Waterton Lake National Park, Alberta
Perched regally on a bluff overlooking a stunning vista of Waterton Lake and surrounded peaks, the Prince of Wales Hotel is a true Canadian icon. The lodge re-imagines a magnificent Swiss chalet with its soaring roofs, peaked gables, dramatic balconies and timber-framed lobby, evoking a romantic alpine feel. Built in 1927 by the Great Northern Railway, the hotel first lured Prohibition-era American guests to Canada for an exclusive and carefree getaway. Yet today, guests enjoy the same delightful ambience. The hotel was named for the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), in a transparent attempt to entice him to stay on his 1927 Canadian tour, but the prince opted for a nearby ranch instead. Room decor features hardwood wainscoting, comfortable upholstered chairs and gorgeous views of the shimering blue lake or majestic Rocky Mountains. En suite baths include European-style tubs with wraparound curtains and a quaint washbasin. A stay at the Prince of Wales Hotel harks back to a bygone era, when architectural detail and gracious touches were the paragons of a peaceful retreat.
Please note: The Prince of Wales Hotel is included only on Glacier departures that incorporate the Waterton Lakes itinerary.