"WHAT BANFF SHOULD BE" Top 5 Page for this destination Canmore by madamx

Canmore Travel Guide: 110 reviews and 182 photos

Canmore's original name was Chuwapchipchiyan Kude, or "The prairie where they shot the little pine" in Stoney Indian.

Since that was too hard to say fast five times, Donald Smith of the Canadian Pacific Railway renamed the area Canmore, after Malcolm Canmore III, who killed Macbeth the upsurper in the fight for the Scottish Throne in 1057.

Canmore's history is well-rooted in coal mining. The first major mine started operating in 1887, and carried on until the 1970's.

It was a quiet, sleepy town, known for more than a gas fill-up than anything else, until the 1990's when developers realized that Canmore had huge potential. The town is growing steadily, especially with development being curbed sharply in the Banff townsite.

Even with all the development, it's still a quaint town, and has that pleasant small-town atmosphere, where you notice when you walk down the street that people know each other.

"We're Blessed to Be in Canmore"

Canmore doesn't offer the excitement or crowds of Banff -- I look to it as a place to relax, maybe have lunch, then spend the afternoon browsing in the shops.

If you aren't into shopping, take in the local park, up at Quarry Lake
or drive up the Spray Lakes Trail and take in the breathtaking scenery.

Once you visit, you will agree, that you are indeed blessed to be in Canmore

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  • In a nutshell:A Little Hidden Treasure in the Rockies
  • Last visit to Canmore: Dec 2003
  • Intro Updated Jan 15, 2005
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  • Fullmoonfever's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2008 at 7:25 AM

    my feet are sore!

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2007 at 4:39 AM

    The sort of tips I joined VT for. Well done.

  • Aafia's Profile Photo
    Apr 29, 2007 at 10:03 AM

    Wonderful tips on Canmore! Hoping to make it there some day to visit my niece who loves teaching there.

  • Ekaterinburg's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2007 at 5:12 PM

    Helen, I'm starting a transcontinental tour of Canada this week via your pages. First stop Canmore : BREATHTAKING ! I'm on the next plane! Top quality tips and stunning photos :))

  • bobsreturn2004's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2006 at 1:47 PM

    Canmore is where i might end up going for work.However it seems such a quiet town.Is there anything of intrest for someoen my age?

  • jojocan's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2005 at 9:29 PM

    Perhaps me and Kymba should stop here too??? It looks great! Less commercial than Banff. Just think - we'll get to meet in just a few days!

  • keida84's Profile Photo
    Jul 31, 2005 at 6:24 PM

    Hurrah for Ha Ling! Crazyweed restaurant sounds delightful, and the B & B what a way to spend the night. Helen, you a woman with the same taste in accomodations as myself! Always a pleasure to peruse your pages, Kat

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2005 at 4:47 PM

    A great page!

  • jamiesno's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2004 at 3:50 PM

    HHHmmm what to do, what to do? I have to try not to drive right through Canmore! :-)

  • babar_1's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2004 at 7:39 AM

    Excellent page, great tips and beautiful photos. Happt Travelling



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