The Town of Canmore’s mountain bike skills parks are NOW OPEN. Designed and built by park master Jay Hoots, (with the cooperation of over 50 community volunteers), the Millennium and Benchlands Mountain Bike Skills Parks add 2000 square metres of pure fun to Canmore’s incredible mountain biking scene.
Free to access, the two new mountain bike skills parks are designed for riders of all abilities with particular focus on young riders interested in developing their skills and having a good time doing it. Additional park riding is available at the challenging Canmore Nordic Centre Skills Park.
Please note that the parks are unsupervised and that those who ride them do so at their own risk. The Town of Canmore is not responsible for injury to park users or for damaged property.
Following these simple guidelines will protect you and make the riding experience more fun:
- Wear a helmet
- Wear additional protective gear
- Lower your seat post
- Check the park for debris
- Communicate with other riders
- Ride safely and within your abilities
Throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons the Millennium and Benchlands Skills Parks will be inspected by Town of Canmore Parks Department staff on a regular basis. Each spring the Town, in cooperation with the Rundle Mountain Cycle Club, will conduct early season “park refreshing” sessions. Regular users of the parks will be invited to take part in these sessions.
Protect your parks by following these guidelines:
- Do not ride the parks in wet or snowy conditions
- Do not import home made props or jumps
- Do not alter the parks’ permanent features
- Repair any damage made to the dirt jumps, rollers or berms
- Keep the parks clean and free of debris
During the summer months the Rundle Mountain Cycle Club will utilize the mountain bike skills parks in their learn to ride courses for children and youth. For more information go to: www.rundlemountaincycling.com
Millennium Mountain Bike Skills Park
5th Avenue and 1st Street Canmore, (Next to Millennium Park Sport field).
Access from 5th Avenue or the Bow River trail. Vehicle parking is available in the Millennium Park lot.
Park designer Jay Hoots says:
“Millennium Skills Park is the ‘flowdown’ of bike parks featuring a state of the art ‘super’ pump track that offers lines for every level of rider from beginner to expert and more lines than you can shake a broken chain at! Take a breather and hit the trees for some North Shore bro down and super skinnys that will get you prepped for Shore styles riding.”
Please refrain from riding on the sport field and do not ride on the walking-only trails in the trees to the north side of the skills park.
Benchlands Mountain Bike Skills Park
Benchlands Trail, (at the base of the hill just to the east of the Trans Canada Highway overpass). Access from the Benchlands paved pathway or the gravel path above the east side of the Canmore Cemetery, (leading from Silvertip Trail). The closest vehicle parking is at the small gravel lot accessed off of Benchlands Trail.
Jay says: “Benchlands Skills Park rocks serious fun jump lines for ‘ALL levels’ of riders including transfer options and full flow from jumps to pumps. North Shore inspired logs and ladders flow around the site offering skills progression and option lines to challenge yourself comfortably.”
Please ride within the designated park area.
Questions, Comments, Feedback
We’re interested in your skills park experience. If you have any questions, comments or feedback on the Millennium and/or Benchlands Mountain Bike Skills Parks please contact the Planning and Development Department at 403-678-1510 or
Have fun out there.