Hotel at a Glance: Holiday Inn Canmore
Set in the heart of Canada's Rocky Mountains, Canmore is one of the country’s top spots for cross-country skiing, hiking, and mountain biking. The Holiday Inn Canmore gives guests front-row access to these opportunities. Legacy Trail, a scenic bike path, runs right by the hotel and eventually leads to Banff National Park.
- The hookup: All rooms feature mountain views; the suites have in-room spas and fireplaces.
- Wine and dine at the onsite Pizza Co The Restaurant, which serves classic comfort cuisine for breakfast and dinner
- Downtown Canmore: Cozy bistros, art galleries, and clothing boutiques, just 1 mile (2 km) from the hotel
- Take a soak in the hotel’s outdoor whirlpool, surrounded by mountain views
- The Lake Louise Ski Resort offers 4,200 acres of glades, bowls, and runs about an hour from the hotel
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. Sixteen miles (25 km) from the hotel, Banff National Park encompasses more than 4,100 square miles (6,600 square km) of mountains, glacier lakes, and limestone canyons.
Downtown Canmore, situated about a mile from the hotel, 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.