A lot of the time when we hear the word “resort,” a sunny beach, ocean waves, and a margarita in hand are the first images that come to mind — a spot that essentially transports you from reality to a world far different from your regular everyday grind.
Sound familiar? Sometimes it’s important for you and your family to take a breather and enjoy a few days in a spot where life is made easy, the views are great, and your only job is to get a little rest and relaxation.
Luckily for us here in Calgary, we don’t have to go far to have a magical home-away-from-home experience. In the last few years there has been an influx in the accommodation and tourism industry here, leaving us with some stunning mountain resorts, beautiful lodges, and boutique hotels that will give you an authentic all-Canadian experience in one package.
We have put together eight resort experiences in and around the city that you definitely need to add to your bucket list this summer!
What: This place is named after one of the last remaining buildings from Canmore’s coal mining era. Just think motel meets boutique bed and breakfast, and you’ve got an idea of the newly opened Lamphouse Hotel located on Canmore’s main street, in the heart of the Bow Valley.
Created for the digitally savvy traveller who likes to be in the midst of the hustle and bustle, this hotel features a digital concierge and high-end amenities, while still capturing that small-town, mountainous ambiance guests travel far to find.
The rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows that give guests a picturesque view of the Rocky Mountains, retro-chic mixed with rustic contemporary furnishings, and locally made products by Rocky Mountain Soap Company.
The best part is the breakfast, which consists of locally made pastries and is delivered to your room promptly every morning, so you can relax in the middle of the Rockies knowing everything is taken care of!
Where: 610 8th Street Canmore, Alberta
What: This is your ultimate home-away-from-home! The name itself means “a place where expeditions begin and end, a spot you can find refuge.” Located just outside the core of Canmore, this resort offers its guests high-end comforts and amenities for an amazingly affordable price point.
Basecamp Resorts offer a variety of rooms, from a five to six bedroom suite that can sleep up to 16 people to the micro-suite, which is the perfect size for two.
Don’t forget to check out the rooftop hot tub under the stars, as you’ll enjoy a marvellous view of the Three Sisters and other iconic mountain ranges in the area!
Where: 1102 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore
What: Refresh, rejuvenate and simply relax at the newly renovated Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge. Only a one-hour drive from YYC’s city limits, this modern mountain getaway is nestled amongst the pines in the Kananaskis Valley.
It’s also the fifth hotel in Canada to become a part of the Marriot Autograph Collection, a distinction among boutique hotels from around the world that are authentically demonstrating all things local, creative, thoughtful, and beautiful.
Enjoy a family getaway, or head up for a solo trip. Regardless, you can rely on relaxing in a beautiful room, indulging in delicious eats from one of the three restaurants on the premises, and experiencing an exhilarating restoration of body, mind, and soul through hydrotherapy at the Kananaskis Nordic Spa.
Where: 1 Centennial Drive, Kananaskis Village
What: Recently named one of Canada’s “Top Ten Hidden Gems” by TripAdvisor, this magical resort is tucked away in the depths of the forests in Spray Valley Provincial Park.
Enjoy a rustic woodland-inspired room to retreat, disconnect, and unwind… but be sure to book quickly as they only allow a capacity of 19 guests per night.
If you’re up for it, they also offer the ultimate “glamping” experience with their on-site yurts above the meadow. You will definitely want to leave room for a meal or two by head Chef Mandy Leighton who specializes in delicious family-style dinners, paired with locally brewed beer, wine and spirits.
Alternatively, you can head to the lodge during the PM for Afternoon Tea, featuring warm sips from Banff Tea Co.
This is the ultimate Rocky Mountain outdoor resort which will take you far away from the hectic hustle of the big city!
Where: 1 Mount Shark Road, Canmore
What: The world-class accommodations that you can experience at a Fairmont Hotel are truly hard to beat! Luckily for us, we have three of these stunning hotels just a quick drive away.
Each boasts its own personality and reflection of the landscape around it, while giving you that comfort and convenience that you can rely on at a Fairmont Resort.
The Chateau Lake Louise has been a base for alpinists for over 100 years. It overlooks the lake and offers a ton of outdoor activities in its backyard, along with the amenities of a year-round luxury mountain resort.
The Banff Springs is the closest thing we have to a castle that overlooks the Banff Townsite. Home to the Banff Hot springs and Willow Spring Spa, this is the perfect retreat to enjoy some time outside to bask in the beauty of the mountains – we can guarantee there are no rooms lacking an unreal view.
The Jasper Park Lodge is situated in the heart of Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and wraps around the shores of lake “Lac Beauvert.” Here you can enjoy 700-acres of year-round adventures all while exploring the charming town of Jasper, as you can use this all Canadian lodge as your base camp!
What: If you’re looking for a resort that will give you a true taste of the Rockies, this hotel is your best bet. With grand views, fine dining, and a relaxation spa, you can enjoy this elegant oasis at your leisure as you slow down and take in the fresh mountain air.
Nestled on a mountainside, only minutes away from downtown Banff, you have 343 guest rooms to choose from, all of which boast modern designs that complement the natural beauty of the surrounding area.
The most popular rooms are the Grandview Suites, situated at the perfect angle to give you a view of either the Bow or Spray Valley.
Choose from six various eateries at the resort that range from casual dining or cafe style to cocktail bars and high-end luxury dining – there is something for everyone!
Where: 300 Mountain Avenue, Banff
What: Nestled right into the rolling foothills you’ll find this stylish estate surrounded by 13 acres of gorgeous greenery.
It was built in 1997 and was inspired by the grand historic railway stations of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The name is drawn from the mineral azurite, a gem with a distinct blue/ green shade, which is in reference to Alberta’s brilliant blue skies that stretch as far as the eye can see.
Upon arrival, you’ll be welcomed by the incredible architecture and promptly whisked away to your room where you’ll enjoy luxurious amenities, comforting extras, and captivating views.
When it comes to dining you have two choices. Dine alfresco in the gazebo if the weather permits, or indoors in the magnificent and luxurious Opal Dining Room. Here you can sit back and enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner with unique meals catered to your needs – you’ll even get a butler! Ooo la la!
Where: 178057 272 Street W Foothills, Priddis
What: This resort is not your typical hotel accommodations or your usual camping experience. A family run resort since 1992, Sundance Lodges began as one single tipi. Today, the property is filled with many tipis and trapper tents that shed a whole new light on “comfortable camping.”
This is an easier and more affordable way for you and your family to enjoy the perks of camping without the hassle of having to set up a tent, paying for an expensive hotel room, or dragging around a camper.
At the Trading Post, they offer a ton of basic amenities that you might need during your stay, including showers, sports equipment, groceries, and laundry services. It is useful to consider bringing warm clothes and bedding, an axe, lantern, flashlight, cooking equipment and a water jug. However, if you do forget something crucial you can always grab bedding, towels, a camp stove, and more at the Trading Post.
Enjoy the time making new memories with your friends and family as you try out this whole new thing called “glamping.”
Where: #2 Sundance Road, Kananaskis