Snowshoe Canmore Nordic Centre

CNC snowshoe-v4The Canmore Nordic Centre has recently created a very pleasant 3 km snowshoe trail; a mixture of old roads and single-track bike trails. Unfortunately the start is hard to find if you don’t know the area in summer and the trail has nowhere near enough signs to make it easy to follow in winter. While there is no charge to use the new trail, remember you are not allowed to snowshoe on any of the groomed ski trails. UPDATE Dec 8. Since the original post more signs have been added, some branch trimming done and snow clearing staff will try to keep the entrance to the trail clear of snow.

Park in the parking lot east of the Bill Warren Training Centre. The snowshoe trail starts on the north side of the road at the start of the disc golf course. There is a tiny snowshoe sign on a post, hidden by the berm of snow from snowplowing. It descends to the edge of the wax-test area where you have the choice of turning sharp right to snowshoe the trail anti-clockwise, or heading to a lower trail to the right to follow the orange snowshoe signs in a clockwise direction (recommended).

CNC snowshoe-hThe trail skirts the disc golf course and descends to the single-track Orchid bike trail, which it follows to Canmore Trail. A few metres before the Canmore Trail a two-way section descends the Sponge Bog Switchbacks to Georgetown Trail, which leads to the Lookout Cliffs viewpoint. After climbing back up to Orchid/Canmore junction, the trail descends steeply to a small pond and heads left on Narnia (another single-track bike trail). Just before the power line right-of-way, look for a snowshoe sign pointing right. There are no more signs for a long way. Work you way up through the trees, looking for a trail that becomes more obvious the farther you go. Cross another power line right-of-way with a sign on the right-hand side of a power pole (which made us think we were slightly off route), shortly connecting up with a well-signed section of trail leading onto an old road that takes you back up to the start.

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