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Why it’s awesome:
Canmore is a bustling little town that sits between soaring mountains and glacier-fed rivers. While its downtown is cute, this is a destination best suited for wilderness geeks. Whether you want to be in a canoe, on a mountain bike, on horseback or dog sled, what better place to do it than against the dramatic backdrop of the Rockies?
What to do:
Pack a tent and spend a weekend camping on the Bow River Campground, where you can fish for trout and whitefish and hike along trails that’ll take you past the azure-blue waters of Grassi Lakes. Take a tour of the Rat’s Nest Cave, a 4-kilometre natural cave created by glacial meltwaters.
When to visit:
Avoid the area in spring and fall; though rates will be cheaper, the lakes may be frozen and the weather can be unpredictable. Choose late June to make the best of the long days, but be sure to book ahead.