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Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 7
EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TIME OFFER: Get a free GPS-activated driving tour, use of mini iPad, Park Pass, wifi and more...
...proving that BIRCH HAVEN IS A VACATION RENTAL LIKE NO OTHER...
Aesthetics and comfort are given equal emphasis at this artistic 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo loft, furnished with antique barnwood & log furnishings designed personally by the artist-owner. Just 2 blocks from Main Street, the downtown location means that grocery stores, restaurants, art galleries, trendy cafes are all at your doorstep!
The loft features 23-foot vaulted ceilings, soaring 8-foot walls of glass flanking a cozy log/river stone fireplace & hi-speed wireless internet. Enjoy stunning views whether you are lounging in bed, relaxing on the leather sofa, working out in the gym or soaking in the rooftop hot tub!
Every piece of antique barnwood and log furnishing is exquisite and crafted by artisans, earning us a reputation as the area's most sought-after loft for honeymooners, families, and those looking for a vacation experience that's a cut above the rest!
THE BIRCH HAVEN DIFFERENCE...
Birch Haven offers an unusual number of thoughtful bonuses, which adds tremendous value to your stay. Ask us how you can get the bonuses below for FREE (limited time offer)!
2. BANFF PARK PASS: Use of our pass saves you an extra $20 per day!
3. GPS-GUIDED TOUR OF BANFF/LAKE LOUISE/ICEFIELDS PARKWAY: We provide a GPS device that syncs up with your location and auto-activates with narration when you drive past areas of interest (over 1000 points throughout the Rockies).
It's like having a private tour guide in your car sharing insights on the area's history, its explorers, geology, wildlife sighting tips, sightseeing info and more. It even points out highways exits so you don't miss turnoffs to interesting sights.
A private guide for your group would easily cost a few hundred dollars per day. Ask us how you can get this incredible bonus absolutely FREE. You will not find this at any other vacation rental!
4. USE OF MINI IPAD: Now your family can play games, check web-based email, browse the internet etc... without bringing along your own laptop.
As if the above is not enough, you will find even more touches that differentiate Birch Haven from any other vacation rental.
Mood lighting at the flick of a switch. A surround sound home entertainment system with a library of DVDs and CDs.
Full-color travel guidebooks and brochures to help you make the most of your visit. A barnwood armoire brimming with toys, board games, and novels. Even cookbooks in the gourmet kitchen.
At Birch Haven, you can pamper yourself with our feather-bed topper for plush bedding comfort. Or remove the topper, if you prefer a firmer mattress. We even offer a 'library' of pillows to accommodate your preferences.
We also offer hard-to-find amenities that make a real difference to parents: a portable playpen/crib, plus a dining high chair for your little one!
Birch Haven is designed to sleep 6 persons. However, larger groups have used a spare twin mattress (on floor) to sleep the 7th person. Additionally, one infant (if applicable) can sleep in the portable playpen.
Bedding/bath configuration is as follows:
Main level bedroom: One queen barnwood bed. There is a separate full bathroom next door (American-style bathtub with handheld/mounted shower).
Loft level bedroom/bath (open to living room below): One queen log canopy bed (+ one spare single mattress on floor). Full bath in bedroom (European-style soaking tub with handheld shower)
Living room: One queen sleeper sofabed, with optional feather topper for extra comfort. There is also a portable playpen/crib for infants/toddlers.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Calgary International 90 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 7, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
The Alberta region
Summer activities are seemingly endless in the Banff / Canmore area...
Golfing, whitewater rafting, fishing, horseback riding, wildlife-watching, hiking, heli-hiking, ATV expeditions, caving, rock climbing, mountain-biking, and more...
One thing that sets the Canadian Rockies apart from other mountain destinations is how little effort it takes to reach spectacular scenery.
Truly stunning vistas that may require hours of hiking in other parks are on the highway, accessible during SCENIC DRIVES, right from the window of your car or tour bus.
You can even drive up to Columbia Glacier, the largest non-polar ice-cap in the world, hop on a snocoach and try out a GLACIAL WALK!
Other effortless ways of enjoying the Canadian Rockies include taking a SIGHTSEEING GONDOLA in Banff and Lake Louise, dining in comfort at the summit restaurants and taking short, but spectacular interpretive hikes.
Or pamper yourself further with a FLIGHTSEEING helicopter ride over the breathtaking landscape!
