Every time we have driven down the Spray Lakes road and pass the amazing Mount Engadine Lodge I’ve always wondered to myself what it would be like to stay there. We figured this year was the year to stop wondering and actually pay a visit to the lodge and glamp for a few nights in their tents under the mountains. What we found absolutely blew us away and we couldn’t recommend visiting more. It would surely make any trip of yours to the Canadian Rockies that much more special!
Your Truly Remote
Mount Engadine Lodge is located along the Smith Dorrian Road/Spray Lakes Road about one hour away from Canmore and an hour and a half away from Downtown Banff. There isn’t much else around besides mountains, valleys, trees, and some moose. In other words, Mount Engadine is in an extremely remote section of Kananaskis. There’s no cell service, and no televisions. It’s back to wilderness here – exactly like what you may after with a trip to the Canadian Rockies. If you’re eager to have that backcountry wilderness experience without roughing it in a tent and eating dehydrated meals you seriously can’t get much better than a stay here.
Our main reason for picking early October to stay at Mount Engadine was to feel that warm cozy feeling you can really only get as the weather gets colder, and Mount Engadine could not be any cozier. From the main lodge to the glamping tents Mount Engadine lodge takes homey comfort to a whole another level.
The main lodge itself is set up with two fireplaces, and two big plush couches for when the weather is cool. On a summer night, they have an outdoor fireplace to enjoy, and plenty of patio seating overlooking the meadow to enjoy tea on in the afternoon.
However, what I was most excited about were the fireplaces that are in each glamping tent. We spent our cool mornings and nights cuddled up by the fire inside our tent in the middle of the Rockies!
Delicious Food All Day
All room rates are inclusive of meals. Meals at Mount Engdaine consists of a hearty breakfast, packed lunch, and a three-course dinner. As well as Afternoon Tea (more on that later). We were seriously impressed by the food at Mount Engadine. Every meal was on point, especially dinner which rotates daily and can be enjoyed in your room or in the communal dining room.
For breakfasts, we were always given a choice of two options with fresh brewed coffee or tea, and lunch consisted of a packed sandwich with homemade bread to enjoy while you are out and about in the mountains. All meals beat the heck out of dehydrated meals that I would typically have on a backcountry adventure in Kananaskis.
It may sound silly, but the most exciting part of my days at Mount Engadine was Afternoon Tea. Served from 2-5pm daily, Mount Engadine’s afternoon tea is no normal Afternoon tea with crumpets. Their platter was more of a delectable charcuterie board with local cheeses and meats served with tea. It’s included in every guest’s room rate, but is also open to nonguests to enjoy. It’s especially popular on weekends in the summer.
Your Surrounded By Beautiful Mountains
It’s pretty hard to escape the mountains anywhere in this are, but Mount Engadine is smack dab in the middle of some big ones.
Besides Mount Engadine which the lodge was named after, you’ll be able to see Tent Ridge, Commonwealth Peak, and Mount Birdwood right from the valley that Mount Engadine sits on.
There are Plenty of Hiking Options Around
There are so many hiking options in Kananaskis to enjoy, and staying at Mount Engadine makes you that much closer to the trailhead for so many hikes. For starters, one of the most popular hikes in the area, Tent Ridge sits directly in front of the lodge. Nearby is also Burstall Pass, Chester Lake, Read’s Tower, Sarrail Ridge, and Smutwood Peak. Plus there are some great scrambles nearby like Mount Shark, Rimwall Summit, Windtower, Sparrowhawk. If you’re not feeling a hike for the day you can easily have a chill day at the Kananaskis Lakes or Goat Pond nearby or take a walk across the Blackshale Suspension Bridge
It’s Pet Friendly
We sadly don’t have any pets but I was made away that Mount Engadine Lodge was pet friendly by their awesome “pet wall” in the lobby. Yes, pets are welcome at Mount Engadine.
You Have So Many Options, Including Glamping!
There are four main styles of lodging you can book at Mount Engadine Lodge. Starting with lodge rooms connected to the main lodge. There are also wood cabins and a yurt! We stayed in their newer glamping tents that felt like a home away from home. There are five glamping tents in total with private decks overlooking the valley. Inside you’ll find a comfortable king-size bed, full ensuite bathroom, and a gas fireplace to keep warm at night!