Outdoor activities rule the day in Canmore, so it’s no surprise many useful books about the area focus on various outdoor activities.

Canmore and Kananaskis: Best Hikes, Best Activities: An Altitude Superguide , by Ward Cameron,  features a wealth of activity-driven suggestions. There are suggestions on a variety of hiking trails (there are 69 covered in the book) along with various things to know along the way, such a flora and fauna and popular attractions.

Consider picking up Canmore Sport Climbs , by Dave Dornian and Chris Miller, if you plan to do any climbing in Canmore. This book offers up an interesting look at the various climbing opportunities in the region.

Canmore and Kananaskis Country , by Gillean Daffern, offers up a multitude of walk suggestions, both just outside Canmore and right in Canmore itself. Along with information about the interpretive trails and the beautiful scenery and landscape, this book covers a wide variety of walks of which many are easy for even a new walker without any great expertise.

Where Locals Hike in the Canadian Rockies : Premier Trails in Kananaskis Country, Near Canmore and Calgary , by Kathy and Craig Copeland.  Local residents share their enthusiasm for the area.  The book focuses on hikes that are within two hours' drive of Calgary International Airport.  

40 Locals Reveal Their Favourite Things to Do in Canmore by Rachel Shoniker. The mayor of Canmore, members of town council and dozens of other locals reveal their favourite activities, hot spots and things to do in Canmore.

For an Alberta travel guide, check into Moon Handbooks Alberta: Including Banff, Jasper, and the Canadian Rockies , by Andrew Hempstead, which will give you more information than that of the outdoor kind. With this book you can plan the details of your trip, like where to stay, where to dine and where the best shopping can be found.