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.


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.


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)

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.

Can I find a vacation rental around Canmore?

Yes, our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 602 vacation rentals near Canmore. From 5 cabin rentals to 124 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Canmore for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

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

Whether you're traveling 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: 225 vacation rentals
  • Three Sisters Mountain Village: 24 vacation rentals
  • Silvertip: 334 vacation rentals
  • Cougar Creek: 404 vacation rentals
  • Eagle Terrace: 243 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, 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 traveling to Canmore?

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

  • Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park: 599 vacation rentals
  • Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre: 597 vacation rentals
  • Cross Zee Ranch: 598 vacation rentals
  • Canmore Caverns: 598 vacation rentals
  • Silvertip Golf Course: 599 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Canmore listed on Vrbo Canada 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 Cabins in Canmore?

Yes, of course. Vrbo Canada has 5 Cabins in Canmore. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Canmore include:

  • Houses: 124 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 415 rentals available
  • Cottages: 5 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Canmore?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 302 vacation rentals with pool available in Canmore. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.