Best Western Plus Pocaterra Inn is more than an excellent place to stay for a night, a week, or even longer. What is special that attracts guests year after year? We asked around, suspecting that our luxurious rooms and well-thought-out amenities would be the prime answers. They did prove to be the most popular reasons for staying with us, but many guests favour not only their room or suite, but also different spots in the hotel where memories are created or relived.
A favourite Pocaterra spot for many visitors is our breakfast area. We suspect the main reason for this area being their favourite is that Pocaterra, as do many Best Western hotels, offers complimentary daily hot continental breakfasts. We all know the importance of starting the day right with more than a quick cup of coffee. And, who will object to a free start to a busy day? We suspect Pocaterra’s choices of breakfast items were the main attraction. We didn’t, however, suspect one dad’s reason for the complimentary breakfast area being his favourite place: as an early riser, he could quickly nab a croissant or two to maintain calm with his kids, who always awake with voracious appetites, pleading to not wait for the family breakfast!
Pocaterra’s indoor pool area is an overwhelming favourite venue for guests of all ages. Got the family with you? Join them on the waterslide! Snowing or cold outside? Ease your way into our hot tub, steam room or sauna: there’s room for all! Too warm in the hot summer sun? Jump into our indoor pool for a refreshing swim. It’s easy to see why guests dream of our deluxe water site and select it as their favourite Pocaterra area.
If you haven’t guessed by now, our Exercise Facility is another popular place to unwind. Travellers wanting to maintain their physical regimen or relieve stress during their stay take full advantage of our complimentary fitness facility for their workout needs.
Our elliptical treadmill, bike or weight machine also offers a great alternative for your workout when the temperatures drop.
Our guest rooms of all types appeal to visitors seeking luxurious quarters. Many enjoy their solitude by reading or curling up in their armchairs to gaze through their windows at the spectacular Rocky Mountain views. Alternatively, they take advantage of our Canmore Webcam to see an amazing panoramic view of the area day or night. They also reserve one of the King Rooms on the top floor, and especially the Executive Suites, for size, comfort, and enjoy the best views in the neighbourhood. No wonder they qualify as favourite spots at Pocaterra.
The list of favourites at Pocaterra is touched on above, but is never ending. Join us to establish your own personal favourite spots in the hotel, or revisit areas from previous visits which created cherished memories. Contact our eager staff for suggestions of how they can help maximize your enjoyment, and discover your favourite spot while staying at the Pocaterra Inn.
On April 21st at Banff’s Eric Harvey Theatre, one of the most prolific Canadian bands of the last 25 years will take to the stage to perform songs from their newest record and their deep catalog of moody and melodic tunes. It’s easily the most anticipated concert happening in the Canmore area this spring, and one that marks the first time in quite a while that Banff has been graced with their presence.
The Cowboy Junkies are a band that defies easy categorization, blending country, blues, folk and rock in experimental ways. This unique fusion of genres, along with their subtle yet intense style, has earned the group countless critical accolades over a nearly three-decade career.
The Junkies’ initial rise to fame centred around their 1987 cover of the Velvet Underground classic “Sweet Jane,” which VU frontman Lou Reed called “the best and most authentic version I have ever heard”. The single reached #5 on the US rock charts, catapulting them into the spotlight and taking the band on a journey that would lead to two dozen albums, two Juno nominations and a spot in People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” for lead singer Margo Timmins.
Today, the band hasn’t slowed down, releasing a series of four albums since 2010 and embarking on an international tour this spring. Get your tickets for the Banff show soon. And for cozy, affordable lodging in Canmore, just a short drive from Banff, trust the BEST WESTERN PLUS Pocaterra Inn.
Local businesses are an essential part of the cultural and commercial fabric of our community and here at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Pocaterra Inn, we support our town’s vibrant and ever growing array of local merchants. At the upcoming Canmore Trade Fair, hosted by Shop Local Canmore, over 120 of our thriving local businesses will come together to network and show off their fine goods and services. But the event won’t just be all business: it’s a fun, “country fair” style celebration complete with food, entertainment and contests for all to participate in.
