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Welcome to Cvent's Meeting and Event Planning Guide to Canmore Kananaskis, a guide for meeting professionals. A major sporting and arts community known for its mountain lifestyle and legendary Canadian Rockies views, Canmore Kananaskis is also a premier meeting and event destination situated just one hour west of Calgary, and the closest mountain destination to both Calgary and Edmonton. The host of the cross-country skiing and biathlon components of the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, Canmore Kananaskis features many unique venues built for and after the Olympics, which range from modern theaters to rustic ranches, as well as three convention hotels and several event-specific golf and sporting venues.
A relatively unknown destination before its role in the 1988 Olympics, Canmore Kananaskis is now the largest community in the Canadian Rockies. Situated on the eastern slope of the Canadian Rockies and surrounded by Kananaskis Park, with Banff National Park to its west and north, Canmore Kananaskis is the closest mountain community to Edmonton, Alberta's capital. The community boasts areas for a variety of recreation, as well as a thriving downtown core and a network of convenient multi-use trails. Visitors to Canmore Kananaskis fly into Calgary International Airport, which sits 75 miles from Canmore Kananaskis and offers nonstop service to major domestic and international destinations. As Canada's fourth-busiest airport, Calgary International served nearly 13 million passengers in 2011, providing nonstop service to such markets as Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago, Denver and San Francisco. Meeting delegates can easily hop on the airport's number of shuttle services to reach Canmore Kananaskis area lodges and resorts, including the popular Delta Lodge at Kananaskis.
Situated within Kananaskis Village, which is lined with restaurants, lodges and spas, and 32 miles from Canmore Kananaskis, Delta Lodge features more than 22,000 square feet of meeting and event space, as well as a host of team building and recreation activities. The 412-room, year-round resort offers six dining options, a spa with an indoor pool and a convenient location adjacent to the Nakiska ski area, 36 holes of premium golf at Kananaskis Country Golf Course and miles of hiking, biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails. Meeting spaces include the newly renovated 5,700-square-foot Olympic Ballroom, the 3,016-square-foot Mount Kidd Ballroom, the 2,336-square-foot Explorer Ballroom and the 2,100-square-foot Rockies room, which overlooks the resort's pond and waterfall. Groups can also gather in the 2,400-square-foot indoor tent, complete with carpet, heating and windows, for events held from May through October. Take an event outdoors with the resort's team building offerings, which range from scavenger hunts and yoga sessions to rafting and guided hikes, among many other options. Offering the largest event space in Canmore itself, the non-smoking, 164-room Radisson Hotel and Conference Center Canmore spans 10,000 square feet of meeting and convention space throughout 10 meeting and function rooms, including the 6,000-square-foot Wild Rose Ballroom. The hotel and conference center accommodates functions for 8 to 600 guests and features on-site dining, catering and audio-visual services.
Aside from Delta Lodge and Radisson Hotel and Conference Center Canmore, many of Canmore Kananaskis's unique venues enable meeting participants to gather in nature-inspired spaces, or be right in the middle of nature. What's more, there are no park fees associated with holding an event in Canmore Kananaskis. Built for the 1988 Olympics, Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park spans five buildings housing multiple rooms to rent, as well as features winter and summer season activities perfect for team building and bonding. Groups can enjoy the park's winter and summer orienteering and disc golf courses, as well as ski and hike on its trails, depending on the season. The on-site pro shop offers group programs and rentals for the park's recreational activities. Surrounded by mountains, the Canmore Golf & Country Club serves as a fantastic venue for golf getaways, curling bonspiels and corporate functions in its 130-person dining room and 50-person curling lounge.
