Banff Alternative

New lodging option in nearby Canmore

BY DON NICHOLS — Winter 2019

Attracting more than 4 million visitors every year, Banff National Park can get busy and the towns of Banff and Lake Louise booked to capacity, especially in summer. A just-opened property in Canmore, about 16 miles east of Banff outside of the park, offers a viable lodging option. The Malcolm Hotel, the first traditional hotel built in the town in 20 years, borders two creeks and offers 124 rooms, a pool, and hot tubs, all with pleasing mountain views. A step up in luxury from other Canmore hotels, the property is an easy walk from the city’s quaint downtown, which is less commercial than Banff’s, with more locally owned shops and restaurants. From $115. 888-570-0603; 

What to do:

Outdoor activities abound in Canmore, so you’ll likely want to spend time in and around the town once you’re settled into the Malcolm. Hop aboard a helicopter for an up-close and up-high look at the Rockies, explore nearby Rat’s Nest Cave, go rafting down the calm Bow River, tee off at one of three nearby golf courses, or ski, bike, or hike the 40 miles of trails at the Canmore Nordic Center, which hosted the biathlon and cross-country ski events at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.


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