The fair takes place on May 11th and 12th at the Canmore Recreation Centreand the Canmore Golf and Curling Club. Admission is just $2. Or, if you donate 2 cans of food for the Bow Valley Food Bank at the door, you can get in for free. If you’re a local business wanting to get in on the action, exhibitor space is still available—and affordable, too. Booth selection is on a first come, first served basis, so consider booking soon to get a spot with good exposure.
Activities at the fair include quilting, egg decorating, Lego building, and more. There will be a variety of tasty breads, cupcakes and pies from JK Bakery to satisfy your hunger. And for those with a bit of competitive spirit, there will be a pie eating contest, a fastest texter contest and “diaper derby” baby races.
If you’re attending the Trade Fair and seeking cozy lodging in Canmore, consider the BEST WESTERN PLUS Pocaterra Inn, just minutes from both the rec centre and the golf club.
Using the Pocaterra Inn as their base, travelers visiting Canmore over the weekend of May 10 and 11, 2013 are guaranteed to celebrate their best Mother’s Day ever. The luxurious hotel and its amenities would make staying here worthwhile if guests never set foot out of the hotel. The indoor pool and waterslide, hot tub, steam room and sauna alone would make for the most relaxing getaway desired.
Pocaterra goes one step further. It offers an unforgettable Romance Package to be enjoyed by guests and their loved ones. The Romance Package features two of Canmore’s major attractions, the One Wellness Spa, and Gauchos Brazilian BBQ.
Before or after their refreshing spa treatment, guests can take advantage of another delightful feature included in their Romance package: a candle-lit dinner for two at Gauchos Brazilian fine restaurant in downtown Canmore. Excellent service and wonderful cuts of beef or chicken and other delicacies assure couples of a fantastic meal. They will savour their experience while discovering the meaning of “Brazilian”, which enters all aspects of their sumptuous meal.
Pocaterra’s package does not end there. A bottle of wine and chocolates await the loving couples when they return to their room. What more could you ask for?
A Mother’s Day Weekend in Canmore does, in fact, have much more to offer. To offset full course gourmet meal and spa treatment, visitors are invited to join over 2,000 active ladies in the Rocky Mountain Soap Women’s Walk and Run. The Rocky Mountain Soap Company is Canada’s leader in 100% Natural Bath and Body Products. Their annual event appeals to women of all ages and fitness levels. 10km events occur on both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday also features a Mountain Half Marathon, and Sunday also features 5km runs, walks and stroller jogs. Well-being stations dot the course. Proceeds go the Pink and Green Ribbon, a charitable foundation. Full details of the course, location and registration details, for which participants are advised to complete soon, can be found at http://www.rmswomensrun.com/.
There is also the Banff Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival held at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Besides another opportunity to indulge in gourmet cuisine, visitors will want to explore new products and menus in the Grand Tasting Hall. Favourite local and international wines, spirits and an array of other beverages can be enjoyed in the presence of experts. To purchase your tickets for this event, please visit www.celebratewinefest.com.
Your Mother’s Day Weekend based at the Pocaterra promises to be one which matches bliss with excitement. Guests always marvel at Pocaterra’s luxurious accommodations and spectacular mountain setting. Experiencing the Romance Package will convince them to either arrive a day earlier or stay a day...or two...longer! Contact the office today to book Pocaterra Inn’s Romance Package.
One Wellness Spa, which is located at 187 Kananaskis Way, Canmore, provides the ultimate in opportunities to unwind and get pampered in a 9,500 square foot facility. The Spa promotes relaxation, life balance and long-term health in refined locker and shower facilities, treatment rooms, manicure and pedicure stations as well as studios for fitness, Pilates or movement. Best yet, Pocaterra’s Romance Package includes a voucher entitling guests to a treatment of their choice!
