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.
- 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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