About this listing
A great place for people who want tranquility and privacy. Full kitchen, private entrance, outdoor seating area, soaker tub, wifi and wonderful big windows onto the forest. Come enjoy our peaceful neighbourhood away from the big hotels.
Wonderful back yard in the forest. Outdoor sitting area backing onto forest reserve and hiking/ biking trails.
Beautiful Bachelor walkout to the tranquility of the forest! Hardwood floors, dishwasher, soaker tub. Practically on the hiking and mountain bike trails. This is a fully self contained suite, on the ground floor of my home. Your residence has a full private kitchen, livingroom, bathroom, soaker tub, outdoor seating area and private entrance. While you are here, the full forested yard is yours to enjoy. I live in the top 2 floors of the house so am available if you would like any first hand local knowledge or if privacy is what you desire, you will hardly see me at all. ;-)
Just 100km (62miles) from Calgary. Canmore is a beautiful community situated just outside the Banff National Park gates and beside Kananaskis Provincial Park (Kananaskis was where the film Broke Back Mountain was filmed.) 20 km bike ride along either mountain bike trails or the new paved bike path will bring you to the famous tourist town of Banff which is well renown for it's Arts program.
Hiking, Rockclimbing, and mountain biking are what the locals love to do around here in the summer. We have a small but picturesque quarry lake to cool off in should the temperatures soar.
If you love to mountain bike Canmore is a destination town. Being that it is outside of park gates XC mountain biking is not limited as it is within the parks. There are great Downhill trails in nearby Kananaskis Country.
Canmore has 3 Golf Courses. World class Silvertip and Stewart Creek as well as our own Canmore Golf Club.
You are smack dab in the mountains at an elevation of 4,500 feel. Great climbing, scrambling and hiking routes are everywhere around you.
Winter In Canmore!
If you decide to visit in the winter, XC skiing and iceclimbing are the main outdoor activites in Canmore. The world class Canmore Nordic Centre is an destination for Cross country ski enthusiasts. We host international events so the runs are always track set and groomed for skate skiing. We even have a night loop open and snow making should the snow gods be stingy that year.
If Downhill is more your passion, just outiside of this picturesque town, you have a choice of 5 different local ski resorts for Downhill skiing and snowboarding . The Canadian Rockies is famous for super dry powder and for Backcountry enthusiasts, ski touring is abundant as Canmore is surrounded on all sides by parks.
Winter or summer, Come check out the beautiful Canadian Rockies!
The entire suite which is on the ground floor with private access. We live upstairs.
Interaction with Guests
I will base my interaction on your needs. I am available mostly in the evenings as I work during the day. I can help you find the hidden gems and stay away from the overly expensive and crowded spots. Should you want privacy, you will hardly know I am there.
I live in a quiet neighbourhood on the sunny side of Canmore. There is a restaurant pub (the iron goat) and a pizza take out (it's new and I can't remember the name) a convenience store/bakery (Fergies) and a breakfast lunch spot (the summit cafe) all within walking distance up the hill. If you prefer downhill, you can walk to La Belle Patate (a fast food eatery) and try Canada's most famous fast food "Poutine". (Not worth eating anything else there since the hamburgers etc are really not very good). Parking on my street can be a nightmare but I have made a small space in my driveway for your car. Sorry big vehicle drivers it's a bit of a squish but we can work it out when you arrive.
To explore the area, you will definitely need a car. The Parks in the area are very spread out over hundreds of km and accessible by vehicle. Taxis are very expensive and their is only a bus between Banff townsite and Canmore townsite. Bus tours can be booked and have pickups in Banff and Canmore however, they go to the same places you can access with a car at your own pace and without the hassle of a large group dynamic. Rent your car at the airport is best and most convenient. The airport shuttle to and from Canmore is expensive and does not operate 24 hours a day.
Banff national park gates are 5 minutes from Canmore.
Banff townsite is 20 minutes.
My home is a 5 minute drive to downtown Canmore
Lake Louise is a 60 minute drive
Johnston Canyon is a 30 minute 40 minute drive
all the drives are scenic scenic scenic so you wont mind being in your car.
Canmore townsite is a 30-40 minute walk from my home.
