The Canmore Christmas Festival Is Coming This Weekend!!

Bundle up the Family and Experience a true Rocky Mountain Christmas Extravaganza!

Starting November 28th, downtown Canmore will light-up and look and feel like a Rocky Mountain Christmas Wonderland. The festivities continue through the holiday season until January 1st. 

For 5 weeks everyone can enjoy extended Christmas Shopping hours on weekends, outdoor movie nights, and skating on our downtown pond.

Bring the little ones to enjoy their own unique shopping experience, with a village build only for four-foot and under tikes. Gifts will be available to buy for mom, dad and grandma and grandpa with the help of shopping elves.

For more information and a detailed calendar of events, visit Tourism Canmore website.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!

For those who are ski and snowboard enthusiasts

The hills are alive with the sound of screams of joy, the air is filled with excitement and anticipation as the last of our local ski hills open.

Whether you are a downhill skier, cross-country skier or just want to enjoy a leisurely tube ride down the hill, Canmore Kananaskis is the dream place to stay and play. We hold 2 of the ’88 Olympic venues, Nakiska Mountain Resort, for downhill skiing, and the Canmore Nordic Centre for Nordic skiing. Lake Louise Ski Resort is the home to the Annual Men’s and Women’s downhill World Cup.

If you’re a fan of Canadian and US Olympian’s, you’d be surprised how many you can bump into on the tracks or on the hills!

Just a note, only a select green and blue runs are currently open at each ski resort until further notice or until it snows a great deal more here in the Rockies. A great opportunity for beginners to get out there and get some mid-week lessons in before the season really kicks off.

Enjoy yourselves out there!
And for more information on our current local conditions, live cams and weather report, visit these great websites
http://www.skilouise.com/conditions/snow-report.php for Lake Louise Ski Resort
http://www.skibanff.com/conditions/ for Sunshine Village
http://banffnorquay.com/local-information/weather-conditions-webcam/ for Banff Norquay
http://www.skinakiska.com/conditions/snow-report.aspx for Nakiska
http://www.albertaparks.ca/canmore-nordic-centre/advisories-public-safety/trail-reports.aspx for Canmore Nordic Centre

Nakiska Ski Area

Nakiska Ski Area Courtesy of TCK/John Everly

The Triple Crown of Canmore – Open for Business

Thanks to the tireless efforts and generous contributions of many, most of the areas around Canmore and the Kananaskis region have been re-opened to the public.  This means that it is time to issue the Triple Crown of Canmore challenge to all Canmore visitors and residents. The Triple Crown challenges hikers to reach the summits of South Rundle, Ha Ling Peak, and Lady MacDonald within a single hiking season. To conquer the challenge, hikers need to receive a Punch Card from The Georgetown Inn, have a photo taken at each summit, post those photos to The Georgetown’s Facebook page, and bring in their Triple Crown Punch Card to be redeemed for their prizes. Conquerors win a beer mug that gets you discounts on refills at The Georgetown, a Triple Crown shirt, and a place on the Glory Board.

The Hikes

Mt. Rundle, South

A moderate three-hour hike leading you to the South Summit of Mt. Rundle. Several of the routes will require attention to footing as loose rocks and steep inclines may bring some unsteadiness. Just below the summit is a nearly level area at 2300 m (7544 ft) known as “The Bench”.  At this point, have a rest and a snack while taking in the incredible scenery; grab a photo to submit to The Georgetown’s Facebook page before heading back down.

Mt. Lady Macdonald

This hike is best attempted starting in April. The hike will take anywhere from four and a half to seven hours to reach the Shoulder at 2300 m (7544 ft); here you will have the opportunity to view the foundations and helipad of what would have been a tourist tea-house which was abandoned due to the noise-pollution it would have created for the town of Canmore. After another thirty minutes of trail, you will be able to see the neighbouring peaks as well as the Cougar Creek Canyon below.

