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2020 Best of the Bow

Bow Valley 2020 Best of the Bow

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Cafe Books

Cafe Books

Café Books is an independent bookstore selling a wide variety of reading material and gifts.

“Being independent means that we keep business and money in the community,” say owners Joy and Charlie McLean. “We support and promote local authors. We are here to support our readers and to ensure that our selection covers all interests. We are happy to order books and deliver them free locally and as far as Calgary. We also ship across Canada for a reasonable shipping fee, as we share the postage.”

Joy and Charlie have owned Café Books for 15 years. The shop has won a Best of the Bow: Books award and has been voted one the Top Magical Bookstores in Canada by Chatelaine.

“Our website will allow you to browse and buy online. You can see if we have the book new, used or as a bargain,” Joy and Charlie continue. “The orders come directly to us and if we don’t have it in stock, we have access to all the main publishers and will order it in for you. You do not have to pay to order or pay for us to ship it to the store. It is your choice if you pay at the time of ordering or at pick up. Other ways to order include phone, email or instore.”

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Rusticana Grocery
Convenience Store

Rusticana Grocery

Rusticana opened its doors in 1978 at the Wood location (formerly the Sherwood House). Common folklore would have it that the business was named after a ski cabin in Banff where some hard core ski bums rested after a long day in the mountains. Rusticana moved to its current location in 1982 and has been providing great customer service for all of those years. It was a true general store in years gone by with fishing licenses, bait and tackle. The current owners took over in 2013. Long time locals, Christine and Jason de Soto, were in the market for a new venture when Rusticana came into their lives. They saw in Rusticana this gathering place of community, the hub of town, and envisioned a family run corner store like the ones from their youth. Although Rusticana no longer sells fishing supplies, it is what it always has been; a place for school kids to get a slushy and some candies, a fun place to buy your lotto ticket, a place to browse our extensive magazine selection, the tourist stop for postcards and trinkets, the store you can depend on to be open late when you need some emergency children's advil, the first place you go in the morning when you realize you are out of milk and eggs for breakfast. But the store is so much more now with a strong focus on quality local products, free range eggs and organic produce. Come in and say hi to our friendly team, some of whom are our children, pick up your morning newspaper, have a coffee and start your day off right. Rusticana is "Your corner store with more".
Three Sister's Taxi

Three Sister's Taxi

Taking a local taxi service is a great way for residents and tourists alike to get around the streets of Canmore. Our taxi company is staffed with experienced drivers who know how to get you from one place to another without getting caught in traffic.

If you’re in Canmore for a business trip and need pickup and drop off business transportation, we will happily accommodate you. Our transportation service will take you and your peers to wherever your destination may be. With our taxi cab, pickup service is available anytime you need us.

Our local airport taxi services are quick and reliable making sure to keep you on time for your flight. We offer airport pick up and drop off cab services. We pride ourselves in making sure that our customers receive quality transportation services that exceed expectations. We want to make sure you enjoy your stay in the Canmore area.

Let an expert taxi driver from Three Sister's Taxi provide you with all your transportation needs throughout Canmore. For more information regarding all of our services, contact Three Sister's Taxi today!
Canmore Family Eyecare

Canmore Family Eyecare

Canmore Family Eyecare is a state-of-the-art, locally owned Eye Clinic with exceptional, caring Optometrists whose goal is to preserve the health of your eyes and vision. The clinic evolved in 2012 from Dr. Joanna Phillips’ wish to provide outstanding customer service and patient care, while promoting preventative eyecare and health in our patients’ lifestyles and choices.

We are your primary eyecare provider and can co-manage with your GP and specialists. Regular eye exams can help detect certain eye conditions and prevent blindness. Children’s vision is especially important as much UV damage occurs in these younger years and 1 in 4 school-aged children has a vision problem that affects learning.

We have the latest technology available including Optomap ultra wide-angle retinal photography and Zeiss OCT scans. These screen for diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and many other eye conditions. Our patients range in age from 6 months to seniors.

We offer a selection of high-quality sports, fashion, sunglass, and safety frames. We also offer contact lens fittings for most ages.

We are excited to celebrate 9 years of service in the Bow Valley in 2021, as well as being voted Best of the Bow Optometrists for 9 years running.
MountainView Cleaning Services

MountainView Cleaning Services

MountainView Cleaning Services Ltd. exceeds client expectations and was nominated for Business of the Year in 2017 for its outstanding residential, vacation home, commercial, and post construction cleaning services.

Right now, cleaning and disinfection is more important than ever. With the pandemic requiring all high-touch point surfaces to be routinely sanitized, it can be difficult to keep up with the level of cleaning needed at work and at home. Let MountainView take the stress out of your life. Whether you need move in/move out cleaning, help with keeping up the housework, routine cleaning for a workplace, expert cleaning for your Airbnb, or more, MountainView guarantees your satisfaction.

