peak Trailhead

What to Bring: Hiking shoes with very good grip, jacket to protect from the wind, your favorite snacks!

 

Walk or Run the Policeman’s Creek Boardwalk

 

Policeman’s Creek meanders through downtown Canmore, with scenic views all along the way. It's the ultimate thing to do in Canmore in fall! Along the creek is an almost 2.5 mile (4.0 km) boardwalk, which is perfect for morning walks to your favorite coffee shop, or an evening stroll just before sunset. If you are not into hiking but love to work out outside, go on an early morning run on the boardwalk and enjoy those beautiful crisp fall mornings in Canmore!

 

Best Things to do in Canmore in Fall

 

The boardwalk connects to all of the trails that run through Canmore and along the Bow River, so is a great place to explore for some birdwatching, catching a few rays of sunshine, or snapping a photo of the beautiful fall foliage. It is a very serene part of town and walking/running here easily makes the list of our favorite things to do in Canmore in fall.

 

Opening Times: Open all year, any time of the day

Price: Free

Location on Google Maps: Policeman’s Creek Boardwalk

What to Bring: Comfortable walking shoes

 

Go Biking

 

Canmore is a hub of outdoor activities, and biking and mountain biking are certainly one of the main things to do in Canmore. If biking through the city is what you are looking for, there are a number of bike lanes and designated trails throughout the city and surrounding area to explore. Your hotel might include bike rentals you can use to explore many of these paths, taking in some fresh air and getting some exercise, while at the same time exploring more of Canmore.

 

Kyle Biking on Policeman's Creek Boardwalk Canmore

 

Mountain biking is also an extremely popular thing to do in Canmore. The Canmore Nordic Centre has a number of trails, and is a great place to get reacquainted with your mountain biking legs before tackling something more difficult. If you’re looking to explore further afield, popular mountain biking trails near Canmore are the Highline Trail and the Goat Creek Trail; another one of the great things to do in Canmore in Fall.

 

Opening Times: Open throughout the year, though trail status and opening hours may change. Check Alberta Parks up to date information

Price: Free

Location on Google Maps: Canmore Nordic Centre

What to Bring: A bike! Or you can rent bikes from The Malcolm Hotel or other vendors in Canmore

 

Experience Downtown Canmore

 

Canmore is a relatively small town, but one of the larger population areas of the Rocky Mountains. This means that it is full of coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and shopping. The downtown core is where most of the action is happening, and it is highly walkable and easy to explore. While it is an obvious thing to do in Canmore, make sure you take time out of your busy schedule to explore the cute downtown area.

 

Downtown Canmore in Fall

 

Canmore is a little more reasonably priced than nearby Banff, and is also a little more laid back and relaxed, compared to the more touristy and high-end Banff. Enjoy walking the streets and exploring hidden gems, all while taking in the towering mountains surrounding Canmore.

 

Opening Times: Most stores in Canmore open at around 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM and close between 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM.

Price: Free

Location on Google Maps: Downtown Canmore

What to Bring: Nothing needed, just enjoy

 

Take in the View of the Three Sisters from Anywhere Downtown

 

The Three Sisters: Faith, Charity, and Hope, are the three stunning mountain peaks visible from almost anywhere in Canmore. At almost 10,000 feet (almost 3,000 meters) high, they are towering over the little city and are a beautiful sight to see regardless of the time of day or year. It’s not surprising that many hotels around town design their rooms in a way to provide the best view of the Three Sisters.

 

View of Three Sisters in Canmore in Fall

 

Take in the gorgeous view on your walk on Policeman’s Creek Boardwalk, when walking through downtown Canmore, or when you are heading out for a fall picnic. One of our favorite things to do in Canmore is taking photos of the Three Sisters. If you are looking for an incredible photo spot to capture the Three Sisters, head to Policeman's Creek and wander along the creek with it being on your left hand side until you reach an opening in the trees. From here you can get an incredible reflection of the Three Sisters in the creek.

 

Opening Times: Always open!

Price: Free

What to Bring: Your camera!

 

What are the best day trips from Canmore?

 

Located at the gateway of the Rockies, Canmore is a great place to stay to explore the Rocky Mountains, with tons of day trips within a few hours’ drive. Whether you enjoy being active or driving to beautiful viewpoints, doing a few day trips is one of the great things to do in Canmore in fall.

