Whether you’re travelling north, south, east, or west to the Rockies, you will be able to find a number of hidden gems and all with their own unique amenities.
Have your pick from a huge variety of charming resorts all across Alberta; but we do recommend booking one of these unique getaways before they fill up for summer and fall!
Many mountain resorts offer the lap of luxury with mountain adventures nearby, or unique ways to vacation, but these types of resorts can be found in other corners of the provinces as well. You’ll also find a number of peaceful camping resorts along the shores of Alberta’s most scenic lakes with onsite restaurants and lounges, hotel-like amenities, and often lake or beach access.
These Alberta resorts cater to all sorts of groups and vacations, too, from family trips to couples, groups, or romance packages.
**Some facilities may be closed due to COVID-19.**
1. Evergreen Birch Lodge & RV Resort
You can rent larger cottages, tiny houses, or rustic cabins at Evergreen on Cold Lake. The area is only a 3-minute drive from the beach and the lodges are situated in a secluded and forested area. You have several ways to stay at this Resort including in their motel, at an RV site, in the rustic cabins and tiny houses, or in their 3- or 6-bedroom lodges.
Evergreen Birch Lodge & RV Resort: TWP Road 634, Range Rd 423, Cold Lake
2. Shaw’s Point Resort – Lesser Slave Lake
Your beach getaway at Shaw’s Point on Lesser Slave Lake can include a tent, RV, or cabin stay, with group campsites also available. This large lake offers plenty of outdoor recreation like boating, fishing, swimming, or watercraft sports, and Shaw’s Point has its own rental shop for these kinds of activities. And after all that activity, you can unwind at their onsite Resort Restaurant for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Shaw’s Point Resort: northwest end of Lesser Slave Lake, 40km northeast of High Prairie on AB-750
3. Peace Island Resort
The Peace Island Resort is your chance to camp on a small island of the large Peace River! They have eight small cabins on the island, a rec room, cook house, and dining hall, and the resort is surrounded by outdoor recreation opportunities like hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, and relaxing by an open fire. Four of their cabins are available for rent this summer until September and you can either take your own boat to get to the Island Resort or meet their crew one of their two pickup locations.
1. Prairie Creek Inn
These cabins make an excellent and romantic option for those in search of a couples’ vacation locale. The Prairie Creek Inn is in the scenic Rocky Mountain House area, where you can appreciate mountain and foothill views, a variety of outdoor and indoor activities, and their quaint cabins. The lodging choices include luxuries like 2-person soaker tubs, cozy cabin décor, patios, or bottles of wine.
Prairie Creek Inn: South of Rocky Mountain House on RR 73; west on Township Rd. 380
2. Lily Lake Resort
The suites at this northern Alberta resort offer variety: choose from campgrounds with full services, to lodge suites with jacuzzies, to romantically themed rooms. The resort resembles a historic village and has its own adorable lounge and restaurant, so between the huge variety of accommodations, and a list of things to do over summer, this hidden gem makes a perfect Alberta summer vacation.
Lily Lake Resort: 651 Lily Lake Road, Legal
3. The Crossing at Ghost River
There are several ways to plan a resort vacation at The Crossing: try a hiking adventure, dining weekends, museum-focused stays, or create your adventures outside in the Alberta foothills. Additional nearby activities to check out include Heli-tours, a Wolf Sanctuary, fishing, and exploring ghost river. The Crossing is a close drive from Calgary, Red Deer, and Edmonton, but will make you feel as though you’ve escaped to some place much further from home.
The Crossing at Ghost River: 62129 Hwy 40, Cochrane
1. Mount Engadine Lodge
Book with Mount Engadine this summer for a classic log cabin-style camping trip under the beautiful mountain. Or select from one of their more unique accommodation options like Yurts, Lodge Rooms, or Glamping Tents. These cool rooms can also be combined with different food or adventure packages to help enhance your stay.
Mount Engadine Lodge: 1 Mount Shark Rd, Canmore
2. Baker Creek Mountain Resort
The cabins and lodge suites at Baker Creek offer a rustic look but there is nothing rustic about their getaways. Rooms can include private soaker tubs or Jacuzzis, fireplaces and firepits, kitchenettes, or AC. And, you’ll have access to gourmet dining via the Baker Creek Bistro. Choose from packages that offer romance, adventure, dining, or ones centered around your dogs!
