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Exploring the History of Canmore

By Helena A.

Nestled amidst the stunning Canadian Rockies, Canmore is a town that holds more than just picturesque landscapes. Its history runs deep, weaving a tale of indigenous roots, industrial booms, and the transition to modernity. Join us as we take a stroll through the historical lanes of Canmore, uncovering the stories that have shaped this charming town.

Indigenous Presence and European Exploration
Centuries before Canmore took its modern form, the Stoney Nakoda Nation called this land home. Their deep connection with the mountains and the earth left an indelible mark, which is still felt in the town's atmosphere today. As fur traders arrived from Europe, Canmore became a hub for cultural exchange, where different ways of life converged against the backdrop of the majestic Rockies.

Coal Mining Days - Fueling Industry
The turn of the 20th century brought about a seismic shift in Canmore's identity. The discovery of coal reserves beneath the mountains transformed the town into a bustling mining community. Miners from across Canada flocked to Canmore, seeking opportunities and forging a close-knit community. The industry not only powered the economy but also shaped the spirit of the town.
Life in Canmore during the coal mining era was no easy feat. Miners faced harsh working conditions, yet they stood resilient, driven by a strong sense of camaraderie. The echoes of their triumphs and challenges can still be heard in the town's stories and preserved artifacts.

From Industry to Tourism
As coal mining gradually waned, Canmore found itself at a crossroads once again. This time, the town reinvented itself as a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. The same landscapes that once served as a backdrop for mining endeavors became a playground for hikers, climbers, and those seeking to immerse themselves in the wilderness.

Preserving the Threads of History
While Canmore's transformation is evident in its modern facade, the town remains dedicated to preserving its roots. Historic buildings still stand, telling tales of yesteryears. Museums offer a glimpse into the lives of those who came before, ensuring that their stories are not forgotten.

Canmore’s Enduring Story
As we dig into Canmore's past, we find a story woven with threads of resilience, adaptability, and a real sense of community spirit. The town's journey from its Indigenous origins to its industrial coal mining days and its current status as a hub for outdoor enthusiasts paints a vivid picture of its evolution. As you walk through its streets, you're not just experiencing the present; you're stepping into the shoes of those who shaped the town's vibrant story.

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June 27

Canada Day in Canmore

Canada Day in Canmore

Canada Day is just around the corner, and the town of Canmore is gearing up to celebrate this national holiday in style. As the annual Canada Day festivities return to Canmore, locals and visitors alike can look forward to a day jam-packed with exciting activities and events for the whole family. Although fireworks will not be happening this year, the spirit of community, the parade, and a range of engaging activities will make Canada Day 2023 in Canmore an unforgettable celebration.

The Canada Day Parade - A Vibrant Display of Culture and Canadian Pride
The highlight of the day will undoubtedly be the much-anticipated Canada Day Parade. This lively procession showcases the rich diversity of Indigenous culture and Canadian pride, featuring dazzling floats, spirited marching bands, and festive music that will ignite a sense of patriotism within every spectator. With the theme "Feels Like Summer!" this year, the parade promises to be a colorful spectacle, representing the joy and energy of the season.
New and Improved Parade Route: In an exciting change, the parade route has been expanded and enhanced to create a better viewing experience for all attendees. Starting at the corner of Fairholme Dr. and 15 St., the parade will wind its way down Fairholme Dr., turning left onto Main St. and then left again onto Railway Ave. Finally, the parade will turn left onto 10 St. at the Firehall, culminating at 10 St. and 7 Ave. This extended route will allow for more viewing spots, ensuring everyone gets a front-row seat to the festivities.

Canada Day Events - Fun for the Whole Family
Beyond the spectacular parade, a range of events and activities await participants of all ages throughout the day. Here are some highlights you won't want to miss:
• Picnic Pancake Breakfast – by Donation
Kickstart your Canada Day celebration with a scrumptious pancake breakfast that will fuel you for the day's festivities. Enjoy a delicious meal while mingling with friends, family, and fellow community members. Donations received during the breakfast will go toward supporting local initiatives and organizations.
• Canada Day Fun Run & Walk
If you're looking to get active and embrace the vibrant spirit of the day, the Canada Day Fun Run & Walk is the perfect opportunity. Lace up your running shoes and participate in this invigorating event that encourages individuals of all fitness levels to come together and enjoy a leisurely stroll or an energetic run through the scenic routes of Canmore.

