Fun Things to do in Canmore in the Summer

Discover a range of fun things to do in Canmore in the summer. Your Rocky Mountain adventure awaits, with an impressive range of outdoor activities. One of the best things about staying in Canmore is the proximity to an incredible range of outdoor activities, including river rafting, hiking, mountain biking, boating, fishing, swimming, dryland dog carting, kennel tours, horseback riding and more!


Canmore, Alberta is located just outside Banff National Park’s eastern boundary, about an hour drive from Calgary. Known for its charming downtown and spectacular mountain views, Canmore has a reputation for being a bit quieter than Banff. Canmore is a popular destination for outdoor recreationists who are looking for a variety of activities to choose from.


With access to 6 of Canada’s best parks and recreation areas, Canmore is the perfect hub for outdoor adventure and exploration. Here are some day trip options to consider from Canmore:

Please note that park fees are applicable in all of these areas, aside from David Thompson Country. Always carry bear spray, dress appropriately, and be prepared for sudden weather changes.

White Wolf Rafting - Kananaskis River Adventure Tour - Kananaskis, Alberta

River Rafting

What’s more refreshing than being out on the river on a hot summer’s day? The feeling of the cool river beneath you as the boat glides through calm waters before taking on the white water rapids. White Wolf Rafting offers two tour options, both are 4 hours in total, with 1.5-2 hours out on the river.

Perfect for beginners or people looking for a more mellow experience, our Kananaskis River Adventure Tour combines beautiful scenery with some fun class 2-3 rapids.

This tour covers a bit more distance on the river (9km), is suitable for kids aged 5+ and leaves in the afternoon. Save 10% when you upgrade your tour to include adventure dog carting with our sister company, Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours, with our Doggie Paddle Package.

White Wolf Rafting - Horseshoe Canyon Tour - Kananaskis, AlbertaRide the biggest rapids in the Bow Valley with our Horseshoe Canyon Adventure Tour. This tour includes class 3-4 rapids and covers 6km in distance on the river. Suitable for ages 12+, this tour leaves in the morning.

Please note that basic swimming skills are required for this tour. Save 10% when you upgrade this tour to include a husky kennel tour with our sister company, Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours, with our Doggie Paddle Package.


Dryland Dog Carting

Snowy Owl Tours - Canmore, Alberta - Adventure Dog Carting TourIf you’re ready to try something new our sister company, Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours dryland adventure dog carting is the perfect tour. With Rocky Mountain views, a pack of huskies will lead you along the shaded trail, through the forest at Boundary Ranch, Kananaskis.

This interactive tour includes an intro to dog carting and a chance to care for the husky dogs. You’ll also visit a buffalo paddock! Each cart holds 4 people and is suitable for kids aged 3+.

Save 10% when you combine this tour with white water rafting (Doggie Paddle Package) or a kennel tour (Dog Days of Summer Package).

Snowy Owl Tours - Canmore, Alberta - Kennel Tours & PackagesHusky Kennel Tours

New for the summer of 2022, our sister company, Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours kennel tours are perfect for people who love big dogs.  With over 100 husky hero dogs, there will be plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal for a cuddle.

Watch our pack splash through pools and frolic around with their toys during their free run. After, enjoy some time with the dogs as you learn about the different husky breeds in our pack.

Save 10% when you combine this tour with white water rafting (Boat & Bark Package) or a dog carting tour (Dog Days of Summer Package) when you upgrade to a package.

Woof & Hoof Package with Snowy Owl Tours Dog Carting Tour and horseback riding at Boundary Ranch - Kananaskis, AlbertaHorseback Riding

If you love horses, then a visit to Boundary Ranch should be on your Canadian Rocky Mountain itinerary. Situated in Kananaskis Country, Boundary Ranch is family owned and operated. They offer a wide selection of horseback rides and adventures, all with stunning mountain views.

Save 10% on Boundary Ranch’s Ridge Ride horseback tour with our Woof & Hoof Package.  Enjoy Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours dryland adventure dog carting in the morning, followed by a horseback tour and a BBQ lunch with all the fixings. You’ll get a chance to visit their buffalo paddock as well as the Guinn Family Museum.


If you love to swim outside in nature, Canmore and Banff have lots of incredible options. A few of our favourite local swimming holes around Canmore include Quarry Lake Park and Spray Lakes in Kananaskis.

However you decide to spend your time in the Canadian Rockies, we hope you step outside your comfort zone and try something new! Most importantly, ENJOY!!!