If you like to spend time in the outdoors and follow it up with a little pampering and some seriously spectacular food, then add Mount Engadine Lodge to your list of must-stay places. My teenage daughter and I spent a winter weekend here in February and it was everything we needed to return home refreshed and relaxed.
Our days started at 8 am with a buffet breakfast of fresh fruit salad, yoghurt, cereal, and oatmeal, followed by a main course -- eggs, sausages, and pancakes the weekend we were there. After breakfast we packed our own brown bag lunch from fresh ingredients including homemade bread, cookies and trail mix.
Outdoors there was a vast meadow to explore on snowshoes and three groomed cross-country trails through the forest. The best part is we didn’t have to drive anywhere to enjoy a day’s skiing. Inside, we found the bright, spacious, comfortably furnished common rooms perfect for reading, games, and sharing stories with other guests.
In the late afternoon, we enjoyed tea and snacks beside a crackling fire before a leisurely soak in the hot tub and supper at 7. Supper –such an ordinary word for such incredible food. The cook even made spinach taste fabulous. Friday -- beef tenderloin, ratatouille, rosti potatoes, beans, salad and berry cream pie. Saturday – chicken Dijon, spinach, pasta, salad and – my personal favourite – Amazon chocolate cake – absolutely to die for.
The managers and cook are welcoming and helpful. They were always ready to guide us to the right trail or cheerfully answer endless questions about the area. The lodge has several suites with private bathrooms. We stayed in a double room and shared a bathroom. While the managers say renovations are planned for the fall that will see ensuites in every room, sharing a large, spotlessly clean bathroom was not a problem.
Can’t stand the outdoors? Don’t want to be pampered? Go for the food –it’s worth it.
- 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 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 Our front desk is available 24 hours a day with complimentary luggage and ski storage, staff recommendations for the area's best outdoor attractions as well as a gift-shop. The Lodge is located just 13 minutes away from Spray Lakes Reservoir, 38km from Canmore's town-centre and 2 hours away from the Calgary International Airport. ... more less
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