The short answer: With us, Yes. But how do you know? We could tell you anything!
The long answer: Any time you book a vacation rental, you should use good judgement. Anyone with pretty real estate photos can happily take your money. But how can you be sure the property actually exists, and is as advertised? A good practice is to only reserve properties that offer Online Booking through a 3rd party Website (HomeAway, AirBNB, TripAdvisor). Those companies hold onto your $$ until you have arrived at the property, so advertisers have an incentive to make sure everything is groovy. If you are a frugal traveller, make your final reservation direct with the advertiser for the Best Price.
Do you have a National Park Pass that I can use?
No, our properties do not come with National Park passes. There are a few reasons for this. Firstly, they are non-transferable between people.
Secondly, the park pass fees stay in the park area where they were purchased. In the Rocky Mountain National parks they are used for wildlife protection such as the fencing on Trans Canada Highway that runs through Banff National Park. It also pays for the building and maintenance to the wildlife underpasses and overpasses that cross the highway. Maintenance to picnic areas, trails, parking areas, scenic pullouts, scenic parkways, interpretive signs, day use areas, public safety and public washrooms are all part of what the fees cover. In other words, your entrance fee means you are’giving back’ to the National Park and helping preserve and protect this beautiful land for generations to come.
This means that your visit can be helping, rather than stressing the natural environment. In a day and age of bad environmental and climate news, this is good news! For information on the pass, including how it works, where to buy and pricing, please click here.
For your stay to continue to be good news for the wilderness and wildlife, you need to be responsible for your behavior, and that of your friends. I know we sound like lecturing parents but you’re are visiting a a very unique and special place! Visiting a Canadian National Parks is a real luxury and a responsibility not to be taken lightly.We are surrounded by wilderness and the creatures that inhabit it. Parks Canada do a fantastic job at maintaining the area and keeping the wildlife wild (and safe!). It is your and our responsibility to do our part to keep this beautiful area wild and healthy. Please read our article about the wildlife and how to behave when visiting the area. With education and responsibility we can take great care of the stunning wilderness that surrounds us.
How do I make a reservation?
You can book with Rockies Rentals directly via phone, email or online. Booking with Rockies Rentals directly is cheaper as we do not charge booking fees like third party websites. The damage deposit is held rather than charged on your card. All payments are handled by Rockies Rentals. All direct bookings come with our ‘Lowest Price Guarantee’.
You may have also found our properties advertised on various third party booking site. Each site works slightly differently than one another. Click here to check out our booking comparison.
What is the ‘Lowest Price Guarantee‘?
Booking with HomeAway/VRBO: All payments are processed by HomeAway and released to Rockies Rentals on the day of your arrival. The damage deposit is charged to your card and then refunded after your stay. There is a service fee of around 6% and this includes their ‘Booking with Confidence Guarantee’: https://www.homeaway.ca/info/about-us/legal/terms-conditions/book-with-confidence-guarantee
Booking with Trip Advisor: All payments are processed by TripAdvisor and released to Rockies Rentals on the day of your arrival. The damage deposit is charge to your card and then refunded after your stay. There is booking fee that ranges from 5% to 20% of the total booking value and is charged to the guest. According to TripAdvisor, ‘The fee helps us run our secure platform, provide travelers with 24-hour customer support and give them the peace of mind that the transaction is safe.’
Booking with OwnerDirect: The Guest pays a 10% Match Fee directly to OwnerDirect at the time of booking. Remaining payments are processed by Rockies Rentals. The Match Fee covers the cost of providing 24/7 customer support, enhanced site and mobile features for both owner and travelers, plus expanded marketing efforts to generate more exposure to global audiences.
Once your reservation is processed, we will send confirmation by email. Please verify the details in your Confirmation Email (dates, property, rates). If there are any errors, please notify us immediately (and within 24 hours) so the error can be corrected.Reservations are subject to minimum stays requirements, age restrictions, and other factors. Submitting a Booking Request does not guarantee a reservation. Once we receive this completed Booking Request, we will process your reservation. Each Booking Request is subject to review to ensure that the property you have selected is a good match for your group.
Minimum Stay – Split the week
Do you want to stay in one of our properties but the minimum stay is too long for you? Please get in contact with us. We can put you on a wait list in case the minimum stay is shortened or we add a new property to our inventory that has a shorter minimum stay. We can also keep you on the wait list in case we can ‘Split the Week’. What we mean by split the week is we get one guest who wants to stay Monday to Wednesday and another guest who wants to stay Thursday to Sunday but the minimum stay is 6 nights. What we can do is take bookings for both guests and the reservations together will add up to the minimum 6 night stay. There will be an extra clean required and the cost of the clean will be split up based on the number of nights booked by each guest.