Both Silvertip Golf Resort and Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club welcome corporate golf tournaments and private events in their variety of event spaces. Perched on 600 acres of peaks, grasslands and valleys on the benchlands of Mount Lady MacDonald, Silvertip Golf Resort is home to an 18-hole golf course carved out of original Rockies terrain, as well as on-site dining and a Wine Cave for up to 30,000 bottles. Groups can gather in the resort's 11,000 square feet of function space while basking in sunshine, as Silvertip is the only resort to fit on the south-facing, sunny side of the Bow Valley. Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club's 18-hole course features layered fairways, subtly sloped greens and 35 bunkers around streams, lakes, rocky outcrops and restored mine entrances. In addition to its high mountain course, the club welcomes events in its three rooms during its mid-September through mid-May non-member event season. Groups can make their way indoors to meet in Canmore Kananaskis's Cornerstone Theatre, a versatile hall and theatre venue that hosts the award-winning Oh Canada Eh? dinner show, as well as year-round sing-alongs, game shows, comedy nights and musicals. Groups can rent out the theater's 6,000-square-foot empty flat floor space, as well as its 500-square-foot reception area, 500-square-foot stage and 250-square-foot backstage area.
A four-season mountain village surrounded by Kananaskis Park and backing against the spectacular Banff National Park, Canmore Kananaskis welcomes visitors to experience its unique shopping, sweeping mountain views, full-service day spas and holistic wellness centers and active arts scene, all in addition to its iconic range of outdoor recreation. Visitors and residents alike delight in the community's activities, which include climbing, hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking, cross-country and downhill skiing, golfing, dog sledding and horseback riding, as well as experiencing scenic drives and ranch activities. Many tour groups enable visitors to take a unique look at the destination's beauty. One such group, Canmore Cave Tours offers year-round adventures into Rat's Nest Cave, a wild undeveloped cave situated under Grotto Mountain.
Established in 1884, Canmore Kananaskis has made leaps and bounds since its humble beginnings as a coal mining town. After Canmore Kananaskis hosted the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, the secret was out on this wondrously beautiful destination, and visitors and residents arrived in droves. Before its Olympics hosting role, Canmore Kananaskis had a population of 3,200 people; today, it's the largest community in the Canadian Rockies, with a population of 12,000 permanent and weekender residents. Filmmakers have borrowed Canmore Kananaskis's beauty as a backdrop for such films as The Bourne Supremacy, Mystery, Alaska and Brokeback Mountain. No visit to Canmore Kananaskis is complete without a stop at Banff National park, a 2,564-square-foot recreation haven that serves as Canada's first and the world's third national park.
When it's time to slow down, Canmore Kananaskis's downtown core is lined with shops, including an internationally acclaimed quilt store, a chocolatier and a gem factory, as well as a number of restaurants that can satisfy any mountain-sized appetite. Most of Canmore Kananaskis's accommodations are situated within easy walking distance of downtown and Bow Valley Trail shops. Complementing the downtown public art walking tour, Main Street is known for its art galleries and Elk Run for its art studios. Canmore Kananaskis is proud of its reputation as a haven for artists, writers and musicians; in fact, it's stated that Canmore Kananaskis is home to more published writers per capita than anywhere else in Canada.
The best way to explore Canmore Kananaskis is by walking, biking or skiing, thanks to its network of multi-use trails designed for all sorts of adventurers. Trails range from the peaceful 1.2-mile Bow River Loop walk, which offers views of The Three Sisters, to the rugged 3.4-mile Ha-Ling Peak hike, which takes hikers along a 700-meter elevation gain through pine and spruce forests. As Canmore Kananaskis is a set within wild terrain, all adventurers must be aware and prepared for the area's abundant wildlife population, which includes bear, cougars, elk, coyote and wolves. Visitors can take in a bird's eye view of Canmore Kananaskis from its two helicopter companies, including Alpine Helicopters, which have provided tourism sightseeing, helicopter skiing and commercial operations since 1961. When it's time for some friendly gaming, head to Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino for its slots, tables and live entertainment. Canmore Kananaskis also features a number of scenic drives, which offer awe-inspiring views and shops and restaurants along the way. Rainbow Rivers Rafting offers a variety of whitewater rafting, riverboarding and gentle float trips down the scenic Kananaskis River, all departing from Rafter Six Ranch.
