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“Best Place on Earth.... a must-do” 5 of 5 stars
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Assiniboine Lodge
Box 8128, Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia T1W 2T8, Canada   |  
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Canmore, Alberta, Canada
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“Best Place on Earth.... a must-do”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Nothing can make you feel more healthy and alive than the crisp mountain air, stunning views, and friendly staff filling you up with gourmet food and drink after a day of exploring in the mountains and relaxing in the sauna.

The duvets are like warm clouds for peaceful sleep in the cozy cabins, the beef tenderloin was ridiculously tender and tasty and the mountain guides tailor to every level of adventure.

Stories of this remote backcountry location (accessible by 10 minute helicopter ride or 25 km hike/ski) and the deeply powerful energy there will stay with you forever.

Room Tip: Go for the cabins either for romance or a family trip.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Calgary, Canada
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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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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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Markham, Canada
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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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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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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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Address: Box 8128, Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia T1W 2T8, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty lodging in Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park
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Also Known As:
Mount Assiniboine Hotel Canmore

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