The mountain biking within Banff National Park is rather limited, and the Canmore Nordic Center nicely fills the void. There are a ton of options for trails, from beginner service roads to what looked to me like rogue downhill chutes. Beautiful scenery, forest and meadows. The terrain on most of the trails we road (most memorably, EKG) was varied, but the constant are the roots criss-crossing the trails. Slippery when wet! There's a little skills park at the base area: I had fun watching my teenage son riding on the obstacles (bridges, see-saws, and a pump track) We brought our bikes, but there's a rental shop right at the base that had pretty reasonable rates ($30 for two hours) and trail maps. The map isn't really necessary though, because the trails are well signed for both summer and winter. As one local described it to us, the trail system is mixed up like "cooked spaghetti" with trails intersecting all over. It was neat to see the biathalon course and to see all the nordic skiers training on roller skis.
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