Summer has arrived in the Canadian Rockies and summer in Canmore, the gateway to the rockies, means picnics for us. A picnic is the best way to celebrate the long nights and warm temperatures. Canmore is teeming with idyllic picnic spots and foodie stops to fill up your picnic basket.
Just a short walk from Main Street on River Rd., Riverside park has picnic tables and lots of open green space. Be sure to bring a frisbee or bocce set, and enjoy the views of the three sisters.
On a hot day, Quarry Lake is the best spot in Canmore to have a picnic and take a dip. Be sure to arrive early, it can be a popular spot. Located on the Smith Dorrien Trail about 2 kms before the Canmore Nordic Centre.
Sparrowhawk/Spray Lake Day use areas – Kananaskis
If you’d like a more removed spot, this is it. About a 40-minute drive from Canmore up the beautiful (gravel) Smith Dorian Road. Here you’ll find picnic tables in the trees, as well as picnic tables with a beautiful view of the Spray Lake Reservoir.
Mountain Mercato is our favourite little gourmet grocery. Picnic options are endless, but a few personal favourites include a jug of TruBuch Kombucha, some artisan cheese paired with house made preserves, or their Caprese salad with mozzarella di bufala. Look for the kitchen papers here – the fancy placemats can really take your picnic up a notch.
Le Fournil French Bakery
Here you’ll find fresh made french bread (pain), pastry (viennoiseries), and desserts (Pâtisserie). Try the fancy ‘epi’ baguette, their famous chocolatine, or the beautifully crafted mini-tartlets.
Valbella Gourmet Foods
A Canmore institution since 1978, Valbella’s cured meats and charcuterie are the perfect pairings for your bread and cheese. Look for the ‘bundnerfleisch’ a smoked beef, or their smoked bison. You can also pick up some unique Austrian, Swiss and German treats.
Alpine Edible Schoolyard – Mountain Market
If you happen to be in Canmore on a Thursday between June and October, head down to 7th Ave. to visit the Mountain Market. A favourite here is the Alpine Edible Schoolyard greens & veggies you can find at the Organic box stand. These greens are produced right down the street, and children aged 3-18 help with the production.
By: Callandra Caufield, operations manager
Alberta Food Tours, Inc.