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2BR penthouse (sleeps 6-7): Views, WALLS OF GLASS, artistic decor, FREE Wifi!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Condo, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-7), wifi, Park Pass

We are located in Canmore, just 3 mins outside the Banff National Park gates, and another 10 mins to Banff townsite... perfectly positioned for your mountain adventures!

This property sleeps 6-7 persons. (Note: We have another property next to this one that sleeps 9, so we can sleep up to 16 persons if the two properties are rented together!

If you have a larger group, please type 816657 into the search box to pull up the listing that will allow you to book both units together).

LIMITED TIME OFFER: Get free use of Park Pass and wifi!


Aesthetics and comfort are given equal emphasis at this artistic 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo loft, furnished with antique barnwood & log furnishings designed personally by the artist-owner. Just 2 blocks from Main Street, the downtown location means that grocery stores, restaurants, art galleries, trendy cafes are all at your doorstep!

The loft features 23-foot vaulted ceilings, soaring 8-foot walls of glass flanking a cozy log/river stone fireplace & hi-speed wireless internet. Enjoy stunning views whether you are lounging in bed, relaxing on the leather sofa, working out in the gym or soaking in the rooftop hot tub! Even though the hot-tub and gym are shared with other occupants of the building, they are rarely crowded because there are 3 gyms and 3 hot-tubs in the building.

Every piece of antique barnwood and log furnishing is exquisite and crafted by artisans, earning us a reputation as the area's most sought-after loft for honeymooners, families, and those looking for a vacation experience that's a cut above the rest! (All the photos shown here are of ACTUAL VIEWS FROM BIRCH HAVEN!)


Birch Haven offers an unusual number of thoughtful bonuses, which adds tremendous value to your stay. Ask us how you can get the bonuses below for FREE (limited time offer)!


2. BANFF PARK PASS: Use of our pass saves you an extra $20 per day!

As if the above is not enough, you will find even more touches that differentiate Birch Haven from any other vacation rental.

Travel guidebooks and brochures to help you make the most of your visit. A barnwood armoire brimming with toys, board games, and novels. Even cookbooks in the gourmet kitchen.

At Birch Haven, you can pamper yourself with our feather-bed topper for plush bedding comfort. Or remove the topper, if you prefer a firmer mattress. We even offer a 'library' of pillows to accommodate your preferences.

Upon request, we also offer hard-to-find amenities that make a real difference to parents: a portable playpen/crib, plus a dining high chair for your little one!

DISCLAIMERS: Please be aware due to mountain conditions, we cannot guarantee 24/7 wifi as provider outages that are beyond our control sometimes can occur. The hot-tubs are shared amenities and are subject to periodic closure for cleaning/maintenance. There are 3 hot-tubs in the building complex (2 rooftop and 1 indoor), so there is usually at least one that is open. However, we cannot guarantee availability as the cleaning/maintenance schedule is beyond our control.



Birch Haven is designed to sleep 6 persons. However, larger groups have used a spare twin mattress (on floor) to sleep the 7th person. Additionally, one infant (if applicable) can sleep in the portable playpen.

Bedding/bath configuration is as follows:

Main level bedroom: One queen barnwood bed. There is a separate full bathroom next door (American-style bathtub with handheld/mounted shower).

Loft level bedroom and bath (note: this is open to living room below): One queen log canopy bed (+ one spare single mattress on floor). Full open bath in bedroom (European-style soaking tub with handheld shower)

Living room: One queen sleeper sofabed, with optional feather topper for extra comfort. Upon request, there is also a portable playpen/crib for infants/toddlers.




