One of the hardest aspects of the pandemic is not being able to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. If anyone told us just a handful of months ago that breathing on someone we loved could put them in peril, we would have collectively laughed! However, now that COVID-19 has swept the globe, and the dreaded second wave is trying to cancel Christmas, it’s time to adapt and overcome. One of the best attributes of Canmore is that it has plenty of open, natural, safe places to enjoy with your immediate family. So, even though this holiday season is keeping us apart from loved ones, Christmas in Canmore can still be an adventure – a smaller than planned one with your household – but an adventure nonetheless. Ready to save the Christmas spirit and try some new things this season? Read on to learn how to celebrate Christmas in Canmore!


Skiing and Snowboarding

Canmore is known for its world-class skiing. While others flock to the mountains from all over the world, Albertans have this hot tourist destination right in their own backyard. Just a short drive from Canmore is Sunshine Village Ski Resort where you can play for the day, or enjoy a leisurely vacation in the ski-in/ski-out lodge. Hitting the slopes is an outdoor activity and there is plenty of room to distance on the mountain. You’ll be required to socially distance in areas like the ski lift and lodge and wear a mask in public spaces on the property.


With some precautions, a day skiing or snowboarding can be a safe, fun activity for your entire family to enjoy this Christmas in Canmore. If you don’t have experience or equipment, check out the slope’s website to see the current protocols on lessons and rentals. As the pandemic progresses, lessons/rental are subject to change.


Cross Country Skiing and Snow Shoeing

If downhill slopes are not your thing, you can still enjoy the great outdoors by cross country skiing or snow shoeing. There are places around the region to do so, but the one of the easiest, and the best place to access groomed trails, is Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park. You’ll be required to remain with you cohort (which must be 10 or less), and wear a mask when unable to physical distance. Fees are in effect; you may purchase a season pass or a pay a daily rate. Note that the cross country ski pass does not include access to the biathlon range, which has a separate fee.


Traversing the snow on skis or snowshoes, or trying biathlon for the first time, can be a great family memory this Christmas season. It’s outdoors and easy to distance, while allowing everyone at every skill level to have a lot of healthy, active fun. This could be your new Christmas in Canmore tradition!  


A Modern Visit with Santa!

Is your little one missing out on a visit with Santa Claus? Well, worry no more! Jolly Old St. Nick can fly around the world in one night, so it’s clear he knows how to operate some pretty high technology! That’s why he’s hopping on Zoom this season to personally visit with boys and girls. Zoom with Santa, presented by the Bragg Creek Centre, is free, but parents must register a time slot for the personalized five-minute visit. Act now to book your child’s slot for the December 12 event.


More to Explore

There are plenty of outdoor spaces for bird watching, hikes, fat biking and more in Canmore, but you are not limited to public places. Dust off the board games, make old fashioned maple syrup snow candy, or light a bonfire (if safe to do so) and toast up some smores. Be innovative – there are plenty on ways to enjoy Christmas in Canmore this year.


What if the magic of Christmas in Canmore didn’t have to end? Canmore is a wonderful, diverse town with plenty of things to do, see, and experience year-round. If you are looking for a slower, healthier pace of life, Canmore has it all. Contact Lori Mitchell Real Estate to learn more about making the move to Canmore.

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