The Triple Crown of Canmore 2015 Season Begins!

Ha Ling PeakIt is officially time to kick off the 2015 hiking season and The Georgetown Inn’s Triple Crown of Canmore hiking challenge.

The Triple Crown challenges hikers to reach the summits of Lady MacDonald, Ha Ling Peak and the East End of Mt. Rundle. Hikers that do all three in one season, take their photos at each summit, and post those photos to The Georgetown’s Facebook page, win a pint glass that gets you discounts on refills from The Georgetown, a fantastic Triple Crown Conqueror tee shirt and bragging rights amongst your friends.

The Georgetown is also partnered with the Rocky Mountain Adaptive Sports Centre (RMASC) on this initiative. The RMASC is a Canmore organization that helps those with disabilities enjoy the incredible outdoor activities the Canadian Rockies have to offer. The Georgetown asks that once you complete the challenge, you donate to this wonderful organization at www.rmasc.ca.

If you happen to be participating in or checking out the Rocky Mountain Soap Women’s Run & Walk on May 23rd and 24th at the Canmore Nordic Centre, stop by The Georgetown’s booth to say hi and find out more about the Triple Crown challenge.

Experience Canmore Photo Contest – Summer 2015

Well it’s that time of year again!  The snows have gone (hopefully), the birds are singing and the smell of summer is in the air, which means that it’s time to launch the 2015 Experience Canmore Photo Contest. We had a number of fantastic submissions last year and can’t wait to see the photos start coming in for this season.

New this year, we will be accepting submissions via Facebook and Instagram.  Post your images to our Facebook page identifying them as contest entries or submit a pic via Twitter or Instagram using #experiencecanmore. As always, you can submit your pics by emailing them to info@waymarker.ca with the subject line “Experience Canmore Photo Contest 2015”.

The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a gift certificate for a two-night stay at any Waymarker Hospitality hotel. We will also be awarding a Secondary Prize to the best “Triple Crown of Canmore” picture; this picture must be taken on one of the three Triple Crown of Canmore day hikes (Lady MacDonald, The East End of Mt. Rundle or Ha Ling Peak). The Secondary Prize Winner will be awarded a $75.00 gift certificate for the Miner’s Lamp Pub in the Georgetown Inn.  We will also hand out a few runner-up prizes.

All images need to be from the Canmore/Kananaskis area but there is no restriction on when the photo was taken; there is also no restriction on the number of photos you can submit. The contest deadline is October 31, 2015 and winners will be announced on November 6, 2015.

Check out the Photo Contest page for more info and start submitting those pics!

Coffee to RAVE about in Canmore

I wouldn’t call myself a coffee connoisseur by any means but after travelling all over the world and tasting everything from espresso from the best cafes in Rome to hot coffee in a can from the vending machines of Hong Kong, I would say that I can probably identify a quality cup of coffee. After a long day of meetings in Canmore a few weeks ago, my boss and I decided to stop by the new coffee shop in town, RAVE Coffee.  From the moment you step inside, it’s apparent that RAVE is more than just a coffee shop.

RAVE Coffee in Canmore, AB

This roastery and cafe features a glass partition separating the coffee bar from the roaster allowing patrons to see the roastery in action. RAVE offers up a broad global selection of coffee beans sourced in small batches from small farms; this means that the farmers are paid more for their coffee and RAVE gets premium quality product.

RAVE Coffee in Canmore, AB

The business itself is a branch of RAVE Coffee based in Cirencester in the United Kingdom. Dean Smolicz, an eight-year resident of Canmore, worked with the owners, his aunt and uncle, at the U.K. location before deciding to set up the sister roastery in Canmore in August 2014.

With single origin coffee, blends, espresso and more, not to mention a coffee subscription where you can receive a bag of freshly roasted coffee on a monthly basis delivered directly to your doorstep, RAVE is sure to become a staple for all of the Bow Valley’s coffee lovers.

Although the cafe was minutes away from closing when my boss and I stopped in, the staff were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.  This is a big part of RAVE’s vision, a commitment to supporting their staff and providing exceptional customer service. Overall, my experience at RAVE was great, and they definitely delivered a quality cup of coffee.

RAVE Coffee in Canmore, AB

RAVE is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm and Saturday to Sunday from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.  They are located at 113-702 Bow Valley Trail in Canmore, Alberta. For more info on their coffee, location, subscriptions and more, check out their website at ravecoffee.ca.

 

Experience Canmore Photo Contest 2014

Another photo contest wrapped up! Thank you to everyone who submitted an image and special congratulations to the winners. We will be launching a new photo contest soon so stay tuned for details.

We received a number of submissions this year and the judges had quite the time selecting the winners. You can check out all of the photo submissions on our Facebook page. Here are the winners:

Grace Lim and The Stand Up Paddleboard

First Place: Grace Lim and The Stand Up Paddleboard

Antar Fuentes and The Hike

Second Place: Antar Fuentes and The Hike

The View

Third Place: Melissa Faulkner and The View

Meagan Oneil and The Wolves

Honourable Mention: Meagan Oneil and The Wolves

Al Barr and The Triple Crown of Canmore

Triple Crown of Canmore Category: Al Barr and The Triple Crown

 

 

 

 

Experience Canmore Summer 2014 Photo Contest

First, we would like to congratulate Jeff Laidlaw who was our Fall 2013 Photo Contest Winner.