Baker Creek Mountain Resort: AB-1A, Lake Louise
3. Hidden Ridge Resort
Many mountain resorts offer mountain views, but Hidden Ridge and some of its rooms offer beautiful views of the Banff townsite which looks great day and night, summer or fall. The resort is close to town and offers several amenities to make for a weekend or week of relaxation. Their outdoor pools are open year-round, and in the summer the resort offers sports rentals and shared patio spaces.
Hidden Ridge Resort: 901 Hidden Ridge Way, Banff
4. Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino
Indulge in a bit of luxury and pampering this summer with a Kananaskis mountain getaway. Stoney Nakoda describes itself as the “basecamp of the Rockies,” so you have the entire Canmore, Kananaskis, or Banff area to explore while you stay in one of their many room options such as: Junior Suites, King or Queen rooms, the One Bedroom Suite, or the Jetted Tub Suite. They also offer several Stay and Save packages for those mountain adventures you might have planned.
Stony Nakoda Resort & Casino: 888 Nakoda Way, Kananaskis
5. Grande Rockies Resort – Canmore
This unique mountain getaway in Canmore, between Kananaskis and Banff National Park, offer a few deals to help you save this summer like a “Stay Longer” package and a Romance Package. Here you’ll find luxurious rooms, including a Penthouse suite, an indoor pool, an outdoor hot tub, and an on-site adventure shop with equipment rentals and a few adventure necessities.
Grande Rockies Resort: 901 Mountain Street, Canmore
6. Storm Mountain Lodge
Storm Mountain Lodge is here for you and your desire to take that quintessential Rocky Mountain vacation in a luxurious log cabin. The resort is in a small, forested area, conveniently close to AB-93 South where you can encounter all sorts of wildlife during your stay like the odd bear or moose, and plenty of songbirds. A stay here also includes access to their fine dining restaurant with a menu of locally sourced cuisine.
Storm Mountain Lodge: Highway 93 South, Banff
7. Rimrock Resort Hotel
Even a stay in one of Rimrock’s standard guest rooms is a special getaway with exceptional views included, but your trip can be enhanced with Premium and Grandview suites. Their most luxurious suite, the Infinity, offers a private deck and patio with sweeping views of Banff National Park, a king bed, a jacuzzi, and a gas fireplace. There is also a spa, and five onsite dining options for any type of mood or craving!
Rimrock Resort Hotel: 300 Mountain Ave., Banff
8. Fairmont Banff Springs
If you want a mountain getaway with close access to the Banff townsite, waterfall hikes, and several onsite dining options, then the Banff Springs is a classic and classy choice for couples, friends, or families. The iconic hotel is on the banks and a large curve in the Bow River with several viewpoints. Take advantage of their three current offers for summer or fall: 30% for including experiences, 30% off for Alberta residents, or a Suite Deal.
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel: 405 Spray Ave, Banff
9. Solara Resort & Spa
At the doorsteps to the Rocky Mountains is Canmore, a quaint town just a short drive from Banff, Kananaskis, and tons more to see and do. But if you’d just like to escape, unwind, and dine, the Solara Resort & Spa can take care of you. This Canmore Resort offers a few different kinds of massages at One Wellness Spa, a fitness facility, a movie theatre, pool, hot tub, and pet friendliness.
Solara Resort & Spa: 187 Kananaskis Way, Canmore
1. Pyramid Lake Resort
Escape the business of the Jasper townsite with a short drive north to the Pyramid Lake Resort. This forested-in and lakeside resort is a peaceful hideaway with iconic Rocky Mountain scenery, wildlife-viewing opportunities, and is surrounding by hiking trails. If you want to get on the water, there is an on-site boat rental shop, and a pier if you’d like to brave a swim. The lobby also offer complementary tea, water, and coffee all day long.
Pyramid Lake Resort: 6 Km North On, Pyramid Lake Rd, Jasper
2. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
This resort is known across the world for many reasons as a premiere choice for Rocky Mountain getaways and vacations. The area surrounding the resort and hotel offers unbeatable scenery, viewpoints, and photo backdrops over Lac Beauvert, while the onsite amenities create a long list of activities with golf, spa services, a boat and rental house, a pool, and a gym.
