About Canmore - Close to the southeastern flanks of Banff National Park, Canmore is a rustic and charming town in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, west of Calgary. It has fabulous views of the Rockies’ most famous peaks - The Three Sisters and Ha Ling Peak. Get your Canmore adventure off to a good start by booking an accommodation with Owner Direct and prepare yourself for what Canmore has to offer.
Where to Stay & Why - Whether you’re on a vacation or a business trip in the Canadian Rockies, you’ll enjoy your stay in one of the vacation rentals that you’ll find here. Aside from being fully-furnished, the homes are large enough for reunions or corporate retreats, yet intimate in scale for smaller groups. You can choose a condo rental with 1 bedroom and bathroom, or choose a luxury chalet that has more room to make sure everyone is comfortable. Some of the vacation rentals even have the ultimate sleepover area that kids and kids at heart will love - a bedroom and entertainment room with game tables.
Many of the living spaces are an open floor plan that allows easy entertaining or relaxing in front of the fireplace while reveling in the panoramic mountain views. The fully equipped kitchen features everything you need to prepare the perfect meal. Enjoy a quick bite at the bar or sit down for a meal with everyone at the dining room table. Head out to the expansive deck or balcony where you can enjoy a steak fresh from the BBQ grill with a fine glass of your favorite wine. You can also enjoy the breathtaking mountain scenery while soaking in the heated pool or hot tub. If you need to do some work, some of the accommodations have an office area.
Other amenities include WiFi, selection of board games, books, and DVDs for your enjoyment, some stock their kitchen with staples and even provide passes for the parks.
What to See & Do - Surrounded by the deep ravines and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, Canmore is a true year-round destination. During the dry summer months, it’s all about hiking, biking, and fishing. When winter comes, the skiing, snowboarding, and dog sledding brigade descend to embrace the brilliant ski resorts. Canmore is also one of Canada’s top golfing destinations, with 6 world-class golf courses right on its doorstep.
Where to Eat & Drink - Canmore offers a wide variety of dining options within an easy walking distance of each other. Main Street (8th Street) is the heart of downtown and has upscale dining, corner cafes, brewpubs, and casual bistros.
How to Get Here & Getting Around - There are a number of airport shuttle providers from the Calgary Airport to Canmore like Banff Airporter Inc. and Brewster Airporter & Resort Connector. If you’re driving from Calgary, take the Trans-Canada Highway (Route 1) west. From British Columbia, take Highway 1 east from Golden until you reach the east gate of Banff National Park.
Walking is a quick and easy way to get around Canmore, and allows for random adventures down to the Bow River, through the forests, and up the mountains. Biking is popular too, so bring your own bike or rent from several shops. Canmore is filled with biking and hiking trails that take you through forested areas, along streams and waterfalls, and lead to incredible lake and mountain views.
When to Go - Both summer and winter are peak seasons as Canmore is a year-round destination and receives an impressive amount of sunshine for a cold climate. For hikers and bikers, the trails open from May until October, but the best time to visit is in spring when the wildflowers are in bloom. Summers can be warm, and temperatures start to drop in October, where the snow makes a generous appearance on the slopes.
Need to know more about Canmore? Read up our Canmore Travel Guide and you’ll know that once you stay in one of these rentals, leaving it may be the biggest challenge you’ll face on your vacation.
Other annual events that can keep you, your loved ones, and friends busy and entertained include the Canmore Folk Festival, Highland Games, Canmore Uncorked, and more! For those heading to The Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park during winter or summer, they always have events to keep you occupied like skiing and cycling competitions. See more of the up and coming events at tourismcanmore.com.