Moose Hotel & Suites is a new 4-star property located on Banff Avenue just steps from the heart of downtown Banff. The hotel's design incorporates contemporary mountain elegance with warm natural materials including log beams and rustic stone. Air-conditioned guest rooms feature luxury beds, walk-in rain shower, 40-inch flat screen smart TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, in-room safe, mini-fridge, and coffee- and tea-making facilities. Amenities include the Meadow Spa & Pools with 10 treatment rooms and private outdoor hot pool, a bright indoor swimming pool and exercise room, and two rooftop hot pools with grand views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Accommodations include complimentary Banff Roam bus passes for guests who may opt to arrive early or spend an extra night.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
The storied Chateau Lake Louise is one of the world's most famous luxury hotels. Operated today by the esteemed Fairmont chain, its origins date back more than a century when the Canadian Pacific Railway developed a network of grand hotels to attract visitors to Canada's mountain West. Enjoying one of the most exquisite alpine settings in the world, the turquoise lake sits in a bowl backdropped by Mt. Victoria and the Victoria Glacier and is named in honor of Queen Victoria's fourth daughter, Princess Louise Caroline Alberta. "A hotel for outdoor adventurer and alpinist'' was the vision Cornelius Van Horne, general manager of the Canadian Pacific Railway, had in mind for the initial Chalet Lake Louise, a one-story log cabin constructed on the shore of the lake in 1890. The Canadian Rockies' growing fame in the early years of the 20th century necessitated substantial enlargement of the humble property, and in 1911, the railway built the baronial chateau that has since expanded further to become today's grand lodging. Guests over subsequent decades have included royalty, heads of state, Hollywood film stars and noted artists. Guest rooms overlook the lake and forest, and while many are small, given standard dimensions of an earlier time, the proximity provided to this extraordinary setting more than makes up for it. Befitting a hotel of this stature, the Chateau offers numerous deluxe amenities including a spa, swimming pool, and various restaurants, bars and cafes.
Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Num-Ti-Jah’s location, standing alone on Bow Lake with no other tourist facilities in sight, is one of its greatest appeals. Guests will enjoy the lodge’s rustic atmosphere, captured in its log construction, knotty pine walls, Arts and Crafts furniture and huge stone fireplace. Spacious rooms provide a comfortable sleep, while the Elkhorn Dining Room serves hearty Canadian fare in a setting evocative of the lodge's pioneer past. Guests at Num-Ti-Jah Lodge are part of a colorful history that dates back to 1898, when a 21-year-old English pioneer named Jimmy Simpson camped at Bow Lake and vowed he would one day “build a shack here” as a base for outfitting expeditions into the surrounding mountain grandeur. Twenty-five years later, he erected a log cabin on the site and called it Num-Ti-Jah , the Stoney Plain Indian word for pine marten. As Jimmy’s fame as a guide grew, so, too, did word of the magnificent landscapes into which he led scientists, mountaineers, hunters and artists. By 1937 the Banff-Jasper Highway was completed as far as Bow Lake, bring more visitors to Num-Ti-Jah. Jimmy and his family started building the present-day lodge in 1940, and a decade later, a log-and-stone hotel with 16 rooms stood on the shore of Bow Lake. After Jimmy died in 1972, his son ran the lodge until 1996, and while its rooms and amenities have been upgraded since, its authentic pioneer heritage still permeates this noted hostelry today.
CMH Bugaboo Lodge
Bugaboo Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada
Canadian Mountain Holidays' Bugaboo Lodge is the original wilderness heli-skiing outpost located nearly 5,000 feet high in the fabled Bugaboos Range. Today it offers access to summer hikers as well, with helicopter flights into neighboring alpine meadows and valleys in view of some of the grandest alpine scenery on Earth. The 32-room lodge blends contemporary stylings with rustic natural materials to create a warm and comfortable base from which to explore the raw mountain terrain beyond. The main lounge invites relaxing on big leather sofas in front of an artistically designed stone fireplace. From the dining room, expansive outdoor terrace and hot tub, survey the jagged Bugaboo Spires clad in glacial ice. When you're not out hiking, enjoy lodge amenities including a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, massage therapy and games room. A climbing wall, protected via ferrata iron-rung climbing route, and a zip line are also available for guests who crave some extra thrills.
Emerald Lake Lodge
Yoho National Park, Field, BC
Few destinations offer this unique mix of luxury and seclusion in one of the Canadian Rockies' most striking settings. Built of hand-hewn timbers with century-old fireplaces and a massive oak bar salvaged from an 1890s Gold Rush-era Yukon saloon, Emerald Lake Lodge exudes historic ambience. Legendary guide Tom Wilson first stumbled across this exquisite gem of a lake, which became famous for its jade-green waters, in 1882 during the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Early travelers began to arrive by train, continuing by horse-drawn coach to its shores. Located in what today is Yoho National Park, the lake and lodge lie at the heart of some of North America’s most outstanding accessible wilderness.
Guests stay in 24 individual chalets scattered along the lakeshore on a 13-acre peninsula. Each mirrors the traditional mountain architecture of the lodge, and private balconies offer compelling views of the lake and mountains. Wood-burning fieldstone fireplaces, fully stocked with logs, are standard in all rooms. A spacious sitting area with comfortable chairs allows you to sit back and enjoy the crackling flames. Amenities include warm feather duvets and pillows, telephones, in-room coffee makers, hair dryers and alarm clocks. Please note that there is no air conditioning in the rooms, though high-altitude mountain breezes generally keep things cool. Note, too, that there is no cell phone reception at the lodge, and very little within Yoho National Park, but free Wi-Fi is provided in the main lounge. Public spaces include an elegant dining room, quiet reading nooks, and sitting rooms appointed with leather sofas. Upper and lower verandas offer magnificent views of the lake. Relax after a day of hiking and canoeing in the dry sauna or soak in the large stainless steel outdoor hot tub with a view of the lake by day and the stars at night.
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