Visit Canada’s mountain playground

Travellers visiting Canmore or Banff for adventure, business or an opportunity to reconnect with nature take note, Windtower Lodge and Suites is the year-round place to stay.

Year-round activities make Canmore and Banff Canada’s mountain playground for visitors. From quading and helicopter tours in the Rocky Mountains to cycling or hitting some of the best alpine ski hills in the country

Year-round activities make Canmore and Banff Canada’s mountain playground for visitors. From quading and helicopter tours in the Rocky Mountains to cycling or hitting some of the best alpine ski hills in the country

Travellers visiting Canmore or Banff for adventure, business or an opportunity to reconnect with nature take note, Windtower Lodge and Suites is the year-round place to stay.

Nestled in the Canadian Rockies and overlooking the beautiful Three Sisters mountains, Windtower is situated in Canmore, Canada’s mountain playground.

The city is located just a one-hour drive from Calgary and minutes from Banff National Park. The property features 120 well-appointed rooms and offers both vacation escapes and short/long-term rental options.

Aside from being pet-friendly, Windtower is also environmentally-conscious. A portion from each stay goes to EcoStay, a program to reduce emission carbon offset. To date, they’ve purchased 63.4 tonnes of carbon offsets.

“Windtower offers you so much to do and see, and just like the name suggests, you can do more when you stay in Canmore,” said Alain Latulippe, general manager. “With Banff National Park, Sunshine Ski Area, world-class golf courses, hiking/biking trails, kayaking, snow-shoeing, ice-climbing, and more — we are in the heart of it all.”

Although a majority of recreational opportunities are specific to either winter (ski hills) or summer (camping), there certainly are some that exist on a year-round basis.

Canmore Quad Tours offers visitors the opportunity to explore the beautiful Albertan foothills to the very edge of the Rocky Mountains. Icefield Helicopter Tours takes guests on a heli-sightseeing tour to check out the majestic mountain scenery of the Columbia Icefield, Cline Glacier and Wilson Glacier. Or, discover the grandeur of the Rockies with Alpine Helicopters on a heli-hike. You will be astounded by incredible views of alpine lakes, waterfalls while watching for bighorn sheep, mountain goats, grizzly and black bears.

While many of the people who come to Canmore are there to ski or board some of the best alpine ski hills in the country, even more come to play and discover the myriad offerings of a Canadian winter.

Canmore is pretty hard to beat in that category, with ice canyon walks just 12 minutes outside of town, an awesome in-town toboggan hill, pond skating in the heart of downtown and the Canmore Nordic Centre just minutes from downtown.

For those looking for a local experience, downtown Canmore is a short walk and features shopping, entertainment and dining options. The area lends itself well to exploring and discovering on foot.

The Canmore shopping experience is unique and orients to tasteful collectibles, a number of outstanding art galleries, an internationally acclaimed quilt store, a chocolatier, a gem factory and much more.

The variety and quality of dining in Canmore is amazing including over 30 eating establishments from ethnic cuisine to Alberta beef, fine dining, family restaurants and cozy cafés.

For the new and seasoned golfer alike, six of the Canadian Rockies golf courses have been named on ScoreGolf’s annual rankings, including Stewart Creek Golf Club, which Windtower partners with for a stay and play package (starting from $315 per person).

For those looking for rentals, Windtower offers month-to-month and week-to-week rentals. All suites offer a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, private balcony/patio and living room with fireplace. One and two-bedroom suites start as low as $1,300 per month and $400 per week (September-December 2011).

For further details about Windtower packages and rentals, visit www.windtower.ca.