Policeman’s Creek Trail, Canmore, AB

Policeman's Creek Trail Sign

Policeman’s Trail

Based in downtown Canmore, The Policeman’s Creek Trail is a scenic boardwalk trail that starts in Spring Creek and meanders along Policeman Creek taking you to the outskirts of downtown over bridges and through different neighbourhoods such as Larch, eventually ending at Bow River. 

Policeman's Creek Trail View

The Route

At a chilly -15 degrees Celsius, the valley received lots of snow but thankfully the trail was hard-packed, wasn’t slippery, and was easy to navigate – no micro-spikes needed! The 4km trail is easy and flat, and averages at just under an hour to complete.

Policeman's Creek Trail in Snow

Perhaps due to the cold, it wasn’t too busy but many who did venture out had their dogs with them which are welcome on the trail providing they’re on a leash.

There is no strict route as you can join the trail at any point where it crosses a road so you can alter your route to suit. 

The History

Engine Bridge

I followed the Google Maps directions from Spring Creek to Policeman’s Creek Trail to begin with, and once I reached Spur Line Trail, I went left to check out the Engine Bridge. The bridge, originally dating back to 1880 and restored in 1919, was built to serve a coal mine and has since become a popular tourist path and even a filming location having appeared in the TV series ‘The Last of Us’.

Policeman's Creek Trail Engine Bridget
Policeman's Creek Trail Engine Bridge

Policeman’s Creek Boardwalk Trailhead to Canmore Engine Bridge

From the Engine Bridge, you can walk along Bow River and take in the views of The Three Sisters, Ha Ling, and the peaks of Rundle. This is a family-friendly trail with a mix of boardwalks, sidewalks, and gravel trails.

The Big Head

The Big Head on Policeman's Creek Trail

As you walk along the trail, you will come across one of Canmore’s landmarks ‘The Big Head’, a 7 ½ ton sculpture made from blue granite whose name is inspired by the town name Canmore, which comes from King Malcolm III, King of the Scots who was nicknamed ‘Ceann Mór’ meaning ‘Big Head’. 

Policeman's Creek Trail View

Parking & Wildlife

Parking is limited at the Spring Creek trailhead so if your accommodation is within walking distance, I’d recommend walking from there.

As always in Alberta, you need to watch out for wildlife on your travels with elk and deer commonly spotted on this route – I spotted a coyote this time.

Snowy Trees on Policeman's Creek Trail

The Policeman’s Creek Trail is perfect for anyone looking for a fun day out exploring the scenic surroundings of Canmore while getting the chance to learn about the history of the town too.

The trail is suitable for all weather conditions and whether visiting during the summer or the peak of winter, you are guaranteed to have breathtaking views. With flexibility on how long to make your experience and where to start and end your trip,  I’d highly recommend this trail to people of all ages and abilities.

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