You can walk to banff on the goat creek trail or the Banff-Canmore Legacy trail. 20 KM each way. This would be an easy hike, just long and in my opinion there are many better hikes, plus as you will see in the next section this trail is full of bikers.
The best views in the park are by hiking. Ask me which ones will be less crowded as the most reviewed hikes are often wall to wall people and I know of equally beautiful but less crowded options.
If you don't like to hike, the Banff Gondola is good too, not too expensive and you get great views.
BY BIKE (my favourite):
There are bike trails between Canmore and Banff.
The legacy trail is paved and popular Very scenic although it runs the side of the #1 highway so can be a bit noisy. 20 km to Banff.
The Goat Creek trail is a dirt road from Canmore to Banff (also 20 km) Very scenic but you want to be comfortable on a bike as it is eroded and loose. A mountain bike is needed and bring bear spray and water.
The roam bus goes on the hour between Canmore and Banff townsites. It is 5$ each way. You can bike or hike to Banff and then take the roam bus back with your bike as there are bike racks on the bus. The roam bus is not a viable option at night as the last trip to Canmore is a 9pm.
Bus tours can be booked and have pickups in Banff and Canmore however, they go to the same places you can access with a car at your own pace and without the hassle of a large group dynamic.
BY BOAT: there is a boat tour of Lake Minnewanka. I did it this summer. It was a pleasant boat cruise up the lake, pricy and can be cold depending on the weather. I think save your money on this one. Most of the best views you can hike to and if you are not a hiker, there are still great views from the road view point stops. The Banff Gondola is good too, not too expensive and you get great views.
BY SEA: just kidding, there is nothing by sea. ;-)
Other Things to Note
I have one container of bear spray that I give to guests to use. Don't worry no one has had to use it. ;-)
Guests in my home can behave as if they are staying in a hotel. This is their space to enjoy and should not feel as if they need to behave. However, I do have 2 rules.
1. smoking is only permitted outside and if you hear me on the porch outside upstairs, please smoke away from the house in the yard so I don't have to smell it. Please pick up your cigarette buts.
2. I do not pay my cleaner to do dishes so please load the dishwasher and get it running before you leave. The cleaner will put away the dishes when she arrives.
The apartment was jus as described and pictured. It was well-eqipped, and featured a super comfy bed and nice heated floor in the bathroom. The wifi was great.
It made a very peaceful base for touring the national parks, Kananaskis, etc.
Note: Laurie has installed a nice new microwave since some of the earlier reviews. Just please don't use it to make mcrowave popcorn - it is the smell of that that kept her from having one previously!
Laurie is such a conscientious host and went out of her way to help resolve an issue that arose. Laurie was very helpful and friendly on a special request we had. Thank you for this Laurie!! We truly missed the best Wifi connection after we left. I feel Laurie is a true asset to AirB&B. Thank you Laurie!!
The place was cozy, well equiped, and Laurie was nice.
The view from her street is impressive.
The parking can be tricky, but we managed to find a spot close to the house.
Our 3 days were perfect! It was such a nice place :-) Thank you Laurie for your kindness and for your advices.
We stayed at Laurie's place for 3 nights during our trip in the Rocky Mountains. She is a great host. She took some time to show us all the interesting places on maps and advised us where to look for wildlife (and burgers and fries!).
Her place is really great to stay, exactly as shown on the photos, plenty of space with a nice kitchen and a lovely and quiet garden. The location is really good for visiting Banff and the surrounding lakes, away from the crowded places and still close enough.
Laurie, thank you so much for hosting us!
Laurie's place and Laurie herself are both lovely. Easy to find and access this beautifully kept retreat, thanks to Laurie's helpful instruction. Her place is clean and Laurie is friendly and ready to help you plan our your day! Can't make a single complaint about this place. Highly recommend to others heading to the Rocky Mountains!
Laurie was great! Her place was cozy and warm. She made an effort to make us feel welcome and offered great tips to enjoy our stay! I would definitely stay here again.
About the Host, Laurie
Hi, I live in the beautiful Canadian Rockies and love to travel and to share my home and my love of the Mountains. I am an avid Mountain biker and skier, snowboarder and am happy to let you in on all the best trails. I have been with Airbnb for 4 years now and have built my reputation as an excellent host! I have a private bachelor suite as well as a room in my home. Come check out what Canmore has to offer.