Though it often gets overshadowed by its slightly flashier neighbour (ahem, Banff), Canmore is one of the most beautiful towns in Alberta, and it’s about to gain a hotel that’ll rival the Fairmont. The Malcolm is a new $42-million lodge perched on the province’s stunning mountainside, and it’s also the perfect setting for your hubby to sport his tartan kilt: the hotel’s name is a nod to Canmore’s Scottish heritage—the town was, after all, originally named after King Malcolm the Third, who ruled until 1093 and was eventually nicknamed Ceann Mór, the Gaelic version of Canmore, meaning “big head”.
The hotel itself, designed by award-winning Alberta architecture firm Marshall Tittemore, looks like a rustic-chic ski chalet, and has views to match. The largest of their wedding spaces (and there are six of them), called the Edinburgh Ballroom, has towering floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the famous Three Sisters—a trio of peaks that are beyond picturesque and provide the ultimate dramatic wintry backdrop. With 124 rooms—and more than a few hot tubs to recover in—it can easily house your entire guest list in cozy comfort. The place officially opens this November.
321 Spring Creek Drive, 888-570-0603, malcolmhotel.ca
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