Winter may be nearing the end, but don't hang up your skis just yet! If you're staying in one of our Canmore hotel rooms
this spring, be sure to bring your gear. Sping skiing in the rockies can be some of the best mountain riding all year - with milder temperatures, great deals on lift tickets, and big blue skies. Combine that with the incredible amount of snow our local mountains have received this winter and there's plenty of powder left for great spring riding.
Our location in Canmore, AB puts us close to some of the best ski hills in the Canadian Rockies. We've got Nakiska
(40mins) and Lake Louise
(1 hour) just a short drive away, and Sunshine Village
is right next door (20mins)! Even if you've only got time for a few runs, Norquay in Banff
is just a 15 minute drive from our hotel.
If you're looking for some great spring skiing this year, grab your gear, pack up your skis, and contact our Canmore hotel
Headed to Canmore, AB this spring? Don't miss the Canmore Trade Fair
- your chance to learn about the products and services from over 120 businesses in the Canmore region. This event is the largest Trade fair in the area, and this year will feature all-new contests including pie eating, Mystery Slueth Contest, and Diaper Derby. Other events for 2013 include quilting, egg decorating, lego building, and a number of culinary arts competitions will return for 2013 as well!
This year's event has expanded to include a seconday space in the Canmore Golf and Curling Club Rink.
Admission is by either a donation to the Bow Valley Food Bank, or $2.00 for adults, and $1.00 (all proceeds will go with the Bow Valley Food Bank).
Management of inns and hotels often publicize rewards such as the two earned by Pocaterra Inn staff posted above. Congratulations, Pocaterra! You worked hard for them; you deserve the recognition receive
Sometimes, as in BEST WESTERN PLUS Pocaterra’s case, hotels wish to be subtle about their ratings and limit their comments about them. They assume that readers and viewers will see the emblems, accept their significance, and show their appreciation by reserving a room at their establishment. Nothing wrong with that!
Notwithstanding the preceding, customers at some hotels too quickly gloss over certificates posted online. Maybe they overlook them because they are in a hurry to elicit the specific features they demand in their hotel search. Maybe they dismiss awards as a ploy to promote the hotel’s interests. Maybe they suspect that claims might not even be true, but are constructed or even manipulated by businesses seeking publicity.
It’s time now to let readers and viewers have a behind-the-scenes look to really understand why Pocaterra is so proud of its TripAdvisor and Travelers’ Choice awards. To begin with, these accolades are given for excellence in hotel services and accommodations. Guests have been commenting on Pocaterra’s superior service and hospitality for years. But, receiving the awards from two of the most important review sites in the world takes on new meaning.
Travelers’ Choice and TripAdvisor are the most popular, and highly-rated businesses in the hotel industry. They are leading sources of user-generated comments. TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site, counting over 40 million monthly visitors, and more than 45 million reviews from 29 countries. It is also one of the most-trusted travel websites in the industry because of its zero-tolerance policy on fraud and fake reviews. Meeting the standards set for a TripAdvisor award requires real travelers on the site to provide consistently excellent ratings. In fact, ratings scores of four or higher out of a possible five must be maintained. The volume of reviews over the past year also is considered. Ultimately, only 10 per cent of all hotels listed by TripAdvisor qualify for the awards earned by Pocaterra.
Receiving awards from these distinguished companies offers recipients such as Pocaterra, credibility, and the confidence to continue to build their reputation of value and service. Anywhere you look on this website and in all aspects of Pocaterra’s operations you will encounter facilities and the dedication of staff who have only one aim: to provide the traveler with the most fulfilling, memorable experience that can be had at a hotel. BEST WESTERN PLUS Pocaterra takes pride in working for and achieving the industry’s most prestigious awards. Hopefully you are now more able to understand their background and will want to visit this outstanding inn soon to experience for yourselves how they earned their awards!