Free 1 Week Itinerary for Canmore

So you’re heading to Canmore for a week and not sure what the best things to do are! There are so many great hikes, sight seeing locations and dining to explore in the area! You definitely won’t be disapointed with your trip! 

As always, make sure you dress appropriately and be ready for anything the outdoors can throw at you. Weather can be unpredictable and change at any minute. Respect the wildlife by staying at appropriate distances and stay on the trails in order to preserve the forest! For more information on each hike you can check them out on AllTrails.

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Accommodations

Canmore is a very popular tourist town and so there are a lot of different accommodation options for you. There are a range of different prices, all depending on the style of accommodation you are looking for.

Hotels, lodges and resorts are going to be the most expensive option. They are scattered around Canmore so you should easily be able to find one. During summer finding a room is a little more difficult because there are more people visiting, so if you know the dates you are travelling you should book your hotel as soon as possible to ensure you have the room you want!

Hostels are my favourite places to stay in Canmore. They are way cheaper than hotels and you always meet lots of new people! Two of the best hostels in Canmore are the Canmore Downtown Hostel, and  Canmore Hostel. Similar to hotels, these also will book up very fast so make sure to reserve your stay as early as you can. Prices will be cheaper the earlier you book as well. Usually 3-4 months in advance is a good time to book! 

The final option you have for accommodations in Canmore is camping! Camping is a great way to get close to nature and enjoy the mountains. There are so many campgrounds in the area but they book up the fastest so you will want to be online reserving your spot the minute their website opens up for reservations. Each campground varies but usually for camping beginning May long weekend and continuing on through the summer the reservations open up in February. 

 

Hiking

One of the most popular activities to do while on your trip to Canmore is hike! There are hiking opportunities on all sides of Canmore but the most popular are the ones along highway 742 and highway 40. Some of my favourite hikes in the area are:

  • East End of Rundle (EEOR)
  • Wasootch Ridge
  • Tent Ridge Horseshoe
  • Grotto Canyon
  • Grassi Lakes

You can use AllTrails to find the location of the trailheads and updated information about the hike. For a one week trip, some people like to fill that with 7 hikes, but I prefer to do 3-4 bigger hikes and spend the other says exploring the town, going to lakes, and just relaxing! You’r legs will thank you for not hiking every day too! 

Other Activities

There are a ton of other activities in Canmore to explore! You don’t want to be hiking every day, trust me! You will be very sore afterwords. If you have a vehicle with you, there are a number of lakes you can drive to for the day and explore. Nakiska Ski Hill is also nearby and they are open in the summer for mountain biking and hiking. Having nice relaxing days are just as important as the busy adventure packed days! 

 

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6 Comments

  1. SHANY

    The views are unbelievable! Thank you so much for sharing

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    • Backpacker Jess

      Thanks!

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  2. Emma

    I was just in Canmore a couple weeks ago, my first time there. I did Grotto Canyon and it was amazing. I would love to go back and stay in Canmore so I can explore more. I usually end up staying in Banff or Calgary so this is a perfect mid way point and a good way to avoid the crowds of more popular Banff

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    • Backpacker Jess

      Grotto Canyon is definitely one of my favourites in the area! So pretty! Yeah its definitely way more buys in Banff. I prefer to stay in Canmore as well. It’s less busy, and usually quite a bit cheaper as well!

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  3. Kanupriyaa

    This looks like such a gorgeous location for hiking from your pictures. I love discovering new places like these to go and explore!

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    • Backpacker Jess

      Thank you! It really was amazing hiking all around here!

      Reply

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