Two-time Olympian and World Champion Devon Kershaw of Canmore give's us a heads up on what to see, eat, and do while in Canmore this week during the World Cup stop.
FIS: You were born in Sudbury, Ontario and moved to Canmore, Alberta when you were selected to the National Ski Team. For how many years now have your called Canmore home?
DK: I've called Canmore home (full time) for ten years.
FIS: Outside of Canmore being the centre for Cross Country Canada, what else draws you to the area?
DK: The Bow Valley is a just such an inspiring area. Great little community, amazing trails that snake through the region offering so many great running/hiking/mountain biking options, excellent rollerskiing and the mountains never cease to amaze me. The Rockies are insanely beautiful - I could just sit there and stare for hours and hours.
FIS: If I am a visitor to Canmore during the World Cups, besides the racing what is one thing that is a must see?
DK: That's such a hard question - I think everything is so fantastic. Just walking along the Bow River and looking around at all those fantastic peaks is enough! Nature is definitely the big draw in the area. As far as a "must see" for Canmore... Hummm... I actually cannot narrow it down to just one. My advice is get out there and get active. Go for a hike, a ski, or even just a walk!
FIS: Best place for breakfast?
DK: Summit Cafe - the Huevos Rancheros won't disappoint. I promise you that. And if you are feeling extra hungry and/or are planning a massive day of activity and want to treat yourself - walk next door (to Fergie's bakery/convenience store) and grab a "Fergie's Apple Fritter" - it's madness.
FIS: Best place for lunch?
DK: This is going to be funny - but I'd say Crazyweed Kitchen (that's going to be my pick for dinner too though, haha). So if you want to change it up, hit up Mara's Way Sushi, JK Bakery, or Le Fournil Bakery (the croissants and pain au chocolat are fantastic).
FIS: Best place for dinner?
DK: Crazyweed. Hands down.
FIS: Best place for a burger and beer?
DK: I guess most people would say the Grizzly Paw. It's the local brew pub in town. I'm not a big burger/beer dude, but any of the pubs offer similar "pub fare" burger/beer options. The Drake, The Wood, type thing.
FIS: Best souvenir shop?
DK: Haha. No idea. Not much of a knick knack dude. There are some great art galleries downtown (like the Aven's gallery) - so your best bet is to just walk down Main Street and poke your head into whatever shop looks interesting.
FIS: What other activities are possible besides cross country skiing?
There are plenty of things to do in Canmore - we have a lot of stellar restaurants and cafes around. A couple outdoor hockey rinks to play some shinny (pick up hockey) if you're so inclined. A short drive away there are a number of great Alpine Ski areas (Sunshine Village, Lake Louise, Nakiska, Mt. Norquay) at your disposal as well. If you want to check out another beautiful and historic town in the Bow Valley - Banff is just 18km away (West on Highway 1) - and offers a whole different experience. Just walking and exploring both towns (Banff/Canmore) and taking in the amazing views - it's hard to beat. The best adventures are the ones not planned - so my advice is just let your curious nature take over!
FIS: Best place for sushi in town?
DK: Chef Studio Japan.
FIS: Thanks Devon and good luck racing at home!