How to prepare for your post-pandemic visit to the Canadian Rockies
Borders are opening, restrictions are lifting, and people from around the world are ready to be whisked away on their dream vacations again. While we’re excited to see some new faces around here in Canmore and Kananaskis, it’s important to be aware of some of the lasting effects of the pandemic.
Be kind to frontline workers
Destinations all over the world are facing staff shortages, and Canmore and Kananaskis are no exception. As visitors return, tourist towns are struggling to fill all the hospitality positions needed to run their businesses at their pre-pandemic capacities.
As more visitors arrive, fewer staff members mean you may be waiting a bit longer to get a table or to receive your order at restaurants and pubs. Just remember to be kind to your servers and other frontline workers – they’re likely overworked and still doing their best to make sure your stay is one to remember!
Canmore and Kananaskis boast over 60 restaurants to choose from that will leave you pleasantly surprised and very full. You’re guaranteed to find something for any occasion.
Have a backup plan
Limited staff also means operating hours may be different than usual. Make plans and reservations when possible, but stay flexible and be ready for the unexpected. Before you visit certain places, check the website or call ahead to make sure they’re open on the days you want to visit. Be ready to go with the flow and embrace opportunities to be spontaneous if your plans get changed unexpectedly! If you’re looking for inspiration, check out a full list of things to do in Canmore and Kananaskis.
Support local businesses
It’s no surprise that local businesses have been struggling throughout the pandemic. Excitement is starting to build as we anticipate a busy summer following the past two years of stress and uncertainty. With a vibrant downtown filled with cafes, art galleries and one-of-a-kind boutiques, there are endless options to stroll through Canmore and pick up some memorabilia to celebrate your authentic mountain town experience. Now is the time to show your support and buy local.
When you start booking your accommodations and planning your trip, keep in mind that no one knows what the future holds – be aware of the changing restrictions and protocols in Canada and Alberta as you get closer to your travel dates. If you’re still a bit nervous to travel, try visiting during the spring or fall when Canmore and Kananaskis get less traffic – you’ll still get the same incredible experiences without the stress of large crowds.