The Most Incredible Mountain Lodge Retreats in Canada for Winter

The views of lakes and mountains don't come much better than at Emerald Lake Lodge, in Yoho National Park
The views of lakes and mountains don't come much better than at Emerald Lake Lodge, in Yoho National Park | © Nick Fox / Alamy Stock Photo
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7 April 2021

Plan your escape to the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park and the Laurentian Mountains in Quebec with these deluxe alpine mountain lodges. Head off backcountry skiing or explore Canada’s snow-laden forests on foot. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for moose and bison. Here’s our pick of where to stay – bookable with Culture Trip.

When you picture Canada in winter, what comes to mind is often the beautiful Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta, or the ice-encrusted forests of Quebec. With stunning landscapes, abundant recreational options and full-service resort towns, these regions make an ideal base camp for exploring Canada’s wilderness. Choose one of these lodges, where you’ll get a warm welcome, easy access to the national parks and winter recreation galore.

Stoneridge Mountain Resort

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The condo-style suites at Stoneridge Mountain Resort are upscale yet practical, with granite countertops, gas fireplaces, oversized soaking tubs and ensuite laundry facilities. Stop by the on-site Blackdog Cafe for some healthy fare and locally roasted coffee before heading into nearby Banff National Park for a day of outdoor fun, then cook up a feast in your suite or have dinner at a downtown Canmore restaurant.

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Post Hotel

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Post Hotel
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Just 10 people built the Lake Louise Ski Lodge in 1942. Today, the Alberta resort is known as the Post Hotel, part of the high-end Relais & Chateaux group. Choose from a variety of rooms, suites and cabins. The Post Hotel has long been a destination for food lovers, with creative cuisine and one of Canada’s most renowned wine cellars. Other amenities include an indoor saltwater pool and the Temple Mountain Spa.

Buffalo Mountain Lodge

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While many Banff-area hotels have mountain views, this one is actually atop Tunnel Mountain, also known as Buffalo Mountain. The rooms have contemporary furniture, feather duvets and pillows, as well as wood-burning fieldstone fireplaces. Sleeping Buffalo Dining Room serves food all day, and the restaurants and shops of downtown Banff are close by, as is a multitude of winter recreational riches.

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Sunshine Mountain Lodge

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The slopes of Sunshine Village are at your doorstep here on the Alberta-British Columbia border. Rooms are rustic with modern amenities, such as spa-like bathrooms and remote-control shutters that reveal floor-to-ceiling views. Amenities include one of Banff’s biggest hot tubs, a cedar-lined sauna and a selection of restaurants. Sunshine Mountain is as well known for its summer alpine fun as for its superb winter sports.

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Hidden Ridge Resort

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Hidden Ridge occupies a prime location, close to Banff town but still on Tunnel Mountain. On site, there is a selection of condos, some with lofts and all with full kitchens and fireplaces. The neighborhood-like grounds include two year-round pools and a barbecue area that remains open in winter. Complimentary local bus passes are an especially welcome touch for the quick trip to the restaurants of downtown Banff.

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Moose Hotel And Suites

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This in-town choice in Banff has the look of a grand mountain lodge. The spacious rooms and suites are outfitted with comfy beds, rain showers and whimsical decor featuring the hotel’s namesake animal. Take a dip in one of two rooftop hot pools (or the indoor pool) after a day of sightseeing. Pacini, the on-site Italian restaurant, serves all day and offers room service.

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Pyramid Lake Resort

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Each chalet-style room at this Jasper-area resort has lake and mountain views, and some have a kitchenette. Resort staff will set you up for an array of outdoor activities in any season, including cross-country skiing, horse-drawn sleigh rides and fat-tire biking in winter. The lakeside Pines Restaurant is open all year. Check out the Dark Sky and Dinner combination, with a three-course meal followed by astronomer-led stargazing beneath Jasper’s ink-black skies.

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  • Emerald Lake Lodge

    Bed and Breakfast, Lodge
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    September sunset at Emerald Lake Lodge, in the Canadian Rockies, with Mount Burgess and Wapta Mountain in the background.
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    Surrounded by Rocky Mountain peaks in Yoho National Park, and located on its namesake lake, the award-winning Emerald Lake Lodge is a beautiful retreat in winter. Its cozy rooms and suites include wood-burning fireplaces, sitting rooms and balconies. The lodge is home to the Mount Burgess dining room and Kicking Horse Lounge, which has a selection of more than 400 local, national and international wines. Spend your time relaxing or exploring the impressive Rockies.

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    Auberge de Montagne des Chic-Chocs

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    Immerse yourself in nature with this stay in the heart of Quebec’s Matane Wildlife Reserve. Surrounded by snowy wilderness, it is the perfect spot to enjoy hok skiing (a cross between snowshoeing and skiing), splitboarding, snowshoeing, and alpine touring. There are 18 rooms in total, decked out in traditional lodge style, plus a communal outdoor hot tub with incredible views. Kick off your damp boots and enjoy a hot caribou (mulled wine) by the roaring lobby fire.

    Sol Mountain Lodge

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    Located in the Monashee Mountains, just south of Revelstoke in British Columbia, Sol Mountain Lodge is primarily a backcountry skiing lodge. Wake up at 6,200ft (1,900m) above sea level, with 30,000 acres (12,000ha) of terrain to explore on your doorstep. Inside the three-story lodge, rooms are fairly basic but you won’t be spending much time in them anyway. Take advantage of the wood-fired sauna and cozy communal lounge, where you can swap stories of the day’s adventures.

    Storm Mountain Lodge & Cabins

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    The family-owned and operated Storm Mountain Lodge is in Banff National Park, one of Canada’s most visited regions. Its elegant and historic log cabins come equipped with modern amenities, such as wifi, kitchenettes and televisions. The dining room and lounge serve food all day, and feature an all-Canadian menu and wine list. From Storm Mountain Lodge, you can easily visit Banff, Kootenay and Yoho National Parks.

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    Le Grand Lodge

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    Le Grand Lodge is the perfect mountain base in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. For skiers and boarders, there is storage for your kit, a shuttle to the slopes, rentals and repairs at the on-site ski shop and après-ski specials in the early evening. It has two restaurants, a spa and a 65ft (20m) indoor pool. Choose between cozy rooms or luxurious suites. Remember, Mont-Tremblant is a great place to visit in winter for non-skiers too.

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    Cathedral Mountain Lodge

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    Located in Yoho National Park, and a short drive from Lake Louise, Cathedral Mountain Lodge is perfectly placed for a winter adventure. Choose between premiere and deluxe cabins, each with custom king-sized beds, L’Occitane bath products and river rock fireplaces. The luxury lodge, which is perfect for a romantic getaways, also has complimentary amenities such as a market-fresh breakfast as well as afternoon tea and cookies. The on-site Riverside Dining Room offers organic dishes prepared with fresh, local ingredients.

    Hayley Simpson contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on April 7, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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