Traveller, physical fitness enthusiast, and freelance writer living in the beautiful country of Canada.
Published March 27th 2013
Fun in the wilderness
Developed for the 1988 Winter Olympics, the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park is a four season activity destination. During summer months, the site hosts trail runs, mountain biking, and disc golf. In the winter, it is a mecca for cross country ski enthusiasts and also hosts international cross country and biathlon races.
Cross country skiing at the Canmore Nordic Centre is an excellent and enjoyable way to spend a day outside. There are over 65kms of groomed and track set trail. There are trails for all levels - from beginner to expert. Trails are set for both classic and skate technique. Current trail information is found on the website. The Banff Trail is a beautiful easy trail lined with trees and stunning views of the nearby mountains.
The Day Lodge has a cafe, fireplace, change rooms, showers, day lockers and meeting rooms available for rental. Hours of operation are 9am - 5:30pm daily. In the winter, a trail use fee is in effect and passes can be purchased at the Day Lodge.
Skis, boots, and poles can be rented from Trail Sports. Located on site and across from the Day Lodge. Trail Sports also offers private and group lessons in both classic and skate technique.
The Canmore Nordic Centre utilises snow farming to increase the length of the ski season by using snow from the previous season. In snow farming, a large pile of snow is created and then covered with saw dust in the spring to slow melting during the summer. In the fall, crews clear the saw dust from the pile of snow and spread it out on the trails for skiing.