Canmore’s population boom has been mirrored by the construction of new hotels and motels. Most of the newer lodgings are on Bow Valley Trail (Highway 1A). As with all resort towns in the Canadian Rockies, reservations should be made as far in advance as possible in summer.
More than 40 bed-and-breakfasts operate in Canmore. They are all small, family-run affairs, with only one or two rooms (a local town bylaw limits the number of guest rooms in private homes to just two). During summer, they fill every night. For a full list of B&Bs, check the website of the Canmore/Bow Valley Bed and Breakfast Association for one that suits your needs. There are also hundreds of vacation rentals sold through major vacation rental websites.
As you raise your eyebrows over hotel pricing in Canmore, consider two things: (1) many hotels discount rooms year-round, so use the listed websites to find current deals and packages; and (2) room rates in Canmore are less expensive compared to Banff, just down the road. Outside the busiest summer period (July and August), room rates are slashed considerably (especially at the more-expensive accommodations); with a little bit of searching, expect to find rates that include two lift tickets (at either the Banff or Kananaskis alpine resorts) for the same price as the room-only rate during summer.
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Best Canmore Hotels
In and around town, these are our favourite lodging choices from least expensive to most expensive:
HI Canmore ( hostel)
Canmore Downtown Hostel (hostel)
Drake Inn (motel rooms)
Lamphouse by Basecamp (downtown motel rooms)
Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge (motel rooms)
Creekside Villa (upscale bed and breakfast)
Silver Creek Lodge (condos)
Lady Macdonald Country Inn (boutique hotel)
Basecamp Resorts (motel rooms, condos)
A Bear and Bison Inn (upscale bed and breakfast)
Paintbox Lodge (boutique hotel)