 

Explore Kananaskis Country

 

Kananaskis Country is a park system located just south of Canmore, and can be accessed along the gravel road of Highway 742, or the main Highway 40, which requires a bit of driving towards Calgary to reach. Kananaskis is packed full of recreational activities with more hikes than you can count, and everything in between. Expect to drive 1-2 hours each way, depending on where you plan to visit in Kananaskis.

 

Hiking View in Kananaskis

 

Almost every peak along Highway 40 is climbable and offers stunning views and doing a day trip here is a great thing to do in Canmore!

 

Hike to the Mist Mountain Hot Springs

 

Our best kept secret and another great thing to do in Canmore is to hike up Mist Mountain to the fully natural hot springs. The hot springs are lovingly referred to as warm springs by the locals as they are 89 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius).

 

View of Rainbow and Mist Mountain Hot Springs on Mist Mountain, Kananskis

 

It is 2 hour hike with a relatively easy to follow trail to get to the Mist Mountain hot springs. However, the hike is not to be taken lightly. The hike is very steep and once you reach the ridge of Mist Mountain it gets incredibly windy and wind gusts can be so intense that some people get blown over. Make sure you are prepared for strong winds and fast weather changes.

 

Betting Hiking Mist Mountain in Kananaskis

 

Once you reach the hot springs, enjoy and relax as you take in the incredible view! There are two pools which fit about 2 people each. Note that these hot springs are completely natural and there is no place to change in private. The hot springs can be incredibly popular and best visited early in the morning or in the evening on a warm day. Be mindful of others and don’t spend longer than 20 minutes in the springs. After all, they also hiked all the way up to enjoy them.

 

Mist Mountain Hot Springs in Kananskis

 

Being rewarded with these views after a difficult hike is a great thing to do in Canmore!

 

Opening Times: Open year round – however Highway 742 may be closed due to snow, and Highway 40 partially closes from December 1st to June 14th

Price: Free

Location on Google Maps: Kananaskis Country

What to Bring: Clothing to protect against strong winds and rain

 

Explore Banff National Park

 

Banff National Park is the gem of the Canada’s park system, and for good reason. The park includes breathtaking mountain views from every angle, unbelievable turquoise lakes, and so much more. When you are staying in Canmore, make sure you add Banff National Park to your things to do in Canmore list!

 

Watch the Sunrise at Moraine Lake

 

Our favorite thing to do in Banff National Park is watching the sunrise at Moraine Lake. It is easily one of the most impressive natural wonders we have seen and we can highly recommend it to everyone. Getting there requires a bit of planning though as the parking lot tends to fill up long before the actual sunrise and once it is full, it is more difficult to access the lake in time. Visiting Moraine is a must do on your things to do in Canmore list when you are visiting in fall.

We added everything you need to know about getting to Moraine Lake in time for sunrise in our Banff in fall blog post.

 

Girl in White Dress Looking at Sunrise at Moraine Lake in Banff National Park

 

Opening Times: See our Banff in fall blog post for further information

Price: You need to purchase a National Park Pass at $20 per day or an annual pass for $140 per family

Location on Google Maps: Moraine Lake

What to Bring: See our Banff in fall blog post for everything you need to know to watch the sunrise at Moraine Lake

 

Get the Best View of Lake Louise from Big Beehive

 

Another breathtaking lake to visit in Banff National Park a thing to add to your things to do in Canmore list is Lake Louise. Lake Louise is not very far from Canmore and makes the perfect day trip destination. The drive from Canmore to Lake Louise is about 50 miles (80 km) and takes around 50 minutes, depending on traffic.

 

Big Beehive Hike View of Lake Louise

 

Lake Louise is just as beautiful as Moraine lake with the stunning turquoise colored water. Go for a stroll along the shore of the lake, rent a canoe here for a few hours, or hike to Big Beehive for an incredible birds eye view of the lake.

 

Opening Times: See our Banff in fall blog post for further information

Price: Need to purchase a National Park Pass at $20 per day or an annual pass for $140 per family

Location on Google Maps: Lake Louise

What to Bring: See our Banff in fall blog post for everything you need to know to visit Lake Louise

 

Drive the Bow Valley Parkway

 

The Bow Valley Parkway is about 45-minutes to 1.5 hours drive north from Canmore and is a 30 mile (50 km) long scenic route, parallel to Highway 1. Driving along the parkway makes for a beautiful day-trip. The Bow Valley Parkway includes some incredible viewpoints right on the parkway, as well as some great hikes which makes it one of the best things to do in Canmore in fall.