Mt. Ha Ling Peak

Ha Ling has become one of the more popular trail-heads in Canmore due to less laborious inclines and can take anywhere from ninety minutes to four hours. The hike meanders through the forest and then leads to steeper territory. Once you reach the summit, you will gain a stunning bird’s eye view of Canmore and the Canadian Rockies.

Triple Crown of Canmore – Update

The Triple Crown of Canmore, hosted by The Georgetown Inn, dares hikers to reach the summits of South Rundle, Ha Ling Peak, and Lady MacDonald all in a single hiking season. To complete the challenge, hikers must receive a Punch Card from The Georgetown, have a photo taken on the top of each summit, post those photos to The Georgetown’s Facebook page and bring in their Triple Crown Punch Card to be redeemed for their prizes. Conquerors of the Triple Crown will win a beer mug that gets you discounts on refills at The Georgetown, a fantastic Triple Crown shirt, a place on the Glory Board and bragging rights amongst your friends.

Unfortunately, due to the recent flooding, many of the hiking trails around Canmore have been temporarily closed, Mt. Rundle among them; Lady Mac was also affected and the status of the trail is undetermined at this point. These trails are under repair but it is difficult to predict when they will reopen. With two of the three hikes closed, the Triple Crown has been forced to take a bit of a hiatus this year but not to worry, the following are a few fantastic hikes in the Canmore/Banff area that are open for adventurers.

Ha Ling Peak

Ha Ling has become one of the more popular trail-heads in Canmore due to less laborious inclines and can take anywhere from ninety minutes to four hours. The hike meanders through the forest and then leads to steeper territory. Once you reach the summit, you will gain a stunning bird’s eye view of Canmore and the Canadian Rockies.

Rockbound Lake

This moderate hike is approximately 17 km long and leads to Tower and Rockbound Lake. The hike will provide you with great views of Castle Mountain and the Bow Valley. The hike is well marked and just a short drive from Banff and Canmore.

Larch Valley-Sentinel Pass

Larch Valley-Sentinel Pass is a moderate to difficult hike averaging around six hours round trip. It is recommended that you travel with four or more people as Grizzly’s can frequent the area. The trail winds through a number of switchbacks before reaching the Larch Valley. Continuing down the trail, you will reach the summit of Sentinel Pass where you can gain some spectacular views of the Paradise Valley.

Make sure to check this site often as updates about the Triple Crown and hiking in Canmore will be posted as details become available.

For more information about the status of other hiking trails, and other attractions, in the Canmore area please check out the following link.

Our Quick Trip out to Canmore, AB for Relaxation, Visiting and a Great Game of Golf

Driving out to Canmore this past weekend was, as always, a mental memory postcard shot in time with so many green vistas and views to look at, as well as the changes from the floods to see for the first time. Our favourite hikes will be an all-new adventure this summer given the alterations to the terrain and contours of the trails caused by good old Mother Nature and the recent flooding in the area; I cannot wait to see all the changes.

Sunshine and blue skies.

Sunshine and blue skies.

We were welcomed to Canmore by the shining sun and were so happy to note all the signs of affirmation and positivity that Canmore and its residents were intact and thriving.

The boil water advisory had just been lifted and the town was thrilled; it just makes life so much easier.

 

We enjoyed a great game of golf at the Canmore Golf and Country Club; the course has never looked better. It was obvious that the staff worked very hard to protect and service the course as there was no visual damage to fairways or greens.

 

The town was beautiful and the golfing was superb; we will definitely be back soon.

Happy tee offs,

Nancy

Elevation Place: Just one more amazing thing Canmore has to offer!

Elevation Place officially opens its doors on Saturday, April 27, 2013.  With a free BBQ, live music and entertainment, fireworks and live demonstrations within the facility, the event is sure to be a great way to spend a Saturday night in Canmore.

Since the 15th of April, Elevation Place has allowed the public to use the facility pro bono; this was a great way to promote all the incredible amenities Elevation Place has to offer. The facility is continuing this promotion until the grand opening this weekend so, if you get a chance, head down to Elevation and check it out for yourself for free.

