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Birch Haven: ARTISTIC 2BR LOFT WITH EXQUISITE DECOR. Incomparable views from walls of glass and rooftop hot-tub!
Vacation Rental DescriptionBIRCH HAVEN IS A VACATION RENTAL LIKE NO OTHER... Aesthetics and comfort have been given equal emphasis at this stunning 2BR/2bath luxury loft, located just 3 minutes from the Banff National Park gates.
Every piece of antique barnwood and log furnishing is exquisite and custom crafted by artisans, earning Birch Haven a reputation as the area's most artistic loft. It has quickly become one of the most sought-after lofts for discerning honeymooners, families, and those looking for a vacation experience that is a cut above the rest.
The luxury loft features a gourmet kitchen, heated underground parking, 23-foot vaulted ceilings & soaring 8-foot walls of glass flanking a cozy log/riverstone fireplace. You will enjoy stunning views whether you are lounging in the plush feather beds, relaxing on the leather sofa, working out in the gym, or soaking in the rooftop hottub!
**LIMITED TIME BONUS: Free use of the Banff National Park Pass, saving you a further $20 per day!**
But don't take our word for it. Be sure to read the Testimonials section below for our guests' rave reviews! The photos on the bottom right of this page show ACTUAL VIEWS FROM BIRCH HAVEN!
THE BIRCH HAVEN DIFFERENCE:
Throughout the loft, you will find little touches that differentiate this place from any other vacation rental.
Mood lighting at the flick of a switch. A surround sound home entertainment system with a library of DVDs and CDs. Optional high-speed internet access.
Full-color travel guidebooks and brochures to help you make the most of your visit. An antique barnwood armoire brimming with toys, board games, novels and magazines.
Spices in the larder and cookbooks in the gourmet kitchen. A washer and dryer for your laundry needs. Even filtered drinking water, making lugging bottled water a vacation ritual of the past.
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. Choose from our assortment of fluffy down-alternative pillows or firm foam orthopedic ones.
Your kids have the option of flatter pillows, so that their necks are not unduly strained. Additionally, we even 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.
All of this serves to confirm that the owners have made a very personal effort to anticipate and cater to your needs.
Not only will you want to return to Birch Haven's bosom after an exhilarating day out in the majestic Rockies, you'll wish to return to it year after year!
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Vacation Rental Rates Information (CAD)Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
Weekly Rates from $999 to $1,999
Additional Rate InformationVALUE (Jan 8 - Feb 6, Oct 13 - Dec 18):
$149 / night OR $999 / week
SHOULDER (Feb 7 - June 12, Sep 14 - Oct 12): US$179 / night OR US$1159 / week
PEAK SUMMER (June 13 - Sep 13): $269 / night OR $1659 / week
PEAK WINTER (Dec 19 - Jan 7): $299 / night OR $1879 / week
ALL RATES ARE IN US DOLLARS. To check for rates in your currency, please visit www.xe.com
Cleaning is undertaken before and after your stay. Additional cleanings may be arranged at extra cost.
Rental of 3 nights or more; NO cleaning fee is charged.
Rentals of 1-2 nights, please add cleaning fee of $100 per rental.
Rates are based on 1 to 4-person occupancy. Additional charge of $10 per extra person per night may be applicable during certain periods. Optional hi-speed internet available at extra cost.
Sleeps 4-6 persons comfortably. A 7th person may be accommodated on a spare twin mattress that we provide for that purpose, if necessary. There is also a portable playpen/crib for your little one.
Children are most welcome! We even provide a PLAYPEN and DINING HIGH CHAIR for your little one! Sorry, smoking and pets are NOT allowed at Birch Haven.
Within 90 days of arrival: 100% due upon booking
More than 90 days from arrival: 50% deposit upon booking, 50% balance due 90 days prior.
For a preliminary check to see if your dates are available, click on the AVAILABILITY CALENDAR link below.
We encourage you to email us with your proposed dates as our availability fluctuates frequently.
