King Malcolm III of Scotland was an intrepid warrior who ruled from 1058 – 1093. He came to power after killing the legendary Macbeth in battle, avenging the death of his father, Duncan. Credited by some with founding a dynasty that consolidated royal power in Scotland, his lineage included kings who would later free Scotland from Norse influence. Killed in battle in 1093, Malcolm later became known as Ceann Mor, Gaelic for “Big Head,” or more favourably, “Great Chief.” This rugged adventurer lent his nickname to the vibrant mountain town, filled with modern adventurers, that we know as Canmore, Alberta.
Canmore is a town with the Canadian Rockies for a backyard. The town itself is filled with boutique shopping, delectable dining, and wonderful accommodations. No matter what time of year you visit, it’s the perfect time in Canmore; you’ll find adventure and beauty around every corner! With a picturesque place to relax, explore, and get outside and play in every season, Canmore offers a taste of mountain living to all its guests. When the holidays hit this year, plan to splurge close to home. Maybe you’ll even discover something new!
There’s a brand-new hotel in Canmore that pays homage to that great Scottish warrior chief, The Malcolm Hotel. The Malcolm Hotel is the first traditional hotel to be built in Canmore in 20 years and will be Canmore’s crown jewel, befitting its royal namesake. A part of the upcoming Spring Creek Community, built between two creeks and close to the downtown area, this hotel offers sophisticated mountain luxury, convenience, and gorgeous views. No matter how rough and rugged your day is, you can relax in the upscale pleasures of the Malcolm Hotel. By Christmas 2018, the heated outdoor pool and hot tubs are scheduled to be open and your kids will be thrilled that the hotel is only a short walk from Elevation Place, Canmore’s Indoor Playground.
You’ll be greeted by a glowing fire and a spacious lobby. Comfortable seating abounds in the hotel’s public spaces, taking advantage of the scenic views. On the mezzanine, you’ll find more seating, plus a foosball table and a pool table, for some indoor competition with your kids. Dine in the Stirling, the hotel’s on-site restaurant, for a delectable culinary experience.
The hotel exemplifies mountain charm with a lavish touch and attention to detail. Stone detailing offers a sense of richness and wooden doors and trim ensure that even the hallways feel welcoming. The rooms offer all the amenities your family needs: mini-fridge, coffeemaker, and loads of electrical outlets. There’s even a Bluetooth alarm/speaker. The beds are lovely and there’s a walk-in shower with a rain showerhead.
A good night’s sleep gets you ready to play! There’s so much to do in Canmore, no matter the season. From strolling the quaint streets to caving with Canmore Cave Tours, you’ll find something to suit your family. Go hiking, rafting, or dogsledding. You can even discover a clue-solving adventure tour.
If you’re planning a trip to Canmore, be sure to check out the Adventure Hub. The Adventure Hub is exactly what you think: one place to find all kinds of adventures. It’s a collection of amazing activities in and around Canmore from local, independent operators who know the mountains and know how to play. With over 20 partners, they can help you coordinate remarkable family activities, in town or off the beaten track, with people who are passionate about what they do. Adam Walker, the co-founder of Adventure Hub, knows that families often want to try something they’ve never done, making memories together. The Adventure Hub was designed to help advise people on the best experiences for them personally.
Hungry yet? Canmore has more than 70 different eateries and restaurants, plus many craft breweries and distilleries. No matter what you’re in the mood for, you can probably find it in Canmore. Ethnic cuisine or burgers and fries, fine dining or family-friendly experiences: whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find something you love.
The Iron Goat Pub and Grill is one of Canmore’s beloved restaurants. In a beautiful setting, with mountain views and patios for the warmer weather, the timber-framed restaurant serves a variety of unique and delicious food for any size group. It makes for a cozy date night or a fun place to take the kids. On Saturdays and Sundays, meet up with friends and family for wonderful brunch items.
This year, take your vacation close to home and enjoy this incredible world-class destination, right on your doorstep. Relax, play, and make fabulous memories with your family, with a luxurious taste of mountain living!
For more information, see Tourism Canmore.
The author would like to thank the Malcolm Hotel, Tourism Canmore, and the Iron Goat for hosting. All opinions expressed are her own.