|Solara Resort & Spa, Canmore|
|Solara Gourmet Kitchen|
Getting to the Relaxation Pools was a bit of an adventure as the buildings do not connect from the main level. To access the pool, we needed to go down to the parkade (level P2), then follow the signs to the lobby, and then follow the signs to the pool.
- Aurora Theatre: Movies are shown here nightly (cost: free!). Tip: Get the movie schedule when you check in, so you know what’s playing.
- Business Centre: Open 24 hours for your convenience.
- Fitness Centre (access from the Spa entrance): 3,500 square feet with state-of-the-art equipment! Open 6 am – 8 pm.
- Kids’ Activity Centre: A large games room with books, games, puzzles, pencil crayons and paper, toys, and foosball.
- One Wellness Spa: Pamper yourself after playing hard. The spa’s midweek specials on massages ($99) and pedicures ($99) are very reasonable, and the spa has a great atmosphere. There is a sauna and steam circuit in the spa, as well as a relaxation lounge for clients.
Note: All the resort amenities are behind the lobby, near the Relaxation Pools.
|Solara Kids’ Activity Centre|
|Lots of puzzles, games and books|
|Solara Living Room – my little one was sick and spent a lot of time on the couch|
It’s easy to get a good night’s sleep at Solara. The beds and bedding were comfy (we had a King sized bed and the girls had a Queen bed); the temperature was easy to control; and the location was quiet. We did not notice any train or road noise, and the blackout blinds worked well. I often have to wear earplugs and eye shades to have a good sleep, but neither were required this trip. We loved having a fireplace in our room too! The girls’ room also had a fireplace and flat screen TV.
Our favorite things about staying at Solara were the following:
- location – you can easily walk to downtown Canmore from Solara;
- size and decor of the suite;
- full-size appliances (we like to cook our own food);
- full-size dining room table to eat our home cooked meals on;
- mountain views;
- spa shower;
- in-suite laundry complete with laundry pods; and
- relaxation pools and water play area.
I am enjoying my stay and will be back!
Disclosure Statement: We stayed at our friend’s condo for free and did not receive any payment or resort credit for this review.
Things to Do In & Around Canmore
- Dining: Canmore is a great town for foodies with dining options for every budget. We love the Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company for a casual but delicious dinner, Harvest for breakfast, Mountain Mercato for coffee, and Tapas for date night.
- Cross country skiing at Canmore Nordic Centre (they also have skating and fatbiking in the winter as well as mountain biking in the summer)
- Explore Bow Valley Provincial Park: Flowing Water Trail is accessible year round & Middle Lake is a pretty picnic spot.
- Hike the Grassi Lakes or Heart Creek Trail. More information in The Best Short Hikes Near Calgary.
- West Wind Pass is another great hike near Canmore.
- Go on an Ice Walk at Grotto Canyon