Traffic Disruptions and Alternate Transportation
As the Canada Day Parade takes center stage, it's important to plan your travel arrangements accordingly. Downtown Canmore will experience road closures between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on July 1 to accommodate the parade. Vehicle access will be limited or nonexistent during this time, but you can still access and move around the downtown area by using HWY 1/Three Sisters Parkway. To avoid any inconveniences, consider getting your long-weekend groceries prior to July 1 or after the parade. Embrace alternate transportation options such as the free local transit service, biking, walking, or carpooling to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience.

Canada Day 2023 in Canmore promises to be a day filled with community spirit, excitement, and family-friendly festivities. While fireworks may be absent this year, the celebrations will still shine bright. From the vibrant Canada Day Parade showcasing Indigenous culture and Canadian pride to the picnic pancake breakfast and the Fun Run & Walk, there are numerous opportunities to come together, celebrate, and create lasting memories. So mark your calendars, gather your loved ones, and join the Canmore community in honoring.

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June 20

Canadian Indigenous Peoples Day

Canadian Indigenous Peoples Day

The Cultural Significance of the Columbia Valley BC: Exploring the Indigenous Connection to the Land

The Columbia Valley of British Columbia is a land of breathtaking beauty, with rugged peaks, crystal-clear lakes, valleys and verdant forests that stretch as far as the eye can see. But this land is more than just a pretty backdrop for outdoor adventures. For the Indigenous peoples who have called this place home for thousands of years, this land is a sacred and storied landscape, rich in cultural meaning and spiritual significance. In this blog post, we will explore the Indigenous history, culture, and traditions of the Columbia Valley, and learn about the profound connection between the land and its original inhabitants. From the Ktunaxa Nation to the Shuswap Nation and beyond, we will delve into the rich tapestry of Indigenous life in this unique and beautiful corner of the world.

The Indigenous heritage of the Columbia Valley is rich and diverse, with a variety of unique cultures and traditions that have evolved over thousands of years. With their deep connection to the land, Indigenous communities have been stewards of their respective territories for generations. Their knowledge of the ecology and natural resources of the region is extensive and informative, providing invaluable insight into sustainable land use practices. However, despite their critical role in preserving the land, Indigenous peoples often face significant challenges in asserting their rights to ancestral territories. As such, preservation and recognition of Indigenous land rights remain a complex and pressing issue in modern society. It is essential to respect and acknowledge the cultural heritage of the First Nations peoples while ensuring the preservation of their ancestral lands for the benefit of future generations.

Embracing Indigenous knowledge and practices can help establish a more sustainable relationship with nature. For years, Indigenous people have used their traditional knowledge to interact with nature and protect the environment. Their understanding of the interconnectedness of all living things is grounded in the belief that everything on earth is sacred and should be treated with respect. We can learn from Indigenous communities about how to live in harmony with the environment by reading up on their practices.
Also, recognizing the importance of Indigenous land is essential to understanding the interconnectedness of all living things and preserving them for future generations. The rights of Indigenous people on their traditional lands must be respected and upheld in order to protect its unique environmental values. It is a crucial article of the relationship between humans and nature as it serves to create balance and harmony.

On this Canada’s Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21st), we celebrate the unique heritage, diverse culture, and outstanding achievements of the nation’s Indigenous groups in Canada. INN Hotels is taking this time to participate, to honour & celebrate the First Nations people.

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June 06

Father’s Day in Jasper

Father’s Day in Jasper

With Father’s Day right around the corner, and it’s the perfect occasion to take a family trip to Jasper National Park! Jasper is home to limitless outdoor activities and excursions, and we’ve got you covered with the best activities, dining options, and locally made or memorable gift ideas to make this Father’s Day truly remarkable. Keep reading to explore all the excitement waiting in Jasper National Park!

Hiking through the Valley of the Five Lakes
Are you searching for a dad-approved hike to celebrate Father's Day in Jasper, Alberta? Look no further than the spectacular Valley of the Five Lakes trail. This 4.8-kilometer trail, nestled near Jasper, promises breathtaking forest views and crystal-clear lakes. Creating the perfect setting for an unforgettable outdoor adventure.
Review your Wildlife safety before hitting the trails! Wildlife safety - Jasper National Park (

Indulge at The INN Grill!
Celebrate Father’s Day in style at The INN Grill! Treat your dad to an unforgettable experience as you indulge in mouth-watering, Canadian-inspired cuisine. From succulent Alberta beef, prepared by skilled chefs, to a variety of vegetarian options. The INN Grill offers a diverse menu that caters to every taste. You’re sure to find the perfect meal for Dad!

