Compiled by the Road Trip Alberta team
Last Updated on May 19, 2023
Canmore, Alberta, sits on the doorstep of Banff National Park. The Bow River runs through the heart of it, and the Rocky Mountains and alpine forests surround it. There are so many things to do in Canmore and the surrounding nature! It is simply one of our favourite spots in Alberta to spend a few days (or weeks) to relax, unwind and breathe in the fresh mountain air.
Canmore also makes for a perfect hotel base to access Banff for hiking, skiing, and many other activities. While the trip from Calgary to Canmore is an easy one, settling into an excellent Canmore hotel for a while to have quick access to all this goodness is an excellent idea.
Below are a few of our recommended spots to stay at for your next visit.
Our Top Picks
Solara Canmore (Luxury)
This luxury resort in Canmore is the perfect choice for those looking for a little slice of heaven just minutes from Banff National Park. A beautiful blend of rustic warmth and deluxe amenities, Solara Canmore, is our top pick for luxury hotels in Canmore, Alberta. While you can’t beat the location – the hotel is nestled in the Rocky Mountains, with stunning views from the room windows – the real draw is the excellent service and attention to detail.
From the atmosphere to the design details to the emphasis on wellness, Solara Canmore is the place to relax, unwind, and take in the nature that surrounds you, all on the doorstep of one of Canada’s most beautiful national parks.
Lodges at Canmore (Mid-Range)
Another superb option for exploring Banff National Park, the Lodges at Canmore, is a family-friendly and mid-range accommodation option. Surrounded by the Canadian Rockies, the fully furnished condos serve as a great spot to base yourself while on vacation. Families will love the year-round heated pool, while couples will especially enjoy the three hot tubs on-site to choose from.
On top of that, each unit has a fireplace for those extra cozy evenings! Whether you’re after skiing in the winter months or hiking in the summer, the Lodges at Canmore are our top choice for a comfortable, mid-range Canmore hotel.
Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn (Budget)
In your search for the best accommodation on your holiday to Canmore, it may seem as though there’s nothing for the budget traveller. Never fear because there are indeed budget options when it comes to your hotel in Canmore! The Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn is our number-one pick for travellers on a budget. With 62 rooms – many of which come with a mountain view – the hotel’s location is terrific for those wanting to walk into downtown Canmore.
Warm and inviting, the inn makes for a terrific spot to unwind after a long day on the slopes or hiking trails… and make sure to check out the sauna for those sore muscles after a day of activity!
Luxury Canmore Hotels
Stoneridge Mountain Resort
If you’re looking for luxury in your Canmore hotels search, look no further than Stoneridge Mountain Resort. This stunning mountain lodge set in the Canadian Rockies has a heated outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness centre, laundry facility, and a location that situates you perfectly for seeing more of both downtown Canmore and Banff National Park.
Whether you’re after a weekend getaway, a family vacation, or a skiing holiday with friends, there’s a comfortable suite at Stoneridge Mountain Resort for you. The friendly staff and homey atmosphere are just the cherry on top of the luxurious cake.
Malcolm Hotel Canmore by CLIQUE
Often billed as Canmore’s premier luxury hotel, the Malcolm Hotel Canmore by Clique ticks all the boxes when it comes to high-end accommodation. With an extraordinary view of the Rocky Mountains and the creek that runs alongside the resort, the hotel’s 124 rooms are all decorated with modern, chic details that complement the landscape.
Only minutes to Canmore’s downtown, the hotel also has a couple of fantastic dining options if you prefer to stay on-site to eat. There’s also a heated pool, hot tub, fitness facilities, and plenty of parking access, so you can’t go wrong with staying at the Malcolm Hotel Canmore.
Mid-Range Canmore Hotels
Grande Rockies Resort Canmore by Belstar
This hotel in Canmore is one of our top choices when it comes to mid-range resorts. Imagine a trendy mountain lodge with excellent service, and you get the Grande Rockies Resort Canmore! With both condo suites and traditional rooms available, there’s also an on-site restaurant and a waterpark (including a waterslide) that’s ideal for families.
With fitness facilities on-site and air conditioning in every room, you’re sure to feel right at home during your stay. Throw in close proximity to nearby hiking trails, golf courses, and ski slopes, and this might quickly become your favourite hotel in Canmore, Alberta.
Holiday Inn Canmore
Another one of the most popular Canmore hotels is the Holiday Inn Canmore, ideal for those looking for comfortable mid-range accommodations in a convenient location. With a beautiful mountain lodge exterior, the hotel features 360-degree views of the Rocky Mountains with a variety of rooms and suites to meet your needs. Some even come equipped with a fireplace and jacuzzi!