Jeff Laidlaw Image

Jeff Laidlaw Image

We are very excited to announce the beginning of our Summer 2014 Photo Contest.  The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a gift certificate for a two-night stay at any Waymarker Hospitality hotel. We will also be awarding a Secondary Prize to the best “Triple Crown of Canmore” picture; this picture must be taken on one of the three Triple Crown of Canmore day hikes (Lady Macdonald, Mt. Rundle, South and Ha Ling Peak). The Secondary Prize Winner will be awarded a $75.00 gift certificate for the Miner’s Lamp Pub in the Georgetown Inn.

Ha Ling Peak

Ha Ling Peak

The submitted photo(s) must be from the Canmore/Kananaskis area but there is no restriction on when the photo was taken, so scour through those old albums and send us what you have.

Email your pictures to info@waymarker.ca with the subject line “Experience Canmore Photo Contest 2014” by October 31, 2014. We will announce our winner on Facebook, Twitter and on the blog on November 10, 2014.

We can’t wait to see all the amazing images you submit. The mountains are calling, and you could win great prizes if you take pictures of them!

Get the elastic waist pants out and come to Canmore!

Canmore is kicking off the first annual Canmore Uncorked Food and Drink Festival April 3rd to 12th. So much to see, drink and eat for the whole family, you’re not going to want to miss this.

Kicking things off, starting every night from the 3rd of April, with 26 of Canmore’s best restaurants offering 3-course meals from $19-$39 per person.  See what the locals are always raving about at their favorite eatery. Don’t forget to pick up your passport to be stamped at each location; your passport will be your entry into the Grand Prize Draw with over $4000 in prizes available to win. You can pick up your passport at the visitors centre.

Want to get a little fancier? Try this crazy idea with your friends and partners. Canmore is offering a Progressive Dinner Tour. There are three tours to choose from, and each tour is guided by a local celebrity AND you are provided with transportation. Each progressive dinner tour hits up 4 local restaurants with their signature dish, and paired with their signature drink or wine. What an amazing opportunity to see the town, eat delicious food and drink responsibly. You need to go online to purchase your tickets for this event ASAP as tickets are limited at the Tourism Canmore website.

Feeling like you want to indulge more in beer and wine? On April 5th there will be a Craft Beer Festival with over 30 unique beers to taste and vote on your favorite. Held at Stewart Creek Golf Course, an easy walk downtown will get you access to the complimentary shuttle to and from the event. The bus runs back and forth every 10 minutes. As for your wine cravings, the Radisson will be hosting the Canmore Wine Festival April 12th. 60 different wines, 10 different scotches and gourmet appetizers await! Both events require you to book ahead online at the Tourism Canmore website. The Craft Beer Festival is $35 and the Wine Festival is $45, both require you to bring Government Issued Photo ID and no minors will be permitted.

For a fun night of laughter and community togetherness, on April 11th, bundle and cozy up next to your friends and people you’ll soon make friends with, as Canmore unleashed the Long Table Dinner. 150 people, 6 courses and one fun night under the stars and maybe a little rain or snow to celebrate and sample some local favorites. Tickets again will be sold online on the Tourism Canmore website. Make sure you bring your camera and wear warm boots as this is outside at Millenium Park with no shelter.

And last but not least, looking for an intimate night of cooking with friends, join chefs from around the Bow Valley as they take over the Paintbox Lodge and demonstrate their style of cooking, and secrets to their craft. The Gourmet Cooking School will take place every night during the Uncorked Festival. You need to make reservations and purchase tickets online at the Tourism Canmore website.

For more details and for tickets please visit the Tourism Canmore website and ENJOY!!

Canmore is kicking it Celtic Style in March

When you think of March we all imagine Shamrocks and Irish Music to celebrate the world-wide heritage of St. Patrick’s Day!

Canmore has a few tricks up their sleeves to get everyone in the Celtic mood. Warming up with a “St.Patrick’s Day Warm Up Party” at our local legion Saturday March 15th, featuring our local Celtic band The Last Order. Special guests are Tinkerbell and the Tiny Green Terror, Sue Chick Denton, St.Patrick’s Singers and our local legend Sean McGoldrick. Tickets are only $15.00, and being as this is the legion, drinks are affordable!

If you in the mood for a little more Scottish flavor, on March 13th, the winners of “Best Live Act” from the Scots Trad Music Awards, the Peatbog Faeries are playing at the Cornerstone Theater. The legendary band based on the Isle of Skye is reinventing Celtic dance music. It’s a must see! And in my opinion, men in kilts are amazing.

Then there’s “D-Day” March 17th, the day your liver hates you more than ever. Nearly every bar in Canmore has entertainment, special Celtic menu options, and is crowded with all of our favorite colorful locals. Be sure to start early as bars will start filling-up around lunch and go all day and night. And make sure to hit up the dollar store to add some green accessories to your regular pub wear.