 

Enjoy the View at Morant’s Curve

 

Our favorite viewpoint on the Bow Valley Parkway is Morant’s Curve. Visiting this iconic spot is another great thing to do in Canmore in fall.

This curve is famous for the impressive view of the Bow River and the railway tracks with the towering Canadian Rocky Mountains in the background. It is a famous photography spot and first became popular when Nicholas Morant took photos for the Canadian Pacific Railway as part of their PR materials.

 

View of Morant's Curve Banff National Park

 

Regardless of what time of the year you visit, Morant’s Curve offers a spectacular view. In fall, you can expect a vibrant background and a mix of yellow and orange trees among the fur trees. If you visit later in fall, there is a chance that the area is already covered in snow which makes the entire scenery look like from a fairy tale.

 

Bettina in Princess Dress at Morant's Curve in Banff National Park

 

Morant’s Curve is located on the northern portion of Bow Valley Parkway, about five to ten minutes drive from the north end. There is a sign signaling Morant’s Curve so you can’t miss it. You can easily park your car across the street from the viewpoint and walk over to snap a few photos. If you are looking to take one of those iconic photos with a train, you may have to wait for a little bit. The trains passing through here are mostly freight trains and they don’t run on a schedule. As such, you could be waiting for 5 minutes or for a few hours.

Even if you are not lucky enough to see a train pass through here, the viewpoint is stunning and definitely worth a visit.

 

Opening Times: Always open as long as the road to Morant's Curve is open. You can check the road condition and closures here.

Price: You need to purchase a National Park Pass at $20 per day or an annual pass for $140 per family

Location on Google Maps: Morant's Curve

What to Bring: Your camera and a lot of patience!

 

Hike to Johnston Canyon

 

Also along the Bow Valley Parkway is Johnston Canyon. It’s a beautiful canyon which features two waterfalls in the middle of a lush forest. The hike to the upper falls is 3.1 miles (5 km) roundtrip and about 2 hours, whereas the shorter hike to the lower falls is 1.6 miles (2.5 km) roundtrip and takes about 1 hour. It’s a relatively easy and very scenic hike through the forest and the trail is clearly marked and easy to follow.

 

Entrance to Johnston Canyon Hike Banff National Park

 

Note that Johnston Canyon can get quite busy and the parking lot might fill up quickly. If you are planning to go on a hike here, think about visiting earlier in the day to avoid the crowds.

If you are going later in fall, part of the trail might already be covered in ice and snow and having some crampons will make your hike a lot easier. It is definitely worth doing a day trip to Johnston Canyon and adding it to your things to do in Canmore list!

If you are visiting Bow Valley Parkway in winter, Johnston Canyon might be frozen over which is a beautiful phenomenon to witness. We put together a guide for things to do in Banff in winter which includes all the details for a winter excursion.

 

Opening Times: Johnston Canyon is always open as long as the road to the canyon is open. You can check the current road and trail conditions here.

Price: Need to purchase a National Park Pass at $20 per day or an annual pass for $140 per family

Location on Google Maps: Johnston Canyon

What to Bring: Good hiking shoes, crampons for hiking in the snow, a warm jacket, and your camera

 

Spot Wildlife Along the Bow Valley Parkway

 

The Rocky Mountains are the perfect place for wildlife spotting and the Bow Valley Parkway is home to a variety of impressive animals such as bears and elk. While seeing wildlife can be incredibly exciting, it can be just as dangerous.

 

Grizzly Bear at Morant's Curve Banff National Park

 

The safest way to spot wildlife is from your car. If you are lucky and see an elk or a bear, please do not get out of the car to take a photo. These animals are wild and an encounter can be extremely dangerous. We have seen a fair share of near accidents where tourists got out of their car to approach a bull elk for better photos and the elk being noticeably unhappy about it. Never approach or feed wildlife and make sure you put away all your food when having a picnic as not to attract animals. These measures are to protect you as much as to protect the animal as human encounters can end poorly for both.

 

Grizzly Bear Walking on Train Tracks Banff National Park

 

That being said, none of this should deter you from driving with your eyes wide open to see if you can spot any of the natural habitants of the Bow Valley. Seeing a bear roam through the forest or an elk munching on some grass is incredibly exciting, and you can get some great photo and video footage from your car.

 

Opening Times: Bow Valley Parkway is always open as long as the road is open. You can check the current road conditions and closures here.

