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The 8 Best Dog Friendly Hotels in Canmore (a helpful guide)

The 8 Best Dog Friendly Hotels in Canmore (a helpful guide)

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Canmore is one of the most dog-friendly towns in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and there is no shortage of choices in hotels and lodging with your furry friend.

I think it’s just as good of a mountain town to visit with you pup compared to Banff. You can read all about pet-friendly to Banff, here.

There’s lots of room, a couple off leash parks and many dog-friendly trails and spots to swim.

To the north, Jasper National Park is also super dog-friendly, but between Canmore and the Kananaskis area, you and Fido will love a few of these places to stay after a day of adventures. 

While a lot of hotels in Canmore are pet-friendly, they’re not all equal.

Some hotels only actually have one room in which they allow pets and some have astronomical pet cleaning fees per night. 

Here are my recommendations for the best pet-friendly hotels in Canmore based on my own experiences, budget and location. 

The trail right behind the Lamphouse Hotel

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Are you going to be flying with your dog or WestJet or Air Canada? Here’s my guide to the best airline approved pet carriers (including the one we use).

Best Dog Friendly Hotels in Canmore

Lamphouse Hotel

Located downtown, the Lamphouse Hotel is a great place to stay in Canmore that allows dogs.

It overlooks a creek with trails on either side, and right across the street is the Policeman’s Creek Trail and boardwalk.

The location of the hotel is perfect to stroll with your pup for morning coffee or to hit an afternoon patio.

It’s newly renovated with modern decor and Rocky Mountain Soap Company toiletry products (my fave)!

This hotel is very reasonably priced, has a hot tub (with great views) and is motel-style – so access to your room is direct from outside. 

Check rates and availability here

The view from the hot tub at the Lamphouse Hotel

Malcolm Hotel

Malcolm Hotel – courtesy of

For a more refined experience and stunning views of the Three Sisters Mountains, the Malcolm Hotel is only a 5 minute walk from downtown and just down the road from the Lamphouse.

They love dogs here and will usually have your room ready with a dog bed, bowl and a treat.

P.S. the Malcolm Hotel is the number one rated hotel in Canmore on Tripadvisor and is one of 2 pet friendly hotels with a pool and hot tubs. 

Probably your most romantic option for a dog friendly hotel.

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(Read 16 more ideas for a romantic getaway in Alberta)

Rundle Chalets

The Rundle Chalets are pet friendly cabins in Canmore located in the Harvie Heights area and located right off the Trans Canada Highway.

It’s also a great option to stay in Canmore on a budget.

This accommodation in Canmore allows big dogs and you’re immediately outside in a park-like/forest setting from right out your front door (which makes for easy bathroom breaks).

These cabins are pretty rustic (think dingy but cute). However, if you want to adventure all day and don’t need a fancy place to stay, these cabins are the winner.

Check rates and availability here

Copperstone Resort

Copperstone Resort – image courtesy

The Copperstone Resort is by far the most pet-friendly hotel in Canmore.

It’s located in Dead Man’s Flats, but it’s only a 7 minute drive into Canmore and a few minutes closer to the many hikes in Kananaskis along Highway 40.

This is a great hotel option in Canmore especially if you have 2 dogs with you.

Hotel staff provide treats, a towel in the shape of dog on the bed and a map of dog friendly hikes, trails and parks.

There is also a wooded area very close to the property for potty breaks.

As a bonus, each room has a balcony, which I always appreciate when staying somewhere as beautiful as Canmore. 

Check rates and availability here

The Pocaterra Inn & Waterslide

Pocaterra Inn & Waterslide – image courtesy of

The Pocaterra Inn has a few dog-friendly rooms in the hotel which have a private main floor patio and laminate flooring.

The pet fee is $25 per night and includes a welcome package of food bowls, treats, a bed and a take home toy.

This hotel offers reasonable prices and the location is conveniently located right off the highway for quick access to Banff National Park.

With a pool and waterslides, it would make for a great family stay.

The Pocaterra Inn is a perfect place to stay in Canmore if you have a large dog or two dogs traveling with you. 

Check rates and availability here

The Canmore Inn and Suites

Canmore Inn and Suites – courtesy of

The Canmore Inn and Suites is your cheapest hotel option in Canmore that’s dog friendly.

There are specific rooms reserved at the end of a hallway for fewer distractions, which is great for pet owners with dogs that can be reactive. 

It’s dated, and the quality might not meet some travelers standards.

However, if you need a cheap place stay close to downtown Canmore (also right off the main highway), it’s a good option.

Some rooms back onto the train tracks, and trains actively come through – something to consider if you’re a light sleeper.

Check rates and availability here

The good news is that you’re right across the street from the taproom at the Canmore Brewing Company – which is dog friendly both inside an on their outdoor patio. 

Canmore Airbnbs That Are Pet Friendly 

If you’ve read any of my other blog posts, you know that we love staying in Airbnbs when we can.

Here are some of my favorite dog-friendly airbnbs in Canmore.

Modern Loft in Downtown Canmore

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Grab this epic penthouse unit with 2 bedrooms (king beds) and two full bathrooms.

Its perfect location is walking distance to the downtown restaurants and shops (you’re even closer to Starbucks and Canmore Brewing Company) and has 2 rooftop hot tubs with 360 degree views of the mountains.

Plus, heated underground parking means no chilly car starts or brushing off the snow in the morning!

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Mountain Hideaway

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This 1 bedroom 1 bath is perfect for a couples getaway in Canmore.

I think the best part of this condo is the spacious balcony to enjoy your morning coffee or evening beverages with direct mountain views.

Walk to nearby restaurants or cook a meal in your brand new kitchen. 

View listing on Airbnb

P.S – Read more about how to find the perfect Airbnb everytime.

Tips About Bringing Your Dog to Canmore

Pet Friendly Canmore Hotel Policies 

Remember that many hotel policies don’t allow you to leave your dog unattended in your room, so be sure to get all the details at check-in.

However, if you’re within walking distance to downtown, many patios are dog friendly (in the summer). 

Also, most hotels prefer if your dogs stay off the furniture.

We always bring Miley’s bed (you can find the same one here) on every trip  – plus it helps keep your pets calm with the comforts of home. 

The perfect travel dog bed

Canmore Off Leash Dog Parks

And remember to keep your dog on leash and under control at all times. There are some great off leash dog parks that you can visit though! 

The Quarry Lake Park has over 5 kilometres of trails and two off leash areas, including a pond that your dog can swim in. 

Quarry Lake Off Leash Dog Park

The Bow Valley Trail Dog Park has stunning views, glimpses of the Three Sisters Mountain and some river crossings. The Elk Run Dog Park is another option on the southeast edge of town.

After a big day of play, make sure you stop by Mut Hut Emporium, a boutique-style pet store that makes dog cookies in house!

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