Town of Canmore

Winter Activities & Outdoor Ice

Canmore offers an extensive list of winter activities that can be enjoyed from October until April. 

Outdoor Ice Rinks: updated as of March 16, 2022 all ice rinks are CLOSED for the season.
Cougar Creek Boarded Ice Rink - CLOSED
Corner of Elk Run Blvd. and Canyon Road

This surface is approximately 23m x 33m
Appropriate for all age groups
Allows sticks and pucks
This ice surface will be monitored daily and flooded as ice conditions dictate. 

Portable washroom on site
Lights for night use are on until 10 p.m.

Washroom across bridge 300m away
Players box

Rundle Crescent Ice Surface -CLOSED
Open space off Rundle Crescent

This surface is approximately 12m x 40m
Appropriate for toddlers and young children
There are no lights or washrooms at this site
This ice surface will be monitored weekly and flooded as ice conditions dictate.

Ice surface
Playground adjacent to surface
Peaks Park Ice Surface - CLOSED
Green space on the east end of Lawrence Grassi Ridge & Wilson Way

This ice surface is approximately 15m x 20m 
Appropriate for toddlers and young children
There are no lights or washrooms at this site 
This ice surface will be monitored weekly and flooded as ice conditions dictate

Ice Surface
Playground adjacent to surface
Roadside parking only
Larch Boarded Ice Rink - CLOSED 
Located on 1200 17th Street.

This surface is approximately 25m x 55m.   
Appropriate for all age groups allowing sticks and pucks. 
This ice surface will be monitored daily with ice building and patch filling as ice conditions dictate 

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 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).

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

*Quarry Lake and the Rundle Forebay are not suitable for ice skating. They both have moving water, leading to variable ice thickness. Please stay off the ice for your safety.*

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 is also central to excellent backcountry skiing, and is a short drive from 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.


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

Are you looking for something to do in Canmore that is free or low cost. Click here for some ideas. 


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The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Goodstoney First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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