About This Listing
EXCLUSIVE: FREE GPS-activated driving tour of Banff; it's like having a personal guide in your car!
Plus FREE use of our Park Pass (saves you $20 p/day), tablet, wifi and more...
...proving that BIRCH HAVEN IS A VACATION RENTAL LIKE NO OTHER!
This is NOT a shared condo; enjoy the entire 2BR/2 bath loft! Sleeps 6-7 persons. Smoking and pets are NOT allowed.
Treat yourself to panoramic views from WALL OF GLASS in the living room's soaring 23-foot vault. Amazingly, every piece of furniture was designed and commissioned for this stunning condo. Artists from various regions of Canada hand-crafted each piece and came in to install these works of art. We can confidently say that you will not find another vacation rental with this calibre of furnishings!
AT A GLANCE:
Aesthetics and comfort are given equal emphasis at this artistic 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo loft, furnished with antique barnwood & log furnishings designed personally by the artist-owner.
Just 2 blocks from Main Street, our downtown location means that grocery stores, restaurants, art galleries, trendy cafes are all at your doorstep!
The loft features 23-foot vaulted ceilings, soaring 8-foot walls of glass flanking a cozy log/river stone fireplace & hi-speed wireless internet. Enjoy stunning views whether you are lounging in bed, relaxing on the leather sofa, working out in the gym or soaking in the rooftop hot tub!
Every piece of antique barnwood and log furnishing is exquisite and crafted by artisans, earning us a reputation as the area's most sought-after loft for honeymooners, families, and those looking for a vacation experience that's a cut above the rest! (All the photos shown here are of ACTUAL views from Birch Haven!)
HOW WE ARE DIFFERENT:
Birch Haven offers an unusual number of thoughtful bonuses, which adds tremendous value to your stay. Ask us how you can get the bonuses below for FREE (limited time offer)!
2. BANFF PARK PASS: Use of our pass saves you an extra $20 per day!
3. GPS-GUIDED TOUR OF BANFF/LAKE LOUISE/ICEFIELDS PARKWAY: We provide a GPS device that syncs up with your location and auto-activates with narration when you drive past areas of interest (over 1000 points throughout the Rockies).
It’s like having a private tour guide in your car sharing insights on the area’s history, its explorers, geology, wildlife sighting tips, sightseeing info and more. It even points out highways exits so you don’t miss turnoffs to interesting sights.
A private guide for your group would easily cost a few hundred dollars per day. Ask us how you can get this incredible bonus absolutely FREE. You will not find this at any other vacation rental!
4. USE OF TABLET: Now your family can play games, check web-based email, browse the internet etc... without bringing along your own laptop. We have even pre-loaded the tablet with Banff-related apps and websites that will help you make the most of your vacation here.
As if the above is not enough, you will find even more touches that differentiate Birch Haven from any other vacation rental...
Mood lighting at the flick of a switch. A surround sound home entertainment system with a library of DVDs and CDs.
Full-color travel guidebooks and brochures to help you make the most of your visit. A barnwood armoire brimming with toys, board games, and novels. Dishwasher in gourmet kitchen. Even cookbooks to inspire the Iron Chef in you!
At Birch Haven, you can pamper yourself with our feather-bed topper for plush bedding comfort. Or remove the topper, if you prefer a firmer mattress. We even offer a 'library' of pillows to accommodate your preferences.
We also offer hard-to-find amenities that make a real difference to parents: a portable playpen/crib, plus a dining high chair for your little one!
Birch Haven is designed to sleep 6 persons. However, larger groups have used a spare twin mattress (on floor) to sleep the 7th person. Additionally, one infant (if applicable) can sleep in the portable playpen.
Bedding/bath configuration is as follows:
Main level bedroom: One queen barnwood bed. There is a separate full bathroom next door (American-style bathtub with handheld/mounted shower).
Loft level bedroom and bath (note: this is open to living room below): One queen log canopy bed (+ one spare single mattress on floor). Full open bath in bedroom (European-style soaking tub with handheld shower)
Living room: One queen sleeper sofabed, with optional feather topper for extra comfort. There is also a portable playpen/crib for infants/toddlers.
