Econo Lodge Canmore
1602 2nd Avenue
Canmore, AB T1W 1M8
Phone: (403) 678-5488
Fax: (403) 678-2670
Centennial Park is a beautiful oasis in the heart of Canmore. Surrounded by mountains on all sides, unwind on its verdant lawns and take in breathtaking vistas. This park comprises of the Stan Rogers Stage and the Centennial Field. The open-air venue hosts an array of cultural and community events like Canada Day festivities, Shakespeare in the Mountains, marathons, concerts and music festivals. Their running track, playground and sports areas are available for soccer and rugby.
Ride this safe, glass-enclosed gondola system to the top of Sulphur Mountain for unparalleled views of Banff and the Rocky Mountains. The eight-minute journey is a year-round attraction, and during the summer you can hike around the summit area. Marvel at the breathtaking and photo-worthy vistas from the observation deck, have a snack and visit the gift shop. Check the website as the hours of operation are subject to change without notice.
These mountainside, steaming sulfur pools are a soothing tradition for locals and visitors as they soak away their skiing and hiking aches. Especially inviting in winter and on cold rainy days, the pools are open year round. You can rent lockers, bathing suits and towels if you are unprepared, and there's a cafe for refreshments if you get lightheaded from all the steam. And for a touch of extra luxury, there are spa services, where you can get a massage or choose a facial or body treatment. The pools are two miles south of downtown.
Located approximately 5500 feet (1676 meters) above the sea level, the Tunnel Mountain Summit offers a mesmerizing view of the Banff National Park and the Bow River valley area. The summit is popular among hikers and thrill-seekers as the gentle grade trail makes for an excellent hike to the mountain. The trail of the summit starts from the Banff Avenue and close to the Trans-Canada Highway.
St. George's-in-the-Pines is an Anglican church. This church features a handmade alter and comprises decorative stained glass. Apart from regular prayer and choir service, this church is used as a venue for various private as well as religious events throughout the year.
The Cascades of Time Garden is a beautiful garden located in the Banff National Park area. Originally designed to form a geological garden which will depict the evolution of plants, flowers and rocks, the Garden is now a landscape of floral beauty. The garden has over 50,000 flowers and pebbled paths leading through them. The best time to visit the garden is during summer, when the flowers bloom to the fullest. The colorful flowers and the silent pools provide a different kind of tranquility and peace. The admission if free and the park is open daily.
This wildlife model museum offers visitors a close glimpse of the area's spectacular and sometimes menacing wildlife and nature. Housing a taxidermy collection of Banff's indigenous animals, visitors can spy on cougars, grizzlies, brown bears, beavers and mountain goats; all set in recreations of their natural habitats. Wildlife related art, models, displays and a library of natural history are also here.
If reading is your first love, then should definitely visit the Banff Public Library. This massive library is home a brilliant collection of books, records, DVDs, multimedia, CDs, maps, magazines and newspapers. Find exotic books in myriad languages, rare tapes, local records and information, government documents and papers, dictionaries and encyclopedias at your disposal as you peruse their extensive collection of treasures. A separate reading room for kids ensures that they get their own space to explore. The library also encourages generous donations by members and non-members. Check website for more details.
A part of the Canadian Rockies Public Schools association, the Banff Community High School is home to a multitude of students belonging to a plethora of cultural communities and nationalities. With an aim to foster all round development in its pupils, the school encourages excellence in academics, as well as extra curricular activities. Students are exposed to a convivial and welcoming environment and are given opportunities to spread their wings and broaden their horizons. Since the school also encourages cultural participation and diversity, you will be greeted by an abundance of music events, sports events, cultural festivals, community events, presentations, ski courses among other things. Check website for more details.
Providing separate open-air facilities for sports like basketball, rugby, soccer, tennis and baseball, the Banff Recreation Grounds serve as the center for a lot of sporting activities throughout the year. Apart from the sports, the grounds also offers multiple space for picnics and other recreational activities. Call ahead to know more.
Bow Valley Provincial Park is a local park that offers plenty of activities like camping, canoeing, horseback riding, rock climbing and so forth.
The blue waters of Barrier Lake is popular for water skiing when the weather permits. The rugged terrain that surround the waters are perfect offer hiking trails. The winters are welcomed by skiers propelling themselves down the slopes.