Let’s face it, life in Calgary can sometimes be a bit of a grind. Fortunately, there are dozens of incredible accommodations close by that offer the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle. Below are a few weekend getaways from Calgary that are definitely worth the drive.
Riverside Chateau (30 minutes from Calgary)
Located just on the outskirts of Bragg Creek, this magnificent log-style mansion includes four acres of pristine wilderness on the shore of the Elbow River. The rooms are also incredibly unique, blending traditional architecture with all the modern amenities. The end result is an accommodations that offers plenty of western hospitality and modern luxury, making the Riverside Chateau the perfect weekend getaway from Calgary.
The Crossing at Ghost River (30 minutes from Calgary)
Located just outside Calgary in Cochrane, the Crossing at Ghost River features 145 acres of picturesque hills and river-side access. Offering a variety of room sizes that are perfect for couples looking for a romantic weekend excursion, the Crossing prides itself on offering quiet and cozy accommodations, along with plenty of year-round activities and ways to enjoy your stunning surroundings.
A Bear & Bison Inn (1 Hour from Calgary)
One of the best Canmore bed and breakfasts, a Bear & Bison offers cozy accommodations and delicious meals prepared by owner and head chef Lonny Middleton. With 10 unique B&B suites to choose from, each room includes its own fireplace, private hot tub and complimentary three-course breakfast. Best of all are the stunning views of the picturesque Three Sister Mountains. At a little over one hour away from Calgary, you can easily get away for the weekend without missing a beat.
Mount Engadine Lodge (1 Hour from Calgary)
Situated just outside Canmore along the Kananaskis Range of Spray Valley Provincial Park, the Mount Engadine Lodge is open year-round and offers all the charm and coziness of an intimate backcountry lodge while also being less than an hour drive from Calgary. Engadine also offers a wide range of accommodations, including suites and wilderness cabins. If you're feeling more adventurous you can also choose from spacious glamping tents and yurts.
The Georgetown Inn (1 Hour from Calgary)
Located in downtown Canmore, The Georgetown has been declared "Canmore's most romantic hotel" on Tripadvisor. Featuring 21 suites (each with its own unique appearance and decor) the Georgetown also offers complimentary breakfasts and access to the Georgetown pub (a favourite among both guests and locals alike). The end result is an inn that's perfect for those looking to get away and enjoy everything that Canmore has to offer.
The Juniper Hotel (1.5 Hours from Calgary)
Nestled at the base of Mount Norquay just outside of Banff, the Juniper combines stunning architectural design with the latest amenities and decor. The hotel offers standard, deluxe, king or two bedroom suites, but if you're feeling more adventurous you can also book one of their cabins or their incredible three-bedroom sky view suite. The end result is world class hotel that's become a weekend getaway mainstay for Calgarians looking to escape the 9 to 5.
Heartwood Inn (1.5 Hours from Calgary)
Located on the edge of downtown Drumheller in the stunning Canadian Badlands, The Heartwood features ten uniquely-designed guest rooms that include private hot tubs and your very own fireplace. A popular spot for romantic weekend trips, the inn is also close to a number of unique hikes and is just a few minutes away from the downtown, making it a must-visit weekend destination.
Baker Creek Mountain Resort (2 Hours from Calgary)
Located just outside Lake Louise, Baker Creek offers a variety of cozy and authentic log cabins in the heart of Banff National park. Tucked away amid lush forest, this unique resort also features a wide range of year-round activities, including snow shoeing, skiing and hiking. If you're looking to unplug and get away from it all, Baker Creek is definitely a must.
The Prairie Creek Inn (2 Hours from Calgary)
Located just south of Rocky Mountain House, the Prairie Creek Inn has quickly become one of Calgary's top romantic getaways. Featuring 16 luxury guest rooms (including 10 suites, 4 self contained cottages and 2 studio cottages) each room features cozy fireplaces, custom-made bedding, unique furniture and local art. Add in stunning natural wilderness and year-round dining and it's the perfect place for a weekend getaway with that special someone.
There's no doubt that Calgary is a great place to live, but every now and again it's important to get away from it all. Fortunately, with destinations like the ones listed above, there's no shortage of nearby places to kick back, relax and recharge.