You are renting the entire apartment so you will have access to everything in the apartment. You will share the building's amenities like the gym and rooftop hot-tub featuring panoramic 360 degree views of the peaks encircling our building!
Interaction with Guests
This is not a shared apartment; you will have the entire 2BR/2 bath condo loft all to yourself!
Visit 4 National Parks! Birch Haven is blessed with easy access to four national parks and several provincial parks:
**24 km / 15 miles to Banff townsite (approx 15 mins)
**80 km / 50 miles to Lake Louise and the start of the Icefields Parkway (approx 45 mins)
**60 km / 35 miles to Kootenay Natl Park entrance (approx 45 mins)
**80 km / 50 miles to Yoho Natl Park* entrance (approx 1hr 15 mins)
**200 km / 125 miles to Jasper Natl Park* entrance (approx 2 hrs)
**26 km / 16 miles to Kananaskis Country (approx 0.5 hrs).
One thing that sets the Canadian Rockies apart from other mountain destinations is how little effort it takes to reach spectacular scenery. Truly stunning vistas that may require hours of hiking in other parks are right on the highway, accessible from the window of your car! Indeed, some of these drives (including the Icefields Parkway drive) are rated as some of the most scenic in the world...
Summer activities are seemingly endless: golfing, whitewater rafting, fishing, horseback riding, wildlife-watching, hiking, heli-hiking, ATV expeditions, caving, rock climbing, mountain-biking and more.
Bicycling magazine named the Canmore area as one of 'The 50 Best Trips on Our Planet.' Suffice to say, accolades and activities abound...
Drive to Columbia Glacier, the largest non-polar ice-cap in the world, hop on a snocoach and walk on the face of the glacier! Or, for a taste of the Wild West, hop on a wagon picnic excursion or saddle up a horse.
Hikers will find thousands of miles of maintained trails Try heli-hiking, and have a helicopter drop you off at the top of a remote peak, pick you up at the bottom, after you take a leisurely hike down!
And then there is golf. With 6 world-class golf courses and 135 spectacular holes nearby, Canmore is a golfer's mecca. Three courses (Stewart Creek, Silvertip and Canmore Golf & Curling Club) are within a few minutes' drive...
Winter is romantic and simply magical. Ice-skate, snowshoe, snowmobile, dog-sled, ice-fish, ski and more, in postcard-perfect surroundings!
Follow the tracks of wolves and learn the hunting patterns of owls in snowshoe excursions. Take guided ice walks through Johnston and Grotto Canyons. Experience the world of suspended waterfalls and massive blue ice pillars, frozen in time. Go on a guided ice-fishing expedition in the toasty warmth of heated huts!
Enjoy sleigh rides, or let a team of huskies whisk you through breathtaking scenery on dogsleds. Snowmobile through the back roads and wilderness areas. Or soar over the stunning landscapes of the Continental Divide in a helicopter!
Then there's world class skiing and snowboarding on dry champagne powder. Banff/Lake Louise was recently voted 'Best Ski Resort of the World' by the London Daily Telegraph! Five downhill ski areas are within easy reach of Birch Haven, with Norquay, Sunshine and Nakiska within a 15-30 minute drive.
Other Things to Note
WHEN COMPARISON SHOPPING, BE SURE TO CONSIDER THIS: Birch Haven is LEGALLY ZONED for short-term tourist rentals. Unfortunately, this is not the case for the vast majority of properties in Canmore. Don't risk losing your payments or disrupting your vacation due to crackdowns on illegally-operated properties.
Sorry, due to allergy concerns, smoking and pets are not allowed. For sanitation reasons, we also ask for guests to kindly remove the trash and load the dishwasher before they check out. We, and future guests, thank you for helping us to maintain a clean, healthy environment for all!
My husband and I had three nights in this lovely apartment and very much enjoyed the amazing mountain setting, the friendly town and the comfortable and quiet base. The furnishings are very interesting and come with their own history! And the little extras provided make settling in very easy. The roof top hot tub is a real bonus.
Communication with S May was effective and we would recommend a stay here to anyone.
Nice place, clean, close to town with an amazing view of the mountains from the hot tub on the roof!