Availability CalendarClick here to view the Availability Calendar
Other AvailabilityThis luxurious vacation rental in Banff / Canmore, Canada is available year-round.
Other Unlisted AmenitiesAside from the comfortable, nailhead-studded, top-grain leather sofa in the living room, there is (remarkably) no store-bought furniture in the loft!
As such, every piece of furnishing is unique and has a story to tell. Skilled artisans from all over Canada were commissioned to craft unique works of art, based on the artist-owner's sketches and designs. The interior design and furnishings reflect the tranquil beauty of the Canadian Rockies; hence, the liberal use of birch, willow and lodgepole pine throughout.
There are visual delights at every turn -- the trapezoidal birch-willow dining table, the soaring 20-foot console table made from a polished birch slab and ancient root stumps, the late 1800s crackle barnwood armoire, the romantic lodgepole log canopy bed that's custom-crafted from diamond willow twigs... and much more...
We are proud of Birch Haven's impeccable furnishings as we are firm believers that an exquisite ambience can make the difference between a vacation that is merely good, and one that is truly unforgettable!
It is likely apparent, even from website photos alone, that Birch Haven offers a rather different calibre of accommodation. Here, you will not find the lacklustre decor nor the merely adequate "rental-class" furnishings common in so many rental properties.
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 her second home, and her primary place to rejuvenate. As such, it is unlikely that you will find another place decked out quite as artistically or as lovingly as this one!
We are, of course, pleased to be able to offer our personal haven to guests when we are not recalibrating here ourselves!
Property ActivitiesBanff is ranked as Canada's top vacation destination and a mecca for a dizzying array of outdoor activities. Every year, over 5 million people visit the area to enjoy world-class skiing, golfing, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, hiking, ATV adventures, snowmobiling, mountain biking, dogsledding and more!
Birch Haven. Ideally situated in downtown Canmore, this brand new luxury loft is 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 and video stores, and even doctor's offices and ATMs.
Birch Haven is blessed with easy access to four national parks and several provincial parks. The national parks marked with * are, in fact, honored as UNESCO World Heritage sites:
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 minutes)
60 km / 35 miles to Kootenay National Park* entrance (approx 45 mins)
80 km / 50 miles to Yoho National Park* entrance (approx 1hr 15 mins)
200 km / 125 miles to Jasper National Park* entrance (approx 2 hrs)
26 km / 16 miles to Kananaskis Country (approx 0.5 hrs)
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 or tour bus.
Indeed, some of these drives (including the Icefields Parkway drive) are rated as one of the most scenic highways in the world. You can even drive up to Columbia Glacier, the largest non-polar ice-cap in the world, hop on a snowcoach and walk on the face of the glacier!
Summer activities are seemingly endless: world-class golfing, whitewater rafting, fishing, horseback riding, wildlife-watching, hiking, heli-hiking, ATV expeditions, caving, rock climbing, mountain-biking and more.
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 on the highway, accessible during SCENIC DRIVES, right from the window of your car or tour bus.
You can even drive up to Columbia Glacier, the largest non-polar ice-cap in the world, hop on a snocoach and try out a GLACIAL WALK!
Other effortless ways of enjoying the Canadian Rockies include taking a SIGHTSEEING GONDOLA in Banff and Lake Louise, dining in comfort at the summit restaurants and taking short, but spectacular interpretive hikes.
Or pamper yourself further with a FLIGHTSEEING helicopter ride over the breathtaking landscape!
In and around Canmore and Banff National Park, hikers will find thousands of miles of maintained HIKING trails that offer astounding vistas at every turn.
For a touch of style in the wilderness, you may want to try HELI-HIKING. A helicopter drops you off at the top of your chosen remote peak, and picks you up at the bottom, after you take a leisurely hike down!
Canmore is home to the Canmore Nordic Center, host of the World Cup bike racing events. The Nordic Center features an extensive network of cross-country ski trails which are transformed into MOUNTAIN BIKING trails every summer.