Birch Haven is blessed with easy access to four national parks and several provincial parks:

**24 km / 15 miles to Banff townsite (approx 15 mins)

**80 km / 50 miles to Lake Louise and the start of the Icefields Parkway (approx 45 mins)

**60 km / 35 miles to Kootenay Natl Park entrance (approx 45 mins)

**80 km / 50 miles to Yoho Natl Park* entrance (approx 1hr 15 mins)

**200 km / 125 miles to Jasper Natl Park* entrance (approx 2 hrs)

**26 km / 16 miles to Kananaskis Country (approx 0.5 hrs).


One thing that sets the Canadian Rockies apart from other mountain destinations is how little effort it takes to reach spectacular scenery. Truly stunning vistas that may require hours of hiking in other parks are right on the highway, accessible from the window of your car! Indeed, some of these drives (including the Icefields Parkway drive) are rated as one of the most scenic highways in the world...



Summer activities are seemingly endless: golfing, whitewater rafting, fishing, horseback riding, wildlife-watching, hiking, heli-hiking, ATV expeditions, caving, rock climbing, mountain-biking and more.

Bicycling magazine named the Canmore area as one of 'The 50 Best Trips on Our Planet.' Suffice to say, accolades and activities abound...

Drive to Columbia Glacier, the largest non-polar ice-cap in the world, hop on a snocoach and walk on the face of the glacier! Or, for a taste of the Wild West, hop on a wagon picnic excursion or saddle up a horse.

Hikers will find thousands of miles of maintained trails Try heli-hiking, and have a helicopter drop you off at the top of a remote peak, pick you up at the bottom, after you take a leisurely hike down!

And then there is golf. With 6 world-class golf courses and 135 spectacular holes nearby, Canmore is a golfer's mecca. Three courses (Stewart Creek, Silvertip and Canmore Golf & Curling Club) are within a few minutes' drive...


Winter is romantic and simply magical. Ice-skate, snowshoe, snowmobile, dog-sled, ice-fish, ski and more, in postcard-perfect surroundings!

Follow the tracks of wolves and learn the hunting patterns of owls in snowshoe excursions. Take guided ice walks through Johnston and Grotto Canyons. Experience the world of suspended waterfalls and massive blue ice pillars, frozen in time. Go on a guided ice-fishing expedition in the toasty warmth of heated huts!

Enjoy sleigh rides, or let a team of huskies whisk you through breathtaking scenery on dogsleds. Snowmobile through the back roads and wilderness areas. Or soar over the stunning landscapes of the Continental Divide in a helicopter!

Then there's world class skiing and snowboarding on dry champagne powder. Banff/Lake Louise was recently voted 'Best Ski Resort of the World' by the London Daily Telegraph!

Five downhill ski areas are within easy reach of Birch Haven, with Norquay, Sunshine and Nakiska within a 15-30 minute drive...


Keywords: condo, Banff, wifi

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, mandarin
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2018

About The Owner

Travel is somewhat of an obsession with us, and having traveled extensively in over 50 countries, we can quite safely say that the Canadian Rockies (and especially Banff National Park) still holds up as one of our favorite spots in the world.

Why The Owner chose Canmore

We fell head over heels in love with this awe-inspiring location during a vacation here and had hardly scratched the surface of available activities in those 2 weeks. When we realized that it would take a lifetime to enjoy the gifts of the area, we quickly decided that we wanted to own a slice of heaven... to have a special place to rejuvenate our minds, reassess our priorities and recalibrate our lives.

We first purchased one penthouse loft, loved it so much that we purchased another loft! Hence, we now have TWO SIDE-BY-SIDE lofts that we are proud to share with you. these 2 lofts can be rented separetely, or together (for large groups).

Come experience the magic of the Canadian Rockies!

What makes this condo unique

When we say 'we are a vacation rental like no other', we mean it! Where else will you get a free GPS-activated driving tour of Banff or use of a tablet, or a library of pillows carefully selected so every type of preference is accommodated? Where else is EVERY piece of furniture (except the sofabed) a work of art, lovingly designed by the artist-owner and crafted by artisans all over Canada?

And we haven't even mentioned the playpen, or the high chair for children, or the WALLS of glass showcasing the stunning mountain views. How about the exceptional downtown location where everything you could need is at your doorstep... grocery stores, cafes, art galleries, restaurants, even ATMs! We could go on and on... but we invite you instead to stay at Birch Haven, and let us know why YOU love our place!!

