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Visitors be aware, in the mountains the water is cold all year. If you fall into the cold water it will affect you immediately.
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 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.
In summer, the Canmore Nordic Centre is a mountain biking mecca with some of the best mountain biking on this side of the Canadian Rockies. Over 100km of trails include wide double track for leisurely rides to scenic lookouts, narrower cross-country ski trails for more challenge on rolling terrain and single track trails ranking from green to black.
Our Mountain Bike Skills Park was refurbished in 2016 and now offers fun and challenging jumps and berms lines for beginner and advanced riders alike.
Our mountain biking trails are supported by local trail associations (Friends of Kananaskis, CAMBA, Canmore Trail Alliance), consider a membership or donations if you ride the trails often. Even better, stop by the front desk and ask a staff member about volunteer trail events. Volunteers are currently helping building the new Iliad trail, adding 2.5km of technical blue/black single track to our trail network.
Maps are available at the front desk, or online:
Our on-site trails are suitable for training runs of any distances and intensity with varied terrain. The most popular hiking trails in the park are the Georgetown Interpretive and the Grassi Lakes Trail (located 5min further up the road from the Canmore Nordic Centre).
6.5km of paved trail allow for sport-specific training of our local and visiting Nordic athletes. Please make sure to read the roller ski loop guidelines. We do not recommend use of the paved loop for hiking or walking due to the high risk of high speed collision (roller skis do not have brakes). Roller skiers always have right of way over any other users.
The Nordic Centre 18-hole summer 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.
In the summer months, there are many wildlife sightings at the Canmore Nordic Centre. Bears, 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.
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.
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.