Category Archives: Canmore & Kananaskis Country

Canmore and Kananaskis – What to see and do

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Outdoor opportunities, vast mountain scenery and natural wildlife draws millions of people to Canmore and Kananaskis.

Spend the day exploring shops, hiking our many trails, golfing world class courses or flyfishing a quiet mountain stream. When you’re done settle into one of the local restaurants which offer anything from Alberta Beef to sushi. Try the local beers as well – we have two award winning micro-breweries in Canmore.

Remember – When hiking or camping – these are wilderness areas – help is often hours away – be sure to bring appropriate clothing for outdoor mountain weather. Check with local park information centres when you arrive for trail information, maps and guidance.

Stay Two Nights in the Canadian Rockies and Get One FREE!

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Make it an extra long weekend on us!

Stay 2 Consecutive nights from September 3, 2012 Until December 20, 2012 at our Best Available rate and your 3rd night is FREE!

From only $119.95 per Night!

Offer cannot be combined with any other specials or discounts and is subject to applicable taxes and availability. Third night must be used during the same stay.

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The Elbow Valley of Kananaskis, Alberta At a Glance

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Less than an hour from Calgary, the hidden treasure known as the Elbow Valley is a peaceful area in the Canadian Rockies where recreational activities abound. Situated within the boundaries of Kananaskis Country, an area famous for the 1988 Winter Olympics’ Nordic and alpine events, Elbow Valley affords the visitor a chance to enjoy true immersion in big nature without having to deal with the crowds.

Camping in Elbow Valley, Alberta

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Kananaskis Country holds some of Alberta's most beautiful scenery. © John Marriott

With over 600 campsites, Elbow Valley allows you to take your pick of spots. Because the area is less traveled than Kananaskis Country, campsites are almost always available. With spacious grounds and many drive-through sites, there is plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the glorious setting. Note: most campsites are without service, including the lack of shower facilities, so come prepared.

Hiking in Elbow Valley, Alberta

A plethora of trails greet the hiker in this magnificent valley. Whether you climb Nihahi Ridge (“rocky” in the Stoney Indian language) to stand atop the ridge that heralds the official entrance to the Rockies or climb to the top of Moose Mountain, transcendent vistas await you at every turn. Climb up Powderface ridge or follow Paddy’s trail along the shore of the Elbow River to see the brilliant colors of the wildflowers that burst forth in the spring.

Biking in Elbow Valley, Alberta

Here again you will find a range of trails to lead you into the widely diverse terrain that defines the Elbow Valley. With rolling foothills, bikers can enjoy the pure air while taking in all the sights along the way.

Horseback Riding in Elbow Valley, Alberta

Elbow Valley features trails specifically designed for horseback riding vacations in Alberta. With their solid surfaces, riders avoid the ruts that are found in other vacation destinations within the Rockies. Mount your horse and head out to Little Elbow Campground, created especially for equestrian use. With a free stall for your horse, you can relax or head out into the wilderness when the spirit takes you.

ATV Riding in Elbow Valley, Alberta

If ATV riding is your thing, ride over to the MacLean Creek Off Highway Vehicle Zone where there are 200 square km of road. Explore the network of trails among the wild horses and undulating terrain. Note: if bringing your dirt bike, make sure it is properly insured, licensed, and equipped. The Off Highway Vehicle Act is strictly enforced to ensure that the area is treated respectfully.

Additional Areas to Explore

Take an excursion to the Sheep River Valley, just south of Elbow Valley. Accessible from Turner Valley, Sheep Valley is quiet and consists of two main campgrounds: Sandy McNabb and Blurock, as well as a number of day-use areas. There are also facilities for horses and numerous mountain trails for biking and hiking.

The Sheep River Wildlife Sanctuary is where you can take an up-close gander at bighorn sheep. Protected from hunters, the sheep stay within the sanctuary’s boundaries and are easily visible, often taking their strolls right by the roadway.

Weddings in the Canadian Rockies from a Helicopter

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Celebrate your Canadian Rockies Wedding from a Height

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Sometimes you get the feeling that a blog is going to be full of puns before a word is even written. Well if you have no prior engagements and want to propel yourself into married life with a romantic helicopter trip in the Canadian Rockies, then there is no better place than well-groomed Canmore. If the idea of having your new spouse dangling from the edge of a helicopter before any pre nuptials are signed is too tempting, then maybe celebrations are best kept to the ground. However, jokes aside, there are few things more romantic and memorable than to float above the most stunning mountain range in the world with the person you have just promised to spend the rest of your life (4-7 years) with.

The views of Canmore and Banff National Park from a helicopter are unforgettable.

The views of Canmore and Banff National Park from a helicopter are unforgettable.