“Professional cleaning helps prevents the spread of bacteria and viruses, increases the longevity and functionality of your assets, and reduces stress and depression,” says Owner Meagan ONeill. “We can guarantee to not only meet but exceed your expectations and ensure your full satisfaction. We can manage any of your cleaning needs with the skill and experience our clients have come to expect. Be sure to book your deep cleaning every season.”

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Canmore Dental Centre

Canmore Dental Centre

Canmore Dental Centre is honoured and grateful to be chosen by the community of Canmore to be The Best Dental Office!

We have been serving the Bow Valley for over 21 years, and now more than ever, our dedicated dental team is working diligently to provide you outstanding care in a safe environment.

Throughout the office we've increased safety policies and protocols such as enhanced PPE, use of a virtual waiting room, tech enabled screening and use of HEPA filtration units. While safety has been top priority this year, so has technology and new services at Canmore Dental.

We’ve introduced an iTero 3D digital scanner for Invisalign treatment, before and after imaging, and patient education. Dr. Phillips is providing Therapeutic Botox, and Dr. Maier continues to offer implant surgery and restorations.

At Canmore Dental Centre we will continue to provide each patient with exceptional, individualized dental care in an inviting atmosphere, and we’ll strive to win Canmore’s vote to be the best dental office year after year!
Dr. Dan Maier, Dr. Siobhan Phillips and the entire team at Canmore Dental Centre once again extends our gratitude for trusting us with your beautiful smiles and dental needs.
Where the Buffalo Roam Saloon

Where the Buffalo Roam Saloon

Where the Buffalo Roam Saloon (est 2014) is Canmore’s Premier Cocktail Bar and Restaurant located on the vibrant and picturesque Main Street of beautiful Canmore, Alberta.

Savour Canadian Craft Beer, Canadian Wines or our Craft Cocktails using rare and local premium spirits. Listen to great music, soak up the beautiful mountain views and enjoy friendly service. All this paired with globally inspired Canadian Foods in a relaxed and stylish atmosphere.

Voted the Best in the Bow Valley for a Cocktail Venue and for Ladies Night Out - 2020

Hours of Operation:
Monday 11:30-11PM
Closed Tuesday, Wednesday.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11:30am – 11pm
Sunday 10am-11pm

Serving Brunch Sundays 10am-2pm

Offering Take Out Services:
Please call the saloon at 403. 675. 2222
To view our menus please refer to our website

#2, 626 – Main Street Canmore, Alberta T1W 2B5

Follow us on Instagram at canmoresaloon
Vermelho Hair
Hair Salon

Vermelho Hair

Vermelho Hair, a Redken Flagship Salon, is your Canmore destination of professionals and creatives who are passionate about your hair experience. Thoroughly educated and continually trained, let Vermelho’s stylists be your trusted resource for what’s both trending and stylish while keeping your hair health in mind.

Vermelho Hair has a great team of stylists. With multiple educational courses taken each year, including domestic (Montreal, Calgary) and international (Las Vegas) conferences. Our team is highly knowledgeable on latest trends for colours, cuts and styles.

We offer Redken's full range of HAIR CARE & STYLING AIDS. Redken's colour services that we provide allow for Temporary, Semi-permanent, Demi-permanent and Permanent COVERAGE to offer you a wide variety of choices that will CUSTOM fit your needs.

Vermelho Hair provides free fringe/bang trims to our clients, senior pricing and free consultations to everyone! We also provide late night appointments upon request.
Relax in our mountain-inspired and spa-like atmosphere, while Vermelho’s exceptional team brings your style artfully to life.

Stylists fuelled with passion and cutting edge knowledge nestled in the beautiful downtown core of Canmore, Alberta.
Project A
Art Gallery

Project A

Launched in 2015, PROJECT A started as a pop up shop to showcase local makers and artists. Today it’s a thriving and permanent atelier in Canmore where you can always find something unique for yourself or someone you love. Inventory changes frequently, as PROJECT A works with over 200 rotating Canadian artists and entrepreneurs, ensuring that you always have access to the finest handmade goods in art, ceramics, jewellery, clothing, kitchenware, home décor, and more.

“By shopping at PROJECT A, you are supporting local, Canadian small businesses,” says Jade Ansley, Director. She was born and raised in Canmore and opened PROJECT A at the age of 25. “Buying Canadian-made products gives our clients a sense of pride in their purchase. They can enjoy that object for years to come and know that it was made with love. Buying here also gives our new artists the chance to grow. We work directly with the artists and provide only the highest quality. Our artists and products constantly change, so no matter how many times you stop by, you will always find something new.”

PROJECT A has won a Readers’ Choice Award for Best Place to Buy Jewelry. Learn more at
Suzy Buckley, Associate REALTOR®
Real Estate

Suzy Buckley, Associate REALTOR®

Canmore, Banff, the Bow Valley – people flock from all over the world to visit and have outdoor-based adventures in these beautiful locations, but what if it didn’t have to be a visit? What if you could live here all year round? After all, who wouldn’t want to live where hiking, biking, skiing, mountaineering, golfing and having access to a variety of boutique shops and eateries could be enjoyed anytime?

