Best Hotels in Canada’s Rockies

I was recently commissioned by Wanderlust Magazine to round up my favourite hotels in the Canadian Rockies.

I’ve spent a lot of time in this part of the world, and it was fun to look back at some of the amazing places I’ve stayed – from a backcountry ski lodge to a mock-Gothic castle.

Read the article in full on Wanderlust’s website.

Post Hotel

Established in 1942 as a ski lodge by renowned local guide Jim Boyce, the Post Hotel ranks as one of Lake Louise’s most enticing stays, and now operates under the prestigious Relais & Châteaux banner. Set in the middle of Lake Louise’s busy service town, the hotel has retained much of its original 1940s ambience, with walls crafted from local stone and hand-hewn logs, giving it the appearance of a more rustic escape. But this is an upmarket affair these days, and few could quibble with its 20,000-bottle wine cellar, saltwater pool, excellent restaurant and classy spa. Main lodge rooms are pleasant enough, but the waterfront cabins on the Bow River are quieter and have more character.

skoki lodge

Skoki Lodge

This log-built backcountry stay was Canada’s first commercial ski lodge, raised in the remote Skoki Valley in the early 1930s by members of the Ski Club of the Canadian Rockies. At an altitude of 2,164m, it’s seriously remote and is only accessible by hiking or skiing in via the 11km trail from Lake Louise. Once you arrive, it’s like stepping back in time: there’s no running water or electricity, the only light comes from candles and kerosene lamps, and it’s heated by wood-burning stoves. Meals are served communally, so you’ll be on first-name terms with everyone by the end of the day. And if you’re a stargazer, the night-time skies are out of this world.

Lake O’Hara Lodge

Hidden in the backcountry of Yoho National Park, beside a photogenic lake that requires a permit to visit in summer, this is the ultimate off-grid Rockies refuge. The only way in or out is via a rough 11km access road, which is closed to public traffic; guests are ferried up from the parking lot aboard a shuttle bus in summer (Jun–Oct), or ski in during winter. The old lodge was built in 1926 and its eight rooms are still furnished in 1920s style, but it has since been bolstered by the addition of lakeside cabins built from local cedar wood. The location offers access to many trails off the tourist radar, and the lodge is a fun place to share tales of your adventures. There’s no wifi, no phone reception and no distractions – just silence and hikes galore.