February 27, 2014 8:16:21 AM
Though very young by world history standards, Canmore’s past is still rich and exciting. A true frontier town, only the toughest were fit to set up homesteads in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Perhaps the only ones who were tougher than those who attempted to make a living on the frontier were those who attempted to maintain peace in these harsh conditions. Those people were the North-west Mounted Police and their original NWMP Barracks still stands in downtown Canmore to this day.
A town of coal miners and railroad workers, Canmore officials noted that imported liquor from the United States was becoming an increasing concern in the area. The solution was to build a permanent barracks, which was completed in 1893. Rebuilt and then expanded during the early 1900s, it contributed greatly to the stability of the town throughout its early development as its detachment maintained law and order by keeping bootlegged liquor out, making sure locals were safe and by monitoring general strikes.
The building itself is a classic illustration of early log cabin design, complete with characteristic rectangular shape and round-log dovetail notching. Even some of the evergreen trees are the same ones that were originally planted upon first construction! White stones have been re-set around the property to recreate a traditional feature of the barracks. The building is one of the oldest in Alberta, and one of only three that have remained standing since before Alberta was formed as a province.
The NWMP Barracks is located at 609 Main Street and is open to the public from 1pm to 4pm every day. For more information about the Barracks and about upcoming events, check out the Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre.
While you might be excited to visit a building that’s well over 100 years old, you’d probably want to spend a night in something a tad more modern. That’s where we at the Pocaterra Inn come in! Book a stylish, modern room with us today!
Three Unique Winter Activities To Do In Canmore
It’s no secret that Canmore is one of Canada’s premier winter playgrounds. And with the winter season still very much alive (for a little while, at least), there are still plenty of outdoor winter activities to sink your teeth into! Not all winter activities must involve crowded ski resorts and gift shop visits, however. Without further ado, here are Three Unique Activities to do in Canmore.
Take part in a pure, authentic winter adventure with a guided dog sled tour. Experiencing the spectacular winter beauty of the Rockies from the intimacy of a dog sled is a thrill that must be experienced. Howling Dog Tours offer that thrilling experience coupled with friendly and experienced guides and staff. All parties—including families—are welcome!
Get adventurous and experience spectacular Rockies skiing as it was meant to be—away from groomed trails and busy resorts. Skiing the fresh, natural powder of the backcountry is the quintessential Rockies experience. Yamnuska Mountain Adventures offer excellent backcountry skiing services. Expert guides provide an intimate knowledge of the Canmore backcountry and can, if necessary, provide everything from food to ski rentals. A wide variety of packages and trips are available and are tailored to suit your skiing pace, so there’s something for everyone!
A gripping experience (literally), ice climbing is a must-try activity in Canmore, which is also offered by Yamnuska Mountain Adventures. Ice climbing can also provide an unforgettable experience for everyone from experienced adrenaline junkies to complete novices. You’ll fall in love with this incomparable winter activity. And while climbing, don’t forget to pause and take in the view—some of the best views of the Rockies can be had from here!
While taking advantage of Alberta’s winter wonderland this year, be sure to book your accommodation at the Pocaterra Inn. With a wide range of rooms, quality amenities and a stunning view of the Canadian Rockies, you’ll be glad you did!
January 30, 2014 1:20:45 PM
For over 20 years, the Canmore Winter Carnival has been a beloved tradition in the Bow Valley. From parades to performances to art exhibitions, the festival is jam packed with fun and exciting events. Many expect that the 2014 carnival will the be the best in Canmore’s history as it runs for a record 24 days and coincides with both the Alberta Winter Games and the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
A notable special feature of the 2014 carnival will be an “athlete’s village” in the Canmore Civic Centre Plaza, where spectators can gather to watch Olympic events on massive outdoor TV screens while enjoying food from local vendors.
Here’s a taste of what you can look forward to at the festival:
Lantern Parade – Fri, Jan. 31
5:30pm – 6:30pm @ Civic Centre Plaza
The festival kicks off with this colorful caravan of lanterns. Bring your own and join in the fun, or grab a hot chocolate and watch the show!
Human Curling – Fri, Feb. 7
3pm – 6pm @ Snow Tracks
Forget stones and brooms; this extreme version of curling lets you push your friends on an inner tube on a giant-sized curling rink. Get your team of 4 together and get ready to compete!
Sled Dog Races: Mayor’s Challenge – Sat, Feb. 8
11am – 12pm @ Snow Tracks
Watch the Canmore mayor compete against his political rivals in this friendly sled dog race.
