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Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english, mandarin

2BR penthouse: Views galore, WALLS OF GLASS, artistic decor, FREE Parkpass, Wifi

13 Reviews
Sleeps7
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

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Overview

Alberta Condo Rental Photos and Description

Condo, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-7), wifi, Park Pass

We are located in Canmore, just 3 mins outside the Banff National Park gates, and another 10 mins to Banff townsite... perfectly positioned for your mountain adventures!

This property sleeps 6-7 persons. (Note: We have another property next to this one that sleeps 8, so we can sleep up to 15 persons if the two properties are rented together!

If you have a larger group, please type 816657 into the search box to pull up the listing that will allow you to book both units together).

LIMITED TIME OFFER: Get free use of Park Pass and wifi!

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! Even though the hot-tub and gym are shared with other occupants of the building, they are rarely crowded because there are 3 gyms and 3 hot-tubs in the building.

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! (All the photos shown here are of ACTUAL VIEWS FROM BIRCH HAVEN!)

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)!

1. WIFI

2. BANFF PARK PASS: Use of our pass saves you an extra $20 per day!

As if the above is not enough, you will find even more touches that differentiate Birch Haven from any other vacation rental.

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.

Upon request, 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!

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BED/BATH CONFIGURATION:

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 and bath (note: this is open to living room below): One queen log canopy bed (+ one spare single mattress on floor). Full open 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.

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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!

VISIT 4 NATIONAL PARKS:

Birch Haven is blessed with easy access to four national parks and several provincial parks:

**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 mins)

**60 km / 35 miles to Kootenay Natl Park entrance (approx 45 mins)

**80 km / 50 miles to Yoho Natl Park* entrance (approx 1hr 15 mins)

**200 km / 125 miles to Jasper Natl Park* entrance (approx 2 hrs)

**26 km / 16 miles to Kananaskis Country (approx 0.5 hrs).

EASY ACCESS:

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 right on the highway, accessible from the window of your car! Indeed, some of these drives (including the Icefields Parkway drive) are rated as one of the most scenic highways in the world...

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SUMMER ACTIVITIES:

Summer activities are seemingly endless: golfing, whitewater rafting, fishing, horseback riding, wildlife-watching, hiking, heli-hiking, ATV expeditions, caving, rock climbing, mountain-biking and more.

Bicycling magazine named the Canmore area as one of 'The 50 Best Trips on Our Planet.' Suffice to say, accolades and activities abound...

Drive to Columbia Glacier, the largest non-polar ice-cap in the world, hop on a snocoach and walk on the face of the glacier! Or, for a taste of the Wild West, hop on a wagon picnic excursion or saddle up a horse.

Hikers will find thousands of miles of maintained trails Try heli-hiking, and have a helicopter drop you off at the top of a remote peak, pick you up at the bottom, after you take a leisurely hike down!

And then there is golf. With 6 world-class golf courses and 135 spectacular holes nearby, Canmore is a golfer's mecca. Three courses (Stewart Creek, Silvertip and Canmore Golf & Curling Club) are within a few minutes' drive...

WINTER ACTIVITIES:

Winter is romantic and simply magical. Ice-skate, snowshoe, snowmobile, dog-sled, ice-fish, ski and more, in postcard-perfect surroundings!

Follow the tracks of wolves and learn the hunting patterns of owls in snowshoe excursions. Take guided ice walks through Johnston and Grotto Canyons. Experience the world of suspended waterfalls and massive blue ice pillars, frozen in time. Go on a guided ice-fishing expedition in the toasty warmth of heated huts!

Enjoy sleigh rides, or let a team of huskies whisk you through breathtaking scenery on dogsleds. Snowmobile through the back roads and wilderness areas. Or soar over the stunning landscapes of the Continental Divide in a helicopter!

Then there's world class skiing and snowboarding on dry champagne powder. Banff/Lake Louise was recently voted 'Best Ski Resort of the World' by the London Daily Telegraph!

Five downhill ski areas are within easy reach of Birch Haven, with Norquay, Sunshine and Nakiska within a 15-30 minute drive...

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Keywords: condo, Banff, wifi

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Owner
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english, mandarin

About The Owner

Travel is somewhat of an obsession with us, and having traveled extensively in over 50 countries, we can quite safely say that the Canadian Rockies (and especially Banff National Park) still holds up as one of our favorite spots in the world.

