My new favourite getaway is an escape to a not-so-back country lodge in the Rocky mountains – one you don’t have to access by ski or snowshoe with your stuff strapped to your back, but can in fact drive right up to, park your car, and be sitting in front of a crackling wood fire in five minutes. Although it’s spring break and my feeds are full of friends dipping toes into pools and sitting on beaches, to me this is the stuff dreams are made of. And it’s pure Canadiana.
These not-so-back country lodges are a little off the beaten path (literally), and so tend to not be as front-of-mind as the usual Banff/Canmore/Lake Louise hotel destinations. I’ve been to a few, but once I started seeking them out I realized how much I love them, how they embody coziness and encourage unplugging, how (unless you ski – I haven’t for years) they offer a true hideout from modern day life. And while all have access to wireless, it’s usually a challenge to get a good signal, so you’re almost forced to disconnect.
Last summer I was doing some filming at Storm Mountain Lodge. I had never been, and completely fell in love with the place. Constructed in 1922 as one of eight Bungalow Camps built by Canadian Pacific Railway to promote tourism in the Rockies, the original log lodge and dozen bungalows are still in use. It was built with the perfect vantage point, with a panorama of mountain peaks as a backdrop; in the early 1920’s, Canadian Pacific named this driving route the most spectacular motor trip on the continent.
I mean come on – how could you not completely adore this place? It’s like the ultimate family cabin.
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