Suzy Buckley can help make that happen. Her 20 years of local knowledge and her outstanding reputation for providing dedicated, professional, caring service is the backbone of her business. As a Royal LePage Associate she is backed by a full-service brokerage going the extra mile for their clients.

“We pride ourselves on our access to a local network of skilled professionals to help you with every aspect of your real estate transaction,” says Buckley. “Proudly working with Royal LePage Rocky Mountain Realty in Canmore, offering management and leadership with decades of combined industry experience in the local area.”

Suzy Buckley’s slogan is Live the Adventure... Live in Canmore! She has earned Best of the Bow awards for Best Realtor in 2018 and 2020. Learn more online at or on her Facebook page.
Banff Dog House
Pet Store

Banff Dog House

Sometimes your dog needs something vital like a specific food for their recommended diet, or a new leash. Sometimes you just want to spoil your best friend with a dog-safe cookie or a new toy! Whatever you are looking for, you’ll find what you need – and more – at Banff Dog House.

Locally owned and operated in Banff National Park, Banff Dog House is where locals and visitors go for all things dog from the functional to the fabulous, active to adventuresome. After all, doesn’t your BFF (best furry friend) deserve it?

“We have a full selection of everything and anything your dog needs or wants from apparel, harnesses, leashes, collars, toys, engravable dog tags, treats, bakery cookies, food and more,” says Ward Betke, Owner. “We are an approved distributor of Acana food and the exclusive Bow Valley retailer for Rocky Mountain Dog equipment.”

Banff Dog House recently celebrated its third anniversary, along with annual wins in the Best of the Bow Pet Store/Supplies category.

Its hard not to be happy at the Banff Dog House, as we always say “Two feet move your body, four feet move your soul,” concludes Betke with a smile. Learn more at
Canmore Museum & Geoscience

Canmore Museum & Geoscience

Canmore Museum is special venue that builds community, builds place, and builds memory.

Ron Ulrich, Executive Director, explains, “Builds community – we wholeheartedly embrace a socially responsible role in culture, the arts, heritage and general society with a focus on building a better community. Builds place – we cannot understand ourselves as a community without first understanding the place in which we live. The Canmore Museum looks to foster creative engagement with one another in both our natural and social environments. Builds memory – museums traditionally collect, conserve, research, and display physical objects, both natural and cultural, from the past, as well as promote the preservation of historic buildings – our tangible heritage. However, those things don’t tell the whole story. Much of our heritage is found in the stories, traditions, songs, and events we share – our intangible culture. The Canmore Museum seeks to build our understanding of our tangible, intangible history of human inhabitation of the Bow Valley. This includes the oral traditions and culture of our Stoney Nakoda neighbours.”

Ulrich continues, “The Museum has recently made changes in how we operate and seek to engage with our community, and have adopted an of/by/for all philosophy, essentially becoming a more democratic, inclusive space in the heart of downtown Canmore.”

Learn more about the Museum at
Canmore Mask Makers

Canmore Mask Makers

Canmore is home to some of the best locally-made products around, including fabric masks! Are you looking for comfortable, easy-to-wear, locally-made masks? Canmore Mask Makers makes the best according to #BestoftheBow2020!

This mother-daughter duo has been sewing thousands and thousands of masks since March 2020, and they are still going strong. You can shop online and pick up locally while you're in town, or you can shop at 3 retail locations in the Bow Valley: Communitea Cafe and Alberta's Own Marketplace in Canmore, and Side Show Gallery in Banff. We give back to our community and continue to donate free masks to those in need, thank you for your support!

We have masks for the whole family, and our colour and pattern selection is updated regularly, so check back often!
Head to our website and shop with coupon code DISCOVERLOCAL to save $5 off your order.

Thank you for wearing a mask!
Order online:
Follow us on Instagram @canmoremaskmakers and on Facebook at
Shoes T Boot

Shoes T Boot

Located in the heart of Canmore, Shoes t’ Boot is your locally owned and operated source for fashionable footwear, bags, and purses. In additional to competitive prices on men’s and women’s footwear, you’ll find a large selection of high-end brands complemented by outstanding customer service.

“We blend fashion, function, and comfort very well,” says owner Joanne March. “We also do private shopping experiences for anyone not comfortable with crowds during COVID-19.”

Men and women have a delightful range of options from laced boots to slip-ons, from fashion forward heels to vintage inspired gems. You’ll find practical winter boots, whimsical creations, colourful men’s formal shoes, cozy slippers, and so much more. Bags and purses run from trendy to high fashion, from vegan to leather, and in any size or shape you need.

Now is a great time to shop Shoes t’Boot’s selection and browse the sales rack. You can preview it all online at as you buy gifts for your loved ones (and yourself!) this holiday season. With the vast selection of footwear, bags, and purses in every style, and with their signature customer service, it’s easy to understand why Shoes t’Boot has earned a Best of the Bow award for nine consecutive years.

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