Me and my partner are planning a trip to the Canadian Rockies next July (2012) and it seems like Canmore is an ideal place to base ourselves.
At first glance, there seems to be a lot of quality accomodation, however we're really concerned about 2 things that we keep coming up against on various internet forums:
1) Illegal vacation rentals: so far, everyone I've tried to book with gets very shirty when I ask them to confirm that their units are 'legal' for 7-day stays. If they're willing to take my money, then they should be willing to answer a straightforward question.
2) Rail and road noise: Looks to me like most of the vacation rentals in Canmore are right next to both a highway and a railway line. How noisy are they? It doesn't seem like you'd be 'getting away from it all' by staying in Canmore.
So my questions are this:
1) how do you make sure you're not getting ripped off when booking a condo for a week
2) how noisy is Canmore? is it as bad as Google maps makes it out to be?