Thanks to the television images beamed to the world during those Olympics, Canmore has grown from a small mining town to an international tourist destination. Within the community of 12,288 full-time residents, Canmore is a model for healthy living and sustainable environmental development.
It’s minutes from a world heritage wilderness park, three provincial parks, a high-performance Nordic training centre and six golf courses, and just over 100 kilometres from Calgary.
The community is home to an energetic and well-educated population of mountain lovers that seems to be keenly aware of the balance between social health, economic growth and a sustainable environment.
This means that Canmore’s epic natural spaces are in good hands.
Canmore received its name in 1884 from Donald Smith – a Canadian Pacific Railway employee – who christened it after a town in northwest Scotland.
In 1886 Queen Victoria granted a coal mining charter to the town, and a few years later the first mine opened, providing the community’s main source of livelihood for nearly a century.
Through the early 20th century many of the Bow Valley’s coal mines began to close, and in 1979, Canmore Mines Ltd. shut their doors, leaving 120 miners out of work.
Today, Canmore’s economy is focused on recreation, tourism and a growing health & wellness sector, and the shift has worked in its favour: the town has tripled its population since the 1988 Olympics.
Add to that some of the world’s best golf, hiking, mountain climbing, biking, kayaking, canoeing and rafting, and you understand why Canmore has become such a beacon for mountain living and the active pursuit of well-being.
There are three school divisions operating in the town of Canmore:
The drive from Calgary to Canmore is the divided, double-lane Trans-Canada Highway. There is also regular Greyhound bus service between the two cities.
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