In and around Canmore and Banff National Park, hikers will find thousands of miles of maintained HIKING trails that offer astounding vistas at every turn.
For a touch of style in the wilderness, you may want to try HELI-HIKING. A helicopter drops you off at the top of your chosen remote peak, and picks you up at the bottom, after you take a leisurely hike down!
Canmore is home to the Canmore Nordic Center, host of the World Cup bike racing events. The Nordic Center features an extensive network of cross-country ski trails which are transformed into MOUNTAIN BIKING trails every summer.
With legal off-roading, and an abundance of old mining double tracks and classic wooded singletracks for enthusiasts, it's no wonder that Bicycling magazine named the Canmore area as one of "The 50 Best Trips on Our Planet."
Mountain Bike Action magazine also hailed Canmore as one of the "Best Rides North of the Border." And with 43 miles of paved trails for family-friendly rides, even kids can enjoy Canmore's spectacular scenery on two wheels.
Canmore is also a famed center for WHITEWATER RAFTING, and many of the outfitters are based down the road from Birch Haven.
Families will enjoy gentle FLOAT TRIPS down the scenic Bow River while thrill-seekers will get their kicks on the white water rapids of the Kananaskis, Kootenay and Kicking Horse rivers. For even more kicks, try HELI-RAFTING at remote river locations.
At Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park's largest lake, take a scenic narrated cruise aboard glass-enclosed boats through the Minnewanka Valley to Devil's Gap.
You can also go MOTOR-BOATING at Lake Minnewanka and try your hand at FISHING. Indeed, fly and spin fishermen from around the world descend on the lakes and streams of the Banff National Park.
Get outfitted at a local tackle store or hire a guide to take you to little-known insider fishing hotspots.
Moraine Lake, near Lake Louise, is a great spot to go CANOEING. Take in the spactacular snowcapped peaks of the Valley of Ten Peaks as you glide across the turquouise waters with the family.
For a taste of the Wild West, hop on a wagon picnic excursion or saddle up a horse.
From meandering rides along the Bow River to steep trails thousands of feet above Lake Louise, there are HORSEBACK ADVENTURES for everyone.
And then there is GOLFING. With 6 world-class golf courses and 135 spectacular holes nearby, Canmore is a golfer's mecca.
Within a few minutes' drive of Birch Haven are three courses: Stewart Creek, Silvertip, and Canmore Golf & Curling Club.
The world-famous Banff Springs Hotel course is just 15 mins away, while two Robert Trent Jones courses are a half hour away at Kananaskis.
While the area is reknowned for its outdoor activities, there is no shortage of indoor cultural pursuits.
Banff is host to dozens of GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS -- ranging from natural and native American history to cultural heritage exhibits.
PERFORMING ARTS enthusiasts will be glad to know that from May through August, the Banff Arts Festival presents internationally-reknowned guest performers in a rich summer-long celebration of music, opera, dance and drama.
Winter is romantic and simply magical. Ice-skate, snowshoe, snowmobile, dog-sled, ice-fish, ski and more in postcard-perfect surroundings!
For starters, this area is a reknowned for WORLDCLASS SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING on dry champagne powder.
Banff/Lake Louise was recently voted "Best Ski Resort of the World" by over 25,000 readers polled by the respected London Daily Telegraph!
Other accolades include Good Ski Magazine's "#1 Ski resort in North America" and Thomas Cook's "Favorite Destination for British Skiers."
Five downhill ski areas are within easy reach -- Banff's Norquay, Sunshine and Nakiska are within a 20-minute drive.
With over 30 feet of natural snow every year, Sunshine has one of the longest seasons in North America (mid November to mid May) and offers supreme skiing above the timber line.
Norquay, meanwhile, boasts the "Best Fall Line Cruising," according to Ski Canada magazine.
The ski resorts of Fortress and Lake Louise are 45 minutes away and feature breathtaking drives that are as highly recommended as the destination.
For the ultimate in CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING, go no farther than the Canmore Nordic Center. Just 5 minutes from Birch Haven, the Center was designed for the Calgary Olympics and offers 40 miles of smooth cross-country and biathlon trails.
Beginner skiers can explore the gentle touring trails of the national park while experts will enjoy the high-alpine glacier traverses rivaling the "haute-routes" of the European Alps.
There is also the thrill of HELI-SKIING; the helicopter drops you off at a remote mountain and picks you up at the base after the superlative high of cutting your own run down an untouched mountain!
