CANMORE, CALGARY, Alta. — Clique Hotels and Resorts continues to be an Alberta home-grown success story with seven hotels and resorts currently placed in the top
ranking of Trip Advisor and a new hotel to be officially launched next month — The Malcolm Hotel, Canmore's first four-star luxury property.
Founded in 1997 by Canmore local businessman Jim Muir, Clique Hotels and Resorts (then known as Summit Resort Management Inc.) was created to support the Western Canada tourism industry by operating high-performance hotels and resorts and delivering great customer service and luxurious accommodation.
“As a local Canmore resident, it was important to me that the tourism industry in Canmore and Alberta was highly revered,” said Muir, company president. “Our beautiful Rocky Mountain landscape, culture, and history is something that deserves to be celebrated in style and comfort. I saw the opportunity for Clique Hotels and Resorts to step-up and contribute to the local community.”
opening of The Malcolm Hotel will take place November 3rd, although the property has had a soft opening, starting in the summer. At press time, there had already been a number of events, and the rooms were ready to go, said Muir. The Malcolm Hotel will be the first traditional hotel to open in Canmore in 20 years.
“The location is great — it's a five-minute walk to the main street of Canmore. It has mountain views of The Three Sisters and is nestled between Spring Creek and Policeman's Creek.” The hotel has 124 rooms and a ballroom that can accommodate 350 people. The Stirling Grill and Lounge is an all-day fine dining restaurant and bar. It has a large patio with spectacular mountain views.
The hotel is situated in the Spring Creek Community, which has been growing to include condominiums and a seniors assisted living facility. The newest building under construction is White Spruce Lodge, a luxury living facility, said Muir. The master plan for Spring Creek’s 70 acres includes a mix of homes for every age and every stage of life.
The Malcolm gets its name from King Malcolm III of Scotland. The name Canmore is also related to King Malcolm. It originates from the namesake town Ceannmore on the northwest shore of Scotland. This Celtic word meaning “Big Head” also referred to King Malcolm III of Canmore, who killed Macbeth in a fight for the Scottish throne back in 1057 — and also reportedly had a large head.
“We've had a great season in Canmore this year,” Muir said of the community of 14,000 located just outside the gates of Banff National Park. “The international market has been very, very strong — most significantly with growth in visitors from China.”
According to Canmore Business and Tourism’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, the 2020 target for the tourism sector is an annual visitor spend of $400 million (up from $278 million in 2012).
With more than 500 staff in seven hotels and resorts, five in Canmore and two in Calgary, Clique Hotels and Resorts consistently places in Trip Advisor’s Top Ten lists. It operates five hotels in Canmore — Copperstone Resort, Stoneridge Mountain Resort, Blackstone Mountain Lodge, Falcon Crest Lodge and The Malcolm Hotel at Spring Creek — and two in Calgary — Hotel Clique and the Applause Hotel. “The Hotel Clique and Applause are leading in market share at the airport,” Muir said.
And, Muir added, there's announcement about another hotel coming by the end of the month. “We're closing in on a number of deals, including a 200-plus room hotel, and we've got a lot of other pokers in the fire.”