The Triple Crown of Canmore
Are you up for the Challenge?
The Triple Crown of Canmore was originally intended as a way to encourage people to get out and enjoy the mountains surrounding Canmore and the Bow Valley. Because of Trail Closures, either short term or long term, we will accept photos or entries from any hike a participant does in the Bow Valley or local area (Spray Valley, Kananaskis, etc.). Though Lady Mac is listed below, we’re happy to see guests enjoying the mountains regardless of what summit, trail, or outdoor activity they’re engaging in!
To conquer the challenge, hikers need to take on each of the three trails, get a photo at each summit, and post those photos to The Georgetown Inn’s Facebook page. Once the photos are posted, stop in at The Georgetown and check in with one of our staff members to claim your prize! Conquerors win a beer mug that gets you discounts on refills at The Georgetown and will have their name added to The Triple Crown of Canmore Glory Board, located on the Georgetown’s website.
Conquerors can also choose to purchase a Triple Crown t-shirt for $25 plus tax with a portion of proceeds going to the Rocky Mountain Adaptive Sports Centre, a local charity whose mission is to enable all individuals with physical, developmental, and/or cognitive challenges to participate, learn and excel in all sports and recreational activities in the Canadian Rockies. No Limits! Check out rockymountainadaptive.com/triple-crown-canmore for more info, to make a donation, or to fill out a sponsorship form before you take on the challenge.
Once you’ve completed the Triple Crown, or if you’re just looking for some more great Bow Valley trail suggestions, check out alltrails.com.
Taking on the challenge as a group? Before and after gatherings are welcome at The Georgetown Inn pub! Please note that parking is available in the parking lot behind the Georgetown and on the street; the Canmore General Hospital is private property and parking is reserved for those using hospital facilities. Additional parking can be found at the public parking lots in downtown Canmore. If you’re looking for a more casual space to gather with your group, check out the Town of Canmore’s list of beautiful parks and outdoor spaces located in and around town!
East End of Rundle
- Distance: 6 km / 3.7 mi(round trip)
- Time: 2 to 5 hours
- Elevation Gain: 900 m / 2953 ft
A moderate hike leading you to the South Summit of Mt. Rundle. Several of the routes will require attention to footing as loose rocks and steep inclines may bring some unsteadiness.
Just below the summit is a nearly level area at 2300 m (7544 ft) known as “The Bench”. At this point, have a rest and a snack while taking in the incredible scenery; grab a photo to submit to The Georgetown’s Facebook page before heading back down.
Ha Ling Peak
- Distance: 6 km / 3.7 mi(round trip)
- Time: 1.5 to 4 hours
- Elevation Gain: 700 m / 2297 ft
Ha Ling has become one of the more popular trail-heads in Canmore due to less laborious inclines and can take anywhere from ninety minutes to four hours.
The hike meanders through the forest and then leads to steeper territory. Once you reach the summit, you will gain a stunning bird’s eye view of Canmore.
Please visit albertaparks.ca for information on trail closures and conditions before setting out to cross this hike off your list.
- Distance: 8 km / 5 mi(round trip)
- Time: 4 to 7 hours
- Elevation Gain: 800 m / 2625 ft
This hike is best attempted starting in April. The hike will take between four and seven hours to reach the Shoulder at 2300 m (7544 ft); here you will have the opportunity to view the foundations and helipad of what would have been a tourist tea-house which was abandoned due to the noise-pollution it would have created for the town of Canmore.
The Triple Crown challenge only requires that you reach the tea house, if you wish to reach the summit, the trail continues on loose shale for about thirty minutes.