Price: You need to purchase a National Park Pass at $20 per day or an annual pass for $140 per family

Location on Google Maps: Bow Valley Parkway

What to Bring: A good camera and a lot of patience!

 

 

Where to Stay in Canmore in Fall

 

The Malcolm Hotel, one of Canmore’s newest and most luxurious hotels, is the place to be for a visit to Canmore in Fall. The first thing you will notice about The Malcolm Hotel, after walking through its impressive lobby, is the commanding view that it provides of the famous Three Sisters mountains in Canmore.

Entrance at Malcolm Hotel
Lobby at Malcolm Hotel in Canmore

View of Outdoor Pool and Three Sisters at Malcolm Hotel Canmore

 

From the heated outdoor pool and hot tubs, you have unobstructed views of the nearby mountains. You can make great use of the hot tub morning, noon, and night as it is the perfect way to stay warm and enjoy the fresh fall area, a surprise snowstorm, and the breathtaking views.

 

Hot Tub at Malcolm Hotel Canmore

 

During COVID-19, the outdoor pool and hot tub area is open with restricted capacity. Guests are asked to obtain a key for the area at the front desk and not occupy the area for longer than 1 hour.

The rooms are stylish and well-appointed, with a super comfortable King size bed, a small wet bar to stay refreshed, and a spacious patio with views out over the pool, nearby stream, and of course those breathtaking mountain views.

 

Bettina Drinking Coffee on Balcony with Mountain View at Malcolm Hotel Canmore

 

The Malcolm Hotel is also located just a five-minute walk from downtown Canmore, with lots of well-maintained walking and biking paths all around the hotel. As an additional bonus, the hotel provides complimentary bikes which you can use to explore Canmore!

 

Vibrant Sunrise at Malcolm Hotel Canmore

 

The Malcolm Hotel provides a luxurious and relaxing stay, perfect for a getaway to Canmore in Fall. You can check availabilities and rates for your next trip here.

 

Where to Eat in Canmore

 

Canmore has a ton of great spots to eat for any price level, and they are all located in downtown Canmore, or within a short walk or drive. Regardless of the dining experience you are looking for in Canmore, you will be able to find the perfect place.

 

Best Restaurant in Canmore

 

If you are looking for a fine dining experience, the Sensory came highly recommend to us. We had to test their culinary offering ourselves and were blown away by the incredible dishes they create! Chef Corey specializes in regional cuisine and locally sourced ingredients, which are expertly plated, and of course, delicious.

 

Dining Room at The Sensory Canmore

 

The Sensory offers a standard a la carte dining experience, or if you love a surprise, you can order the "Trust Me" 3-course menu. The Trust Me menu is a surprise 3-course meal for $69 CAD where you trust the chef, and are surprised by each dish. You can also add a wine pairing custom designed for each dish, for an additional $30 CAD. The menu changes daily and you could easily dine at the Sensory twice in a weekend and get a completely different "trust" experience.

 

Amuse bouche at the Sensory Canmore

 

Let the waiter know if you have any dietary restrictions when ordering the Trust Me menu and they will happily adjust the surprise meals for you. Note that it is encouraged that the entire table order the Trust Me and go for the surprise dinner.

Our surprise dinner at the Sensory started off with a crab, basil pesto and blood orange amuse-bouche, followed by bison carpaccio on a bread stick and rabbit wrapped in bacon with a carrot compote and crispy kale.

 

Rabbit wrapped in bacon with carrot compote at the sensory canmore

 

The starters were so delicious, we didn't think it could get any better. But we could not have been more wrong! The Sensory prepared a fun dish as a play on seafood ravioli with scallops, mussels, and fresh mushrooms, as well as a lamb shank on potato pasta with cranberries. The combination of flavors was incredibly well chosen and left us in awe!

 

Seafood Ravioli Trust Me Menu at the Sensory in Canmore

 

Lamb with Potato Pasta as Main Dish of Trust Me Menu at The Sensory in Canmore

 

If you have time, don't miss out on dining at the Sensory! We had some of the best meals here in months and the stunning mountain views from the dining room make for a fantastic dining experience.

 

2 Drinks with the view of the three sisters at the sensory canmore

 

You can make a reservation here and if you are not convinced yet, read the Sensory reviews here.

 

Best Coffee Shops to Warm Up

 

Canmore also has a number of great coffee shops, however you don’t have to stray far from your room at The Malcolm Hotel for your caffeine fix at The Pulse, located inside the hotel.

