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February 16, 2006

Silver Creek Lodge

Introducing the mountain zen concept to Canmore

Allison Bracegirdle

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Silver Creek Lodge is mere weeks from breaking ground in Canmore, but unlike so many condos that have come before it in the small mountain town, Silver Creek is offering a high-class haven for people seeking relaxation beyond the scope of traditional alpine resorts.

After passing through Japanese gardens and crossing the bridge over a reflecting pool and entering the two-storey lobby with spa music playing, you might mistake this slate-covered retreat for a spiritual sanctuary hidden away in the forest-covered mountains of Japan.

The Zen-influenced concept of Silver Creek Lodge is the focus behind the rejuvenating facilities including a yoga/meditation studio, three outdoor hot pools and a eucalyptus steam room.

“We are clearly the most unique development in Canmore,” says Barry Kozmyk, sales director with Silver Creek, who knows what he’s talking about, having sold million-dollar Princeton suites in Calgary. “What gives me confidence is the steady rate of buying, even in the slow season.”

More than half of the 75 units are sold and Kozmyk, who has been selling real estate in the new home and condo market for 17 years, says the project is already an international success.

“Fifteen per cent of the buyers are from the UK, purchasing sight-unseen off the Internet, which really surprised me,” says Kozmyk. “The UK market loves it here as a skiing destination and they have just fallen in love with the town.”

Sixty per cent of the buyers are from Calgary, 15 per cent are from the Edmonton/St. Albert region and the rest are from other Canadian areas and the United States.

A typical day at Silver Creek might start with quiet mediation and relaxed stretching in the yoga room, or may be a light workout in the generous fitness centre while enjoying the view of the Three Sisters mountain peaks.

When you are ready to seize the day, a shuttle can pick you up for a quick drive to the slopes. Upon returning, unwind with a Shiatsu massage, followed by a soak in one of the outdoor hot pools, soothing sore muscles and opening pores, while breathing in crisp mountain air. Then let someone else do the cooking for you at the French-Japanese fusion lounge just off the two-storey lobby with 24-hour front desk service.

“There’s so many traditionally styled, rustic projects already in Canmore, that our Mountain Zen concept has really taken off,” says Kozmyk. “The people I’ve sold resort properties to say they’re using the property a lot more than they originally planned.”

There are eight themed floor plans to choose from, with one-bedroom suites ranging in size from 640 to 735 square feet, and the two-bedrooms from 800 to 1325 square feet, each with their own Japanese name. Some one-bedrooms have attached lock-offs to offer more separation than a typical two-bedroom design, which can be used as a studio, or can give two couples a little extra privacy if they are sharing the living space.

The prices of the one-bedroom suites start at $284,900 and for two-bedroom suites the starting price is $334,900. All condos come with stainless steel appliances; oversized two-person spa-tubs and in-floor heating in the bathrooms; large windows offering fantastic views; a cozy fireplace; and heated underground parking.

Just a 75-minute drive west of the Calgary International Airport, Silver Creek Lodge is a great getaway from the big-city pace.

Located on Mountain Avenue, in the heart of the Bow Valley, this amazing property is just a short walk to the Canmore Recreation Centre, quaint downtown shops and charming restaurants.   CL

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