Alberta Parks

Canmore Nordic Centre

Get Here

  • Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park is located 3.5 km west of Canmore. The drive is just over 5 minutes from the centre of town.
  • From the heart of Calgary, the Canmore Nordic Centre is 106 km west on the Trans-Canada Highway - an hour’s drive. 

At the Park

  • Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park was developed to host the cross-country ski events of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games.  It's one of the few operational Olympic Nordic Skiing venues in the world.
  • Visitors from Alberta, across Canada and around the world come to Canmore Nordic Centre to enjoy extensive recreational ski trails, participate in and be spectators at world class events.
  • More than 65 kilometres of groomed machine-made and natural snow trails grace the base of Mount Rundle in Canmore. Most trails are suitable for both classic and skate techniques.
  • A beautiful meadow, located in the middle of the trail system, is easily accessible for skiers of all levels and offers spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains. There's also a warming hut here!


  • While cross-country skiing is the crown jewel of the activities offered at Canmore Nordic Centre, there is lots of winter fun here!
  • Ice skating and tobogganing are available for classic winter activities.
  • Ready for something really different? Try fat biking. Or play a round of winter disc golf, a Frisbee golf game on snow!


  • Canmore Nordic Centre is located conveniently near Canmore, which has lots of accommodations. Book in advance as the winter is a popular time of year to be in the mountains.
  • The city of Calgary is an easy drive from the park as well, and has a multitude of choices for your stay.
  • Winter camping options in Kananaskis Country are also available for the adventurous, including McLean Creek Campground and Mount Kidd RV Park.  Be prepared to drive 45 minutes or more from a winter campsite to the Nordic Centre. 


  • To maintain an Olympic level of quality at Canmore Nordic Centre, user fees apply. Passes are required for cross-country skiing and fat biking. A biathlon range is available for athlete and club use with a biathlon range pass.
  • The other facilities are free to use.
  • The rental company located on site offers ski packages and other winter sports equipment, as well as lessons.
  • The Canmore Nordic Centre trail report includes a live grooming report link and a real-time webcam.
  • The Day Lodge has a cafe, as well as an info counter, washrooms, day lockers, changes rooms, showers, a fireplace and seating.

Did You Know...

Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park is an Olympic level facility. Built for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, the Canmore Nordic Centre is still used to train elite athletes, Olympians, and future Olympians today!