Guestbook comments from the owner

From friendly Manitoba to beautiful Alberta came our family for Spring Break. Highlights of our stay included the hot tub on the roof, a 2 hour adventure with Howling Dog Tours where a team of dogs took us into beautiful trails in Spray Lakes Provincial Park, a day in of skiing in Sunshine Village, a day in Banff walking the shops, and the Bow River Trail to the falls. Spectacular views!

Thank you for the wonderful accommodations situated so well in town. A quiet stay. Instruction booklet clearly understood. We will look you up again should we find our way back to the mountains. Thank you.
Mar 2016
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Canmore Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Bookings canceled at least 60 days before the start of the stay will receive a 100% refund. (However, the 10% booking fee may not be refundable).
  • For sanitation reasons, pls remove the trash and run the dishwashers before they check out. We, and future guests, thank you!
  • NOT ALLOWED: Smoking, drug use, heavy drinking/partying, pets (regardless of size).
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort
  • River
  • Town
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Gym
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Secure Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main level bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Conventional style bathroom
    Loft bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Open loft style bathroom with huge 2 person soaking tub
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 (loft level) - 1 queen , This is a loft style bedroom, open to living room below.
    Bedroom 1 (main level) - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 queen barnwood bed, plus 1 twin spare mattress (on floor)
    Living room sleeper sofa - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1 Queen sofabed, plus portable playpen/crib for infant
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • disco club
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • naturism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • water sports
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Birch Haven is a vacation rental like no other... You will not find lacklustre 'rental-quality' furniture here. That is because Birch Haven was not furnished to be a vacation rental per se. It was meticulously decorated by the artist-owner to be a haven for rejuvenation. Every piece of antique barnwood and log furnishing is exquisite and custom crafted by artisans, making us a favorite for honeymooners and families wanting lodging that's a cut above the rest. Throughout the loft, you'll find touches that differentiate this place from any other vacation rental. Mood lighting at the flick of a switch. Wireless internet. An antique barnwood armoire brimming with games and travel guidebooks. A surround-sound home entertainment system with CDs and DVDs. Cookbooks in the gourmet kitchen. Even a 'library' of pillows, including featherbeds, fluffy down-alternatives, or firm foam orthopedic ones. Plus a portable crib/playpen and dining high chair for infants and toddlers.


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2BR penthouse (sleeps 6-7): Views, WALLS OF GLASS, artistic decor, FREE Wifi!
average rating of 4.08 based on 66 reviews

All the comforts of home... wait; it's more comfortable than home

  • 5 of 5

This was a great find. VERY convenient to shopping and Canmore's downtown

area. The unit has great bedroom and loft spaces, each with bath (sleeps 4

easily, plus I think the couch is a pull-out bed). The kitchen is good sized

and properly-equipped. The place is tastefully decorated too... I wish we

had their design sense (or their Designer's sense)! The owners encourage

guests to leave behind non-perishable foods so we found some good starters

for meals too!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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feel like in heaven

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 16 nights in the cosy ,warm charming condo and felt so comfortable and overwelmed from the very special furnitures . we love the whirkpool and the fireplace is a our favourite ,specially after a skiing day. Very good supermarkets, wine stores and sports stores around , also good for shopping ,nice because closed to Banff, easy going with the garage and not to forgett the Gym, which I also liked to use for good exercises.

so we will recommend this lovley place .

we send best regards from austria ,where we also do have cosy Chalets and rustic Cottages in the mountains for rental

Ingrid and Robert

from Zell am See -Austria

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2011
  • Stayed: November 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great views from apartment

  • 5 of 5

Uniquely decorated, this apartment has everything you need for a stay of any length. The fireplace was a nice touch. Beds and furniture very comfy and kitchen well stocked. Location is within walking distance to restaurants, pubs and grocery shops. Nice place to sit and watch the sunset on the mountains.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Smaller than anticipated

  • 3 of 5


- right in the heart of Canmore (very cute little town)

- small balcony

- great directions and arrival instructions with pins/codes to access every space needed including detailed parking instructions which were very helpful

