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“Wonderful back country lodge within minutes of Canmore” 5 of 5 stars
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56 Lincoln Park, PO Box 8128 | Canmore, AB, Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia T1W 2T8, Canada   |  
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Cochrane, Alberta
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Wonderful back country lodge within minutes of Canmore”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Just back from a few days at the newly renovated Assinibione Lodge. The heli flight in is spectacular, as is the lodge setting. The log lodge is a historic building with spacious communal dining room and lounge areas. Expect small bedrooms with thin walls in the lodge itself. The rooms are clean and the beds are comfortable and supplied with warm duvets. The price includes guided snowshoeing or ski tours designed for any skill level. No need to be an expert. The rolling subalpine meadows and alpine summits offer many possibilities and wonderful snow. The staff are knowledgable and gracious. The food is excellent and plentiful. There are hot showers and a sauna with a view of Wonder Peak. Be prepared for an outhouse; it is still the back country but Assiniboine Lodge and surrounds is some of the best back country Canada has to offer. I can't wait to go back!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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Canmore, Canada
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Can't wait to visit this winter. Mt. Assiniboine is a spectacular peak and the views from everywhere, the lodge, the cabins, the hikes, are all incredible. My family visited here in early July and loved it. Our son caught his first fish, he met many new friends. We had spectacular meals with an attentive and friendly team of staff. It is obvious how much they love being there and they welcomed us like long lost relatives. If you are looking for a total escape to a place of natural wonder and remarkable heritage, don't miss the chance to visit this peace of heaven on earth. Looking forward to winter discoveries soon.

Room Tip: Every corner of this place has an amazing view.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, WA
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61 reviews 61 reviews
38 hotel reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

My wife and I have been to Assiniboine Lodge twice, and just spent 4 nights there last week. It is one of the most beautiful places we have ever been. The helicopter trip in/or out is a thrill, and the hiking is plentiful (as is the XC skiing in winter, though we haven't tried it). Reading some of the other comments here, I think it's important not to expect luxury. This is an historic property in a very remote location: the lodge rooms are fine, but small and with thin, permeable walls and squeaky floors. The cabins offer more privacy but have less convenience. There are NO en suite bathrooms, so factor that in to your thinking.

But these are all small conveniences to be in one of the most magnificent places on the planet. See my photo attached of the area taken less than a week ago. Amazing.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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great brak river RSA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
26 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

We stayed in Assiniboine in end July 2012. The new owners just started in June, so there are great hopes for accommodation improvements. The helicopter trip is an absolute marvel, although departure point not well signposted. Staff is extremely kind and welcoming, but accommodation is more that of a national park hut than of an upmarket lodge. Cabins are well positioned and offer minimum comfort: a wash basin, and a hot bucket delivered at your door first hour morning. Food was superb. Only one collective shower for men, one for women, this under the bare minimum. But the scenery, the kindness of the staff and guides and the quality of food are there to leave a memorable print in each of us. The bill too...

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Radium Hot Springs, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

After being re married at Lake O'Hara this August, we travelled to the Mt Shark heliport for the exciting heli trip into Mt Assiniboine Lodge for our two night / three day honeymoon. Two friends, Pierre and Kelly Lee from Ontario, joined us at Lake O'Hara and Mt Assiniboine Lodge and Provincial Park.

Having riden helicopters many times in the past, it was exciting for me to see this 8 minute flight through Margaret's neophyte helicopter eyes. Exciting, fast and safe, it was GREAT ! The support staff at both ends of the flight were well prepared and well versed in the needs of both the guests and the safety of the flight crew.
It just so happened, that the official Reopening of the Lodge, was occuring just after we arrived so we were able to listen to interesting speakers and stories of the history of the lodge over the last 100 years or so. The new leasees are the third in the long family line of operators.

The entire lodge has been revamped by Parks BC over the last year. Moving the lodging part, refurbishing the logs in both the main building and the residents' building and then putting the entire complex on a firm foundation. They did a great job. The place is like new after decades of use. Aaaand, they have a composting toilet for your use and enjoyment.

We spent three days hiking, viewing landscapes, walking high ridges and low meadows on well defined trails that are very well signposted and distance set on the signs. The wild flowers were profuse and vivid. They were everywhere.
In a word, especially for families, and even with little people of 4 or 5 years in age, this a great place. If you are into high mtn pitons and death defying drops, you can do that activitiy. If you want meadow walks and meadow flowers, you can do that and/or walk the ridges either guided or non guided day trips.

