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Mount Engadine Lodge
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Reviewed 6 July 2006

Mt. Engadine Lodge is a little slice of heaven for outdoor enthusiasts who want their rustic tinged with just the right amount of luxury. It sits on a forested ledge above a green meadow traversed by the meandering loops of Smuts Creek, which creates a wildlife paradise, including a mud wallow that attracted as many as a dozen moose each dawn and evening of our stay. The view across the meadow - - Mts. Commonwealth, Pigstail and Birdwood towering against the sky above forested slopes - - is classic Canadian Rockies, and utterly intoxicating.
The spacious rooms are comfortably, if simply, furnished, with excellent beds and bedding. We stayed in Whiskey Jack, and later in Elk, both of which have wide balconies and Adirondack-style chairs that draw guests to that marvelous mountain view. Bathrooms are basic, perfectly adequate.
The public rooms in the lodge are homey, comfortable and full of nice touches: shelves of books, a piano and guitar, binoculars, board games, toys for children and adults. Coffee and tea, beer, wine and drinks, are always available.
All guests dine together: breakfast at 8:00 a.m., dinner at 7:00 p.m. The food is first rate home cooking. There are no menus - - you eat what's served - - but staff is happy to take advance information about dining preferences and dietary needs.
The folks who stay here tend to be the adventuresome sort, so there is plenty of interesting conversation around the tables, including much talk of the day's hiking, climbing and other activities. Immediately after breakfast, staff lay out a lunch buffet so guests can pack food for their hikes and other travel.
The best part is the staff, which after 5 minutes feel more like family than hired help. The welcome is warm, the service friendly and caring.
A special place - - the sort of spot you come home to.

  • Stayed: July 2006
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Reviewed 14 April 2006

My wife and I first came across Mt.Engadine on a visit to Kananaskis the previous year and were immediately stuck by the beauty of the location. We said right there and then we must try it out next time.

When we returned in Sept 2005 we were not to be disappointed; the place is ideal! Great accomodation (we booked the Moose Suite overlooking the wallow hole), great food and very friendly and helpful staff.

I would recommend Mt.Engadine to anyone looking to get away from a hectic world and just relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery the area has to offer. We spent our days backpacking on the many trails and hikes in the area.

We will be going back!!!

  • Stayed: September 2005
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8  Thank Muchalls
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Reviewed 20 August 2005

Having passed the place many times on previous holidays in the Canadian Rockies, in 2004 we decided to spend a few nights at Mount Engadine Lodge. And what a good decision that turned out to be!
As it was early in the season, we were the only guests for the 3 nights we were there, so we had the entire place to ourselves. We spent many hours sharing Canadian wildlife adventures with manager Jennifer and cook Val, watching the moose, elk and deer walking by and feeding in the mud pool behind the lodge. The highlight was on our last evening, when we witnessed a fight between two bull moose from our room. The one that lost left and was replaced by a cow moose, that actually started kissing the winning bull!
Although near to Banff and the rapidly growing town of Canmore, Kananaskis Country is still an awesome, quiet place, pretty much ignored by the big herds of tourists. Let's hope it will stay that way so the wildlife will not be disturbed too much.
As for the Lodge: we wished we would never ever have to leave again. The food was to die for, the company and service better than you could wish for, and the setting, well, just take a look at the pictures! We recommend Mount Engadine Lodge to all those that truly appreciate good food and company, and spectacular scenery and wildlife, and will definitely return to the Lodge during our next holiday in the Canadian Rockies.

  • Stayed: June 2004
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22  Thank Mistaya71
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Reviewed 17 August 2005

We stayed at Mount Engadine Lodge from August 7-11, 2005. We sandwiched it in between Banff Springs Hotel and Chateau Lake Louise. We cannot wait to come back here next summer. We will only be staying here.
It is a very nice set up. The lodge is all by itself and is on a nice meadow with a huge mountain range on the other side of it. We stayed in the Whiskey Jack Cabin. The beds are very nice and comfortable. A non-chain lodging establishment can cheap out on these but they were great. It was also nice to really do whatever we wanted. Some days we would just hang out at the lodge and relax and on other days we would go out hiking.

This is a very nice family place. We have a ten year old boy and a nine year old girl and they had fun. I cannot resist turning on CNN if there is a television and it was nice not to have one. The kids quickly adapted to playing the games in the main room, reading and playing outdoors. I felt my blood pressure go down by the minute. Since it is so small it would be very easy to have real young children here.

Most of the guests were married couples around 50 to 70 years old but they were more active than we were. The staff and the other guests would fill us in on all the nice hikes in the area. The staff had maps to give us for the hikes. They also like to go along if the schedule permits. At first I thought that they were offering to go just to be nice but then it became apparent that they enjoy going on a hike with anybody even if they were going with a slug like me. Their outgoing pleasantness was contagious.

It is on a gravel road but any sedan will have no problems driving here in the summer. I cannot comment on the winter driving.

The contrast between here and Banff and Lake Louise was staggering. At those places we were in constant comptetion for resources but here we could just relax. It also cost less for the entire stay here than for room and board for just one night at the other places.

The staff rotates in and out on 7 to 10 day shifts so it is very easy to get to know them. Natalie, Jennifer, Tom and Brad were there during our stay and made it a wonderful time.

  • Stayed: August 2005
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33  Thank jpradonc
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Reviewed 27 January 2003

Our Oregon Nordic Club Chapter members have returned to Engadine Lodge & Kananaskis Country for the last 5 years. Engadine Lodge is a best value combination of great skiing, scenery, hospitality, food and lodging in an accessible by car but remote location. X-C ski opportunities include groomed track with skating lanes at Mt. Shark, groomed striding track at Peter Lougheed, and many backcountry skier set trails.

13  Thank ElgarMedford_OR
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Reviewed 4 May 2002

We stayed at this lodge for a weekend last summer, and have already made reservations for this comming summer. Great food, very hospitable service, you feel welcome the whole visit. Area is beautiful, lodge is comfortable.

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Reviewed 1 November 2017
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Stayed: September 2017
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Additional Information about Mount Engadine Lodge

Address: Mount Shark Rd, Mount Engadine, Alberta T1W 3H9, Canada
Region: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Kananaskis Country > Mount Engadine
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites
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Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Mount Engadine
Price Range: £112 - £323 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Mount Engadine Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mount Engadine Lodge, tucked away in the pristine Spray Valley Provincial Park, is one of Kananaskis Country's best kept secrets. This unique, all-inclusive property features back-country access to world-renowned skiing, snowshoeing and hiking, with the amenities and comforts of a modern resort. Enjoy a weekend away, or stop in for afternoon tea, dinner or brunch at our licensed restaurant. Mountain views can be admired from the comfort of many rooms, in addition to our two sitting rooms with stone fireplaces, where guests are treated year-round to the sights and sounds of local wildlife. Guests can also treat themselves to a relaxing massage or trip to the sauna. All our rooms and cabins feature private bathrooms, hot showers and can accommodate single-travellers, couples, families or corporate retreats alike. For those that just can't disconnect, complimentary WiFi is available ... more   less 
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