The charming town of Canmore offers plenty of fun outdoor activities. From hiking to kayaking, mountain biking or paddleboarding in the summer months to cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in the winter months. One of the best ways to explore Canmore and its stunning landscapes is by bike! When we stayed in Canmore we rented a bike to see the different unique perspectives of this mountain town. It was so much fun and so easy to get around! Canmore has extensive bike trails which are all well-maintained and signed. I would recommend everyone visiting this lovely town rent a bike in Canmore. Or even better, go on this guided E-bike Tour and learn more about Canmore and its history.
Why should you rent a bike in Canmore?
We Dutchies are world famous for the bicycle culture, so when we found out how easy it was to bike around Canmore, we had to hop on a bike on a beautiful sunny autumn day. There are a few main reasons why you should rent a bike in Canmore, listed below.
- It’s an eco-friendly way to get around and explore the beautiful mountain town
- You can see a lot in a short time
- Get to the trailheads without the hassle of parking (Such as the popular Grassi Lakes)
- Bike to Banff via the Legacy Trail
- It’s a great family-friendly activity
If you don’t want to navigate a biking route yourself, and you would like to learn more about Canmore and its interesting coal mining history, then book this 3-hour guided E-bike Tour. You will discover the picturesque Engine Bridge, Northwest Mounted Police Barracks, and beautiful Bow River with your guide during this tour.
Where to rent a bike in Canmore?
Canmore has a selection of bike rental stores, ranging from Mountain Bikes to E-bikes and other types of rental bikes. Find here the best bike rental Canmore shops.
- Pedego Electric Bikes: Pedego is situated along Railway Avenue and has a wide range of E-bikes for rent. Riding an E-bike in Canmore is a great way to see the beauty of this part of the Canadian Rockies in a short time.
- Rebound Cycle: Situated at the end of Canmore’s main street, Rebound Cycle is hard to miss. They offer a wide selection of bike rental, including SUPs and kayaks for a water-sport activity.
- Gear Up: Gear Up is perfect for those wanting to explore the Banff Legacy trail and Canmore town as they are conveniently located along the Legacy Trail. They provide commuter bikes, including e-bikes.
- Trail Sports: At the Canmore Nordic Center you can rent mountain bikes at Trail Sports. They also have full-suspension Rocky Mountain Instinct bikes if you’re looking for an off-road biking adventure.
- Rundle Mountain Bike Rental: Close to the Canmore Visitor Center is Rundle Mountain Bike Rental who offer e-bikes, road bike, and commuter bikes.
- Chateau Mountain Sports: Offering a diverse range of bikes, including commuter bikes, e-bikes, hardtail mountain bikes, and road bikes, Chateau Mountain Sports provides a wide range of bike rentals in Canmore.
Best Canmore Bike Trails
Without ever leaving Canmore town, you can bike over 20 kilometers of beautifully maintained biking trails. From scenic mountain views to picturesque lakes, biking in Canmore provides an easy, eco-friendly and adventurous way to discover the breathtaking landscapes. There are a few beautiful bike trails in Canmore and points of interest you can visit during your bike tour.
Banff Legacy Trail
The Banff Legacy Trail is a beautiful 22.3km ride between Canmore and Banff along a paved pathway. The entire trail is collectively referred to as the Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail and offers breathtaking views, rest stops and picnic areas along the way. The trail connects the Bow Valley Parkway with the town of Banff, Cascade Ponds, the Banff East Gate and the town of Canmore. It is the best way to explore Banff National Park in an environmentally friendly way. The trail is usually snow-free from April to October.
Bow River Valley Trails
The Bow River Valley Trail in Canmore spans over 20 km of well-marked biking trails which are a mix of paved and gravel. It’s a scenic bike ride with plenty of benches along the river where you can rest and take in the beautiful scenery. It’s a perfect biking trail if you don’t want to leave Canmore town.
Quarry Lake is a must-visit on your bike ride in Canmore. This stunning lake is set against the backdrop of the towering mountain peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Surrounded by lush forests and with views of Ha Ling Peak, Quarry Lake offers a serene and tranquil atmosphere with plenty of benches to rest and take in the stunning scenery. The crystal-clear turquoise waters of the lake are the perfect spot for a swim. Highly recommended in the warmer summer months!
Three Sister viewpoint
Another must-visit location on your biking tour in Canmore is the Three Sister viewpoint. Follow the Bow Valley Trail for about 5-10 minutes outside of Canmore. Then park your bike and walk the last bit until you get to an open area with a beautiful reflection pond. Here you will have an unobstructed view of the Three Sister Peaks.
More Canada travel inspiration
I hope you enjoyed this complete guide about exploring Canmore by bike and the best bike rental Canmore shops. For more travel inspiration about British Columbia and Alberta, head over to our other Canada travel guides. See below our Canada guides per National Park to prepare for your trip.