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Canmore Clubhouse Properties

Main Clubhouse Building Conferences and Staff Retreats
Pat Boswell (Toronto Section) Cabin Wedding venue
Bell Cabin Recreational Opportunities


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The National Clubhouse, Canmore, Alberta.

The ACC's Clubhouse facilities, just east of Canmore, provide 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.


Come Stay With Us!

The ACC's Canmore Clubhouse facilities, affiliated with Hostelling International, are located 4.5 km northeast of downtown 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.

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

All guests have access to storage lockers and coin-operated laundry machines. There are barbeques on the deck of each building.  There is a pay phone and a free local-call phone in the main building, and the office staff will send or receive faxes for you for a small fee. A coin-operated e-mail computer is also available. We have an excellent selection of local guide books and maps for sale. A meeting room which can hold up to 30 people is also available, along with audio-visual equipment.

The Clubhouse facilities are an excellent place to hold your staff retreat, conference or wedding.

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Main Clubhouse Building

The main building sleeps a total of 31 people in seven newly renovated dormitory-style rooms. The main floor has a newly renovated living room with a library of mountain literature, fireplace, hardwood floors and comfortable leather furniture. The spacious kitchen is equipped with cooking utensils for small and large groups. The Clubhouse is licensed, and beer and snacks are available from the reception desk.

Bell Cabin

The newly renovated 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 well equipped kitchen, two washrooms and showers, a large, bright living room with hardwood floors, a fireplace, a barbeque, and a beautiful view over the Bow Valley from the large deck.

Bell Cabin
Pat Boswell (Toronto Section) CabinPhoto by Richard Berry

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.

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.

Hiking and Scrambling

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 Climbing

Rock Climbing

Rock climbers will be entertained with close to 2000 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.


Mountaineering opportunities abound, with hundreds of glaciated peaks within a short driving distance of Canmore. Most of our backcountry huts offer great bases for mountaineering in the Canadian Rockies, or you may want to sign up for one of our fully guided and catered mountaineering camps.


Mountain Biking
Photo: Tourism Canmore

Mountain Biking and Road Riding

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.

Backcountry, Cross-country, and Downhill Skiing

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, Banff National Park and Yoho National Park.

Ice Climbing

Ice Climbing

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.

    VISION: Preserving, practicing and promoting Canadian mountain culture and self-propelled alpine pursuits.
Préserver, pratiquer et promouvoir la culture alpine canadienne et les activités non motorisées en montagne.