The facility features:

  • An aquatics centre with a 25 metre pool, water-slides, a leisure pool simulating a beach, steam room, lazy river, a 25-person hot tub, as well as viewing areas and an on-deck  multi-purpose room.
  • A climbing gym offering 10,000 square feet of climbing surface, 1,500 square feet of bouldering, a cave area connecting the climbing walls, and a speed wall.
  • A cardio and weight room.
  • Child care facilities.
  • Community art gallery celebrating local artisans.
  • Quiet spaces which can be used for relaxing or performing.
  • Various multi-purpose rooms.
  • The Canmore public library.

Photo Credits to Luke Raymond with Tourism Canmore Kananaskis.

When Elevation officially opens, it will offer the public a huge range of classes from swimming to juggling lessons and parenting courses to circus day camps; check out their website for a listing of all their classes. The centre has designed a variety of membership and admission pricing packages to accommodate all types of users. To top it all off, Elevation has, and will continue, to implement and abide by various sustainability programs and procedures.

Photo Credits to Luke Raymond with Tourism Canmore Kananaskis.

Overall, Elevation Place is a great new addition to Canmore and will be an excellent facility for visitors and the Canmore public.

 

Canmore State of Mind

My first real trip to Canmore took place on a clear and sunny Monday morning; I had driven through the town numerous times on my way to Banff or BC but had never taken the time to stop and explore. Although I was excited to actually see some of the town, this trip was work related and I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to get the full Canmore experience this time around either.

Driving into the mountains from Calgary has always been a form of therapy for me. Even if it’s just a day trip, the act driving towards the Rockies is like letting go of the city life and getting ready to delve into nature and serenity.

As we pulled into Canmore, I was introduced to the surrounding mountain range by my guide/boss. He pointed out some of the best places to hike, the three sisters, the directions of the closest lakes, and named and described just about every mountain within sight.  It was at this point that I started to understand the local pride that Canmore has towards their environment and the important role that these mountains play not just in tourism, business, and resources but in shaping the identity of this town.

We drove through the residential areas and I admired the rustic, cabin feel of the architecture. All the neighbourhoods were so quiet, beautiful, and well kept that I started to think about how I could fit a vacation home in Canmore into my budget. As we pulled into down-town I realized that Canmore truly had something for everyone; with the surrounding majestic mountains, the peaceful residential areas, and a bustling down-town offering everything you could possibly want or need, I couldn’t figure out why I hadn’t come here before.

The purpose of the trip was a lunch meeting which we held at The Georgetown Inn. I instantly fell in love with the welcoming atmosphere of The Georgetown. The hotel and restaurant are adorned with tales of local heroes and the rich history of Canmore. I spent much of the lunch scanning the pub and reading about all the incredible artefacts.  After tasting my lunch, I was hooked. I have gone back to The Georgetown a few times now, always bringing new people to show the restaurant off to and I boast about its charm and delicious food to anyone who will listen.

Our final stop was at the Silver Creek Lodge. I have stayed in lots of beautiful hotels in my time and the Silver Creek Lodge could compete with the best of them. From the gorgeous water fountain in the front entrance and the smiling and friendly staff, the lodge makes an impressive first impression. I toured the lodge’s variety of rooms from hotel style to two bedroom suites; each room was luxurious and inviting. I also got to tour the hotel’s fantastic Bodhi Tree spa and the three open air hot pools.

Before we left I spent a moment sitting at the hot pools by myself. I looked over the steam rising from the pools onto the snow covered peaks in the distance and took a deep breath of the crisp mountain air. In that moment I thought two things to myself. First, my job rocks and second, this was only a taste of the Canmore experience and I knew I would be back for more.

The Top 10 Reasons you Should have a Rocky Mountain Wedding

Since I have just attended the Bridal Fair in Edmonton and then in Calgary – weddings are on my mind! I was married last year in the Alberta Rocky Mountains and having witnessed many weddings over the past few years I’m going to tell you why, specifically Canmore Alberta is the best place to get married.