Bonhomme Carnival – Sun, Feb. 16
12pm – 4pm @ 7th Ave Pond
Take to the frozen pond waters for a relaxing skate with live music, maple syrup snow taffy, and a snow castle for the kids.
For anyone visiting the Canmore Winter Carnival, look to the BEST WESTERN PLUS for cozy, modern hotel accommodations in Canmore. Are the events of the festival are just minutes from our front door. We look forward to seeing you here!
January 15, 2014 3:34:15 PM
Held once every two years, the Alberta Winter Games feature more than 2500 athletes from ages 11 to 17 competing in 19 different sports, everything from badminton and gymnastics to skiing and figure skating. For many of the young athletes participating in the games, this will be their first major provincial competition, and for others it will be a crucial step on their road to becoming an elite Olympic athlete.
The 20th Alberta Winter Games takes place from February 6th to 9th, 2014 at a variety of locations in the Canmore-Banff area.
In addition to sporting events, visitors and spectators at the Alberta Winter Games, will have numerous opportunities to experience local arts and culture at a number of special community events.
The games promise a big boost to the local economies in Banff and Canmore: over 10,000 visitors are expected to visit the area in connection with the games and an estimated $2.5 million is expected to be generated. It’s a benefit thanks in large part to the tireless efforts of more than 2500 volunteers who work to make the games a success.
The AWG is unique in it’s commitment to sustainable operations, boasting the title of being the first truly “green” edition of the bi-annual event. The goal is to ensure that 80% of the waste generated during the games is recycled rather than sent to the landfill.
A weekend pass, which provides access to all sporting events, is just $20, available online. A family weekend pass is also available for $75, giving a family of up to 5 people access to all events.
For anyone attending the Alberta Winter Games, consider Canmore accommodation at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Pocaterra Inn. Our centrally located hotel is easily accessible from AWG events and offers modern rooms and a range of convenient onsite amenities.
January 2, 2014 12:44:04 PM
Don’t let the name dissuade you: no cows were harmed in the making of Cowpuncher’s new album Ghost Notes. In fact, the five-piece country rock band from Calgary have nothing against cows, but, like their music, their name is attention-grabbing and in-your-face.
When the band takes to the stage at Canmore’s Drake Pub on January 10th, you can expect to see a packed house and an impressively energetic performance from a band that’s riding a wave of recent success.
Formed in 2009, Cowpuncher gradually refined and perfected their sound and lineup over the last 4 years to deliver a concert experience that harkens back to the golden age of rock. What initially began as a vehicle for the songwriting of lead singer Matt Olah has transformed into a kind of Calgary super group, with a lineup culled from a number of successful local bands.
Ghost Notes represents a creative evolution for Cowpuncher, reflecting both their unbridled ability to rock and their thoughtful, introspective songwriting. Inspired by the diverse array of locations at which it was recorded, with the help of Josh Gwilliam’s mobile recording studio, the album has a sound that’s entirely unique. From old Calgary warehouses to historic Masonic halls, the album’s unusual recording locations contribute to the aura of mystery and importance that the music is imbued with.
There’s perhaps no other band in Alberta that sounds quite like Cowpuncher, or creates a live show with so much indescribable energy. Their music is a testament to the vibrant creative culture that thrives in southern Alberta.
If you’re visiting Canmore for the Cowpuncher concert, consider hotel accommodation at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Pocaterra Inn. Our hotel is within walking distance of the Drake Pub and we offer exceptional value for superior comfort.
December 18, 2013 1:16:16 PM
Canmore has a some very special ways to bring in the New Year – the annual Party on the Pond. This family-friendly event is sure to be a great way to close out 2013 and bring on 2014. The fun begins at 6pm at the 10th Street Pond. Come prepared for ice skating and a live DJ playing some great tunes. Grab a hot dog and a hot chocolate and warm yourself near a bonfire. At 9:30pm there will be a fireworks display, and another at Canmore’s Millenium Park at midnight.
If you’re looking to bring in the New Year with a bit more of a party atmosphere, you’ll want to check out one of the great parties offered by local Canmore pubs. Head to the Drake Pub for a night of live music and dancing from the cover band Hot Tamales. If you want to start the evening off with a delicious dinner, the Gold Package ticket ($90/person) includes a buffet with seafood and beef hip with all the holiday trimmings. If you’ve already got dinner plans, the Silver Packages will get you in after 9pm for the music and dancing portion of the evening. Tickets are available by contacting the Drake Pub. The Rose & Crown Pub is also throwing a New Years Eve bash ($35/person) with live music from the Electric Squirrels and a sandwich buffet at midnight. For tickets, contact the Rose & Crown Canmore.