Skiing is unsurpassed here but is far from the only activity available.
Follow the tracks of wolves and learn the hunting patterns of owls in SNOWSHOE EXPEDITIONS.
Or take guided ICE WALKS through Johnston and Grotto Canyons. Experience the unforgettable world of suspended waterfalls and massive blue ice pillars, frozen in time.
You can even go on a guided ICE-FISHING expedition in the toasty warmth of heated huts!
Perfect for families and couples are SLEIGH RIDES, either on the Bow River or across the frozen expanse of Lake Louise.
Alternatively, let a team of huskies whisk you through breathtaking scenery on a DOGSLEDDING adventure.
Adventure seekers will no doubt want to try SNOWMOBILING through the backroads and wilderness areas of the Canadian Rockies.
And if you are trained for ICE-CLIMBING, get out your gear and challenge yourself on frozen waterfalls...
And for the ultimate in winter sightseeing, try FLIGHTSEEING. Soar over the stunning landscapes of the Continental Divide in a helicopter!
And should you ever want to spend time indoors, there is always a myriad of PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS -- museums, galleries, concerts and theatrical performances, including the touring international shows of the Playbill Series.
Indoors or out, winter is wondrous in this part of the world!
For an unexpected adventure, try WILDERNESS CAVING at the Grotto Mountain right here in Canmore. Be forewarned that this is demanding and fairly treacherous.
This is no "tourist-cave" with pretty colored lights, rubberized anti-slip floors and "Exit This Way" signs. But if you are looking for a thrilling activity, this is off-the-beaten-track and unforgettable. The caverns stay a constant 45 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.
At the end of a full day of activities indoors or out, consider a long soak in the therapeutic 104 degree waters of the BANFF HOT SPRINGS, right under Mt. Rundle.
Better yet, simply relax in BIRCH HAVEN'S ROOFTOP HOT-TUB.
After all, nothing beats a soothing massage from steaming aqua jets, crisp winter air and 360 degree panoramic views, all from the convenience of your very own building!
SO... CAN YOU PICTURE YOURSELF HERE YET?
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!
Banff is Canada's top vacation destination and a mecca for a dizzying array of outdoor activities. Enjoy world-class skiing, golfing, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, hiking, ATV adventures, snowmobiling, mountain biking, dogsleding and more!
Ideally situated in downtown Canmore, our luxury loft is 3 minutes from the Banff National Park gates and just over an hour from the Calgary International Airport.
Just 2 blocks from Main Street, our downtown Canmore location means that everything is at your doorstep or just a short walk away. From trendy cafes, restaurants and supermarkets, to health food, sporting goods and video stores, you will not find a more convenient location.
Birch Haven is blessed with easy access to four national parks and several provincial parks. The national parks marked with * are, in fact, honored as UNESCO World Heritage sites:
24 km / 15 miles to Banff townsite (approx 15 mins)
80 km / 50 miles to Lake Louise and the start of the Icefields Parkway (approx 45 minutes)
60 km / 35 miles to Kootenay National Park* entrance (approx 45 mins)
80 km / 50 miles to Yoho National Park* entrance (approx 1hr 15 mins)
200 km / 125 miles to Jasper National Park* entrance (approx 2 hrs)
26 km / 16 miles to Kananaskis Country (approx 0.5 hrs)
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6 Mar 2014
"Great location! Right where you want to be in Canmore!"
Thank you for letting us spend the week in your condo. We had a great time and your location was amazing!!! We did spend most of the days on the ski hills so we were tired in the evenings and did not … More
19 Nov 2013
"Rocky Mountain High - In Canada"
Wonderful vacation! Location of this condo is great. Very convenient to walk around town and visit parks on day trips. My teenage kids loved the balcony, hot tub and walks through town. My husband (al… More
26 Sep 2013
"Beautiful home close to three national parks"
We spent two weeks touring the Canadian Rockies, staying at hotels, hostels, B&Bs and at this rental. We stayed here for three nights. This was hands-down the best place we stayed. First of all, it wa… More
23 Sep 2013
"All the comforts of home... wait; it's more comfortable than home"
This was a great find. VERY convenient to shopping and Canmore's downtown area. The unit has great bedroom and loft spaces, each with bath (sleeps 4 easily, plus I think the couch is a pull-out b… More
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