Hotel at a Glance: Solara Resort & Spa
Come summer, folks in Canmore exchange their skis for mountain bikes and whitewater rafts. Solara Resort & Spa makes for an excellent base camp to experience outdoor fun in western Alberta, just 20 minutes outside of Banff. At day's end, come home to a luxurious suite equipped with a full kitchen, fireplace, washer and dryer, and WiFi.
- Award winner: The resort took home a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2013.
- Pamper yourself with a massage, facial, or sauna session at One Wellness & Spa.
- Take a dip in one of the resort's indoor relaxation pools.
- Bring the kids: There's a water-play area especially for youngsters
Canmore, Alberta: Charming Rocky Mountain Town with Year-Round Recreation
Canmore, located 60 miles (97 km) west of Calgary, nestles along the banks of the Bow River in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. A modest coal-mining village until 1979, the town attracted international attention when it was chosen as the site of the Nordic ski events for the 1988 Winter Olympics. Just a few miles outside of town, Banff National Park encompasses more than 4,100 square miles (6,600 square km) of dramatic mountains, glacier lakes, and limestone canyons.
Downtown Canmore centers on Main Street, a three-block shopping boulevard lined with brewpubs, art galleries, and boutiques. Monthly events including art festivals and mountain-bike races keep the town buzzing by day, and 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—the town keeps its industrial heritage alive through mining museums, commemorative statues, and suspended animation.