Base Camp approved

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A 28-unit hotel on Bow Valley Trail has been approved by the Canmore Planning Commission.

Base Camp Resorts at 1102 Bow Valley Trail was in front of the planning commission last Wednesday (Oct. 12) as an application by Big Moose Realty and its owner Sky Mitchell.

The development authority approved the application, which requested two variances – one to the build to line and another to the 25 per cent requirement for landscaping.

Mitchell said the visitor accommodation development would offer more inventory of three bedroom, townhome style rentals in the market – something that is in demand.

“One of the coolest things about it are the three bedroom townhomes,” she said. “There are not a lot of places in Canmore where large groups or families can stay.”

Mitchell said the supply of visitor accommodation that can provide three bedrooms is limited in the community, but added Base Camp also provides the ability to link two of the three bedroom units – offering larger groups or families a six bedroom rental accommodation option.

The units are equipped with a full kitchen, laundry and gear storage – an added bonus for the adventurous visitor looking for recreational pursuits.

“Everything was thought out as a home away from home, not just a hotel or visitor accommodation,” she said.

Unlike condo hotels of the past, which were popular in Canmore up until 2008 when the economy crashed, Base Camp is funded fully by investors in the project, said Mitchell.

“We have a vested interest not just in the project, but in Canmore,” she said.

The approval also included four suites as part of the development, zoned as employee housing. That means anyone employed in Canmore would be able to rent the suite – a significant difference from staff accommodation zoning.

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