This former coal-mining town is beyond the boundaries of Banff National Park (by a 10-minute drive) – so it used to be easier to find lower-priced accommodations in Canmore than in Banff itself. But Canmore now has so much to offer that cheap stays are harder to find – not impossible, though. Staying here brings another saving: no need to purchase a national parks pass – Canmore has access to activities, trails and views that easily rival Banff’s. We’ve got you covered with our recommendations on the best cheap stays in Canmore – all bookable via Culture Trip.
This distinctive peak-roofed hotel might be on the far side of the Trans-Canada highway from the main part of town, but you’re also less than 10 minutes (even tromping in snow boots) to a sledding hill and bike-skills park. The lobby welcomes with a fireplace and bowls of fresh fruit and the outdoor hot tub delivers great views of the Three Sisters Mountain. There are 99 rooms and suites, each with a sofa bed, mini-fridge and microwave; the suites also have kitchenettes. More savings? Stays of three or more nights are discounted and two kids under age 11 eat for free when dining with a parent who orders from the main menu at the Trail Restaurant.