Movember Man Up Party!

November can get dark, cold and you can get caught up waiting and just dreaming of ski season being in full swing. While you’re waiting to hit the slopes there are some important and fun things going on in November. What are we talking about? Well, it started in Australia, under their November summer sun. It’s called Movember and it was started to raise awarness about men’s health and prostate cancer. There’s a high chance of surviving this cancer if it’s caught early enough. Trouble is, a lot of men opt out of going to the doctor for ‘just a check up’.

The Georgetown Inn is throwing a bash in support of men’s health. In fact, all the Waymarker Men shaved their faces and volunteered to grow a moustache in support of this great cause!

Steam Whistle will be donating a dollar for every pint sold. Other Canmore locals have donated Heli Tours, Dog Sled Tours and other Gift Certificates to be won. Canmore Cabs has donated Free Taxi Rides home.

Head down to The Georgetown Inn Movember 30th to chat about moustaches, mens health and the Grey Cup game with other Mo Brothers like yourself.

Out’n About Second Edition Off to Press!

I’m excited to announce my 2nd edition guide book, “Out’n About  A fun and friendly guide to Banff and Canmore” was sent to press today! 140 pages of fun, this isn’t just a hiking book. Tons of things to see and do, there’s hikes, bikes, boat trips, swimming holes, scenic wonders, rainy day stuff to do, events, festivals and so much more.  Look for it on local store shelves and in ebook format over the next few weeks. >D

Donna’s Best Bets

It’s positively balmy outside (-10C right now feels great after -36C all week) so grab your gear and go experience the area this weekend! A couple of ideas to keep you busy…… try night skiing at Mt. Norquay tonight – the park riders will love the terrain park with 15 cms of new snow. Afterwards, head to the lounge upstairs in the lodge  – they serve fabulous nachos.  Or, save your visit to enjoy Mt. Norquay’s “World Snow Day” celebrations this Sunday – don’t miss the new Belgian Waffle Hut for a taste of fresh, hot, delicious waffles made by Canmore entrepreneur (Belgian ex-pat) Pascale Wanlin – yummy!   A snowshoe up to Chester Lake would be ideal. Or, try kiteboarding up on the Spray Lakes (Spray Lakes/Smith Dorrien Road) and park just past the Sparrow Hawk picnic area) as it should be windy the weekend. Whatever you do….enjoy!

Kiting at the Spray Lakes


Out’n About Now Available in Apple IBooks Format!

Yep!  I’m excited to let folks who are planning on coming to Canmore in spring/summer/fall 2012 they can now purchase my Out’n About Banff & Canmore book in electronic format for IPods/IPads/IPhones/IBook viewers! Follow this link to the bookstore and happy trip planning! Meantime keep checking back to get more ideas for fun winter activities to enjoy.

Nice Day for an Ice Walk?

Ever been up Grotto Canyon? Well, it’s warming up again here in Canmore and a ice walk just might be the ticket. Took the teenagers up a few days ago and they loved it! You can slip and slide all the way up and down or wear attachable cleats or crampons on your boots to avoid a fall. The canyon walls and ice falls are very pretty and look for ancient indian pictographs on the left side canyon wall about 2/3rds the way up. To get there, take the 1A highway highway east from Canmore 12 kms. Just past Gap Lake, look for the green “BayMag 2” plant entrance sign and turn left into the plant but drive straight ahead and park along the gravel side road. Walk along the side road west past the plant and look for the brown hiker trail sign pointing right that leads up to the canyon walk. Enjoy!

Welcome to Experience Canmore!

Welcome to our Experience Canmore portal website! Let us help you plan and customize your special experiences in our wonderful area.  From our pioneering beginnings as a railway and coal mining town, Canmore has become a world-class year-round vacation travel and resort destination. Only a one hour’s drive from Calgary and nestled in the Canadian Rockies near Banff, we offer the perfect setting for both summer and winter vacation travel, or that special weekend getaway. Spectacular scenery, fresh air, wildlife, first class restaurants and shops, plus an abundance of activities to choose from, make Canmore a year-round international resort and spa destination.

Summer activities and adventures around Canmore include fishing, golf, cycling, hiking and rock climbing, to name just a few. With the Canadian Rockies all around, you’ll find that the awe-inspiring landscape will enhance all your activities here. Summer festivals like our folk festival and Highland Games will entertain and inspire!

Our winters boast plenty of fresh powder snow and easy access to local world-class skiing and snowboarding areas. The Canmore Nordic Centre also offers some of the best cross country skiing in the world. If skiing is not your thing, there’s ice fishing, dogsled adventure trips, skating, snowshoeing and many more fun activities to keep you busy.  So click around and check us out! We can’t wait to help you plan your best vacation… Ever!!