If you want to ring in 2014 in style, check out the New Years Eve dress-to-impress “White” party at the Iron Goat. In addition to dancing and live tunes by Kyemara, there is also a delicious dinner option available as well. Come for it all ($85), or mix and match your evening by coming for dinner-only ($50) or dance party-only ($45).
No matter what plans you’ve got for New Years Eve this holiday season, you’ll love our Canmore hotel rooms, stunning amenities including an indoor pool + waterslide, and of course – close proximity to some of the best skiing in the Canadian Rockies.
November 29, 2013 2:29:13 PM
With the Christmas season now in full swing, most of us are looking forward to a month jam packed with shopping, entertaining, decorating and the usual gamut of holiday activities. As fun as it is, though, the hustle and bustle of the holidays can be exhausting, which might make this the ideal season to treat yourself to a day spent enjoying the finer things in life: namely, food, drinks and art!
Start at the Edge Gallery (612 Spring Creek Drive). Their current exhibition, entitled “Out of the Woods” showcases work depicting the vast and varied Canadian forests. Two artistic perspectives are offered on this subject: one from painter Barb Fyvie and another from sculptor Grant Berg. The exhibit runs until December 18th.
After the gallery, head to Mountain Mercato Specialty Food Market for their Aperitivo Happy Hour, happening Thursdays, Friday and Saturdays from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. Enjoy half price aperitivo platters and $7 glasses of wine with your art-loving companions. It’s a charming way to finish off your high-culture day (in case you didn’t know, “apertivo” is the word for an Italian drink meant to stimulate the appetite before dinner). Mountain Mercato has some of the freshes, tastiest and most distinctive food in Cankmore, so it would be a great place to stick around for dinner.
If you’re around this weekend, and hungry for more local art and culture, be sure to check out the Artists of Elk Run open studio event, happening Saturday Dec. 7 and Sun Dec 8. 9 artists from the local collective will be opening the doors of their professional studios to the public, hosting tours that give visitors a glimpse of their artistic process. There will also be opportunities to buy their art—everything from blown glass to jewelry to sculpture.
When your day of art and aperitivo comes to a close, retire to your comfortable room at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Pocaterra Inn for a blissful night’s rest.
November 20, 2013 12:49:05 PM
Christmas in the Rockies is a magical time of year. And in the weeks leading up to the holidays, the Canmore area is vibrant with festive things to see and do that will have you humming carols in no time.
So if you’re looking for some unique gift ideas or would like to take in some great entertainment, check out these upcoming Christmas events in Canmore.
Christmas markets abound at the Canmore Christmas Artisans Market – Nov 23rd & 24th
Christmas shopping can be a lot of fun and Canmore offers several ways to seek out the best presents. The Canmore Christmas Artisans Market runs Nov. 23 and 24 at Canmore Collegiate High School. With a gorgeous array of unique handcrafted items made by more than 80 artists and artisans from the Bow Valley area, you will find something perfect for every person on your shopping list.
From jewelry to silks, pottery to hand-crafted knives and so much more in almost every price range, you're sure to find some memorable gifts. It's all under one roof and the $2 admission goes to help Canmore Preschool. There is also the annual Christmas Market and Sale that offers a variety of items for everyone, including the men in your life. It's held at the Canmore Seniors Hall and runs Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Shop for some art at the Artists of Elk Run Studio Tour – Dec. 7th & 8th
Combine Christmas shopping with a chance to explore more of beautiful Canmore. The annual Artists of Elk Run Studio Tour runs Dec. 7 and 8. There are 10 studios involved where the artists will open their doors, talk to you about their art and offer great prices on everything from pottery to glassware, paintings and more. The online map will guide you around the studios where you will find some of the most unique Christmas presents possible.
Oh! Christmas trees! at the annual Festival of Trees – Dec. 5th – 8th
The Rotary Club of Canmore holds its annual Festival of Trees from Dec. 5 to 8. This fund-raising event for Rotary offers a breath-taking forest of gloriously decorated trees, complimentary hot chocolate and cookies, raffles and the chance to vote on your favourite tree by making a token donation to Rotary's good works locally and around the world. Festival events also include children's craft sessions daily and a fun bonspiel at the Canmore Golf and Curling Club on Dec. 7th.
