Before it was made famous for hosting the Nordic activities of the 1988 Winter Olympics, Canmore was little more than a sleepy mining town and a 'gas stop' for travelers. Today, Canmore is a bustling town of nearly 17,000 residents made up of 13,077 permanent residents and 3,890 non-permanent residents (2014 census). The relaxed, friendly atmosphere invites visitors to return and make Canmore a permanent home; a home that feels like a never-ending vacation.
Ideally situated 5 minutes east of the Banff Park gates, 20 minutes from the Town of Banff, and less than an hour from the City of Calgary and its burgeoning international airport, Canmore is fast-becoming the location of choice for those seeking recreational property, a permanent residence, or a place to enjoy an active retirement. As technology grows, so do the number of people tele-commuting and operating their businesses from their homes in Canmore, and over 500 residents still make Calgary their place of work, showing that many people are still willing to make the long drive to work and back to enjoy the mountain lifestyle!
With an abundance of recreational activities available, such as downhill skiing, skating, cross-country skiing, or ice fishing, the residents and visitors to Canmore always have much to choose from. are just a few of the options in the winter. During the summer, the championship golf courses, mountain bike and hiking trails, rock climbing, bird watching and rivers full of fish beckon. The surrounding mountains offer countless opportunities for adventure and relaxation, and their beauty inspires those who live here to live life to the fullest and climb each personal 'mountain' with confidence.
The Town of Canmore has adopted a growth management strategy that restricts growth to a maximum of 6% per year. By doing so, the town is proactively taking control of limitation of growth.