Just an hour away from Calgary and a mere 25 minutes from Banff, Canmore is known and loved for its many hiking, biking and sightseeing options. But it also happens to be brimming with unique stores and boutiques that are well worth a visit.
Here are 11 shops to check out after hiking Ha Ling Peak, going for a swim in Quarry Lake or while you’re simply walking around town.
Open daily, this quaint spot sells new and used books and also offers a loyalty rewards program, book club services and discounted books that are brought in weekly. Stop by and read a staff-pick on one of the bookstore’s comfy couches while enjoying a coffee, tea or glass of wine.
100, 826 Main St., Canmore, 403-678-0908, cafebooks.ca
Founded in 2016, Canmore Tea Company sells more than 180 fine teas from all over the world, including flowery and fruity teas, black teas, traditional greens and herbal teas. Aside from its large tea selection, the store also sells gifts, mugs, cups, teapots and vintage teaware.
108, 737 7 Ave., Canmore, 403-678-0127, canmoreteacompany.com
Open daily, Hello Vintage sells vintage dresses, bomber jackets, denim, graphic tees and sweaters, tote bags, fanny packs, retro outdoor gear and much more. The store is filled with unique finds that will brighten up your wardrobe.
100, 717 10 St., Canmore, 403-675-9995, @_hellovintage_
Le Chocolatier offers an assortment of Belgian chocolates inspired by the Canmore landscape and lifestyle. Made by hand and with love, Le Chocolatier chocolates include every flavour your sweet tooth may desire, from maple, orange and marshmallow to sea salt, coffee and ginger. Stop by to pick up some caramel logs and bear claws.
121, 701 Benchlands Tr., Canmore, 403-679-3351, lechocolatier.ca
If you’re new to exploring the Canmore area, Mountain Mercantile is a must-visit for all things Canadian Rockies-related. Selling “mountain style” goods since 2014, the store features a variety of products, including graphic socks, Canmore-inspired art and prints, White Mountain Candle Co. candles and Rockies-themed home decor and jewellery.
737 8 St., Canmore, 403-678-6116, mountainmercantile.ca
Specializing in retro favourites and treats that are hard to come by, Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe has been a Canmore staple since 1997. The shelves lining the store’s walls are jam-packed with imported sweets from the U.S., U.K., Japan, Holland, Germany, Denmark and more. Stop by after a hike to grab your favourite goodies for the road home.
717 8 St., Canmore, 403-678-9311, oldetymecandyshoppe.com
Starting out as a pop-up location, Project A evolved into a permanent shop around four years ago. The store supports emerging artists and sells handmade goods, art, jewellery, ceramics, houseware, clothing, solid perfumes, leather bags and more.
103, 710 8 St., Canmore, 403-609-9932, project-a.shop
Rocky Mountain Soap Company is a must-stop when visiting the mountains. Its all-natural products — which include bath salts, hand creams, sanitizers and soap bars — are handcrafted, hand-mixed, hand-poured and inspired by the Rockies. The company sources Canadian ingredients for its products, and the water used to make those products comes directly from Canmore.
103, 820 8 St., Canmore, 403-678-9873, rockymountainsoap.com
Owned and operated by two childhood classmates who grew up in nearby Banff, Stonewaters has both a brick-and-mortar store and an online shop where you can browse for apparel and accessories, furniture, kitchenware, notebooks, chocolate boxes and much more. Stonewaters also features an in-store plant section by Canmore-based Garden Moods.
638 Main St., Canmore, 403-609-4477, stonewaters.com
While similar to its flagship location in Banff, UNLTD Skate & Snow’s Canmore location offers a slightly different selection of fashion and lifestyle merchandise. In addition to its year-round skateboard wall, the store stocks sunglasses, men’s and women’s clothing and footwear, backpacks, duffle bags and backcountry snowboarding accessories.
801 8 St., Canmore, 403-762-3725, unltd.ca
Wild Life Distillery sells bottled and canned cocktails, syrups and bitters and, of course, small-batch craft spirits, including vodka, gin and amaro. Made using local grains and water from the mountains, Wild Life’s spirits are authentically Albertan. Visit the distillery to pick up a bottle or two, or stay a while and try a Lady in Red cocktail paired with a gourmet, air-dried meat and cheese charcuterie board.
160, 105 Bow Meadows Cres., Canmore, 403-678-2800, wildlifedistillery.ca