Our foursome went out to Windy Ridge for the full day hike. I chose to walk into Og Pass and into the adjacent National Park only to find on my return, that the area was / is Restricted access due to Grizzly activity. Oops. But no signs off trail to indicate any such restrictions.
I was very fortunate to find, laying in the heather and sedge grasses, a 40 lb rock with approximately 35 or 40 fossiles protruding from the rock. It is the most amazing fossil rock I have ever found in some serious hunting in BC / Alberta and the NWT's.
After a 6.5 km carry back to the Lodge, I learned that such rocks cannot be removed from Provincial Parks. News to me, so I donated the fossil rock to the Assiniboine Lodge folks who now have it settled over the fire place mantel in the dining room. Check it out, it's still in the provincial park.
The huts adjacent to the Lodge are wonderful for greater privacy than the lodge rooms. And then, if you don't want the "Lodge / hut " experieince, you can check out the Nissan Huts. $25 / person / day, a common cooking cabin very well stocked and you can fly in and out, your gear and your feet if you choose. Great for families and little folks as well.

Margaret and Kelly Lee walked out through Wonder Pass and down past Marvel Lake back to the parking lot. But . . . it was the wrong parking lot, The heliport was another 2 km further, and up hill. Ooops and ouch after about the previous 25 km walk out.

All in all, a very great experience for our 2nd time around honeymoom under the full moom those nights as well.
What a life.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Medina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

This place is a rare gem of hospitality and location. The same family has been running it for over 20 years and possesses the knowledge and lore of the location to provide guests with amazing hospitality and a very fine outdoor experience. I have been here multiple times and my family has partaken in its splendor since it opened. Bring your boots, your walking sticks (or skis if in winter) and your passions for great vistas, wildlife, wild flowers and wild tranquility.

The Internet wifi is lousy because, thankfully, there is none - and no cell coverage either. Electricity to charge your devices is available only in the lodge.

If you don't enjoy the outdoors and don't tolerate the privations of the wilderness, don't consider this place. Leave it for those who do.

Room Tip: The walls in the lodge rooms are very thin.
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  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Germantown, Maryland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2010

My wife and I spent 3days/2nights recently at the Mt. Assiniboine Lodge in British Columbia. The entire experience was exhilarating. Starting with the helicopter flight in from Canmore, Alberta, the views passing over numerous peaks and valleys was breathtaking leading to a thrilling landing on a helo pad high in the Canadian Rockies. We were escorted from the pad by one of the lodge staff while our luggage was transported to our room. The lodge has several rooms in a main building and several out cabins - we chose to stay in one of the cabins. Couldn't have made a better choice. The main building also houses the dining area where breakfast and dinner are served daily and a buffet is set up for making lunches. Our cabin was outstanding - a large, somewhat primitive, one room log cottage with a comfortable queen-sized bed and a twin. Only cold water is available in the cabin but a shower/sauna building with hot water is nearby. Hot water is brought in a bucket to the cabin every morning as well. The meals served in the dining area were superb, even more so considering the challenge of cooking in such a remote environment. The lunch buffet was substantial. No one goes away hungry. By far, the most impressive part of the experience was the opportunity to experience the amazing rugged scenery and wildlife that surrounds the lodge. Impossible to describe in words, hopefully the attached photos help. Lots of hikes available for hikers of any ability from strolls through meadows to scrambles up steep mountain slopes. Good fishing in the area as well. The staff was fabulous and each day, guided hikes are offered for those unaccustomed to the area. All in all, if your looking for an unusual adventure, somewhat rustic but with some very sophisticated touches, not to mention a wild ride in and out via helicopter, this is the trip to do.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 56 Lincoln Park, PO Box 8128 | Canmore, AB, Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia T1W 2T8, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Ski-In / Ski-Out
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Assiniboine Lodge is Canada's first backcountry ski lodge that has kept its historic charm. It is set in a remote mountain setting amongst some of the world's most spectacular peaks. Mt. Assiniboine is the lodge's sentinel, watching over all who venture to this remarkable place. Known as the Matterhorn of the Canadian Rockies, Mt. Assiniboine is the highest point in the area. Whether you are skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, walking or simply taking in the majesty of this place, we will ensure your time here is a luxurious escape. No phones, no flat screens, no connectivity. Simply you and nature. We look forward to welcoming you to this magical place we are so lucky to call HOME!! ... more   less 
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Mount Assiniboine Hotel Canmore

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