Canmore Clubhouse Properties

Main Clubhouse Building Conferences, Weddings, Staff Retreats
Pat Boswell (Toronto Section) Cabin Recreational Opportunities
Bell Cabin    


The National Clubhouse, Canmore, Alberta.

The ACC's Clubhouse, just east of Canmore, provides an affordable place to stay on the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains. In addition to being a superb base for hiking, skiing, rock and ice climbing, and mountaineering, you will be able to meet new outdoors partners at the Clubhouse and renew acquaintances with former partners. You can also purchase maps, guidebooks and ACC goods.


The ACC's Canmore Clubhouse facilities are located 4.5 km northeast of the town of Canmore on a bench above the highway on the sunny north side of the Bow Valley.The Clubhouse is close to the amenities of Canmore and Banff, yet maintains a quiet and relaxed atmosphere.

There are three accommodation buildings on the Clubhouse site - the main Clubhouse, the Bell Cabin and the Pat Boswell (Toronto Section) Cabin. Each building offers different types of accommodation - for individuals, small groups, families and large groups.

Main Clubhouse Building

With the exception of groceries, the Clubhouse is equipped to provide you with everything you will need during your stay, be it as a one night jumping off point to the backcountry or for longer term recreating in the Canmore area.

The main building sleeps 31 people in seven separate rooms upstairs. There are washrooms down the hall from the accommodation rooms, and washrooms and showers in the basement. The main floor has a very cozy living room with a library of mountain literature and a fireplace. The Clubhouse is licensed, and beer and snacks are available from the reception desk.

There are storage lockers and coin-operated laundry machines which come in handy for guests on longer stays. On the deck, there is a large barbeque.  There is a pay phone and a free local-call phone in the lobby and the office staff will send or receive faxes for you for a small fee. A coin-operated e-mail computer is also available. There is an excellent selection of local guide books and maps and audio-visual equipment is available. A meeting room which can hold up to 30 people is also available.

The Clubhouse is an excellent facility to hold your Staff Retreat, Conference or Wedding.

Bell Cabin

Bell Cabin

The Bell Cabin is a private, self-contained facility which is perfect for groups of up to 15 people or a couple of families. The building has a completely equipped kitchen, two washrooms and showers, a large, bright living room with a fireplace, a barbeque, and a beautiful view over the Bow Valley from the deck.

Pat Boswell (Toronto Section) Cabin

Designed with families and small groups in mind, the cabin has an integrated partitioning wall allowing you to occupy one half, or the entire facility. Each side of the cabin can sleep 4 people in 2 private rooms; you can book one room, one half, or the whole facility.

Pat Boswell (Toronto Section) Cabin
Pat Boswell (Toronto Section) Cabin
Photo by Richard Berry

Click here for the rates at all of the Clubhouse facilities.

Roadmap to Clubhouse

Recreational Opportunities

The Clubhouse gives access to a vast range of outdoor recreation activities including hiking, scrambling, rock and ice climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, backcountry skiing and resort skiing.

In summer, fit hikers can reach the summit of Grotto Mountain 3-5 hours after starting up the trail behind the Clubhouse. Several other summits can be hiked or scrambled, all within a few minutes drive. For those looking for a shorter and/ or easier day, there are dozens of scenic hiking trails in and around Canmore.

Rock climbers will be entertained with the 1000's of sport climbing routes around Canmore. Traditional rock climbers will enjoy the challenges of the long limestone routes on Mt. Yamnuska, Ha-Ling Peak and the East End of Rundle. Lake Louise, a 45 minute drive away, offers sport and trad climbing on solid quartizite.

Mountain bikers can choose from tame, flat single tracks and gravel roads to the craziest of downhill tracks. Road riding is popular on the nearby 1A Highway in Banff National Park.

Skiers will not be disappointed! Cross-country skiers can choose from the Canmore Nordic Centre (10 minute drive) or one of dozens of groomed trails in Kananaskis Country (30-60 minute drive) and Banff National Park (20-45 minute drive). Resort skiers have quick access to Sunshine Village and Nakiska (30 minute drive), Skiing Louise (45 minute drive) or Norquay (20 minute drive). Backcountry skiers will find their powder fixes on mountain-sides in Kananaskis Country and Banff National Park.

The Clubhouse is 'ice climbing central' for visiting climbers in winter months. Between the Kananaskis, Ghost River and Bow Valley areas there are more than 200 routes to choose from. The climbs range from roadside grade 2's to remote grade 6 testpieces in the Ghost. Most of these areas are readily accessible from the Clubhouse, however you will need a four-wheel drive to access the Ghost.

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