Destination guide

Let the mountains call you home in Canmore vacation rentals

John Muir once said that going to the mountains is going home – and you may feel the same upon setting foot inside your Canmore vacation rental. Surrounded by the Canadian Rockies and right at the doorstep of Banff National Park, Canmore is the perfect hideaway. The mountains are splendid for hiking in summer and skiing in winter. You can reflect and reconnect with nature on your own or introduce your kids to a new world of outdoor adventure. Or you can use that secluded Canmore chalet as the ideal setting for some romantic quality time.

History

Like many Canadian mountain resort towns, Canmore got its start as a mining community. You can learn how the community transformed a coal mining town into a mountain resort at the Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre in Downtown Canmore. After that, make like the miners of old and relax over a drink at the bar of Canmore Hotel – the second-oldest hotel in Alberta – while enjoying the bar's regular live music. Additionally, you can take a peek at the historic North West Mountain Police Barracks, the oldest police barracks in Western Canada.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Canmore

Are you searching for things to do during your stay? Travelers enjoy fun activities like hiking, skiing and biking. Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes Canmore a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Nakiska Ski Resort (16.2 mi / 26 km)
  • Mount Norquay Ski Resort (12.8 mi / 20.6 km)
  • Sunshine Village (17.4 mi / 28.1 km)
  • Canmore Golf and Curling Club (0.8 mi / 1.4 km)
  • Cross Zee Ranch (1 mi / 1.7 km)
  • Silvertip Golf Course (1.4 mi / 2.2 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather in Canmore

Canmore is well known for its skiing. If you've planned your trip around snowy activities, consider visiting in September, April, August or March, when snowfall averages 0 inches and temperatures average 10°F.

Natural features

Exploring the mountains and other natural features in Canmore

Travelers enjoy Canmore for its lakeside setting and riverfront. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Canmore is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are some of the area’s most enchanting features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Banff Gondola (9.5 mi / 15.3 km)
  • Upper Hot Springs (9.6 mi / 15.4 km)
  • Cave and Basin National Historic Site (11.4 mi / 18.3 km)
  • Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • Canmore Caverns (1.9 mi / 3.1 km)
  • Wind Ridge Trail (6 mi / 9.6 km)
How to get around

Getting around from your Canmore vacation rental is a cinch

Even without wheels, you won't find it hard to get around Canmore from your vacation rental. Roam Transit Service, the regional transit system of the Banff-Canmore area, runs local bus services within Canmore and to nearby attractions. Feeling active? You can also rent a bike and pedal your way through town – Canmore has a strong bike culture, with an extensive network of multi-use nature trails, downtown cycling paths, and bike parking facilities. You can also get around on foot, as Downtown Canmore and most Canmore neighbourhoods are walkable.

Food & drink 

Dining out – and in – with your Canmore vacation rental

Canmore has a cosmopolitan food scene, home to more than 70 casual and fine dining restaurants, as well as a number of cafes and bars. These joints serve up an eclectic array of cuisines, from classic Canadian and South American to Japanese and Thai. You don't even have to drive up to town to enjoy a good meal; many of these restaurants deliver to hotels and vacation rentals, so you can easily have food brought to your place – and you won't even have to change out of your PJs.

Essential info

Get to know Canmore before booking your vacation rental

Canmore calls itself "The Queen Town of the Rockies," and with good reason – the town sits on the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, and its elevation ranges from 1,375 metres to 1,480 metres above sea level. With a population of nearly 14,000 people occupying a total area of 69.43 square kilometres, Canmore is Alberta's 9th-largest community. Canmore is just outside Banff National Park, and the park's main entrance only a 5-minute drive away. Calgary, on the other hand, is an hour's drive and 81 kilometres away. Canmore locals are mostly English speakers, though some speak French as well.

How many vacation rentals are available around Canmore?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 643 house rentals around Canmore. From 108 Houses to 401 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Canmore is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Canmore?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Canmore:

  • Town Centre: 280 vacation rentals
  • Three Sisters Mountain Village: 27 vacation rentals
  • Silvertip: 392 vacation rentals
  • Cougar Creek: 463 vacation rentals
  • Eagle Terrace: 266 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Canmore?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Canmore. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Cross Zee Ranch: 638 home rentals
  • Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre: 638 home rentals
  • Wind Ridge Trail: 638 home rentals
  • Canmore Caverns: 639 home rentals
  • Canmore Golf and Curling Club: 637 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Canmore listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Canmore?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 108 Houses in Canmore. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Canmore include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 401 lodging choices
  • Cabins: 6 lodging choices
  • Chalets: 20 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Canmore?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 324 vacation homes with pool available in Canmore.