Just 15 minutes east of Banff is Canmore (Banff’s quiet cousin). Don’t be fooled by its low key exterior; Canmore has its share of wedding hotspots. We’re also very partial to it because it’s the home of Postcard HQ! It’s also home to one of the Rockies newest venues, Silvertip Resort, which boasts a stunning outdoor ceremony venue and a rustic mountain-chic lodge for receptions. Grande Rockies Resort is a modern little gem for medium sized weddings. Hosting an intimate affair with your closest friends and family? Paintbox Lodgeis ideal for intimate weddings and elopements. Canmore also has plenty of fantastic restaurants & cafés ideal for both rehearsal dinners and more intimate weddings. Looking for some activities for your guests? Canmore has three golf courses, a world class cross country ski facility, dogsledding trips in winter, and daily heli-tours and white water rafting in summer (just to list a few)!
The ‘vibe’ of it: Canmore used to be really quiet, but in the past 15 years it’s really developed and boasts some fabulous restaurants and cafés. (Can you tell we like to eat and drink coffee?) There’s a good selection of shopping and tons of condo accommodations, which are perfect if you’re looking for more of a cook-in homey type stay.
Distance from Calgary International Airport: 1 hour 15 minutes
Population: 18,200 (including almost 6,000 part time residents)
Accommodation types: hotels, condos (lots!), B&Bs, lodges, inns, motels, hostels, camping
Photos on this page: Orange Girl