HID­DEN GEM

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The Cana­dian Rock­ies cut a jagged line be­tween British Columbia and Al­berta, and just an hour west of Cal­gary, Can­more is the quick­est, eas­i­est por­tal to their peaks. Like many moun­tain towns, this one pro­fesses to be laid-back, but see­ing as win­ter­time isn’t its peak sea­son, it can back that up more than most.

In terms of the chill vibe, it helps that Can­more isn’t built around a typ­i­cal ski re­sort. Those are within reach (Banff’s Mount Norquay and Sun­shine Vil­lage are 20 and 35 min­utes away, re­spec­tively), but the town doesn’t live to feed the pow­der hun­gry in the same way. There is ski­ing five min­utes from town, but it’s the less os­ten­ta­tious cross-coun­try va­ri­ety. To ex­plore the Can­more Nordic Cen­tre’s 65-kilo­me­tre trail sys­tem only costs $15 for the day, and rental equip­ment is $30. Do­ing a loop on a week­day at 10 a.m. feels med­i­ta­tive—all I hear is the swish of skis on snow and my own rhyth­mic breath­ing.

You’d rightly sus­pect that peo­ple who are fed up with the peal and pace of city life flock to a place like this, and Sky McLean is one of them. To get closer to the moun­tains, the Toronto-raised real es­tate de­vel­oper moved to Cal­gary first and then com­mit­ted to Can­more. In 2017, she launched Base­camp Re­sorts. The flag­ship prop­erty fea­tures 30 self-check-in apart­ment-style suites clad in crisp whites, light woods and mod­ern an­i­mal ac­cents. To feel si­mul­ta­ne­ously small and spoiled rot­ten, sit in the rooftop hot tub with a cup of cof­fee and take in the tow­er­ing wall of moun­tains di­rectly ahead.

This year, McLean opened The Lam­p­house Ho­tel, which is par­tic­u­larly suited to ur­ban­ites look­ing to tem­po­rar­ily es­cape the city but not their mid-cen­tury de­sign sen­si­bil­i­ties. If the peace and quiet gets to be too much, though, down the street there’s the Drake Pub­lic House, which has live mu­sic most nights, in­clud­ing, for those look­ing to belt out a coun­try bal­lad them­selves, Karaoke Mon­days.

CAN­MORE’S LAM­P­HOUSE HO­TEL

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