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge: 1 Old Lodge Rd, Jasper
3. Tekarra Lodge
Hideaway in the forest of the mountains for the weekend at Tekarra Lodge while still only being a short drive from the Jasper townsite and the NP’s attractions. Right now, the Lodge offers a few different food-based, romance-based, or adventure-based packages, or you can plan your stay around their onsite restaurant and your own ideas for adventure. Nearby attractions include the Jasper SkyTram, easy and difficult hikes, and the brightest blue lakes you’ll ever see.
Tekarra Lodge: Highway 93A South, Jasper
4. Glacier View Lodge
Take in breathtaking views during your stay in Jasper with equally as good dining to boot at the Glacier View Lodge. The Lodge overlooks the Athabasca Glacier and can get you deals on bus tours or the Columbia Icefield SkyWalk. The Lodge is in a secluded area away from the business of town and can have you greeted with a drink of choice upon your arrival.
Glacier View Lodge: Highway 93 N, Icefields Pkwy, Jasper
5. Overlander Mountain Lodge
With this Lodge being on the Eastern edge of Jasper NP, it makes for a closer mountain getaway for those in Edmonton or eastern Alberta; but no matter where you are in Alberta, this Lodge is worth the drive. Choose from guest rooms or chalet rentals and be sure to book a table at their Stone Peak Restaurant that offers incredible valley views while you dine.
Overlander Mountain Lodge: 27010 AB-16 West, Jasper
1. Prince of Wales Hotel
Open only during summer, the historic Prince of Wales Hotel opened in 1927 is considered one of Canada’s grand railway hotels and was built by Great Northern Railway. Stay in this National Historic Site of Canada and enjoy the panoramic views of Waterton Lakes National Park. Experience the architecture and craftsmanship of the building itself, from classic rooms or expansive suites overlooking Waterton Lakes.
Prince of Wales Hotel: Alberta 5, Waterton Park
2. Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort
The expansive views of Waterton Lake National Park are best enjoyed from this quaint resort located in the town of Waterton. In addition to the lake areas and all the outdoor recreation that comes with it are the Lodge’s own pool and hot tub. And a drive away from your room can take you to waterfall lookouts, hiking trails, and the Visitor Centre.
Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort: 101 Clematis Avenue, Waterton Park
3. Heartwood Inn and Spa
Among the many Drumheller attractions to see this summer is the town’s Heartwood Inn & Spa, where you can relax, soak, and get cozy after a day of dinosaurs. The quaint hotel offers a variety of room types with their Cottage, Upper Turret, and Main Turret being equipped with a jet-tub and fireplace. Coffee and tea are complimentary with special breakfasts available at an extra cost. While you’re here this is a lot to see like the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Dinosaur Provincial Park, and the Hoodoos.
Heartwood Inn & Spa: 320 North Railway Avenue East, Drumheller
4. Elkwater Lake Lodge and Resort
In the southeast corner of Alberta, you can expect hot summers so a vacation here is made complete with a stay at the Elkwater Lake Lodge and Resort. Elkwater is a small summer village within Cypress Hills on the shores of the lake. The area offers tons to do like swimming, picnicking, hiking, boating, or fishing, as well as accommodation options. Choose from different ways to stay like their lodge rooms, jacuzzi suites, rustic cabins, or alpine cabins.
Elkwater Lake Lodge and Resort: Elkwater Lake Lodge & Resort
401 4 St, Elkwater, Cypress Hill Interprovincial Park
5. Riverside Chateau
The creeks, rivers, and foothills of the Bragg Creek area in southern Alberta can be best enjoyed through an elegant stay at the Riverside Chateau, just a short drive from Calgary. Their quaint rooms can be enhanced with Wine and Cheese Packages, or you can order a Picnic Basket bundle to go and take to the many trails around the area. Some rooms also offer private deck and patio areas where you can relax with your Wine and Cheese!
Riverside Chateau: 104 White Avenue, Bragg Creek
6. Charmed Family Resort
The adorable cottages at the Charmed resort offer a truly magical experience in Alberta’s southwest forests. The cabins come in four different styles (for now! with more being added.): Lisa’s Cottage (sleeps 4 and includes a wood-fired hot tub); The Midsummer Cottage (sleeps 6); Rapunzel’s Cottage (sleeps 4-6); and Elvyn’s Cottage (sleeps 4 and includes a wood-fired hot tub). Unlike other resorts in this article, Charmed Family Resort do not offer food and is more of a roofed camping (glamping) experience with electricity (fridge) and hot water tub.
Charmed Family Resort: 13029 25 Ave, Blairmore