Town of Canmore

Winter Activities & Outdoor Ice

Canmore offers an extensive list of winter activities that can be enjoyed from October until April. Activities are available for all ages... from easy walking throughout the town and along the river, Cross Country Skiing, Downhill Skiing, to world class ice, mixed & alpine climbing on the mountains in and around the town. 

OUTDOOR ICE RINKS:  All Rinks are closed (December 7, 2018)
Ice building at the Pond cannot take place until the water has drained from under the ice and frost has set into the mud. In order to flood the ice, we need the help of the Fire department who will assist using their pumps and hoses. They can fill up the space quickly but we need four consecutive days below -18C so the big volume of water freezes properly. 
Cougar Creek Boarded Ice Rink - Closed
Corner of Elk Run Blvd. and Canyon Road
Appropriate for all age groups allowing stick and pucks
Lights for night use are on until 10 p.m.
Portable washroom on site
Rundle Crescent Ice Surface - Closed
Open space off Rundle Crescent

This surface is appropriate for toddlers and young children
There are no lights or washrooms at this site
This ice surface will be monitored daily and flooded as ice conditions dictate.

Amenities:
Ice surface
Playground adjacent to surface
Peaks Park Ice Surface - Closed
Green space on the east end of Lawrence Grassi Ridge & Wilson Way.
This surface is appropriate for toddlers and young children
There are no lights or washrooms at this site 
This ice surface will be monitored daily and flooded as ice conditions dictate

Amenities:
Ice Surface
Playground adjacent to surface
Benches
Roadside parking only
Larch Outdoor Ice Rink - Closed
The Larch ice rink is located on 1200 17th Street.

This surface is approximately 25m x 55m.  This rink is maintained by the Parks Department.  Ice maintenance occurs daily with ice building and patch filling when necessary and flooding with the resurfacer 3 - 5 times per week (weather dependent). Construction work is still going on but should be finished by mid January. Then flooding and ice building can get started. We hope to have the rink ready and open to the public by the end of January. 

Amenities:
Skating / hockey rink with boards and nets
Appropriate for all age groups allowing sticks and pucks. 
Lights for night use until 10pm
Portable washrooms located on site
The Pond Natural Ice Surface - Closed
Located on 7th Avenue at Mallard Alley (just two blocks from Main Street).

The surface is approximately 100m X 60m. The Pond is the site for several Town winter special events (Skate with Santa, New Years on the Pond). The pond is appropriate for all age groups and is ideal for families.

This surface is the number one priority for the Parks Dept. maintenance program. Ice maintenance occurs daily with ice building and patch filling when necessary and flooding with the resurfacer 3-5 times per week (weather dependent).

Amenities:
Lights for night use until 10pm
Open style gazebo with benches, sign board and thermal heating
Waste receptacles
Washrooms located at the Information Centre on 7th Avenue
Small parking lot and roadside available, as well as downtown parking lots less than 100m away

 


Ice & Mixed Climbing

The mountains surrounding Canmore offer world-class ice climbing. An extensive season is possible beginning in November and lasting into April. There are many classic ice routes to choose from with single-pitch climbs to multi-pitch, 500-meter ice routes. There are many choices for all levels of ability and experience.

Most of the ice is easily accessible from Canmore. Travel time as little as 5 minutes or at most 2 hours takes you to vertical waterfall ice that is certain to thrill and awe you with its beauty and challenge. 


Downhill, Cross Country & Backcountry Skiing

Canmore is home to world class cross country skiing with the Canmore Nordic Centre right in Town.  The 1988 Winter Olympic Games left the venue in Town which is host to numerous competitions every year and endless options for cross country skiing.  Many other options exist for cross country skiing in the area in nearby Kananaskis Country and Banff National Park.Downhill and Cross Country SkiingDownhill, XC, & Backcountry Skiing

Canmore also has world class downhill skiing and snowboarding at our doorstep.  There are 4 world class ski resorts within a 1 hour drive from Town, Lake Louise, Sunshine Village, Mt Norquay and Nakiska.  There are also great opportunities for backcountry skiing in Kananaskis Country.


Snowshoeing

There are great opportunities for snowshoeing in the area, with Kananaskis Country and Banff National Park nearby.  For more information on snowshoeing visit a local book store for guide books.


Free/Low Cost Fun Ideas

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