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.

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.

An Inspiring Company Called Rocky Mountain Adaptive Sports Centre

The RMASC is actively helping everyone realize they have no limits when it comes to outdoor adventure in the Bow Valley. The RMASC participants completed the Triple Crown of Canmore last summer – a hiking challenege comissioned by Waymarker Hospitality and The Georgetown Inn which challenges hikers to complete the East End of Rundle, Ha Ling Peak and Mount Lady Macdonald in just one summer. They must post a photo of themselves at each peak on The Georgetown Inn Facebook Page to claim their complimentary beer glass that is refillable for a discount at The Georgetown Inn Pub and a T Shirt! Way to go RMASC. Click Here to watch their inspiring video.

Canmore in November

Canmore is always quiet this time of year. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing going on or nothing to do! The Banff Hot Springs is always a great place to visit – and this time of year there won’t be a line! Thanks to the early snow some ski hills like Naksika and Norquay are opening a few runs early. Sure you won’t be knee deep in powder but you’ll get a leg up on the competition! And sometimes, it’s just nicer when the town is quiet. The Georgetown Inn is featuring a Date Night at The Pub for a reduced rate and the Silver Creek Lodge offers Girls GetAway nights. Get out of the city and Experience Canmore in the mountains this November. You get all the benefits of a mountain experience at lower rates and a quiet escape from work and everyday life. For ideas and links comment on this blog!

Mystic Springs Chalets & Hot Pools – Some Exciting Updates

Mystic Springs Chalets and Hot Pools have been making some exciting updates! Old furniture is being replaced with new, trendy, comfortable pieces. There are new curtains, new bedspreads and new pillows! We have added 42″ LED flatscreen TV’s to every chalet. The pool is fully repaired and is at a warm 85 degrees. We are so excited about this that we have added a page to our website with some of the photos! Check it out
Mystic Springs Photo Gallery

A Great Canmore Travel Deal – YYC, YEG

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-A Two-Night Stay for Two, Sundays through Thursdays ($215) or Fridays and Saturdays ($265), in a Victoria Room
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-One Tea Tray During Stay

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Triple Crown :: Launch Party – Guest Speaker Announced! Sunday June 17 ! Free Event!

Well now you know all about the Triple Crown of Canmore from our previous blog posts! Come join us THIS SUNDAY at 2PM. We will have Free live music from Cabots Crossing, Beer & Burger specials and our amazing guest speaker Amy Trofimuk will be joining us. Amy is a local to Canmore but moved to the big city when her comedian act started getting noticed! Amy is an inspiring speaker, hilarious comedian as well as a wonderful activist for the Canmore Community.
Come listen to her speak about The Triple Crown on Canmore, gain some wisdom, have a laugh and enjoy our sunny picturesque patio!

Where: 1101 Bow Valley Trail
When: Sunday June 17, 2012
Time: 2 PM
Cost: Complimentary!
What: The Best Kick Off Party in Canmore!

Canmore Hotels use Uncommon Sense to Help Save the Environment!

Hotels The Georgetown Inn , Mystic Springs & Silver Creek Lodge love to take care of their guests. The Waymarker Hospitality philosophy is: everyone deserves a good meal, a good sleep and an intrinsically rewarding outdoor adventure. While it is wonderful to enjoy the environment is it also important to these hotels to respect nature and minimize our carbon footprint – which is why they have partnered with Uncommon Sense Business Leadership for a Sustainable Future. The US is dedicated to preserving the world’s climate, ecosystems, health and energy by increasing operations efficiencies and reducing company waste, pollutants, water & energy consumption.

Click here to visit and see what we are proudly participating in to help preserve the environment www.yellowstonebusiness.org

Welcome to Experience Canmore!

Welcome to our Experience Canmore portal website! Let us help you plan and customize your special experiences in our wonderful area.  From our pioneering beginnings as a railway and coal mining town, Canmore has become a world-class year-round vacation travel and resort destination. Only a one hour’s drive from Calgary and nestled in the Canadian Rockies near Banff, we offer the perfect setting for both summer and winter vacation travel, or that special weekend getaway. Spectacular scenery, fresh air, wildlife, first class restaurants and shops, plus an abundance of activities to choose from, make Canmore a year-round international resort and spa destination.

Summer activities and adventures around Canmore include fishing, golf, cycling, hiking and rock climbing, to name just a few. With the Canadian Rockies all around, you’ll find that the awe-inspiring landscape will enhance all your activities here. Summer festivals like our folk festival and Highland Games will entertain and inspire!

Our winters boast plenty of fresh powder snow and easy access to local world-class skiing and snowboarding areas. The Canmore Nordic Centre also offers some of the best cross country skiing in the world. If skiing is not your thing, there’s ice fishing, dogsled adventure trips, skating, snowshoeing and many more fun activities to keep you busy.  So click around and check us out! We can’t wait to help you plan your best vacation… Ever!!