Cozy Lodges in Canada You'll Want to Call Home

Enjoy a cozy stay in a wooden lodge in Canada, surrounded by nature
Enjoy a cozy stay in a wooden lodge in Canada, surrounded by nature | © Mumemories / iStock
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9 February 2021

Whether you’re traveling through the Rocky Mountains or following the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia, there’s a luxury lodge in Canada with your name on it.

A road trip through Canada is something every traveler should do in their lifetime (you might need a few trips to cover everything, though). While hotels are a wonderful option, sometimes the best views and experiences come from locally run lodges instead. Tucked away in national forests, on lakeshores and even among the famed Rocky Mountains, here are some hidden lodges to make you feel at home in Canada.

The Rockwell-Harrison Guest Lodge

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A 90-minute drive from Vancouver, the Rockwell-Harrison Guest Lodge is a boutique adults-only B&B with views of Harrison Lake. There are just three luxury guest suites, each individually designed, but all contain large windows, modern furnishings and plenty of space. Breakfast is a sacred affair – bread is fresh out of the oven, omelets are made with herbs from the garden, and the bacon is smoked onsite.

Rocky Ridge Country Lodge

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Wedged between Waterton Lakes National Park and Glacier National Park, Rocky Ridge Country Lodge is primed for exploring southern Alberta. Rooms offer a mix of wooden and white-clad walls, but all come with an extra dose of homeliness. Waterton is just a 10-minute drive away. Visit to see where the prairies of Alberta meet the stunning Rocky Mountains.

The Lodge On Harrison Lake

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Perched on the shores of Harrison Lake and flanked by the scenic Sasquatch Provincial Park, the Lodge is a very modern abode. All guests have access to the private beach, and each of the four suites is minimalist in design, with private balconies overlooking the waters. If you’re searching for a bit more seclusion, the stylish carriage house should do the trick.

Birch Meadows Lodge B&B

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Just south of the pretty Rocky Mountains town of Fernie, Birch Meadows Lodge is a collection of four log chalets. Set among 58 acres (23ha) of forest, each chalet comes with a gas fireplace, a small kitchenette and a large living area. Breakfast is European-style, and there are home-cooked hot items, too. For those looking for a digital detox, there’s no internet in the chalets, so it will give you a proper chance to switch off.

Storm Mountain Lodge & Cabins

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Set within the picturesque Banff National Park, Storm Mountain Lodge offers an array of traditional log cabins with stone fireplaces, cloud-like beds and claw-foot tubs. It’s entirely self-sufficient, so you won’t find TVs or wifi in the rooms, in a bid to reduce the amount of power used – but that only adds to the rustic atmosphere. There’s also an onsite restaurant serving a Canadian menu; pick up a grab-and-go pack if you’re hiking for the day.
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  • Park Place Lodge

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    In the Rocky Mountains town of Fernie, Park Place Lodge makes for an elegant stop on your Canadian road trip. A locally owned, independent hotel, it has 64 well-appointed guest rooms, and you’ll have access to an indoor pool, a hot tub and a fitness center. For a hearty meal, the in-house pub offers salads, burgers, wraps and, of course, poutine.
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    Northern Rockies Lodge

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    With views across the teal blue Muncho Lake, Northern Rockies Lodge is a perfect pit stop along the Alaska Highway. Opt for one of the lakeshore chalets for that extra bit of space and unparalleled views of the Rocky Mountains. Dinner is European-inspired, so expect to dine on homemade schnitzel and spätzli, chased down by a pint of German draft beer.

    The Lodge at Arrow Lakes

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    In the postcard-perfect village of Nakusp, the Lodge at Arrow Lakes is the ideal spot for exploring town. Rooms are neat, with wooden headboards, pops of emerald and deep-soak tubs in the ensuites. The onsite tavern will satisfy your hunger pangs, whether it’s salmon benedict for brunch or smoked duck breast for dinner.
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    The Lodge at Bella Vista

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    The Lodge at Bella Vista
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    In the heart of the Canadian Rockies, perched on a hill above Columbia Lake, the Lodge at Bella Vista is a tranquil oasis. The log cabin-esque façade is mimicked by the rustic decor inside, and all of the rooms have private balconies to take in the views. Come nightfall, there’s a hot tub on the main deck in which to sink and watch the stars above.
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    Silver Dart Lodge

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    Plonked on 90 acres (36ha) of beautiful Nova Scotia land, along the famed Cabot Trail and overlooking Bras d’Or Lake, Silver Dart Lodge is a contemporary haven. High beamed ceilings feature in the rooms, which also have private balconies overlooking the lake. McCurdy’s Dining Room, with Atlantic seafood chowder and maple pecan bread pudding, should be top of your list for dinner.
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