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“Perfect snow” 4 of 5 stars
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Box 8128 | Canmore, AB, Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia T1W 2T8, Canada   |  
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Calgary, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“Perfect snow”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Mt. Assiniboine Lodge is the perfect destination for cross- and back-country skiing. My husband and I spent a weekend here about a month ago - choppered in and out from Canmore - and we could not have had a better stay. The weather was lovely, about -4 to -10 C each day, and the fresh snow was beautiful. Powder skiing at its best.

We hadn't expected that each day would be fully guided, but it was. Claude & Andre and the staff at the lodge were great, tailoring each morning's or afternoon's ski to be exactly as we desired. The food was quite good, and the cabins are exceptionally comfortable. We stayed in the Cautley cabin, which is a little further away from other cabins, but it is the only queen bed on the premises (all others are double or twin).

This is a perfect resort for couples or families who like to ski. We can't wait to return in the summer or early fall to see this pristine, beautiful lodge in another season.

Room Tip: Cautley Cabin has a queen bed.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Banff
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4 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

Our family of four wanted to celebrate winter over February break. The beauty of Mt. Assiniboine takes your breath away! A gem of a spot. And what an adventure! Short helicopter ride in (thrilling for our 10 and 13 year olds). Our very own log cabin. EXCELLENT FOOD and plenty of it. A sauna with perhaps the world's greatest view. Outhouses (there is a toilet in the main lodge when dining there).

What makes Assiniboine unique? You don't bring your cell phone or computer here. Instead, you take cross country ski treks (back country gear recommended, but we used regular cross country gear for our family, for the shorter excursions we planned), use avalanche peeps for the kids to find buried treasure (cookies!), do a gentle excursion to Baroness Lizzie Rummel's hut on Sunburst Lake, build snow forts and have snowball fights, or laze about the lodge one day playing cards and Settlers of Catan (we brought ours)--all while reconnecting to each other.

As breakfast and lunch are served family style, you also meet very interesting people who value Nature and getting away from it all.

The staff is personable and attentive. They have enough guides so that you only do treks at your comfort level, which I really appreciate! The main lodge has plenty of books about mountains and mountain culture, if you need a read while there.

We hope to go back many times to this wonderful spot. Eager to try it in the summertime.

Room Tip: Highly recommend the individual cabins. Really, they are only a two to four minute walk from the ma...
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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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Cochrane, Alberta
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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!

Room Tip: Cabins are a bit more expensive but offer more privacy and quiet.
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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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Canmore, Canada
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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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38 hotel reviews
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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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Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
32 helpful votes 32 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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26 helpful votes 26 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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Address: Box 8128 | Canmore, AB, Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia T1W 2T8, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park
Amenities:
Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Ski-In / Ski-Out
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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 amongst some of the earth's most spectacular peaks. Mt. Assiniboine is our sentinel, watching over the lodge and is considered the Matterhorn of the Canadian Rockies. Whether you are skiing, snowshoeing, touring, 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, not connectivity. Simply us 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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