June 4th, 2009
The postcard view along the way is reason enough to get you on the short road to the once sleepy town of Canmore.
With spacious living areas, full kitchens and cozy bedrooms, Blackstone Mountain Lodge feels more like your very own pad than a temporary place to lay your head. Barbecue in the courtyard and dine in-suite before spending the evening soaking in the hot tub under the starry sky. From $185, Blackstone Mountain Lodge, 170 Kananaskis Wy., Canmore, 403-609-8098, www.blackstonecanmore.ca
The Iron Goat Pub and Grill is rich with references to the town’s mining and railway history in its design and décor. Share the Quebec-style poutine ($9.25) and the Nova Scotia lobster and crab cakes ($12.75), before tucking into the goat cheese ravioli ($14.75) or miner’s salad ($9.25). The Iron Goat Pub and Grill, 703 Benchlands Trail, Canmore, 403-609-0222, www.irongoat.ca
The quaint Verde Day Spa offers a variety of treatments to refresh and renew in the mountains. The green tea and pacific organic seaweed salt glow body scrub ($80) paired with a mini facial ($25) had us radiating tranquility from head to toe. Verde Spa, 901C Main St., Canmore, 403-678-0306, www.verdedayspa.com
If your idea of hiking is more about strolling the street than ascending a peak, Canmore’s Main Street is abuzz with activity and plenty of locals. Pop into shoe emporium Gingerella for a new pair of Michael Kors wedges. 106-721 Main St., Canmore, 403-609-3144, www.gingerellashoes.com
See photos from our weekend getaway to Canmore on today's Editors' Diary.