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...

Cross-country skiing Olympians have the highest levels of aerobic fitness of all Olympians!