Savour the pure alpine air as you glide along the dazzling white trail in the winter sunshine. Breathe in the fragrance of the evergreens and wonder what animals made the fresh sets of tracks crossing your path. The only sounds are the swish of your skis and the occasional birdsong. When the trees give way to a sublime panorama, you’ll marvel that such a healthy activity can be this exhilarating.
With over 70 Nordic hubs to choose from, what better place to start than the home of Canada’s national cross-country and biathlon ski teams? Designed for the 1988 Winter Olympics, Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park is among the top cross-country ski destinations in the world. Skiers of all skill levels will enjoy the challenge on 65 km (37 mi) of groomed and track-set trails. And it’s only about an hour’s drive west of Calgary. Wax up those skis and follow in the footsteps of Olympians. Or follow your own path on hundreds of kilometers of trails throughout the province.