Canmore Kananaskis's culinary scene encompasses international flavors, locally sourced products and everything in between. Among its many restaurants, Canmore Kananaskis is home to The Grizzly Paw Brewery, the only brewery company in the Canadian Rockies, which also serves up traditional Canadian fare. Situated at Delta Lodge at Kananaskis, Seasons Steakhouse highlights local ingredients, fresh seafood and a variety of steaks, while Gaucho Brazilian barbecue welcomes guests to experience authentic Rodizio dining with Churrasco-style skewers lined with meat selections. The Trough Dining Co. sources its ingredients locally but specializes in international flavors and textures, while Murrietta's Bar & Grill features delicious traditional selections and mountain views. Vic's Steakhouse at Radisson Hotel and Conference Center Canmore serves traditional Canadian fare and wines, while The BENCH Restaurant and Lounge specializes in fresh, contemporary Canadian cuisine and classic comfort food. Finally, Habitat Restaurant at Grande Rockies Resort highlights local products and crafts such entree selections as duck breast with crispy skin, sweet potato gnocchi, edamame and fig jam.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Canmore Kananaskis's winter wonderland conditions are made possible by the city's average of 96 inches of snowfall per year; snow can fall throughout the year, but the first real snow usually falls in November. The winter season spans from November through March; January is the coldest month, with average temperatures around 18°F, but the area's dry climate offsets the cold. Springtime occurs from April through June, with June as the rainiest month, accounting for much of the destination's annual average of 18 inches of rain. Summer temperatures average 63°F. In the height of summer, daylight hours can last until 11 PM. The autumn season, which encompasses the months of September and October, brings highs well above freezing and lows around the freezing point. Canmore Kananaskis can experience rapid temperature variations of 30° to 40°, so visitors should be prepared for any extreme changes. Canmore Kananaskis also sees almost 300 days of sunshine a year.
Calgary International Airport (YYC)
Approximate taxi fare: $228 CAD
Serving nearly 13 million passengers in 2011 as Canada’s fourth busiest airport, Calgary International Airport is situated 75 miles from Canmore Kananaskis. The airport offers nonstop service to such major domestic markets as Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria, as well as such major international destinations as Amsterdam, London, Munich, Nassau and Tokyo. Nonstop U.S. destinations include Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Honolulu/Oahu, Houston, Kahului/Maui, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Newark, Orange County, Orlando, Palm Springs, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle. Passengers frequent the airport’s more than 50 shops and restaurants, as well as utilize its free Wi-Fi and short-term, long-term and economy parking.
Airline carriers serving Calgary International Airport:
A regional transit bus service, Roam runs daily on three routes between Banff and Canmore. One-way cash fare is $6CAN for adults, and $3CAN for children, while a daily pass is $15CAN for adults and $7.50CAN for children and a three-day pass is $35CAN for adults and $17.50CAN for children. A 10-ride pass is $50CAN for adults and $25CAN for children. Children under 6 ride free.
Open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM, Canmore Kananaskis's Greyhound station is located outside of the Visitor Information Centre at 907 7th Avenue.
Calgary International Airport features rental car counters for Avis, Budget, Dollar/Thrifty, Enterprise, Hertz and National/Alamo. All on-site rental car counters are located in the rental car center, which is on the departures level across from the main terminal. In addition to the airport, a number of car rental companies are represented in Canmore Kananaskis.
Visitors arriving via Calgary International Airport can hop on the variety of airport shuttles servicing Canmore Kananaskis. Delegates can easily reach Canmore Kananaskis via Banff Airporter service, which offers 10 daily trips between Calgary International Airport, Banff and Canmore Kananaskis. One-way fare from the airport to Canmore Kananaskis is $55CAN for adults, $47CAN for seniors and $28CAN for children ages 12 and under. Children 2 years old and younger ride free. Mountain Airport Shuttle is a Bow Valley-based private shuttle service that provides service to and from Calgary International Airport for $150CAN per person. Highland Executive Chauffeur specializes in luxury chauffeur service in Calgary, Banff, Canmore Kananaskis and Lake Louise; a variety of airport and hotel transfer vehicles are available.
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