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Six Cozy Mountain Lodges Around Alberta That Don’t Require A Trip Into the Backcountry

COOL WINTER GUIDE: Stories and information for all things winter in Alberta. In the mood for an easy getaway from life’s hustle and bustle? Check out these six beautiful front country lodges in Alberta that you can access without trekking for hours.
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Hidden within the stunning landscapes of the Albertan mountain ranges lie some of the most captivating lodges that attract visitors seeking the perfect blend of nature, comfort, and adventure. From the majestic Rockies to serene lakeshores, these lodges offer an escape where tranquillity meets rustic luxury. Let’s take a little journey through picturesque Baker Creek, the rustic charm of Miette Mountain Cabins, the secluded paradise of Emerald Lake Lodge, the wilderness retreat at Tekarra Lodge, the eco-friendly haven at Aurum Lodge, and the cozy elegance of Crandell Mountain Lodge. Discover why each of these lodges is a special gem waiting to be explored, all within driving distance from the vibrant cities of Calgary and Edmonton.

Baker Creek by Basecamp

Tucked away in the serene Bow Valley Parkway, Baker Creek is an intimate lodge for those yearning to disconnect from a busy life and reconnect with nature.  A scenic 1.5-hour drive from Calgary, this rustic retreat welcomes guests with its charming log cabins, cozy suites, and panoramic mountain views. The resort’s proximity to Lake Louise and Banff National Park makes it an ideal base for exploring the wonders of the Canadian Rockies.

Baker Creek offers welcoming accommodations with wood-burning fireplaces, ensuring warmth and comfort after hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, or even relaxing and enjoying the gorgeous scenery. The lodge’s on-site Creekside Cafe serves local cuisine with a menu inspired by fresh ingredients that will delight your taste buds. Whatever your passion, Baker Creek is a must-visit mountain adventure.

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Miette Mountain Cabins

Slightly further from the hub of city life but well worth the venture, you’ll find Miette Mountain Cabins, a quaint escape in Jasper National Park. Approximately 4 hours from both Calgary and Edmonton, these lodges are well worth the journey for those seeking seclusion amidst natural beauty and are located only 30 minutes from the Jasper townsite.

Nestled at the gateway to the historic Miette Hot Springs, this cozy mountain retreat offers classic log cabins surrounded by towering pines, where family and friends can enjoy a perfect mountain getaway. This all-season destination is a blend of modern amenities and natural appeal. Guests can take advantage of an abundance of alpine activities or dip in the rejuvenating Miette Hot Springs after a day of adventure.

Emerald Lake Lodge

For a touch of elegance amid the mountains, Emerald Lake Lodge stands as the crown jewel in Yoho National Park, near Field BC. Although not located in Alberta, Emerald Lake Lodge is only a 2.5-hour drive from Calgary and just 20 minutes west of Lake Louise. This lodge graces the shores of the stunning Emerald Lake, promising an idyllic lakeside retreat.

The lodge’s historic buildings exude charm; each room provides a breathtaking view of the turquoise waters and surrounding mountain peaks. Activities abound, from canoeing on the lake to hiking the nearby trails. Winter leaves no shortage of adventure, either. Snowshoe, cross-country ski, or hit up a day on the slopes at nearby Lake Louise Ski Resort. The on-site dining room offers an exceptional culinary experience, featuring locally sourced ingredients that showcase Canadian cuisine. Few destinations in Canada offer the unique mix of dining, tranquility and nature of Emerald Lake Lodge.


Tekarra Lodge

Venture back along the Icefields Parkway, and you will discover Tekarra Lodge. This serene riverside retreat is located across the river from Tekarra Mountain and a stunning 4-hour drive from Calgary within the heart of Jasper National Park. This tranquil haven boasts charming cabins and sits atop a ridge overlooking the confluence of the Athabasca and Miette Rivers against a backdrop of mountain peaks.

Tekarra Lodge provides an intimate experience, with cabins tucked in among the trees and a soothing soundtrack provided by the wind’s gentle breeze. Guests can explore the Jasper townsite, and outdoor enthusiasts will find themselves in a paradise of endless activities. The lodge’s on-site restaurant, open seasonally, serves delightful dishes sourced locally with flavourful homestyle cooking. Tekarra Lodge is a place to relax and reset where nature takes centre stage.

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Aurum Lodge

For those with a passion for sustainable travel, Aurum Lodge beckons visitors with its eco-friendly accommodation and breathtaking surroundings. Overlooking Abraham Lake and nestled in the Canadian Rockies, Aurum Lodge is a scenic 3.5-hour drive from both Edmonton and Calgary. Aurum Lodge offers a unique blend of modern comfort and award-winning environmental consciousness.

Perched on a hill overlooking the lake and surrounding beauty, Aurum Lodge provides a tranquil retreat for nature lovers. The lodge is a beacon of sustainability, utilizing renewable energy and sourcing local, organic ingredients for every meal. Guests can explore the nearby attractions along the David Thompson corridor and marvel at the clear mountain skies. Aurum Lodge is a destination for anyone wishing to unwind in a pristine setting.

Crandell Mountain Lodge

Our next stop along our journey is the quaint village of Waterton, where you will find one of Alberta’s most charming retreats: Crandell Mountain Lodge. This cozy country lodge is ideal for travellers looking for a relaxing experience on the doorstep of Waterton Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A scenic 2.5-hour drive from Calgary, this lodge offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere for visitors seeking incredible mountain views and the fresh air of Southern Alberta.

Crandell Mountain Lodge provides a range of accommodations, from cozy rooms to private cabins, each offering a comfortable stay after a day of adventure. Guests can explore Waterton Lakes National Park, surrounded by stunning landscapes, unparalleled hiking trails, and the iconic Prince of Wales Hotel. The lodge’s proximity to the park ensures an immersive experience in one of Alberta’s best-kept secrets.


In the heart of Alberta’s rugged beauty are numerous country lodges that invite visitors to experience the promise of tranquility, adventure, and even a touch of luxury. Whether you seek rustic charm, lakeside elegance, or an eco-tourism ideology, each destination offers an unforgettable experience among the beauty of the Canadian wilderness.

Britanny Burr is a freelance writer and a contributor to Great West Media. This story was written for the 2023/24 Cool Winter Guide advertising feature. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial staff.

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