One of the bathrooms is actually open and above the living room (not separated with a wall) and directly across from the bed so that all in the kitchen, living room, and dining room can hear you do your business. Fortunately there is another bathroom that is normal.
One thing that we found inappropriate is that, despite a $75 cleaning fee, they will charge you $50 PER bag of garbage that you don't take out yourself. They also threaten to keep some of your security deposit if you don't load the dishwasher with all your dirty dishes upon exit. You do NOT know of this when you book the place, you only find out upon confirmation of booking that you are responsible for doing some of the cleaning despite the cleaning fee you've paid. We were so worried we were sure to follow the numerous rules upon checkout so that we wouldn't lose our $500 security deposit.
The location is great, close to town and grocery shopping areas. And the hot tub on the roof (with view of the mountains) is an absolutely exceptional feature! The host is a very good and prompt communicator and, upon request, even let us have a late checkout.
Our experience was extremely smooth. We were sent all the information that we needed for check in and check out. The place was lovely with an awesome view of the mountains, and it was extremely convenient having a Supermarket just across the road. Wish we could have stayed longer.
Our host provided all information needed a few days before our trip. Checking in was a breeze.
The kitchen was well equipped and the condo is right beside two grocery stores. We got a kick out of all the custom made furniture.
We didn't realize that the bathroom in the loft has no walls or doors, it was a little bit awkward as we were 5 friends sharing the space, we pretty much stuck to using just the downstairs bathroom. Looking back on the listing though it does clearly state the loft is open to the rest of the condo.
The big beautiful windows offered great views as this unit is on the top floor. We didn't need the park pass as we were somewhat locals and had our own but that is a very thoughtful touch.
Overall a very pleasant stay and would definitely book this unit again to stay in the Canmore/Banff area.
We stayed for 5 nights during mid September and we loved our time at this apartment, it was the perfect base for us to see all that the region offer.
While the place is suited for 2 couples, we loved the extra space for just the 2 of us. It came fully equipped and we couldnt ask for more...The images dont do it justice!
Be aware though that the upstairs toilet is open... So for those moments of privacy, it could be a bit challenging if more than 1 couple stays!
Also navigating the use of the TV/dvd setup can be a bit frustrating....we found some useful tips in the guest book, but still was a challenge. I know tv is the last thing you need on holidays, but for those quite times its nice.
The owners have also paid a lot of attention to making sure guests can navigate around the kitchen (which itself is extremely well equipped) with little notices on cupboards etc.
The place is also very well looked after, something the hosts obvioulsy pride themselves on! Also, they have gone to a lot of effort to ensure guests have as much info about Canmore and surrounds... Certainly made a huge difference for us when deciding what to see and do...thank you, nice touch.
We've stayed in many airbnb apartments and each one brings its own unique qualities.. This place is no different i.e. The furniture is quite eclectic (birch tables and chairs) were funky if not sometimes challenging to negotiate around...again if there are more than 4 people you may have to fight for the perfect spot at the table.
Also this was the first apartment we stayed at where we did not get to either meet the host or speak with them... Personally its always nice to meet the people who have shared their place with us, but not to be this time. Having said that the communication via email was prompt!
All up we loved this place and highly recommend it for up to 4 guests (just be prepared to time your toilet breaks if you want privacy).
If ever we head back to Canada for vacation ( and i hope we do), then we would definately want to stay at birch haven again. Very nice place, great location and has everything you would need for an extended stay and more (it has a nice 'home' feel to it).
Nice apartment, great view, perfect location. The condo was clean and the host was very friendly. We had a great time at Birch Haven.
About the Host, S May
Travel is somewhat of an obsession with us, and having traveled extensively in over 50 countries, we can quite safely say that the Canadian Rockies (and especially Banff National Park) still holds up as one of our favorite spots in the world.
We fell head over heels in love with this awe-inspiring location during a vacation here and had hardly scratched the surface of available activities in those 2 weeks. When we realized that it would take a lifetime to enjoy the gifts of the area, we quickly decided that we wanted to own a slice of heaven... to have a special place to rejuvenate our minds, reassess our priorities and recalibrate our lives.
Hence, the genesis of Birch Haven, a place we are now proud to share with you!