Hotel at a Glance: Best Western Plus Pocaterra Inn
It’s hard to beat the scenery at Best Western Plus Pocaterra Inn. The AAA Three Diamond–rated hotel sits right in the midst of the Canadian Rockies, just minutes from hiking, skiing, and wildlife sightings. Many rooms have sweeping views of the snowcapped peaks; standard king rooms located on the top floor of the hotel have especially nice vantages.
- In-room amenities: microwaves, refrigerators, HDTVs, and fireplaces
- Free hot breakfast of eggs, sausage, pancakes, waffles, and more is served daily from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- Good for kids: an indoor pool with a twisting water slide
- Work out in a fitness center stocked with an exercise bike, StairMaster, treadmill, elliptical, full-body weight machine, and lots of fresh towels. Then unwind in the sauna or steam room.
Canmore, Alberta: Charming Rocky Mountain Town near Banff National Park
Canmore sits along the banks of the Bow River in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. At one time a modest coal-mining village, the town attracted international attention when it was chosen as the site of the nordic ski events for the 1988 Winter Olympics. You can also explore Canmore Nordic Center, a remnant of the 2008 Winter Olympics, where people ice skate and cross-country ski in the winter, or mountain bike in warmer weather. Meanwhile, nearby Kananaskis is great for downhill skiing.
Canada’s first national park is also just 4 miles (7 km) away. Banff National Park encompasses more than 4,100 square miles (6,600 square km) of mountains, glacier-fed lakes, and limestone canyons. The park is home to a menagerie of wildlife including wolves, grizzly bears, elk, and caribou.
Downtown Canmore centers on Main Street, a three-block shopping boulevard lined with brewpubs, art galleries, and boutiques. Monthly events such as art festivals and mountain-bike races keep the town buzzing during the day; an eclectic live-music scene entertains crowds late into the night. Though Canmore has come a long way since its coal-mining days—more than 30 eateries in town now serve international cuisine—there are mining museums and commemorative statues to keep the past alive.