It's Fall in Canmore & Kananaskis

It's Fall in Canmore & Kananaskis

A Perfect Time for Walking, Nordic Walking & Hiking!

What is not to love about September? The crowds have gone. The bugs have gone. Although we may have a snowfall or two, good weather abounds this month. The peaks have their snow caps on making for fantastic scenery when paired with the yellow and gold colours of the aspens and larch trees. The elk rut is on, with scenes of jostling elk a common sight around Canmore. But steer well clear, as the males are very aggessive.

September is a fantstic month to enjoy walking, Nordic walking and hiking in Canmore and Kananaskis Country. Active by Nature's schedule of Quick-Start Nordic walking sessions has expanded this fall, as have the walking tours. These activities all start from the Malcolm Hotel in Spring Creek.

  • Quarry Lake

  • Photo credit: GeoKs

  • Quick-Start Tour

  • Quarry Lake

  • Bull Elk

The two hour walks and Nordic walking tours will start from various locations, depending on what the weather is like and where the best fall colours can be found. Quarry Lake is a much quiter destination in September. Consider a 2 hour guided tour that starts from the Malcolm, goes through town, across the Bow River, making its way up cascading Canmore Creek for a loop around Quarry Lake before the return trip. Another destination is the pretty little waterfall on Three Sisters Creek along with walks along the pathways of Three Sisters Mountain Village.

The three hour Three Sisters Pathway tour is also a good September choice. It offers Bow River views, two meadows frequented by elk, views of some lovely homes and a forested walk. If you don't see the elk (never guaranteed) you are very likely to hear them. This one-way walk of approximately 6 km ends at the Three Sisters Market Bistro for a refreshing drink before hoping on ROAM transit for a ride back to downtown.


Active by Nature is offering custom private group hikes throughout the fall. Gather up a few friends and schedule a hike to Chester Lake, Grassi Lakes, Watridge Lake, Troll Falls, the High Rockies Trail or to the Saddle of Ha Ling. One hike, open to a minimum of three and a maximum of six people has been scheduled for Chester Lake on Friday, September 25th. Two metres of physical distancing will be maintained amongst individuals (unless belonging to the same cohort group). This hike of approximately 4 hours will take you to one of the jewels of Kananaskis Country. Surrounded by towering peaks, the hike to turquoise Chester Lake is about 11 km with over 300 m of elevation gain. The trail starts on a logging road and eventually enters a scenic meadow before reaching the lake. Chester Lake is a recommended for those wanting to experience a larch hike. Come, and be active, by nature, this September in Canmore and Kananaskis. REGISTER BELOW:

  • Photo credit: GeoKs

    Chester Lake Moose

  • Chester Lake, early Oct

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What to wear & bring (Spring, Summer, Fall):

  1. Wear comfy casual clothes.
  2. Bring a warm extra layer & rain jacket, just in case.
  3. Running shoes are fine while light trail or hiking shoes provide even more support and are ideal.
  4. Please no flip-flops or sandals.
  5. Leave purses at home. A small backpack is a great bring-along.
  6. Don't forget your water, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, insect repellent and your camera.

What to wear & bring (Winter):

  1. Wear a long sleeve t-shirt/thermal underwear top plus 1 or 2 layers (i.e.: light fleece top, heavier fleece top) & a wind/waterproof shell. Heavy winter parkas and snow pants are usually too warm.
  2. Wear winter boots or lined hiking boots. Icers, which go over your footwear to prevent slipping, are provided when necessary.
  3. Leave purses at home. A small backpack is a great bring-along.
  4. Bring water, gloves/mitts, a hat/headband, scarf/buff/neck warmer, tissues/handkerchief, sunglasses and don't forget your camera!

Reserve OnLine:

It’s as easy as 1-2-3! Simply click the "Book Now" button, select your preferred date to check availability, fill in your personal details and then make a secure payment via credit card. The system will automatically send you a confirmation of your session with the relevant details.

Liability Waiver:

Liability waivers are a necessary part of any commercial activity experience. I recommend that you take the time now to review this legal document that you will be required to sign before we start our clinic or walk together:

View the Waiver

Your Health & Physical Activity Readiness:

We ask guests who are experiencing cold symptoms and symptoms of COVID-19 to stay home and practice self-isolation under the direction of the appropriate governing body. For almost everyone, the benefits of physical activity far outweigh any risks. For some individuals, special advice from a Qualified Exercise or health care provider is advisable before becoming more active. This questionnaire is intended for all ages – to help move you along the path to becoming more physically active.

Please review this Questionnaire if you have concerns about your health or fitness level for participating in Nordic walking.

Cancellation Policy:

Full refunds are given if a cancellation is received 24 hours or more prior to the clinic or tour date. No refunds are given with less than 24 hours notice. Clinics/tours go rain or shine. If the weather is extreme, then it may be cancelled with a full refund given.

Malcolm Hotel

Canmore Public Parking


Parking is available on-street or in public lots throughout Canmore. It is a good idea to arrive early on busy days to locate suitable parking.

Malcolm Hotel - Onsite


Restrooms are available at the Malcolm hotel in the lobby.

Canmore Public Restrooms


Public restrooms are available within a short walk:

Canmore Public Restrooms - Trailheads


Public pit toilets are available at all trailheads.

Canmore Various

Where to meet:

Starting locations will vary seasonally with instructions included in your booking confirmation.


Parking options will vary by location with details included in your booking confirmation.

Tour Canmore

Various Canmore Trailheads

Canmore Walking Tour 1.5 Hour

Canmore Walking Tour 3 Sisters

Hikes Cognito Form

Winter Hikes Cognito Form

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