Get in the Christmas spirit downtown at the Canmore Christmas Festival – Nov. 28th – Dec. 24th
Downtown Canmore's annual Christmas Festival offers ample family fun and it runs from Nov. 28 right up to Christmas Eve. You can go skating on the pond, take a jingle bell sleigh ride or join in with strolling carollers. There's even late-night shopping along the brightly-lit, decorated streets of the downtown core.
Big Band Christmas concert – Dec. 14th
Enjoy an afternoon of Christmas music and help out the less fortunate at a concert on Dec. 14, from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, Three Sisters Branch #3. The Big Band Christmas event, featuring musicians of the Valley Winds Music Association, is free with a food donation to the Bow Valley Food Bank. Cash donations during the performance support the VWMA.
However you choose to get into the holiday spirit, choose the BEST WESTERN PLUS Pocaterra Inn for the perfect winter holiday getaway.
October 22, 2013 12:49:10 PM
By day, the Communitea Café in Canmore is the sort of place where you can cozy up on a bean bag chair, sip a cup of fair trade coffee and while away the afternoon with a good book. By night, it transforms into one of the city’s top live music venues, hosting intimate concerts from the rising stars of Canada’s independent music scene.
You’ll find Communitea Cafe in the heart of downtown Canmore at 1001 6th Ave. (a 4-minute drive or 20-minute walk from the BEST WESTERN PLUS Pocaterra Inn). Here’s a preview of some of the café’s upcoming shows, any of which would make for a great evening on the town when you stay at our hotel in Canmore.
Julia Lynx (with Marc Atkinson) – Fri. October 25th
Celebrating the release of her debut album Wild Patience, on which she collaborated with Juno-nominated musician and producer Marc Atkinson (who joins her for this concert), Canmore singer-songwriter Julia Lynx might just be on the cusp of a breakthrough. Driven by her confessional lyrics, heartland themes and unpretentious vocal style, her music recalls other Canadian greats like Joni Mitchell and Jan Arden. She will be joined by a number of local performers for this concert, officially billed as her “CD release”. Tickets are $20 in advance or $24 at the door.
Aidan Knight and Justin Rutledge – Tues. November 12th
It’s a double bill of two of the brightest stars in Canadian independent folk and country. Knight is a fixture on the BC experimental folk scene, riding the success of his second studio album Small Reveal. Rutledge, hailing from Toronto, is an alt-country heartthrob with literary predelicetions and 5 albums under his belt, the recipient of endless comparisons to Ryan Adams and Hank Williams. See them both for the very reasonable price of $25 in advance or $30 at the door.
Hollerado (with The Zolas) – Wed. November 20th
Although this show isn’t officially listed as a “double bill”, it should be, because both of these bands deserve the headline spot at any show they play. Hollerado received a Juno nomination for Best New Group in 2011 for their quirky brand of hook-filled indie rock. while Zolas have a near-cult like status in their native Vancouver for their upbeat, eccentric, piano-driven pop. Tickets are $20 in advance or $24 at the door.
Advance tickets for these and other upcoming shows are available on the Communitea Café website.
In the 1940s, Vic Lewis played a monumental role in bringing band music to Canmore. For more than twenty years, he shared his love of music by teaching band students across the Bow Valley.
To honours the memory of Vic and his many accomplishments, the Vic Lewis International Band Festival invites more than 800 junior high and high school music students to Canmore to perform, learn, listen and celebrate the spirit of music over three fun-filled days. It’s recognized as one of the top non-competitive music festivals in the province.
The Vic Lewis Festival takes place from November 1st to 3rd at Canmore Collegiate High, Canmore Recreation Centre and the Cornerstone Theatre.
2013 marks the 16th year of the festival and, hopefully, one of the best. Last year’s festival welcomed over 30 jazz bands, wind ensembles and concert band from across Western Canada, along with some of North America’s most renowned band directors. Big names that have graced the festival’s guest list in the past include UBC director of wind band Dr. Robert Taylor, Kwantlen University director of ensembles Wayne Jeffery and jazz composer Alan Matheson.
Although Vic Lewis passed away in 1999, shortly after that year’s festival ended, his spirit lives on in the many contributions he made to Canmore’s music education programs and musical community. Come celebrate Vic’s legacy by watching the so many talented young musician’s perform.
If you’re seeking Canmore group accommodations for the Vic Lewis Band Festival, look no further than the BEST WESTERN PLUS Pocaterra Inn. We are located within walking distance of Canmore Collegiate High and Canmore Recreation Centre and just a short drive or 30-minute walk to Cornerstone Theatre. We have clean, modern rooms and a variety of onsite amenities including an indoor pool with waterslide and daily complimentary breakfast.
Book your stay today!