Disclosure: I was provided a room and meals at the Coast Canmore Hotel. But as always, views are my own. 

Ahhh shoulder season.  It’s one of the best times of the year to explore Alberta, because for a few short months, the mountains aren’t packed with tourists. No, instead they are just gently filled them with. It’s true that over the past few years, the mountains have become more and more popular both with americans taking advantage of our low dollar, Canadians wanting to stay a bit closer to home, and international tourists needing to see Moraine Lake for themselves.

All that makes the “shoulder season” an even more perfect time to visit the Rockies.  It’s not as if the mountains are any less beautiful, and when it comes to hotel rates, they are much more reasonable than during the summer months, when you would never be able to get a room.

This past weekend, I was invited to stay at Coast Canmore Hotel, which has renovated some of its rooms, with more exciting changes to come.   This was my first time staying at the hotel, but I had eaten their restaurant Table, before.

If you’ve never stayed at the Coast Canmore Hotel before, the location is really fantastic.  It is across the street from the Grizzly Paw Brewery and about a minute walk from Elevation Place.  And if you want to check out wildlife, just last year I saw a coyote running out in front of the hotel. So yeah, it’s the middle of all the action.

For dining options, I have to say, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by Table Food and Drink, which goes above and beyond what’s expected of a hotel restaurant.  During our stay, we had cocktails, supper and breakfast there and each of the meals were delicious and picturesque. I like to call it: Accessible High End. So someone like me, who’s definitely not a foodie can appreciate the tastes, art and beauty of the dish, but I know what I’m eating and I love it.

The newly renovated rooms are really great too. There aren’t a ton of bells and whistles, but there doesn’t need to be. The bed are incredibly comfortable, the views of the rockies are unforgettable, the rooms are perfectly cleaned and the bathroom fan is really loud. That’s probably the most important thing. Honestly. That matters.

A quick search of their rates this month and they range from around $90 to $165, which is really incredible considering the location and the hotel. So if you’ve been looking for a great weekend getaway, or you want a great place that’s allows you get up and hit the slopes early, we had a great time at the Coast Canmore Hotel. 



Mike Morrison