Looking for a unique, off the beaten path accommodation in the Canadian Rockies as somewhere for you + your crew of girls to use as base camp for an adventure? Look no further than Canmore/Kananaskis’ Mt Engadine Lodge!
Located less than 40km from downtown Canmore in the beautiful Spray Valley Provincial Park, we had driven past this hidden gem numerous times on our way to xc skiing + hiking adventures! And the best part about this backcountry style lodge? You can drive to it!
So! Here’s to some things we love about Mt. Engadine Lodge + info on our fav hikes in the area!
- They have a brand new Yurt with room for your entire crew, it’s a short walk from the main lodge so you feel like you have the whole area to yourselves! You will forget your car is parked in the nearby lot and get lost in your own private dreamland!
- A fire pit is nearby and on a clear night we think it would be the perfect spot to warm up around and enjoy the stars!
- The meals are out of this world, served family style each night. 3 courses at dinner left our bellies full and our hearts warm!
- The chefs create some of the best soups we have had and use in season ingredients as often as possible!
- If you aren’t staying at the lodge, but are visiting the area they offer afternoon tea from 2-5pm and it includes beer + snacks on the menu too!
- The moose that explore the meadow below the lodge most mornings are the best kind of entertainment while you enjoy your coffee!
- A deck sits in this meadow and is perfect for reading your book on a sunny day or enjoying a cold beer after a day on the trails!
- We were able to use the beautiful common room for a morning yoga practice with local yogi Kristin, what a treat!
- Christy made sure to take advantage of the sunshine after the snowfall to create some beautiful images with our photographer A.V of North Birch Grove!
- In summer, Rummel + Chester Lakes, along with Tent Ridge + Burstall Pass trailheads are only a few minutes drive away!
- Don’t forget to pick up a copy of Gillean Daffern’s Kananaskis Trail Guide Volume 1, 4th edition for information on all of the hikes we’ve showcased here!
- In winter, the snowshoeing at Rummel + Chester Lakes, Burstall Flats and xc skiing at Mt Shark are only a few minutes away!
- As these are high traffic trails, they can often be done with hiking books if it hasn’t snowed in a while!
- For those of you who are into back country ski touring, the lodge is located in a perfect spot to base yourself out of!
- If you are getting out there to play in areas that avalanches are possible make sure to take an avalanche skills training course(s) to recognize the hazards involved with winter mountain travel. Always check avalanche.ca (in Canada) before you head out + know the snow!
- Are you interested in taking your AST1 course (avalanche skills training course) within Alberta this season? We are working with Lisa Porter of Monarch Guiding to offer a 2 day course in Canmore the weekend of March 5th, stay tuned!
- If a helicopter ride is within your budget, the Mt Shark Heli Pad is a 5 minute drive away, we did our adventure with Alpine Heli for a birds eye view of the area!
- We had an amazing tour leaving from Mt Shark! Mt Engadine sits close to the Alberta / B.C Border and this was where we spent some time exploring!
- Our pilot Paul made us feel right at home high above the ground!
- The staff are some of the kindest people we have ever had the pleasure of getting to know + made us feel right at home!
- If you want, the kitchen crew can make you a lunch to bring on your hiking or skiing adventures! (their cookies are amazing!)
- On days when it is snowing or raining, you can curl up by the fireplace with a good book and watch the real life snow globe outside!
A few of our Favourite Hikes accessed close to the Lodge!
Tent Ridge Hike (summer + autumn shoulder season recommended):
Rummel Lake Hike or Snowshoe (Year Round):
Chester Lake Snowshoe or Hike (year round):