Should you stay in Canmore or Banff for your Mountain Adventure?

by Abby White

First thing’s first... Canmore, Alberta. A tucked away paradise boarded by mountains and rivers. A town that takes a step back from the commercial mountain side shops & busy downtown hot spots to really focus on what you came here for. The nature of things. (At least that’s what I came for!) Canmore is a beautiful place to explore out west. You get the best of both worlds… Scenic views, peace, quiet, nature, a short walk from breathtaking hiking trails with the convenience of a charming mountain-surrounded downtown strip nearby with all you could ever need. 

Do me a favour when booking your out west adventure and stay in Canmore. A scenic fifteen-minute drive from Banff National Park and let me add it is the loveliest drive you'll ever take. Winding roads with mountains at every angle. Simply out of this world, you won't be able to stop staring out the window, I promise.


As far as accommodations… we had the pleasure of calling Solara Resort & Spa home for the next three days. With a double suite including two bedrooms both with stunning fireplaces, two bathrooms, two balconies, a kitchenette with top of the line appliances, glamorous countertops and large living and dining area. It was quite the place to call home. 

We were simply blown away! Cozy would be an understatement. Snuggling up to the fireplace and enjoying the mountain views right outside our windows. You are able to start each day by looking out at the mountains and enjoying the fresh air off the balcony with a fresh cup of coffee made in the comfort of your suite, something I assure you, never gets old. Solara offers so many luxury accommodations like in house spa, fitness centre, pool area, and a cinema/ entertainment room, there is truly something for everyone!

Being a guest at Solara Resort and Spa during the month of April was extra peaceful since it is part of their low season. What did this mean for us? Private pool & hot tub! We never saw another guest while in the swimming area which allows complete relaxation and bliss. Don't forget your complimentary bathrobe that tops off the entire experience.

If you are into hiking, I would highly recommend visiting Grassi Lakes in Canmore! It was only a 15-minute drive from our resort. After a light thirty minute uphill hike you will arrive to the most incredible view, not to mention crystal clear blue water surrounding you. I felt like I was in a dream — highly recommended! 

Solara Resort and Spa is not just a place to relax. You will wake up every morning refreshed, at peace and ready to explore. Being a short panoramic walk from downtown Canmore which is filled with the loveliest restaurants, pubs, shopping & scenic views. A quick drive to Banff that will be the best fifteen minutes you’ve spent travelling. I literally could not stop staring at the mountains and trees! Winding rivers & incredible landscapes.

Solara Resort and Spa is the perfect place to experience Canada’s Western culture and I would have to say leaving was a hard goodbye. Not falling asleep to your private fireplace, having your own ensuite bathroom, laundry machines and all… We were definitely living like luxury during our stay.