In the Rocky Mountains between Calgary and Banff National Park, Canmore is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. From hiking Ha Ling Peak and exploring caves to spotting wandering elk on a drive, you’ll want to fill every waking moment taking in these postcard-worthy vistas. At the end of an adventurous day, check into one of the best places to stay in Canmore.
When you’re spending time exploring the vast Canadian wilds, you need flexibility, and Falcon Crest Lodge by Clique gives it to you. Each room comes with a barbecue (on a balcony or patio) so that you can grill up a storm if you get home late or don’t fancy hitting the on-site restaurant. There are other helpful touches for busy travelers too. A 24/7 concierge assists with booking tours or restaurants, and two year-round hot tubs, overlooking the mountains, are open until 10:30pm for a pre-bedtime soak.
This clapboard country inn, tucked among mature trees in central Canmore, oozes coziness. Named after the wife of Canada’s first prime minister (who, incidentally, also has a nearby mountain attributed to her), the inn has homey rooms with a bit of an old-world vibe. Think wooden floors, gold-framed oil paintings and printed bedspreads, along with in-room fireplaces. Settle down in the lounge with a loose-leaf tea and play your way through the collection of board games.
Clean, fresh and dressed in white – the interiors at Basecamp Canmore keep things simple (apart from the occasional moose-themed accent pillow – this is Canada, after all). Rooms suit all kinds of travelers, from families to solos, with sizes ranging from micro studios (perfect for one guest or a couple) up to five- and six-bedroom apartments (sleeping up to 16). Whichever size you choose, you’ll get a full kitchen and a barbecue – making this a perfect place to stay in Canmore for self-caterers.
Have you come to the Rockies to splurge? If so, Solara is your spot. It’s not just the bedrooms, which come with wine fridges, fireplaces and multi-jet massage showers. This whole place centers around indulgence, from the spa with a sauna, a steam room and a relaxation area to the in-house movie theater providing free nightly showings for guests. Want to head outside and explore? The hotel offers free adult mountain bike rentals with your stay.
Families traveling with little ones in tow will appreciate the facilities at Blackstone Mountain Lodge by Clique – especially the outdoor heated pool, which will keep everyone busy between bouts of exploring the wonders of Banff National Park. Condo-style rooms are handy, too, with plenty of space to spread out and full kitchens to whip up meals. The best bit? Big windows that look out to the epic Rocky Mountain peaks beyond.
Who said a motel-style stay couldn’t be cool? Steps from the Policeman Creek Trail, the Lamphouse Hotel reinvents the concept with leather button-back headboards, slick wood-paneled walls and on-trend metro tiling and metallic lamps – not to mention in-room martini stations. Most rooms sleep two to four people, but in a shake-up of classic motel formats, there’s even one gorgeously designed apartment with a lounge fireplace and room for 10.
Grand is the right word – this rambling Canmore resort, framed by the Rocky Mountains, is impressive both in scale and facilities. Sink-in leather sofas in front of roaring fires, polished stone kitchen countertops and a vast array of activities – from on-site swimming pools to horseback riding at a nearby center – make it a great choice for anyone looking to experience Canada’s most photogenic corner. End your day with a feast of braised Korean-inspired short ribs or tempura salmon in the on-site restaurant, the Grande Kitchen + Bar.
If you want a room with a jacuzzi, many of these one-, two- and three-bedroom suites have them as standard – some also have fireplaces, balconies, barbecues and access to the resort’s hot tub and pool. One of a collection of related holiday properties in Canmore (including Paradise Resort and Sunset Mountain Inn and Spa), it’s a handy one to try if you need to book last minute. If it doesn’t have space, it can pass you onto a sister stay.
This pub and restaurant with rooms is a relaxed, homey pick for a stay in the heart of Canada’s wild, snow-dusted Rockies. It’s a classy one, too, with wooden beds with fluffy paisley duvets and granite-bedecked bathrooms giving it a traditional but upmarket feel. Of course, a visit to the pub downstairs is an essential part of a stay – tuck into honey-garlic wings, mandarin cranberry salad or that most Canadian of dishes, poutine (cheese curds, fries and beef gravy).
With the largest outdoor heated swimming pool in Canmore, sun-worshippers visiting in summer needn’t look further than the Mystic Springs Chalets and Hot Pools. Spend all day here, lapping up the rays and cooling down in the depths. If you’re visiting in the frostier months, there’s an on-site hot tub to enjoy instead, or retreat to your homey modern chalet, lined in warm woods, to snuggle down under a patchwork-style blanket. Each one sleeps four comfortably, perfect for a smaller crowd.
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