1. It’s Better Than Banff
This statement may seem fairly bold but let me explain… How many weddings did you go to last summer that were at The Banff Springs Hotel? Buffalo Mountain Lodge? Rimrock? Probably a dozen! Everyone has the same wedding photos in front of the castle and on main street Banff. Canmore on the other hand, is quiet and unique.

2. You Don’t Need Flowers
Flowers can become pricey. In Canmore, a few bouquets for the Bride and wedding party will look classy, chic and clean in your photos. The mountain wedding backdrop takes care of the rest! Try Willow Haven Flowers.

3. You Can Have The Best Photographer
Richard Allan Brown has been photographing for over 20 years. He knows all the best and secret spots. If you want to go to The Old Georgetown Mine, you can go to the Mine! If you want a snapshot at Grassi Lakes he’ll make it happen! Plus, he’s irresistibly charming.

4. The Cost of an Outdoor Wedding Permit
It’s $175 for non-residents and $99 for residents from the Town of Canmore Municipality. There are multiple locations to choose from accommodating all wedding sizes and then you’ve cut out the $1000 cost of renting a ceremony venue.

5. Availability
Some brides may experience trying to book their wedding and be given 2 dates for NEXT summer to choose from. This does happen in Canmore from time to time but if you choose an up and coming venue like the newly renovated Wild Orchid Bistro you’ll be able to have your pick!

6. Your Guests Can Afford to Stay
It’s true, attending weddings can be expensive, a hassle and put a financial strain on the people we care about the most. I did a quick average of the most popular hotels in Banff and Canmore and averaged weekend summer rates. The average I found in Banff is around $238 for a standard no-frills hotel room. In Canmore I found it’s around $225 for a 2-3 bedroom suite with a kitchen. Enough said.

7. Outdoor Activities
Canmore has a wide spread smorgasbord of activities. Going on a nature walk, a challenging hike or a helicopter tour can be a great way to bring the family together. Alpine Helicopter Tours is a great place to start!

8. The Pubs are Fun
If you’re planning on going out after the wedding and celebrating, lots of places have live music and great pub food. The Georgetown Inn never charges cover for their live bands and has the best Fish & Chips in the Bow Valley!

9. The Pool
If you so chose to have your wedding at a venue like Mystic Springs Chalets & Hot Pools you’ll find the largest outdoor heated pool in Canmore. It’s better than the jam packed Banff Hot Springs by a landslide.

10. Fresh Mountain Air and Perfect Pictures
If the top 9 reasons haven’t convinced you then I have included some photos of various weddings around Canmore to help change your mind. It’s wonderful in the winter, spring, summer or fall. You can’t beat that fresh mountain air.

Jumping January!!

Since January has been a bit quiet The Georgetown Inn thought they’d spice things up a bit! Send them your funny romantic story and a photo of you and your lover. Collect the most likes on your photo and win a free nights stay for two!

Happy Love Month

Movember Man Up Party!

November can get dark, cold and you can get caught up waiting and just dreaming of ski season being in full swing. While you’re waiting to hit the slopes there are some important and fun things going on in November. What are we talking about? Well, it started in Australia, under their November summer sun. It’s called Movember and it was started to raise awarness about men’s health and prostate cancer. There’s a high chance of surviving this cancer if it’s caught early enough. Trouble is, a lot of men opt out of going to the doctor for ‘just a check up’.

The Georgetown Inn is throwing a bash in support of men’s health. In fact, all the Waymarker Men shaved their faces and volunteered to grow a moustache in support of this great cause!

Steam Whistle will be donating a dollar for every pint sold. Other Canmore locals have donated Heli Tours, Dog Sled Tours and other Gift Certificates to be won. Canmore Cabs has donated Free Taxi Rides home.

Head down to The Georgetown Inn Movember 30th to chat about moustaches, mens health and the Grey Cup game with other Mo Brothers like yourself.