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“We want to stay in a cabin in the Canadian Rockies,” you say. Well, cabins abound amongst the Canadian Rockies. Find them aplenty from Alberta's southern-most tip in Waterton National park, with many in and around Banff and Jasper, to the northern region running through the 60th parallel that bisects Alberta's Wood Buffalo park. Those well travelled about the Canadian Rockies soon learn that the Canadian Rocky Mountains are more than just a range of prehistoric geography only found in Alberta. The geography of the Canadian Rockies is shared with British Columbia, well out to Canada's Pacific coastline, and extends far north into Canada's Yukon and Northwest Territories. So, still want that cabin? You have a large selection and geographical area from which to choose.
But what is meant by a cabin, exactly? For all intents and purposes, a cabin is a detached building which is for your exclusive use (unless noted otherwise); it is not part of a larger building which could be occupied by strangers or staff. Unlike a home rental, which is not allowed within the mountain national parks, there are usually several cabins on the same site, or a hotel may also offer a few cabins in addition to their usual rooms. In general, cabins have outlying locations, since prime locations are too valuable to use for cabins, and come in a wide price range.A cabin can be made out of logs, or may have rustic wooden siding or clapboards on the outside. It might be called a cottage, a chalet, or a bungalow. (Editor's note: A chalet is often used to describe a multi-level cabin, while bungalow is always a one level building.) It might be heated with a furnace, by a wood stove, or sometimes it's not heated at all. It could be a huge & luxurious log building that is a regular stop-over for visiting royalty, or it could be very small and even possibly mouse-infested. It may or may not have cooking facilities. It may or may not be in or near a town or other settled area. A few cabins do not have indoor plumbing. In fact, it is a very good idea to look carefully at a property’s own website in order to have a good idea of where they are located and exactly what features are available before you book. Oh, and always ensure you check the TripAdvisor reviews of course!
The following list was compiled using some information from TA reviews, while others are direct from the properties’ own websites. Only cabins which are accessible by road are listed, not backcountry cabins.
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Castle Junction is the intersection of Hwy 1 (Trans-Canada Hwy) and Hwy 93S to Windermere and Radium. It's roughly halfway between Banff and Lake Louise.Storm Mountain Lodge & Cabins – log cabins
Stephen Creek Guest Cabin – log cabin
Located roughly an hour west of Lake Louise on the Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy 1).
Gingerbread Cabin - log cabin near east boundary of Jasper National Park
Kruger’s Guest House & B&B - log chalet
Nordegg is located about 75 minutes east of the junction of Highway 93N (Icefields Parkway) and Highway 11 (David Thompson Highway)
Tudor Country Cottages - cottages
Sundre is about 90 minutes NW of Calgary
Mountain View Country Inn and Retreat Centre - A-frame chalet