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Welcome to the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park (CNCPP). Developed in 1986 to host the 1988 Calgary Olympic Winter Games, the CNCPP is one of the few remaining operational Olympic Nordic skiing venues in the world. Enjoy the extensive recreational ski and mountain biking trails with spectacular views of Canmore, the Bow Valley and Mount Rundle.
Scroll through the important information below and do not hesitate to contact our visitor experience staff with any questions you may have. Please plan ahead and follow our COVID-19 guidelines to help us keep our facilities and trails open. The safety of our staff and visitors is our top priority.
Please note that these rules and requirements may evolve throughout the course of our summer season as we adapt to current Alberta Health guidelines, so please check this webpage before every visit.
Thank you for your cooperation and happy trails!
Always check our trail report or call the Visitor Experience Desk at 403-678-2400 before your visit to get the latest updates on trail conditions. The Canmore Nordic Centre also host provincial, national and international events during which trail closures may occur. Be sure to visit the links below for an update on events and trail closures.
Developed in 1986 to host the 1988 Olympic Winter Games, the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park offers world cross country skiing in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains. Over 65km of groomed machine-made and natural snow trails offer an extensive trail network for recreational and competitive cross country skiing and biathlon with all trails suitable for classic and skating techniques.
Home of Canada’s National Cross Country and Biathlon teams, the CNCPP trails are training grounds for local clubs and training centre, providing a high performance environment for athletes. The winter season 2021/22 will be marked by two major events: The Para-Nordic World Cup in December and the World Masters in March.
The facility also offers a 6.5km illuminated loop on machine made snow. More than 20km of trails are supported by snowmaking, allowing for an earlier start to the ski season and more consistent conditions year round. Frozen Thunder, CNCPP’s unique snow farming initiative, utilizes snow stored on-site from the previous season and allow the Nordic Centre to offer skiing as early as mid-October.
A season pass or day ticket is required to ski at the Canmore Nordic Centre and available online or at the daylodge. Skiing after 5pm is free, but don’t forget your headlamp if you venture out of the lit loop!
Please note that the Kananaskis Conservation Pass do not cover the winter trail fees for the Canmore Nordic Centre.
Maps are available at the front desk, or online via the links below:
We have devoted some of our popular summer single track network to available to fat biking in winter. The single tracks are machine groomed by volunteers through our local partner, Canmore and Area Mountain Biking Association. Offering about 30km of intermediate fat biking trails.
Please note that fat biking is not permitted on groomed ski trails, except where crossing are necessary. Rentals are available through TrailSports.
The most popular winter hiking trails in the park is the Grassi Lakes Trail (located 5min further up the road from the Canmore Nordic Centre).
A 2.5km Snowshoeing loop is available below the main daylodge by the disc course and the Legacy Trail. Please note that snowshoeing on ski trails is strictly prohibited due to safety reasons.
The skating rink is located at the south end of the cross-country stadium. Please visit the trail report page before your visit as temporary closure may occur with short notices to ensure the ice is safe for skating.
The Nordic Centre 9-hole winter disc golf course is known for its beautiful setting and challenging nature. Pick up a course map / score card at the Daylodge or TrailSports. The Disc Golf Course is free to use. Pets must be kept on leash at all times.
Please note that ole #5 to #14 are CLOSED in Winter. Stay off ski trails at all times. Please respect the closure as these holes are located on competition cross country ski trails with blind corners and fast downhills.
Even in the winter months, there are many wildlife sightings at the Canmore Nordic Centre. Wolves, coyotes, cougars, deer, elk and pine martens are of few of the animals that may be seen on the trails.
Please respect the rules below at all times to avoid encounters that could lead to personal injuries or destruction of wildlife. Help us keep our wildlife WILD. Don’t feed or disturb wildlife.
The idea is to convince the cougar that you are not prey and that you may be a threat to it.
WildSmart is a proactive conservation program that encourages efforts by Bow Valley communities to reduce negative human-wildlife interactions. Visit their website for programs, resources, bear reports and more.
For more information on wildlife safety please visit the Administration desk located inside of the Daylodge.
All rentals and lessons are organized through our onsite partner TrailSports. Pre-book your lessons and rental gear online by clicking on the link below.
You can volunteer to become a winter trail host at the Canmore Nordic Centre. The main goal is to help new visitors with route finding and trail recommendations. All hours spent volunteering are eligible towards a discounted ski pass for the next winter season (50% discount with 20hrs or more, free regular ski season pass with 40hrs or more).
Two long term partners of Alberta Parks and the Canmore Nordic Centre, Friends of Kananaskis and Canmore Trail Alliance develop program and activity to protect the ecosystems within Kananaskis Country through trail care and volunteer programs.
FOK also develops program aimed at educating people through environmental education programs, engage communities and individuals of Kananaskis Country and support sustainable use initiatives in partnerships with the Kananaskis Region/Alberta Environment and Parks.
Visit Friends of Kananaskis and sign up for volunteer events.
Volunteering through our different partners (WildSmart, Friends of Kananaskis, Canmore Trail Alliance), offers reward in the form of discounted Canmore Nordic Centre individual season passes. If you reach 20hrs of volunteer work, you will obtain a 50% discount on your individual season pass. Reach 40hrs of volunteer work for a free CNC individual season pass.
In the event of a first aid emergency, please call 911, Kananaskis Dispatch at 403-591-7755 or the Visitor Experience Desk 403-678-2400. Please report any incidents to a staff member. Please limit the exposure of first responders to COVID 19 by wearing a mask or a face covering whenever possible.
Canada’s Adventure Smart website has excellent trip planning resources.
While our trails are not in avalanche terrain, nearby popular backcountry destinations in Kananaskis Country can see avalanche activity well into the summer season. Always be prepared, read the latest avalanche bulletin, carry avalanche safety gear (transceiver, shovel and probe) and know how to use it.