- we didn't have a chance to use the hot tube area, but I'm guessing that's a pro ;)

- basic toiletries provided (including hand soap, dishwasher detergent, etc)

- plenty of towels, blankets, etc. and a well-stocked kitchen

- clean

- view


- Much smaller than anticipated. 1 bedroom + 1 loft area (with bed) + 1 hide-a-bed. The living room with the hide-a-bed is barely big enough to fold out the bed (you can do it, but it's pretty cramped)

- ONLY ONE USABLE BATHROOM. Yes, technically the loft contains the 2nd bathroom, but the toilet is just out in the loft area (not in a closet or anything) and since the apartment is so small, everyone would be able to hear (and probably smell) everything happening in that "bathroom".

- Each space is pretty small, so putting 6 or 7 adults is VERY crammed. We had 6 adults there for one night, which was fine, but any longer than that would have been pretty uncomfortable.

- No room for kids to run around or play since the kitchen, dining area, and living area are all small and filled with furniture.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Not all it's cracked up to be

  • 2 of 5

Stayed here for a night and was disappointed. The claim of sleeping 6-7 isn't accurate unless you are a college student and can pile in together or have 4 children and 2 adults. The location is great but no working TV (can get the roku working but doesn't help if there are sports on you wanted to watch) and the hot tub is not very nice. The description really overcalls it. I think it would be fine for a group of 4 max but the price isn't worth it and cancellation is 60 days ahead which makes it difficult if plans change.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Stayed here for a week while in Canada, very lovely apartment (love the

furniture!!) and area and the host was very helpful. Lots of little extras

included like the iPad which tops it off :) had a really lovely time here.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Calgary Airport (YYC)
Nearest Golf
0.5 Metres
Stewart Creek
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Banff Norquay
Car: recommended

Location: In the midst of all the Banff area offerings, but away from the crowds, is Birch Haven. Ideally situated in downtown Canmore, this loft is just 3 minutes from the Banff National Park gates and just over an hour from the Calgary International Airport. Our downtown Canmore location means that everything is at your doorstep or just a short walk away from trendy cafes, restaurants and supermarkets to health food, sporting goods stores, and banks.

Area: Remarkably, Birch Haven is blessed with easy access to four national parks (Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Yoho) and and several more provincial parks! Indeed, this stunning area served as the backdrop for the movie, 'Brokeback Mountain.

Golf: With 6 world-class golf courses and 135 spectacular holes nearby, Canmore is a golfer's mecca.

Within a few minutes' drive of Birch Haven are three courses: Stewart Creek, Silvertip, and Canmore Golf & Curling Club.

The world-famous Banff Springs Hotel course is just 15 mins away, while two Robert Trent Jones courses are a half hour away at Kananaskis.

Ski: This area is a famous for worldclass Skiing and Snowboarding on dry champagne powder.

Banff/Lake Louise was recently voted 'Best Ski Resort of the World' by over 25,000 readers polled by the respected London Daily Telegraph!

Other accolades include Good Ski Magazine's '#1 Ski resort in North America' and Thomas Cook's 'Favorite Destination for British Skiers.'

Five downhill ski areas are within easy reach -- Banff's Norquay, Sunshine and Nakiska are within a 20-minute drive.

With over 30 feet of natural snow every year, Sunshine has one of the longest seasons in North America (mid November to mid May) and offers supreme skiing above the timber line.

Norquay, meanwhile, boasts the 'Best Fall Line Cruising,' according to Ski Canada magazine.

The ski resorts of Fortress and Lake Louise are 45 minutes away and feature breathtaking drives that are as highly recommended as the destination.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.0%

After you complete your booking via this website, the owner will send you the owner's documents for your completion. Instead of collecting a damage deposit up front, please note that your credit card info will be requested to serve as damage security deposit (same as any hotel booking).

Sorry, pets and smoking are NOT allowed.

Select weekends or holiday periods may have minimum stay requirements. Owner will always advise you of such requirements, if any, before accepting your booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.