With legal off-roading, and an abundance of old mining double tracks and classic wooded singletracks for enthusiasts, it's no wonder that Bicycling magazine named the Canmore area as one of "The 50 Best Trips on Our Planet."
Mountain Bike Action magazine also hailed Canmore as one of the "Best Rides North of the Border." And with 43 miles of paved trails for family-friendly rides, even kids can enjoy Canmore's spectacular scenery on two wheels.
Canmore is also a famed center for WHITEWATER RAFTING, and many of the outfitters are based down the road from Birch Haven.
Families will enjoy gentle FLOAT TRIPS down the scenic Bow River while thrill-seekers will get their kicks on the white water rapids of the Kananaskis, Kootenay and Kicking Horse rivers. For even more kicks, try HELI-RAFTING at remote river locations.
At Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park's largest lake, take a scenic narrated cruise aboard glass-enclosed boats through the Minnewanka Valley to Devil's Gap.
You can also go MOTOR-BOATING at Lake Minnewanka and try your hand at FISHING. Indeed, fly and spin fishermen from around the world descend on the lakes and streams of the Banff National Park.
Get outfitted at a local tackle store or hire a guide to take you to little-known insider fishing hotspots.
Moraine Lake, near Lake Louise, is a great spot to go CANOEING. Take in the spactacular snowcapped peaks of the Valley of Ten Peaks as you glide across the turquouise waters with the family.
For a taste of the Wild West, hop on a wagon picnic excursion or saddle up a horse.
From meandering rides along the Bow River to steep trails thousands of feet above Lake Louise, there are HORSEBACK ADVENTURES for everyone.
And then there is GOLFING. 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.
While the area is reknowned for its outdoor activities, there is no shortage of indoor cultural pursuits.
Banff is host to dozens of GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS -- ranging from natural and native American history to cultural heritage exhibits.
PERFORMING ARTS enthusiasts will be glad to know that from May through August, the Banff Arts Festival presents internationally-reknowned guest performers in a rich summer-long celebration of music, opera, dance and drama.
Winter is romantic and simply magical. Ice-skate, snowshoe, snowmobile, dog-sled, ice-fish, ski and more in postcard-perfect surroundings!
For starters, this area is a reknowned 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.
For the ultimate in CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING, go no farther than the Canmore Nordic Center. Just 5 minutes from Birch Haven, the Center was designed for the Calgary Olympics and offers 40 miles of smooth cross-country and biathlon trails.
Beginner skiers can explore the gentle touring trails of the national park while experts will enjoy the high-alpine glacier traverses rivaling the "haute-routes" of the European Alps.
There is also the thrill of HELI-SKIING; the helicopter drops you off at a remote mountain and picks you up at the base after the superlative high of cutting your own run down an untouched mountain!
Skiing is unsurpassed here but is far from the only activity available.
Follow the tracks of wolves and learn the hunting patterns of owls in SNOWSHOE EXPEDITIONS.
Or take guided ICE WALKS through Johnston and Grotto Canyons. Experience the unforgettable world of suspended waterfalls and massive blue ice pillars, frozen in time.
You can even go on a guided ICE-FISHING expedition in the toasty warmth of heated huts!
Perfect for families and couples are SLEIGH RIDES, either on the Bow River or across the frozen expanse of Lake Louise.
Alternatively, let a team of huskies whisk you through breathtaking scenery on a DOGSLEDDING adventure.
Adventure seekers will no doubt want to try SNOWMOBILING through the backroads and wilderness areas of the Canadian Rockies.
And if you are trained for ICE-CLIMBING, get out your gear and challenge yourself on frozen waterfalls...
And for the ultimate in winter sightseeing, try FLIGHTSEEING. Soar over the stunning landscapes of the Continental Divide in a helicopter!
And should you ever want to spend time indoors, there is always a myriad of PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS -- museums, galleries, concerts and theatrical performances, including the touring international shows of the Playbill Series.
Indoors or out, winter is wondrous in this part of the world!
