Canmore and Banff: Alberta’s charming mountain towns
, 2023-01-09 13:04:09,
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In the 19th century, the quest for coal to fuel transcontinental trains led people to Canmore, Alta.
In the 20th century, just after coal mining came to an end there, the quest for Olympic gold, silver and bronze in Nordic skiing events led people from around the world to Canmore.
Today, people continuing that quest still make their way to Canmore, part of the legacy of the Calgary 1988 Olympic Winter Games. However, for those who aren’t Olympic athletes, such as my wife Ruth and I, and probably you, too, there are multiple reasons to visit Canmore.
During our time there, we discovered that people who live in Calgary (a drive of an hour and a half away) and other parts of western Canada consider Canmore as their getaway community. It’s a place to unwind, reconnect with nature, maybe get some outdoor exercise, and enjoy the mountain views.
Let’s start with the mountains, part of the eastern Rockies. Nobody’s asking you to climb them, just look up and enjoy the views (they’re free!).
Better yet, tell your Calgary friends to meet you at the Canmore Golf &…
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