White Water Rafting
Is Dad a bit of a Thrill Seeker? Take a trip down the Athabasca River, and experience Whitewater Rafting, in Jasper! Suit up, and climb aboard to enjoy beautiful mountain scenery, and mild to moderate rapids! The Mile 5 is a fantastic and customer-recommended introduction to white water rafting, perfect for the whole family! If you’re looking for something a little more heart-racing, Whitewater Rafting has several classes to choose from.

Gifts to Cherish
Looking for the perfect gift to make this trip truly memorable for Dad? Treat him to an adventure-filled experience such as a wildlife tour! Where they can marvel at the many creatures who call Jasper home. For dads who love the outdoors, you might even consider booking a hiking or fishing excursion. If you are looking for a physical token to take home, Jasper Gifts offers memorabilia, such as magnets, cups, sweaters, and shirts!
Relax in the Pool at Jasper Inn & Suites!

After a weekend full of activity and adventure, some pool-side relaxation is the best way to wrap up Father’s Day weekend! Jasper Inn & Suites offers an indoor pool, with a sauna and hot tub to help Dad get some of that much-needed relaxation.
From hiking and rafting to craft beer and Canadian dining, There is no time to be bored in a place as beautiful as this. Enjoy your stay!

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May 08

How to Pick the Perfect Wedding Venue

How to Pick the Perfect Wedding Venue

The Vision:
Whether you plan to get married on top of a mountain, in a church, or a venue hall, there are multiple factors in deciding your ideal wedding venue. We’ve put together our ultimate venue checklist to help you navigate through the several details for your big day!
First things first. Put together a vision board of what you and your couple imagine when it comes to your special day. Does it involve getting married in a significant area, like where you both met? Who will the guest list be? Is it a destination wedding, or local? Picturing your perfect day will help you narrow down some ideas and locations and avoid overwhelm of choices.

We understand the money talk can interfere with the glam and glitter of your special day, but having a budget in mind is important to establish from the beginning. Choosing a venue is one of the first contracts and deposits you will have to give. Knowing your maximum amount, you would spend on a venue space is a great way to ensure that your expectations align with affordability. There’s nothing worse than finding a venue that is perfect for you, and then realizing afterwards that it’s wayyy outside of your budget. If you know your price point going into your planning, you won’t be disappointed if some things are out of reach. Ask your preferred vendor how much the venue is, what that includes, and the deposit amount/schedule. The more questions, the better!

Is Your Ideal Wedding Date Available:
If you have a specific date in mind, and you want to stick with this date, then this should be one of the first questions to ask. In 2022, venues saw a huge demand for weddings that were postponed due to COVID. Keep in mind that couples usually book their venues between 1-2 years out from their wedding.

What’s Included:
Does the venue provide catering? Does the venue have tables and chairs? Table linens and skirts? Décor? Lighting? Do they have a preferred vendor list? Can couples choose their own vendors? Are there accommodations on site for guests? Understanding what’s included in your venue rental is key to staying within budget. Couples should also consider how much work they want to put into sourcing a catering vendor and décor vendor (if required).

Cancellation Policy:
Nobody likes to think of cancelling or postponing their wedding, but if the past few years have taught us anything, its that anything can happen. Understanding your cancellation policy and being comfortable with it is very important. Ensure that there is a weather contingency plan in the cancellation/postponement policy.

Hire an Expert:
RELAX! Planning your wedding should be a fun experience and not a chore. Hiring a wedding planner can take the stress out of the unknown. Wedding planners can assist with the planning from the start, or only be there to facilitate the day-of activation. Either way, hiring an industry expert is extremely valuable and will provide a stress-free experience for you and your beau.
Your venue of choice will set the stage for your wedding. It’s important that you feel comfortable working with the venue coordinator and staff and feel confident that they can produce a wedding of your dreams.
At INN Hotels we are proud to of hosted dozens of weddings and events at some of our resort properties. For a full list of our locations that offer weddings please visit the links below.


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