And how does one top an exhilarating out in the mountains no matter what season you're in? By returning to the warm comforts and romantic ambience of Birch Haven, of course! After all, our rooftop hot-tub awaits your sore muscles... Nothing beats a soothing massage from a host of steaming aqua jets, the crisp mountain air and 360 degree panoramic views, all from the convenience of your very own complex!
Indeed, there is so much to do and see near Birch Haven that planning the ideal itinerary can be somewhat over-whelming. That's why you'll find an assortment of brochures (organized by activity) and the area's best travel guidebooks (loaded with trail maps and photos) waiting for you on the bookshelves of the Birch Haven.
It's just one of the many thoughtful conveniences we hope you'll appreciate. After all, the owners are avid travellers and keenly aware of the little personal touches that make a welcomed difference!
TestimonialsWHAT OUR GUESTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT US:
Birch Haven has already gained a reputation as one of the area's most popular lofts, and is frequently sought out by guests looking for that *extra special* accommodation experience. Here is what some of our past guests have to say...
Thank you for allowing us to stay at your beautiful, well-appointed mountain retreat. We appreciated the thoughtful little touches which we did not have in the other unit below (which we also rented). It helps in making a big birthday special.
The Kuhuels - Edmonton, Alberta
Wow! Your condo is fabulous. I am taking home many ideas to furnish our own condo up. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!
Carol and Sara S. - Penticton, British Columbia
Thank you for having us at such a wonderful and unique place. As mentioned many times before in this Guest Book, the furniture truly makes the place and creates a true Western Canadian atmosphere. Our departure from Birch Haven marks the end of a 2-week honeymoon in the Canmore and Banff area. This was a great place to have it conclude.
Kyle and Lindsay S. - Toronto, Ontario
We had a great time here. This is our 3rd week of a 4 month vacation. This condo is my favorite place that we have stayed. It is so comfortable. I had the bedroom/loft upstairs. The bed was so cozy! I wish that that was my bed at home! I also love the huge window in the living room. The patio was nice too, like everything else. We have had a fantastic time here. Even my dad liked it!
Kensie, Kyler, Korey, Bill B. and Michelle K.
We enjoyed your beautiful condo immensely. What incredible taste and aesthetic harmony they attest to. We hope to come back many times in the future.
Sonia and Dale
Thank you so much for the lovely stay. It truly came to feel like home, but better. The skiing was awesome for this time of year and the people are so friendly. We love Canmore and that why we chose it for our honeymoon.
Greg and Angele S.
Thank you so much for letting us rent your beautiful Canadian Rocky Mountain home!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and especially appreciate all the amenities (covered parking!, washer/dryer, DVD player etc). Your home is beautifully appointed and perfect for a mountain setting. Clearly a lot of love and labor went into the finishings of the condo. We hope to make Banff/Canmore our annual spring break destination.
Erin, Lauren, Carol, Brian -- Dallas, Texas
What a fabulous holiday!!- Spectacular scenery, super accommodation and a remarkably well-equipped kitchen. On the whole we thoroughly enjoyed this 5 star accommodation. Happy New Year!
Brenda and Wendy T., Al C., Rosetta A. � Kitimat, British Columbia, and Vancouver, British Columbia
Wow! Our stay here has been an amazing experience! We have felt at home and yet truly pampered by the luxuries of this condo.
We were in heaven as we explored Johnston Canyon, Radium Hot Springs, Banff, Bow Valley River, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Emerald Lake canoeing, rafting on the Kicking Horse, spotting elk, grizzly bears (2!), mountain goats and big-horned sheep, and taking in the breathtaking mountain views! Memories :-) Thank you!
Kendra and Matt H. - Dallas, Texas
The above are just a few of the many rave reviews Birch Haven has received from past guests. For more reviews, photos of the loft and surrounding national parks, be sure to visit our main website at www.birch-haven.com.
We encourage you to book well in advance as Birch Haven is often fully-booked during the peak rental seasons. Do not hesitate to send us an email to let us know how we can make your Canadian Rockies vacation even more unforgettable at the incomparable Birch Haven!
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