The Town of Canmore is one of the most beautiful places in all of Canada to live, work and play! Opening out across the floor of the Bow River Valley and flanked on all sides by the front ranges of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Canmore offers the best of all possible worlds. Beginning with an enviable geographic location approximately an hour and a half from downtown Calgary and five minutes from Banff National Park east gate, Canmore offers not only a spectacular location but unequalled outdoor recreational opportunities, great food, and great shopping in the heart of some of the world's most breathtaking scenery.
Canmore is minutes away from Banff National Park, Kananaskis Country and Bow Valley Provincial Parks, five world-renowned ski resorts and six breath-taking golf courses. With an international airport just 1.5 hours away, Canmore has a myriad of opportunities to offer adventurous locals and visitors alike.
Population: 12,005 permanent residents
Elevation: 1309 metres
Wildlife: Canmore and the surrounding area contain several wildlife corridors. These corridors are important habitat for many wildlife species, including bear, cougar, elk and big horn sheep.
UV Rating: The UV rating for Canmore is usually high to extremely high throughout the year. Because of the altitude and the sun's angle of incidence in this section of the world, people's skin tends to burn much faster than usual. You really must use sunscreen, a shade hat, and sunglasses, to avoid sunburn.
Climate: As Canada is a northern country, many visitors are confused about the weather. The sunniest province in Canada is Alberta and on the coldest days of winter, there is a good chance that the bright sunshine will be sparkling off the snow. Be sure to bring sunglasses and sunscreen lotion.
Alberta is a comparatively dry province. Even on the hottest day of summer, it is rare that one would feel oppressed by the humidity. When rain or snow comes, it fluctuates in how long it lasts and travel is rarely interrupted.
May: The days are warm but cool at night. Medium weight apparel is recommended. This can be an enjoyable time for those who prefer spring travel. The country is green and spring flowers are in bloom generally by mid-month. This is the time outdoor spring and summer activities begin.
June: Warm. Summer clothing with some medium weight apparel for cool evenings is advised. The weather is ideal for travel and all outdoor summer activities (Note: insect repellent is a must for bush travel).
July & Auguest: The warmest months of summer. Light weight summer clothing is a great option. This is an ideal time for travel and enjoying summer activities.
September: The days are warm, but the evenings are cool. Light to medium weight summer clothing is recommended. Travel is ideal and this is a great time for photography as foliage takes on fall colouring toward the end of the month.
October: Cool. Medium to heavy weight apparel is advised. The first touch of frost is in the air. Excellent weather for travel and photography of foliage. Autumn colours peek early this month.
November: Cool and frosty. Medium to heavy weight apparel is a great choice. The first sign of snow occurs this month. Travel at this time is good. Motorists should have cars winterized and snow tires are recommended.
December, January & February: Winter temperatures. Winter apparel is advised (overcoat, hat, boots, gloves). Heavy snowfall occurs during this time. Excellent months to enjoy the many winter sports activities.
March: Moderating. Winter apparel with some medium weight wear are great choices. The snow begins to disappear; however outdoor activities can still be enjoyed in winter resort areas. Winterized cars with snow tires are recommended.April: Milder. The days are warm but evenings are cool. The snow disappears, except in higher, mountainous areas where conditions are ideal for spring skiing.