Are you looking for a weekend getaway? Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Mount Engadine Lodge offers a peaceful and luxurious retreat in a stunning mountain setting. This rustic lodge is a great destination for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. This could be the place for you!
Back in February, I made my way to Mount Engadine Lodge and enjoyed a wintry weekend getaway in the Canadian Rockies. I was thrilled to find a comfortable and cozy lodge in the middle of the forest. As a bonus, you don’t have to look too far to find those mountain views. And if you’re like me, you’ll enjoy the quick and easy access to winter hikes nearby. Keep reading to learn more about my experience at this beautiful Kananaskis lodge!
Disclaimer: Mount Engadine Lodge provided a complimentary stay in exchange for social media and website promotion. Thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Mount Engadine Lodge and WILD Public Relations for this collaboration!
About Mount Engadine Lodge
Built in 1987, Mount Engadine Lodge is a beautiful backcountry retreat located in Spray Valley Provincial Park. If you’ve never visited Spray Valley, it’s more than worth the trip. The lodge is surrounded by breathtaking mountain views and offers guests the chance to immerse in nature. In fact, Mount Engadine is one of the only Kananaskis lodges accessible by car.
My first impression of the lodge? When I walked through the main door, I was greeted by friendly staff and immediately felt a sense of community. I also noticed that Mount Engadine doesn’t have televisions or phones in the rooms, as guests are encouraged to unplug and spend time in the natural setting. However, wifi is available for those who need to stay connected.
In the way of first impressions, I was struck by the commitment to sustainability. The lodge relies on generators and battery packs for electricity, to maintain the smallest environmental footprint possible. Alberta Tourism has recognized the lodge for its dedication to sustainable tourism. Now that’s a place I want to stay!
Directions to Mount Engadine Lodge
Mount Engadine Lodge is located in the Kananaskis Country of Alberta, approximately 130 kilometres southwest of Calgary. From Calgary, head west on Trans-Canada Hwy toward Banff and take Exit 118 for Kananaskis Trail (Hwy 40). Drive south on Kananaskis Trail for about 47 km until you reach the turnoff for Smith Dorrien Trail (Hwy 742). Follow Smith Dorrien for 17 km. Turn left onto Mount Shark Rd and drive for about 10 km until you find Mount Engadine Lodge.
Staying at Mount Engadine Lodge
Upon arrival at Mount Engadine Lodge, I was treated to afternoon tea served between 2pm and 5pm daily. Freshly brewed coffee and a mouth-watering charcuterie board was just what I needed. Once I finished eating, I settled into the Chickadee Room (see below) and relaxed until supper. Check-in starts at 3pm.
Supper was served at 7pm. A tasty beef and mushroom risotto followed by an Alaskan char entree. How could I say no to a glass of white wine? For dessert, I enjoyed the tasty pan-fried banana bread with cream cheese icing. Then the next morning, breakfast included a full spread of fruits, cinnamon buns, and made-to-order omelettes. For the take-away lunch, I picked up a freshly-made ham sandwich with homemade bread and various snacks. You get the picture? No one leaves the lodge with an empty stomach!
While the food was fantastic, I also loved the community vibe at the lodge. You’ll discover several comfortable spaces to nestle up beside a fireplace. Enjoy a cup of coffee or settle in with a good book. You’ll find people visiting from near and far, all enjoying what Mt. Engadine has to offer.
During the winter season, Mount Engadine Lodge transforms into a winter wonderland, with snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and winter hiking right at your doorstep. After my stay, I made my way over to Rummel Lake Trail which was easily accessible from the lodge.
Read next: Rawson Lake Hike in Kananaskis, Alberta
Chickadee Room—Perfect for Solo Travellers!
Mount Engadine Lodge offers a variety of accommodation options. The lodge features 9 rooms with private bathrooms and stunning mountain views. If you’re looking for something more rustic, there are also rustic cabins and glamping tents available.
For solo travellers, the Chickadee room is a perfect choice. You’ll find a twin bed and an ensuite bathroom and shower. This room is very comfortable and cozy on a cold winter day. I was happy to find Rocky Mountain Soap Company products in the room (I use these at home, too). They’re one of the best Canadian soap companies around, made with all-natural ingredients. Want to experience the Chickadee room for yourself? You can book your stay here.
Know Before You Go
Bring layers: The weather in the Canadian Rockies can be unpredictable, even in the summer months. Be sure to pack layers and a waterproof jacket.
Don’t forget your slippers: Remember to bring your slippers for inside the lodge. If you forget them at home, the lodge will provide a basic pair.
Reserve Early: Mount Engadine Lodge is a popular destination. Make your reservations in advance to avoid disappointment. Book your stay here.
Winter hiking: If you plan to enjoy winter activities in the area, be sure to take safety considerations into account. Kananaskis Country has many wonderful winter hikes, however several trails cross avalanche paths. Check Avalanche Canada to learn more.
Consider disconnecting: One of the joys of staying at Mount Engadine Lodge is the opportunity to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature. While there is wifi in the lodge, consider unplugging during your stay.
Read next: Chester Lake Hike in Kananaskis Country, Alberta
Kananaskis Winter Hikes
If you’re like me, you’ll be looking for Kananaskis winter hikes near Mount Engadine Lodge. Many visitors head to Mt. Shark for cross-country skiing, but I opted for hiking this time. Kananaskis Country has several fantastic winter hikes to choose from, though you are in avalanche country and need to be aware of the risks. Always do your research before heading out. When in doubt, talk to the Alberta Parks staff or ask for recommendations at the lodge.
Before arriving at Mount Engadine Lodge, I hiked the short and sweet Gypsum Ridge starting from the Smith Dorrien Trail (about 20 km from the lodge). The next morning, I went over to Rummel Lake for a quiet hike through the forest. Rummel Lake is a great option for anyone looking for a wintry day hike. Remember to dress for the weather!
Do you want more hiking options? Chester Lake Trail is a classic winter hike or snowshoe very close to Mount Engadine Lodge. Another good option is Rawson Lake Trail starting at Upper Kananaskis Lake, but it’s a bit further away.
Mount Engadine Lodge offers a unique combination of luxury and nature. I had a great time back in the Canadian Rockies and especially loved the warm hospitality of this Kananaskis lodge. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a solo adventure, the lodge is the perfect destination! From the stunning mountain views to the delicious food and endless outdoor activities, there’s something for everyone here.
Have you visited Mount Engadine Lodge? What was your experience like? Let me know in the comments below!
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I’ve never been inside Engadine. It looks really nice, and fits in with its locations. We’re in that area along the Smith Dorrien almost every week in the winter to backcountry ski. Glad you had a great time! Maggie
Thanks for your note. If you ever get a chance, I’d recommend staying a night or two at the lodge. It’s a beautiful place inside and out. Glad you get to enjoy the area often!
We stayed in a hut in January for my birthday 2020. Used our Unighties to head down to the sauna. Going back in June this year with our puppy.
Sounds like you had a great time and I’m sure you will again (especially with the puppy!).