The Canadian Rockies have served as backdrop for a number of films, perhaps most notably Brokeback Mountain, in which the landscape almost becomes a supporting character. Watching a movie, however, is a far cry from experiencing the mountains' thrilling majesty in real life. Set near glacier lakes and coniferous forests, the Falcon Crest Lodge affords visitors this very opportunity. Private balconies or patios look out on panoramic wilderness views, and nearby hiking trails and ski resorts offer year-round mountain exploration.
Each of the lodge's spacious king suites features a kitchen with granite countertops, modern appliances, a dining table, and a full-sized or bar fridge. You can cuddle up in front of a gas fireplace and enjoy a restful night’s sleep on the king-size bed or pullout sofa. On the first floor of the hotel, Indochine Restaurant serves Vietnamese fare such as curry prawns and veggie spring rolls.
Canmore, Alberta: Rocky Mountain Town Offers Year-Round Recreation and Charming Downtown
Located 60 miles (96 km) west of Calgary, Canmore stretches along the Bow River between Kananaskis Country and Banff National Park. Surrounded by the Canadian Rockies, the former coal-mining town lies within minutes of five major ski areas, one of which—the Canmore Nordic Centre—hosted several events during the 1988 Winter Olympics.
Downtown Canmore, situated 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the hotel, centers on Main Street, a three-block shopping thoroughfare lined with brewpubs, art galleries, and boutiques. More than 30 eateries serve ethnic cuisine or Alberta beef in rustic dining rooms. Charming shops include a gem factory and an internationally acclaimed quilting store.