 

Coffee at the Pulse Coffee Bar in Canmore

 

Other local favorites are Eclipse Coffee Roasters and Beamer’s Coffee Bar where you can pick up some warm beverages to warm you up or sit down for a bit, enjoying a nice fall afternoon. If you have a real craving for some French pastries or bread, we can highly recommend Fournil Bakery.

 

Coffee Bar at the Pulse Coffee Bar in Canmore

 

 

Plan Your Trip to Canmore in Fall

 

Planning a trip is always our favorite thing to do as we love researching places. These are our best tips to plan your trip to Canmore in fall and the most important things to keep in mind to make your trip a memorable one. Just as magical as fall are Canmore and Banff in Winter. The Winter Wonder Tour in Banff is a perfect way to explore the winter wonderland of the Rocky Mountains.

 

Best Time to Visit Canmore in Fall

 

Canmore can be a beautiful destination to visit in fall and you can enjoy warm sunny fall afternoons wandering around the area taking in the beautiful fall foliage. However, the later in fall you visit, the more likely you are to encounter colder temperatures and potentially even snow.

 

View of Lake in Canmore in Fall

 

The best time to visit Canmore in fall is mid-September to early October. Snowstorms are not uncommon in mid-October, which would make for a different, yet equally beautiful trip.

 

What to Pack for a Trip to Canmore in Fall

 

Given Canmore’s location at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the weather can change very quickly. It is generally a few degrees warmer here compared to Banff but temperatures can drop suddenly overnight and you could be surprised to wake up to snow.

 

View from Malcolm Hotel in Canmore in Winter

 

The best things to pack for a trip to Canmore are a mix of summer and winter clothes to prepare for those weather changes. Bring shorts and t-shirts for those warmer sunny days but also long pants, long-sleeve tops, and sweaters for when it cools down. Don’t forget about a warm hat, scarf, gloves, and a warm jacket. We also highly recommend you also bring hiking shoes with good grip to climb the impressive peaks which is one of our favorite things to do in Canmore in fall.

 

How to Get Around Canmore

 

Canmore is very easy to navigate and there is public transportation all around town. However, if you are looking to explore the area a bit and go on our favorite day trips from Canmore, taking your own car or renting a car is your best option. In addition to having more freedom to go anywhere you want and when, it’s also great to be able to warm up in your car, rather than having to wait for public transport.

There currently aren’t any ridesharing programs in Canmore such as Uber or Lyft.

If you are taking your own car, make sure it is outfitted for the season. Starting October 1, every car is required to have winter tires in the area and this is for good reason as snowstorms are not uncommon in October.

 

How to Get from Canmore to Banff and from Banff to Canmore

 

Getting from Canmore to Banff is a very easy 20-minute drive on Highway 1. If you don’t have a car, there is a bus service called Roam Transit which will get you from Canmore to Banff. The bus runs every 30 minutes between 6:00 am and 9:00 am and from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and every hour outside these times. The price for one person one way is $6 CAD and day passes are available for $15 CAD. Roam Transit stops at several different locations in Canmore including the shopping area.

 

View of Policeman's Creek Boardwalk and Three Sisters

 

You can purchase Roam Transit tickets on the bus directly. They accept US and Canadian dollars, up to $20. Alternatively, you can get your Roam Transit passes at the following locations:

Alternatively, you can get a taxi to get from Canmore to Banff which costs between $65 - $85 CAD, however for this price you would be better of renting your vehicle.

 

Wildlife Safety

 

Canmore and the surrounding Bow Valley are home to Grizzly bears, Black bears, and elk, among others. While these animals are beautiful to see, they are incredibly dangerous and it’s best to avoid an encounter with them while you are out of your car. Make sure you follow the Bear Reports when going on hikes in the area and carry bear spray as well as a bear bell with you. It is advised that you go on hikes in a group of 4 for safety reasons and if you don’t have a bear bell, make sure to always make a lot of noise by talking loudly or singing so you don’t surprise a bear.

If you come across a bear or hear about a bear being in the area, it is best to avoid further walking in that area.

 

Grizzly Bear Walking on Train Tracks in Banff National Park

 

What are Your Favorite Things to do in Canmore in Fall?

 

We had a great time taking in all of the things to do in Canmore in fall, and truly believe that Canmore is an underrated tourist destination, great for anytime of the year. What are your favorite things to do in Canmore? We would love to add your recommendations to this list!

