- Published: Friday, 06 May 2016 09:10
- Written by Mike Fraiman
Singing the Praises of the Canmore Kananaskis Nordic Centre
Dispatch by Delano Lavigne
Photo by Sergio David Spadavecchia
One of Canmore’s most important and memorable fixtures is the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park. It sits high on the western slopes of the Bow Valley, nestled beautifully under the east end of Mount Rundle. Its giant Canadian flag is one of the town’s most recognizable landmarks; from almost anywhere in town you can spot the bright red maple leaf swimming in a sea of lodgepole pines and spruce trees.
Originally built in 1988 to house the Nordic skiing events for the Calgary Winter Olympics, the centre is now home to trails for mountain biking, hiking, trail running, roller skating, fat-biking, snowshoeing, sledding, ice skating, orienteering, disc golf (winter and summer) and, of course, all the Nordic ski activities you could imagine.
The centre is large part of what makes Canmore a home for not only professional athletes but also outdoor-driven families. On any given day, you could be skiing alongside an Olympic medalist like Sara Renner or mountain biking behind a full family of four.
In many ways, the Nordic Centre is what defines Canmore. With year-round access to outdoor activities, the Nordic Centre supports the health and wellbeing of the community.
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