Canmore, Alberta, Canada officially became recognized in the late 1800s due to the boom of the coal industry. It's first mine opened in 1887, and it remained a coal-producing town until late into the 1970s.
Canmore first became recognized as a town when it obtained 2,000 residents, an event that happened in 1965. Nowadays, however, Canmore has a population of over 12,000 residents, making it the ninth largest town in Alberta, Canada.
After the coal boom died down in the late 1970s, Canmore became financially unstable and its future looked worrisome. However, in the early 1980s, it was announced that Calgary, Alberta, Canada would be the place of the 1988 Winter Olympics, and that Canmore would be the location of all of the Nordic sports events, including cross country skiing. After that Canmore became a location for many outdoor sports enthusiasts, and the town began to turn tourism into an economic engine for the City . In fact, the Canmore Nordic Centre attracts athletes year round, and offers many great programs.
While the Canmore Nordic Centre is a great place for outdoor enthusiasts, the entire town is a great getaway. It is surrounded by mountain ranges, great for climbing, hiking, and mountain biking. Canmore is a beautiful town, filled with many unique outdoor experiences that would not be experienced anywhere else. A visit to the quaint (yet exciting!) town is highly recommended.