 

Best Things to Do in Canmore in Fall and the ultimate guide to Canmore. Hike Ha Ling Peak, enjoy the view from East End of Rundle, go biking, take photos of the three sisters, and go on incredible day trips from Canmore. Hike to the secret Mist Mountain hot springs in Kananaskis, watch the sunrise at Moraine Lake, visit Lake Louise, spot grizzly bears at Bow Valley Parkway, and hike to Johnston Canyon. |Canmore Alberta | Canada Travel | Rocky Mountain Travel | Canmore Hikes | Banff National Park | Lake Louise | Moraine Lake | Alberta Travel
Best Things to Do in Canmore in Fall and the ultimate guide to Canmore. Hike Ha Ling Peak, enjoy the view from East End of Rundle, go biking, take photos of the three sisters, and go on incredible day trips from Canmore. Hike to the secret Mist Mountain hot springs in Kananaskis, watch the sunrise at Moraine Lake, visit Lake Louise, spot grizzly bears at Bow Valley Parkway, and hike to Johnston Canyon. |Canmore Alberta | Canada Travel | Rocky Mountain Travel | Canmore Hikes | Banff National Park | Lake Louise | Moraine Lake | Alberta Travel

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22 Comments:

  1. This is an amazing guide to Canmore Bettina! When I did my Banff trip a few years ago, we stayed in Canmore and I loved the little downtown area. I wish I had more time there to do more of the hikes. Next time! Also, your photos are so dreamy! 🙂

  2. Canmore sounds amazing. I am dying to get to this part of Canada. Adding Canmore to my bucket list!

    • The Canadian Rockies are so beautiful and definitely worth a visit! I can highly recommend adding Canmore to your list. The mountain views from here are just incredible!

  3. Oooh very cool! I have never been down to Canmore or Kananaskis Country, but I looove the look of the hikes you mentioned (and the warm springs!) Every time I visit and fall in love with a new area in the Rockies, I just want to go back and explore more!

    p.s. Were your feet not freezing when you took them off on Mount Rundle? I am worried for your toes! 😀

    • Hi Josy! It’s such a great area and definitely worth exploring! I highly recommend a trip to Canmore and doing a hike in Kananaskis. Re: Kananaskis, make sure you have your map downloaded beforehand as cell reception in that area is almost non-existent. My feet were surprisingly not that cold! They are used to way worse. 🙂

  4. A great guide to Canmore and great seeing that bear. The hikes sound awesome, and Canmore looks great in every season.

    • Hi Cosette! I totally agree! Canmore is great any time of the year. I hope I can visit in summer sometime when it’s not as cold. And yes we lucked out with seeing the bear! It was an incredible experience!

  5. Brilliant guide! Canmore looks every bit like a paradise! I would love to hike there someday and enjoy that stunning view from Morant Curve!

    • Thank you Arti! Canmore is really beautiful and so underrated – sadly! Definitely make sure you visit one day and head to Morant’s Curve. It’s one of my favorite places in the area!

  6. I’ve never heard of Canmore before but it looks amazing there! Especially Ha Ling Peak looks breathtaking. Beautiful photos Bettina 🙂

    • Thank you Lina! It is really beautiful and such a great place to visit. It’s super close to Banff but not nearly as popular. I honestly don’t quite understand why because the mountain views you have here from every corner in town are so much better than in Banff! Definitely worth a visit!

  7. I would love to visit Canmore (probably next year now) when I get back to Canada. Great guide you’ve put together on what to do there!

  8. Canmore looks amazing and I would love to do some hikes in the area! I haven’t visited Canada yet, but I would love to, especially to go to Banff National Park!

    • Ah you would for sure love it here! Banff National Park is every bit as beautiful as people say it is! When you’re in the area, make sure you also visit Jasper and drive the Icefields Parkway. They are incredible!

  9. What a beautiful area. Despite all my time in the Rockies I haven’t spent much time in canmore. I did some hiking but would love to go back and get to the hot springs or some of those other view points

  10. Natalia Hasenkampf

    Canmore looks so beautiful!! love all your photos from there!

  11. Wow!!!!! Thank you so much for this! I cannot wait to visit! It was also great timing as well because I was looking for a place that I could hike at and explore- take brilliant photos as well . Again thank you so much!

    • Thank you so much Sadia! It’s a great base for some amazing hikes and you will find incredible photo spots around here! Have so much fun and let me know if you need any additional tips!

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