Assiniboine Lodge

The number of repeat guests at Assiniboine Lodge (403/678-2883) is a testament to an experience that you will never forget. The mountain scenery may take most of the kudos, but the lodge’s congenial atmosphere makes the stay equally memorable. Overlooking Lake Magog in remote Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, the lodge was constructed during the summer of 1928 by the CPR as the first backcountry ski lodge in the Canadian Rockies.

The main lodge building holds six double rooms that share bathroom facilities and a dining area where hearty meals (included in the rates) are served up communal style. Scattered in the surrounding trees are six one-room cabins that sleep 2-5 people. Each has running water and uses propane to heat and light the space. Outhouses and showers are shared.

Rates include three meals and afternoon tea, with the lodge booking out up to a year in advance.

The operating season is late June to the first weekend of October, and then mid-February to mid-April for cross-country skiing. There is a minimum stay of two nights.

Lodge access is by helicopter or on foot along one of two trails that take up to 10 hours of strenuous hiking. For details, see Getting to Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park.

Assiniboine Lodge.