The Canmore is one of the most spectacular places on earth. We might be biased. This quaint little town with soaring mountains and rushing streams takes our breath away. Everyday. We want your to give you our best local insight on how to get the most out of your visit. The simple things give us the most joy. Because of this, our tips are mostly free, nature based and human powered.
- Park your car. Explore Canmore’s attractions right from the Paintbox Lodge’s door step.
Canmore Pathways and Trail: What we love the most about our trail system is that they all all accessed from the Paintbox Lodge doorstep. Driving to trailheads is optional. Canmore is lucky to enjoy a trail network with excellent coverage, with over 160km of trails within town boundaries. Our trail system includes paved trails, gravel trails, as well as single track and hiking trails. If you’d like to get out for a run, a ride or a hike, options for all ages and abilities are available, whether you’re mountain biking, trail running, or just looking for a leisurely cruise along the river paths. We have maps at the lodge and our go to guide book is Gillean Daffern’s Trail Guide to Kananaskis. This guide book even has our favourite gourmet hike from the Paintbox Lodge, via quarry lake and the Highline to the Market Bistro in it! Feel free to use our complimentary townies and bring your hammock.
- Avoid the crowds. Pack your own food, water and bear spray and leave early for anything.
- Take the trail less traveled. Consider skipping Lake Louise and saving it for the quiet season. If you want to get into the alpine, some of our favourites areas are Sunshine Meadows and Kananaskis Country.
- The world loves Banff and so do we! It is totally worth checking out the town- but don’t drive there! Parking in Banff is extremely difficult to find. Take the ROAM public transit system. The bus stop is one block from the Paintbox Lodge and leaves every half an hour on week days and every hour on weekends. $6.00 each way and exact change required. Consider biking the Legacy Trail to Banff. Our favourite thing to do in Banff? Rent a Canoe and head to Vermillion Lakes.
- Lake Louise is on your bucket list, don’t get bamboozled and not find parking.
Park at the Lake Louise Overflow Camping, 5.5 km east of Lake Louise. Take the free Park Bus to Lake Louise. Leaves every 15 minutes.