Guests love the heated outdoor hot tub and the hotel offers free parking with every stay. A fitness facility and a cocktail lounge on-site make this hotel home to everything you might need on your vacation to Canmore.
Budget Canmore Hotels
Basecamp Lodge Canmore
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly hotel for your stay in Canmore, Basecamp Lodge Canmore might be the right choice for you. This boutique hotel found only a short walk from downtown Canmore boasts a simple yet modern style in its rooms and suites, many of which come with a fireplace, kitchen, parking access, and locally-made bath products.
Clean and modern, the hotel feels new and spacious while maintaining the cozy mountain atmosphere that sets the tone for your time in Canmore.
Pocaterra Inn Canmore
This Canmore hotel is perfect for those on a bit of a budget. The charming Pocaterra Inn has an indoor pool and waterslide – sure to impress the entire family! The hotel also has a sauna, complimentary parking, fitness facilities, a business centre, and so much more.
With a huge range of rooms and suites to choose from, including pet-friendly accommodations, there’s guaranteed a room that will be the best for your needs. A great base while on holiday in Canmore, and it’s budget-friendly.
Other Options for Accommodations in Canmore
Hotels Near Canmore
Kananaskis Mountain Lodge
If you’re looking to stay near Canmore, there are some terrific options to be found outside the town, but that is still within easy driving access. Check out Kananaskis Mountain Lodge in Kananaskis Village, a beautifully chic hotel with lots of rustic Canadian flair.
The real highlight is the Kananaskis Nordic Spa, where you can soak your worries away in its variety of hot tubs, cold plunge pools, steam rooms, saunas, and exfoliation rooms after a day on the slopes or the hiking trails. But that’s not the only benefit of staying at this hotel; you also have spacious rooms, mouthwatering dining options, and a host of other amenities.
Mount Engadine Lodge
A true Alberta gem, Mount Engadine Lodge is found outside of Canmore but absolutely worth a stay. With all the cozy charm you’d hope from a mountain lodge, staying at this hotel feels as though you’ve stepped back in time; picture a roaring fireplace, warm wool blankets, and views of the snowcapped mountains all around you.
Choose from a wide range of accommodations, including private cabins, lodge rooms, clamping tents, and even a yurt! Even better, all guests are provided with locally-inspired breakfasts, packed lunches, afternoon tea, and a gourmet dinner as part of the room rate. Staying at Mount Engadine Lodge is an adventure all its own, and we highly recommend it.
Downtown Canmore Hostel
Another worthy option for staying in Canmore is the Downtown Canmore Hostel. With shuttles to the downtown area as well as Banff National Park, the hostel offers dormitory-style rooms as well as private rooms. There’s also a communal kitchen, lounge, and laundry area. It’s an excellent budget-friendly choice and also a fun way to meet other travellers as you soak up the surrounding mountain air.
Canmore AirBnB and Cabins
You don’t always necessarily need a hotel while in Canmore… AirBnBs and private cabins are another fantastic option for accommodation in Canmore! Find your perfect place to stay, whether that’s a snug cabin or a stylish apartment on AirBnB.
If sleeping in the outdoors is more your style than a hotel, there are thankfully quite a few campgrounds near town to choose from, and we suggest reading this article on the best Canmore camping. Remember that visitors wishing to stay in these campgrounds now require a Kananaskis Conservation Pass.
Bow Valley Campground
Bow Valley Campground in Bow Valley Provincial Park is 30 kilometres east of Canmore with stunning Rocky Mountain views. The campground has six walk-in tent sites (unserviced), 131 serviced (water, 15 – 30 amp-powered) sites, and 36 unserviced sites. It’s a popular spot, and reservations are recommended.
Wapiti Campground operates year-round, with 362 summer sites and 75 winter camping sites. It’s first come, first-served, and campers can choose a private spot along the Athabasca River… both tenting and RVing are popular here! You’ll also find electrical hook-ups, fire pits, and hot showers at this popular Canmore campground.
Spray Lakes West Campground
Spray Lakes West Campground is a first-come, first-served location open from June 1st to September 20th and offers a water pump, fire pits, and secure food storage. With 50 unserviced sites, you have the option to tent or RV here in the Spray Lakes Provincial Park.
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Pete is a co-founder of Road Trip Alberta. Growing up in Edmonton he has an extensive knowledge of Alberta and everything the province has to offer. He loves to eat good food, hike (especially in the winter), play tennis and curl. Apart from running Road Trip Alberta, he is a director with HMI, a digital media agency, half of the Hecktic Travels duo, and a co-creator of the popular card game Trip Chaser.