There are a few different companies to choose from in Canmore alone. One that offers the most diversity pricewise and time-wise is Kananaskis Heli Tours. Whether you simply want a quick peek at the peaks of the Canadian Rockies from above or something even more unique, you will find it here. Considering the hope is that you will only be married once, you may we well make your honeymoon as special as possible and it doesn’t come any more special than the Romance Package that Kananaskis Heli Tours offer.

The Romance Package is for people celebrating anniversaries, proposals, weddings or any special occasion really. It is a private helicopter experience with a one hour champagne stop in the wilderness. Aside from taking a hot air balloon across the pyramids in Egypt, I find it hard to imagine a more romantic gesture. Also this way you don’t have to worry about drifting over any borders with angry, confused soldiers on the ground!

The Canadian Rockies is a big healthy, welcoming, naturally beautiful wonderland. It is exactly the right place to celebrate a wedding. There is something about being in a helicopter that makes you feel small and appreciative of the things you have. If you have just been married, the most important thing (don’t call her a thing) will be sitting right beside you.

Uniquely Western Accommodation

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BACKCOUNTRY LODGES

Because of their special nature – only being accessible by hiking or skiing to the property (Exception: Assiniboine has helicopter access from Canmore) we chosen to list all the backcountry lodges.

mount-assiniboine-lodgeMount Assiniboine Lodge

All-inclusive backcountry lodge in Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park on the edge of Banff National Park. One of the Rockies’ most spectacular settings in high alpine meadows. Access by skiing or hiking 27 kilometres, or helicopter ride. Open from Mid-June to early October, and mid-February to mid-April.

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Canmore, Alberta Bed and Breakfasts


There are many fine Bed and Breakfast’s In this listing, each one has unique options and special features, please check them all carefully.

away-innAway Inn Bed & Breakfast

One of Canmore’s most affordable bed and breakfasts, featuring two comfortable rooms with king or twin beds. Located just minutes from Banff National Park. Non-smoking, no pets, outstanding mountain views, private bathrooms, adults and children over 12.

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rocky-mountain-grottoRocky Mountain Grotto

Nights still available for the summer!!

Canmore – Charming private B&B suite with a private outdoor deck which offers stunning views of the Canadian Rockies. Our private entrance B&B suite provides you with all the comforts of home with a Queen size bed, Private Bath, Private Cedar Sauna and outstanding food. Located adjacent to hiking trails, extremely knowledgeable hosts, and discounts available for stays of longer than 3 nights. Ski packages available. (English and French spoken).

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Canmore and Kananaskis Hotels and Motels


Located just five minutes from Banff National Park and fifteen minutes from the Banff townsite on the edge of Kananaskis Country, the Town of Canmore is an ideal staging point for a Canadian Rockies vacation. However, because of Canmore’s close proximity to the Rocky Mountain national parks, advance reservations are strongly recommended for the summer season, for all national and international holidays, and for the ski season.

Banff and Area Hotels

douglas-fir-resort-chaletsDouglas Fir Resort and Chalets

Tucked away in the forest on Tunnel Mountain road, only four minutes above the vibrant town of Banff, Alberta, the many features of Douglas Fir Resort and Chalets make this property ideal for a family getaway.

A variety of condo styled rooms with fully equipped kitchens, wood burning fireplace and high-speed internet access are perfect for relaxing. The indoor pool, kiddy pool, waterslides, and gigantic indoor play zone are a great place to spend quality time. Hot tubs, saunas, steam room, BBQ area, fitness center, convenience store, liquor outlet and coin-operated laundry facilities are also available on-site.

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Canmore and Area Hotels

Windtower Lodge and Suites, Canmore, AlbertaWindtower Lodge and Suites

The Windtower Lodge is nestled right in the heart of the Canadian Rockies in beautiful Canmore. The centrally located lodge is beautifully decorated and boasts mountain views that are second to none. As well as bringing high quality service and rooms to visitors, the Windtower offers long term accommodation for those who want to spend that big longer. Included are indoor heated parking, outdoor hot tub, fitness centre and the small things like a daily newspaper delivered to your door.

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bow-valley-motelBow Valley Motel

Canmore’s Bow Valley Motel offers excellent value for your money just five minutes from Banff National Park and fifteen minutes from the town of Banff. Centrally located in downtown Canmore along Policeman’s Creek, the motel features an outdoor hot tub and spacious, modern rooms for individuals, couples or families. Choose from a selection of units, many of which offer small or large kitchens, balconies, and mountain views.

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georgetown-innGeorgeTown Inn

This Classic Tudor English exterior with its patios and English gardens will immediately beckon you inside where you can relax by the fire in the cozy full service pub.

Choose from 20 unique and distinctively decorated rooms, all with mountain views, some with 2 person jet tubs and fireplaces. English pub and restaurant.

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