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History of Canmore

Canmore was named in 1884 by Donald A. Smith, an employee of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The name originates from a town on the northwest shores of Scotland named in honor of King Malcolm III of Canmore. The anglicized version of the Gaelic Ceann Mór , Canmore has been variously translated as “big head” or, more likely, “great head” or “chief”.

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We love Canmore, the town has a lot to offer other than the wonderful outdoors. Here are some of our recommendations of things to do around Canmore and a few things around Banff for those relax or rain days.

Breweries & Distilleries

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Canmore Brewing Company Logo
Grizzly Paw Brewing
Sheepdog Brewing Logo
Wild-Life-Distillery Logo
Peak Distillery Logo

Galleries & Museums

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

Located in Banff. The Whyte Museum is a great place to the the history behind the area.

Whyte Museum

Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre

Small town museum that focuses on the history of the coal mines, also apart of the museum is the North-West Mounted Police Barracks downtown Canmore.

Canmore Museum

Fallen Leaf Art Gallery

Art Country Canada Gallery

Carter-Ryan Gallery

The Avens Gallery


Elevation Place

Elevation Place showcases of one the best indoor climbing walls in Alberta. They offer lessons and equipment rentals.

There is also a swimming pool, and gym, as well as the library.

Nordic Centre

The Nordic Centre was built for the 1988 Winter Olympics.It offers amazing cross-country ski, mountain biking, and hiking trails. You can also do Geocaching in the area.

There is a panic area with wood-burning BBQs and disk-golf set ups.

Bowling & Movies

High Rollers

Located in Banff. High Rollers is a great place for pizza and a pint from one of their 32 taps.

Lux Cinema

Located in Banff. Lux is the only cinema in the Bow Valley. Showing the latest