Hotel at a Glance: Windtower Lodge & Suites
With its cedar-and-stone façade set against the snow-capped Canadian Rockies, it's easy to mistake Windtower Lodge & Suites for a Swiss chalet. The lodge makes its home in Canmore, a town famed for its abundance of winter recreation and its proximity to the popular Banff National Park.
- Organic meats are used in The Wandering Elk's mountain-inspired cuisine. Step out to the patio for nice views of the surrounding mountains.
- Hot buffet breakfast is included to get you ready for a day exploring Canmore's breathtaking landscape.
- Home away from home: All guest rooms and suites offer flat-screen TVs; suites also have fireplaces and balconies.
- Warm up: The outdoor hot tub stays open till 10 p.m., so you can relax beneath starry skies.
- Take a helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies (optional; fees apply).
Canmore, Alberta: Outdoor Adventure near Banff National Park
Near the southern edge of Banff National Park, Canmore's captivating natural setting in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies has served as a backdrop for such movies as Brokeback Mountain and Legends of the Fall . When you're not exploring the scenery, it's worth the trip to Canmore Nordic Centre. You can ice-skate and cross-country ski here in the winter, or mountain bike in warmer weather. Nearby Kananaskis is great for downhill skiing.
Downtown Canmore is a peaceful place to unwind after an outdoor adrenaline rush. The area got its start as a mining town. Nowadays, Main Street is lined with quirky boutiques and art galleries.