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Canmore, Alberta, Canada  (# 18996)
 BIRCH HAVEN: Exquisite 2BR loft near BANFF
  VacationsFRBO Canmore Vacation Rentals Property ID 18996 Birch haven  

Major City: Banff
Distance: 5-10 mi

Type:   Condo
Area: Mountain

Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 6
Baths: 2
Size: 1000 Sq Ft

Internet: No
Pets OK: No
Pool: No
Spa: Yes

Calendar: No
Exchange: Yes
For Sale: No
Credit Cards: Yes

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VacationsFRBO Listing Since: 2007-10-25

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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.

But don't take our word for it. Be sure to read the Testimonials
section for our guests' rave reviews!

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, soaking in the rooftop
hottub or grilling on the balcony!

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 portable playpen/crib for
your little one. An antique barnwood armoire brimming with toys, board
games, novels and magazines. Full-color travel guidebooks and
brochures to help you make the most of your visit. A surround sound
home entertainment system with a library of DVDs and CDs. Optional
high-speed internet access. Spices in the larder, condiments in the
fridge and cookbooks in the gourmet kitchen. Even filtered drinking
water, making lugging bottled water a vacation ritual of the past. All
of which serve to confirm that the owners have made a very personal
effort to anticipate and cater to your needs.

We even offer a "library" of pillows to accommodate your bedding
preferences. Choose from our assortment of fluffy down-alternative
pillows, firm foam orthopedic ones, or flat pillows that are ideal for
kids. Use our feather-bed topper for plush comfort, or remove it if
you prefer a firmer mattress. Indeed, no detail has been overlooked
and no expense spared.

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!


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)� like
the Park Pass and other little touches. 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
birch-haven.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!



Aside 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!



Banff 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!

In the midst of all the offerings, but away from the crowds, is 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.

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. Or take guided ice walks
through Johnston and Grotto Canyons.

Don't miss the world-class 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

Five downhill ski areas are within easy reach of Birch Haven. Banff's
Norquay, Sunshine and Nakiska are within a 20-30 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.

The Canmore Nordic Center, just 5 minutes from the Birch Haven, 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.

And how does one top an exhilarating out in the mountains? 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!



VALUE (Jan 4 - Feb 6, Oct 13 - Dec 21): $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: Sorry, we are booked from Dec 22 through Jan 3, with the exception of Dec 28 (only one night). For rates for Dec 28 or Xmas/NewYear, please email us. ALL RATES ARE IN CANADIAN DOLLARS. To check for rates in your currency, please visit RENTAL INFORMATION: 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! Sorry, smoking and pets are NOT allowed at Birch Haven.

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     Home Exchange 

We are seasoned home exchangers and generally prefer our home exchange
guests to visit in the off-season (May, Oct, Nov). We prefer to travel
June through early August, or end Dec/early Jan. The exchange does NOT
have to be simultaneous.


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