Canmore Hikes

There are some great hikes in and around Canmore. While often bypassed by tourists, Canmore has a great mix of family-friendly hikes as well as great, challenging hikes. Canmore is a local’s town, located just outside Banff National Park, and approximately 15 minutes drive from the town of Banff. We love the range of hikes near Canmore, and we have found the 10 Best hikes from the front-ranges and around the town of Canmore. These range from incredible ridge-walks, exciting summit’s and wonderful family-friendly strolls. You’re going to love these hikes!

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THE TOP 10 HIKES AROUND CANMORE, ALBERTA

Canmore is an old mining town surrounded by the stunning Canadian Rockies and lots of great hikes. We share a lot of family-friendly hikes here, as there are just so many great family-friendly hikes. Canmore is a great base for families, with lots of condos available for rent. We love the nearby hiking, and regularly hike directly from our door, a rare treat in Canada where most hikes require a drive.

#1. Heart Mountain Horseshoe (11.0km, 935m, 5-7h): This is a wonderful hiking trail near Canmore, and many Calgarians first summit and scramble. The views from the ridge are incredible!

#2. Wind Ridge (12.2 km, 820m, 4-6h): This fun hike actually starts near Dead Man’s flats. While it’s a bit challenging for the first 15 minutes for route-finding, once you gain the ridge the views are stunning.

#3. Grassi Lakes (4.0km, 185m, 1-2h): This famous Canmore hike has to be one of the favourite hikes near Canmore for families. Offering an easy and challenging route, this is a great hike for the family.

#4. Ha Ling, Miner’s Peak and the Three Humps (5.25km, 885m, 3-5h): Ha Ling is an iconic Canmore hike. Rising above the town, this is a busy trail year-round. By taking in Miner’s Peak and the Three Humps make this hike even more special.

#5. Quarry Lake (3.0km, 15m, 1h): Quarry Lake is a Canmore secret, and hiking around this lake will keep you coming back again and again. Great for families, there are great views for such an easy trail.

#6. Main Street and the Canmore Engine Bridge (3.7km, 25m, 0.75-1.5h): Another local favourite hike for families. Stroll along the great shops of Canmore’s main street before walking along the Bow River to the Canmore Engine Bridge. End the hike in Riverside Park and enjoy a picnic. A great hike year-round.

#7. Lady MacDonald Tea House (8.6km, 905m, 4-6h): This is a popular hike that rises above Canmore. With great views, the hike to the Lady MacDonald has everything you want in a hike, but alas not a tea house, it was destroyed in 2013!

#8. Mt Yamnuska Circuit (11.0km, 95m, 5-6.5h): Don’t underestimate this great hike near Canmore. Hiking the circuit around Mount Yamnuska is a challenging hike, with the famous “Chain” that terrifies a fair number of hikers on this route!

#9. Bow River (13.5km, 60m, 1-4h): This wonderful hike takes you along the Bow River, between Three Sisters and Main Street in Canmore. With great views and well-maintained trails, this is a fun day out for families!

#10. Grotto Canyon (4.4km, 115m, 1.5-2.5h): The hike in Grotto Canyon is another family favourite hike near Canmore. While the famous pictographs are fading and hard to see, the family will enjoy hiking in this canyon.

Heart Mountain Horseshoe

01. Heart Mountain Horseshoe

  • Difficulty
  • 11.0km
  • 935m
  • 5-7h

Wind Ridge

02. Wind Ridge

  • Difficulty
  • 12.2km
  • 820m
  • 4-6h

03. Grassi Lakes Circuit

03. Grassi Lakes Circuit

  • Difficulty
  • 4km
  • 185m
  • 1-2h

04. Ha Ling, Miners Peak and the Three Humps

04. Ha Ling, Miners Peak and the Three Humps

  • Difficulty
  • 5.25km
  • 885m
  • 3-5h

Quarry Lake

05. Quarry Lake

  • Difficulty
  • 3.0km
  • 15m
  • 1h

Main Street, Bow River and the Rail Bridge

06. Main Street, Bow River and the Rail Bridge

  • Difficulty
  • 3.7km
  • 25m
  • 0.75-1.5h

Lady MacDonald Tea House

07. Lady MacDonald Tea House

  • Difficulty
  • 8.6km
  • 905m
  • 4-6h

Mt. Yamnuska Circuit

08. Mt. Yamnuska Circuit

  • Difficulty
  • 11km
  • 935m
  • 5-6.5h

09. Bow River Trail

09. Bow River Trail

  • Difficulty
  • 13.5km
  • 60m
  • 1-4h

10. Grotto Canyon

10. Grotto Canyon

  • Difficulty
  • 16km
  • 1500m
  • 7-9h

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”

– John Muir