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.

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.

A Great Canmore Travel Deal – YYC, YEG

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

Valid for travel September 3, 2012 through February 9, 2013
Limited availability so hurry up!!
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Living Social Deal

25C and sunny – A dam ruins hideaway day perhaps?

Beat the heat today and check out the hidden dam ruins pools and little waterfall today. Excusion #36 in the “Out’n About” guide book, this easy walk that starts up in the Canmore Three Sisters subdivision is sure to be a hit with families with kids of all ages looking for fun day to escape and relax. Take a picnic and go! >DS 

Oh Canada Day … Eh!

Coming to Banff or Canmore for Canada Day Celebrations July 1st? Good choice as there’s nothing more fun than our parades, free pancake breakfasts and small western town hospitality eh!  Fireworks usually start about 11pm, once it gets dark. See you out’n about! >DS

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

The Triple Crown of Canmore :: Launch Party! – what it’s all about

The Georgetown Inn would like to invite you to join them this Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 2PM for the great kick-off to the hiking season! This is a wonderful way to spend time with your father on Father’s Day. We will have complimentary live music from Cabot’s Crossing, Guest Speakers and Beer and Burger specials!

If you’re feeling really ambitious you can get started on your hikes that morning or afternoon! And remember there is no time limit on completing the 3 hikes. If you’re a hardcore hiking enthusiast you can do all three in one day (like my crazy little brothers did) or if you like to stop and smell the flowers you can enjoy the hikes at a slower pace throughout the summer.

The Triple Crown is all about having an intrinsically rewarding experience. Waymarker CEO, Lockey Craig is quoted saying, “It’s about having a good sleep, a good adventure and a good meal. Everyone deserves it! That’s how my mother took care of me and my two brothers and that’s how I want to take care of my guests, which is why we started The Triple Crown.”

So make sure you bring your dad’s out and get some tips on how to truly enjoy the beautiful rocky mountains that are right in our backyard. I know that’s where I’ll be!

-Natalie Craig

ps. click on the images below for more information about the three hikes and a Hiking Map!

If you want to read our last years Triple Crown Blog about some great hiking experiences click the link and scroll down!

Triple Crown of Canmore Map

Hey Amigos – check out Castillo’s in Canmore

Hankering for fabulous Mexican food? Then you must try Castillo’s in Canmore. Jorge was a wonderful host and prepared everyone amazing dishes – burritos were to die for and everything was fresh and full of flavour. Reasonably priced too. Right downtown across from the Canmore Civic Centre. Parking available street side or in behind the tourism info centre. >D

Castillo's Canmore - great ambiance, even greater food!