Why The Owner chose Alberta

We fell head over heels in love with this awe-inspiring location during a vacation here and had hardly scratched the surface of available activities in those 2 weeks. When we realized that it would take a lifetime to enjoy the gifts of the area, we quickly decided that we wanted to own a slice of heaven... to have a special place to rejuvenate our minds, reassess our priorities and recalibrate our lives.

We first purchased one penthouse loft, loved it so much that we purchased another loft! Hence, we now have TWO SIDE-BY-SIDE lofts that we are proud to share with you. these 2 lofts can be rented separetely, or together (for large groups).

Come experience the magic of the Canadian Rockies!

What makes this condo unique

When we say 'we are a vacation rental like no other', we mean it! Where else will you get a free GPS-activated driving tour of Banff or use of a tablet, or a library of pillows carefully selected so every type of preference is accommodated? Where else is EVERY piece of furniture (except the sofabed) a work of art, lovingly designed by the artist-owner and crafted by artisans all over Canada?

And we haven't even mentioned the playpen, or the high chair for children, or the WALLS of glass showcasing the stunning mountain views. How about the exceptional downtown location where everything you could need is at your doorstep... grocery stores, cafes, art galleries, restaurants, even ATMs! We could go on and on... but we invite you instead to stay at Birch Haven, and let us know why YOU love our place!!

Guestbook comments from the owner

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 (all of us actually) loved the walk to Tim Hortons! On our last day, we finally saw 3 grizzlies up around Lake Louise! Loved Lake Moraine (walking the rock pile) and the Columbia Icefields trip. The Radium Hotsprings weren't that great but the trip was pretty. Also, husband and son enjoyed golf at Canmore Golf Club.



We really enjoyed our stay at Birch Haven and the Canadian Rockies. That is a great location and the area is absolutely beautiful.



I can see how anyone who visits falls in love with the mountains! Thanks again for sharing your jewel in the Rockies. It was a great vacation!
Jul 2013
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Reviews

4.2
based on 13 traveler reviews

2BR penthouse: Views galore, WALLS OF GLASS, artistic decor, FREE Parkpass, Wifi
average rating of 4.1538463 based on 53 reviews
5

feel like in heaven

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 16 nights in the cosy ,warm charming condo and felt so comfortable and overwelmed from the very special furnitures . we love the whirkpool and the fireplace is a our favourite ,specially after a skiing day. Very good supermarkets, wine stores and sports stores around , also good for shopping ,nice because closed to Banff, easy going with the garage and not to forgett the Gym, which I also liked to use for good exercises.

so we will recommend this lovley place .

we send best regards from austria ,where we also do have cosy Chalets and rustic Cottages in the mountains for rental

Ingrid and Robert

from Zell am See -Austria

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2011
  • Stayed: Nov 2011
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5

Great character in a perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay! Why stay in a boring, ikea-styled condo when you can enjoy the charm of this unique, two story condo!

The property is very close to a grocery store and a short walk (5-10 minutes) from all shops, restaurants and cafes! The tablet provided was super convenient for listening to music with supper! The hot tub area was fantastic and it is in an open area that provides amazing view and great stargazing on a clear night. The kitchen has some basic condiments, spices and sugar which was also a great convenience factor for morning tea!

The property was clean, well-maintained and the owners provided quick responses to all my e-mails. We'll definitely be coming back!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Nice Place

  • 3 of 5

Overall this place is nice. It has an amazing view of the mountains and is conveniently located by shops and close to downtown (within walking distance to everything) . The second bathroom is upstairs and is wide open in the loft, so you might not feel comfortable using it, depending on who you are sharing with. The biggest problem we had, was we were given the wrong code for the condo. It's always my worst fear that I am going to get scammed, so this was pretty concerning. Lucky they answered the phone and were able to give us the correct code. The other thing to keep in mind is the check-in time is pretty late, 5pm, and the check-out time is also early 10:30am.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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4

Clean, comfortable, an great place to stay.

  • 4 of 5

Great location to downtown Canmore, lovely decor and comfortable beds! We had a lovely stay at the condo, I was easy to find and get into. It was quite windy our second night and the vent in the loft tends to howl! Once we figured it out all was well. lol Thanks for all the little extras too!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Birch Haven Honeymoon

  • 5 of 5

Birch Haven was perfect for our trip to Banff. The host's directions on how to get there, park, and find our way in were super clear. All parts of the process went smoothly! We were very thankful for the grocery store within walking distance and all the amenities available to us. We had everything we needed and felt right at home!

Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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All the comforts of home... wait; it's more comfortable than home

  • 5 of 5

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 bed). The kitchen is good sized

and properly-equipped. The place is tastefully decorated too... I wish we

had their design sense (or their Designer's sense)! The owners encourage

guests to leave behind non-perishable foods so we found some good starters

for meals too!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Map

Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Calgary Airport (YYC)
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Nearest Golf
0.5 Metres
Stewart Creek
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
50 Miles
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Banff Norquay
Car: recommended

Location: In the midst of all the Banff area offerings, but away from the crowds, is Birch Haven. Ideally situated in downtown Canmore, this loft is just 3 minutes from the Banff National Park gates and just over an hour from the Calgary International Airport. 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 stores, and banks.

Area: Remarkably, Birch Haven is blessed with easy access to four national parks (Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Yoho) and and several more provincial parks! Indeed, this stunning area served as the backdrop for the movie, 'Brokeback Mountain.

Golf: 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.

Ski: This area is a famous 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.

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Rates & Availability

Canmore Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
PEAK SUMMER
Jun 13 2016 - Sep 13 2016
1 night minimum stay
$299
$1,999
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
SHOULDER
Sep 14 2016 - Oct 12 2016
1 night minimum stay
$195
$1,319
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
VALUE
Oct 13 2016 - Oct 31 2016
1 night minimum stay
$165
$1,099
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
ULTRA VALUE
Nov 1 2016 - Nov 12 2016
2 night minimum stay
$139
$879
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
VALUE
Nov 13 2016 - Dec 10 2016
1 night minimum stay
$165
$1,099
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
SHOULDER
Dec 11 2016 - Dec 20 2016
1 night minimum stay
$195
$1,319
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
PEAK WINTER
Dec 21 2016 - Jan 2 2017
1 night minimum stay
$359
$2,459
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
VALUE
Jan 3 2017 - Feb 6 2017
1 night minimum stay
$165
From
$185
Fri,Sat,Sun
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
SHOULDER
Feb 7 2017 - May 14 2017
1 night minimum stay
$195
From
$215
Fri,Sat,Sun
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
ULTRA VALUE
May 15 2017 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$139
From
$159
Fri,Sat,Sun
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
SHOULDER
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 12 2017
1 night minimum stay
$195
From
$215
Fri,Sat,Sun
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
PEAK SUMMER
Jun 13 2017 - Sep 13 2017
1 night minimum stay
$299
From
$319
Fri,Sat,Sun
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
$128
$879
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.0%

DAMAGE DEPOSIT:
After you complete your booking via this website, the owner will send you the owner's documents for your completion. Instead of collecting a damage deposit up front, please note that your credit card info will be requested to serve as damage security deposit (same as any hotel booking).

PETS / SMOKING RESTRICTIONS:
Sorry, pets and smoking are NOT allowed.

MINIMUM STAY:
Select weekends or holiday periods may have minimum stay requirements. Owner will always advise you of such requirements, if any, before accepting your booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Alberta Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 4
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort
  • River
  • Town
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Gym
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Secure Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main level bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Conventional style bathroom
    Loft bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Open loft style bathroom with huge 2 person soaking tub
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 (loft level) - 1 queen , This is a loft style bedroom, open to living room below.
    Bedroom 1 (main level) - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 queen barnwood bed, plus 1 twin spare mattress (on floor)
    Living room sleeper sofa - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1 Queen sofabed, plus portable playpen/crib for infant
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • disco club
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • naturism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • water sports
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Birch Haven is a vacation rental like no other... You will not find lacklustre 'rental-quality' furniture here. That is because Birch Haven was not furnished to be a vacation rental per se. It was meticulously decorated by the artist-owner to be a haven for rejuvenation. Every piece of antique barnwood and log furnishing is exquisite and custom crafted by artisans, making us a favorite for honeymooners and families wanting lodging that's a cut above the rest. Throughout the loft, you'll find touches that differentiate this place from any other vacation rental. Mood lighting at the flick of a switch. Wireless internet. An antique barnwood armoire brimming with games and travel guidebooks. A surround-sound home entertainment system with CDs and DVDs. Cookbooks in the gourmet kitchen. Even a 'library' of pillows, including featherbeds, fluffy down-alternatives, or firm foam orthopedic ones. Plus a portable crib/playpen and dining high chair for infants and toddlers.

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