Romancin’ in Canmore

I fell in love with Canmore last spring. The incredible beauty of the town, the people and the surrounding mountains is enough to steal anyone’s heart. Located just an hour from Calgary, and without the crowds of Banff, Canmore has become my favourite place for a weekend escape. When my boyfriend decided to embark on a boy’s trip to Europe for three weeks, I knew I wanted to steal him away for a romantic weekend before he left; naturally, we booked a room and set out for Canmore.

An adorable welcoming committee!

An adorable welcoming committee!

We arrived early afternoon on a bright sunny Friday to a welcoming committee of elk. It was too early to check-in to our hotel but early enough for a delicious lunch at the Georgetown Inn.

I ordered the Georgetown’s legendary Fish n’ Chips; unfortunately, I was a little too impressed with my meal to remember to take a picture beforehand but the remnants of my meal managed to make their way on to my camera.

Left overs from the Georgetown's Fish n' Chips.

Left overs from the Georgetown’s Fish n’ Chips.

Right from the oven shortbread.

Fresh-from-the-oven shortbread.

Just as we were about to leave, the chef came out of the kitchen with a plate of fresh-from-the-oven shortbread cookies that he let us devour.  This was definitely one of the highlights of the trip.

 

One-Bedroom Suite at Silver Creek Lodge.

One-Bedroom Suite at Silver Creek Lodge.

Looking for relaxation and romance, I booked a gorgeous one-bedroom suite at Silver Creek Lodge. We checked-in just in time to watch the sun set.

Initially, we had planned to go snowboarding, check out the shopping in down-town Canmore and explore the town; however, the temperature sat at an uncomfortable 30 below, colder if you included the wind chill. We decided to forgo our outdoor plans and relax in the room while debating which of Canmore’s many fantastic restaurants to have a romantic dinner at.

The large soaker tub in our room!

The large soaker tub in our room!

To kill some time before dinner, I took advantage of the room’s large soaker tub and kicked back with a glass of wine while my boyfriend took a nap. This was the perfect way to unwind and relax.

We decided on Sage Bistro for dinner and sat in the wine lounge. The service was fantastic and my boyfriend and I shared the Antipasto, which was incredible. We sat and laughed, had some fantastic wine and really enjoyed the ambience of the restaurant before walking back to Silver Creek, which was just across the road. Once we were back in our room, we lounged on the couch in front of the fire chatting late into the evening.

We awoke the next morning to a beautiful blue bird day and after a bit of sightseeing, we headed back to Calgary.

Sightseeing around Canmore.

Sightseeing around Canmore.

The only downside from our trip was the speeding ticket I received in the mail a few weeks later! Otherwise, it was the perfect little romantic escape and the beautiful suite, comfortable bed and delicious food really made the trip special. I would definitely recommend taking a weekend to experience some romancin’ in Canmore.

 

And The Winter Experiences Here in Canmore Just Keep On Coming!

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If you were lucky enough to join us any day between November 28th until New Years Day for Christmas In Canmore, just wait until you see what Canmore has in store for you Starting January 31st until February 23rd, 2014

The Canmore Winter Carnival kicks off our much needed desires to play outside. With Canmore co-hosting the Alberta Winter Games and the Sochi Winter Olympics just around the corner, Canmore wants you to come out, participate and get active.

The Canmore Winter Carnival has been a tradition in Canmore for more than 20 years, and the expectations for 2014 is for it to be bigger and better than ever.

If you have ever been to Canmore during this carnival, it’s that weird time of year where the entire Main Street is purposely closed off and covered in snow for dog sled racing, cross country ski races and 4 people are tied to one set of skis and race against each other and time for the win, fun to watch and to get involved.

To incorporate the Olympics in downtown Canmore, the Canmore Civic Centre will be turned into an Athletes Village, with vendors, food, activities and a huge outdoor screen broadcasting the Olympics.

To ensure an amazing day, make sure to layer your clothes, wear winter boots, and bring a backpack with some extra jackets as it gets pretty cold out here. Also, anything you wear, make sure you’re ok with it smelling like camp fire as there will be fire pits randomly located throughout downtown for visitors to stop and warm up. And bring your winter sporting gear like cross country skis, winter bikes, and skates, if you don’t have any of these items, we have vendors that will rent them to you.

This is truly a community event you have to come and experience for yourself!

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New Year’s Party On The Pond in Canmore

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Bundle up the kids, drag the partner out and meet the community of Canmore on the Pond for an amazing New Years Eve.

Picture this scene; skating around on a festive lit pond with holiday music and laughter filling the air. The night sky filled with snow capped mountains and the air cool and crisp with the smells of hot chocolate; doesn’t this sound delectable.

Every year the Town of Canmore holds their traditional New Year’s celebration and concludes it with not one, but two firework shows. What’s amazing is if you have youngsters, you can have them in bed before 10pm as the first firework show starts at the pond at 9:30pm. For the older crowds there is a second firework show just minutes away at Millennium Park at midnight.

To break-up the evening, I recommend making reservations at one of more than 70 restaurants here in Canmore, most have a fabulous New Years menu to try.

Definitely a magical night to start a near year!