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Level: Intermediate
Length: 30 mi (48.3 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +381/409 ft
Total: 40 riders
 

Mountain Biking Canmore Nordic Centre

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#219 of 223 mountain bike trails in Alberta
#1412 in the world

Updated description by Greg, 8/26/14:

The Canmore Nordic Centre is a complex, interconnected web of singletrack and cross country ski trails. Thankfully, the signage is great and corresponds very well with an up-to-date map, available at the Trail Sports bike shop.

To hear some people talk about the Nordic Centre, you might think that all this area has to offer is buffed out machine-cut singletrack--but nothing could be further from the truth! While many of the trails at the Nordic Centre are indeed machine-built, the Centre is home to a vastly varied network of trails. Some of the machine-cut tracks are smooth and flowing, while others are chundery and offer challenging sections. Still other portions of trail are new school flow trails with berms, jumps, and rollers, and the skills park offers great jumps and stunts. And finally, if you look hard and aren't afraid of a challenge, you can still find steep fall line sections of old-school singletrack leftover from the World Cup days of yore.

My local guide, Charlie, gave me a fantastic sampling of the trails at the centre, but we didn't nearly hit everything! Thanks to the network format and the wide variety of trail difficult, we encountered all sorts of riders from hardened racers checking out the course for the upcoming Xterra to groups of kids that were a part of the local kids mountain bike program. Even on the Friday that we were riding, the main connectors to and from the trailhead were busy, and the Trail Sports rental fleet was almost completely gone. Still, as we ventured further into the network and onto the more challenging trails, we often were blanketed in complete solitude in the deep Alberta forest.

Trails continue to be added to the network as well. While the majority of the new trail developments coincide with the closure and rehabilitation of an old, unsustainable trail, there is new trail work in progress that will eventually revamp the singletrack connection to Banff, and then extend down into Kananaskis country and eventually connect to the Great Divide trail, thus rerouting the beginning of the Tour Divide route onto sweet, sweet singletrack! While this project is still just in the beginning phases, the kilometer of still-under-construction singletrack that I rode at the Nordic Centre is promising!

Before you go
  • No Drinking water
  • No E-bikes permitted
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter
  • No Fee required
  • No Lift service
  • No Night riding allowed
  • No Pump track
  • No Restrooms
Getting there
Follow Spray Lakes Road out of Canmore--you won't get far before you see the entrance on your right.
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  • Jeffrey Sprague
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    Amazing variety of trails here. A bit difficult to interpret the Nordic Center map. There are easy trails and most are intermediate to advanced. Bike rentals on-site, and good service.

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  • gap1967
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    Visited here may 2017. Hired a full suspension bike from trail sports and road off into the forest. Enjoyed the climbs and descents on the EKG trail.

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  • BigRed123

    Great range of trails, everything from Beginner to black diamond. All XC riding, no shuttling. Bear spray should be carried as two black bears live in the area

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  • Vic Handa
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    Great riding with amazing scenery. I was there for a short quick run and loved it! Lots of rocky sections and some great technical sections. Worth a visit and you can rent a bike for $36/2hours not bad for some fun.

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  • Greg Heil
    Reviewing Orange Loop / EKG:
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    One of the best loops at the Nordic Centre, this trail is an entertaining romp around the trail system that will give intermediate and advanced riders a workout and a smile.

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  • Greg Heil
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    The singletrack and signage at the Nordic Centre has improved drastically in recent years! This area has transformed into one of the best mountain bike trail systems around, offering trails for everyone ranging from beginners to advanced. The Nordic Centre is truly the heart of Canmore!

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  • bikepirate
    Reviewing Orange Loop / EKG:
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    A fun single track trail I like to do after work when feeling like a x-country ride. It starts with one long climb, but after that it's a moderate up and down trail. You can avoid the long climb and cut on to the trail using a number of other trails at the Nordic Centre.

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