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7 of the coolest places to stay in Alberta

Sept des hébergements les plus sympas de l’Alberta

7 of the coolest places to stay in Alberta

Alberta's diverse landscape -- from glacier lakes to prehistoric canyons -- means there are tons of places to discover. Whether you're close to a city, or keen to delve into the wilderness, there's definitely a cool spot you can hunker down. You don't have to settle for a typical motel in Alberta (though sometimes utility is key!). Instead, try one of these unique accommodations in the province.

Giddy up at Sierra West Ranch

Head to Lundbreck, Alberta where you can stay at Sierra West RanchExternal Link Title, a working cattle ranch. Shack up in a log cabin for a true home on the range feel for a couple of nights. Though there's definitely a rustic feel, these cabins have all the modern amenities you could hope for after a day of horseback riding, cattle drivingExternal Link Title, and cooking on an open fire.

Get rustic at Deer Lodge

Nestled in the woods by the famous Lake LouiseExternal Link Title, you'll find Deer LodgeExternal Link Title. This century old spot is equal parts rustic and luxurious making it a perfect base camp for exploring Banff National ParkExternal Link Title. Enjoy the dry wood sauna, the rooftop hot tub, and the ambiance of this teahouse turned retreat. With a ton of nature just outside the door of the beloved lodge, you'll feel immersed in Alberta's beautiful scenery without being far from the simple comforts every vacation requires.

Ride the rails at Aspen Crossing Caboose Cabins

All aboard the coolest accommodation in Mossleigh, Alberta. These caboose cabinsExternal Link Title (yes, they're converted cabooses with everything you'd expect from a hotel inside) are housed on a set of railway tracks. Though the exteriors are fun and rustic, the interiors are super modern -- plus all units feature a deck meaning you can enjoy the outdoors just as much as you enjoy the inside. There's also a campsite on the property if you want to rough it for a few nights after your quaint stay in a caboose, plus there's a dining carExternal Link Title that serves up a delicious Sunday brunch and a mouth-watering Friday prime rib dinner.

Get outside at Aurum Lodge

About 25 miles from Banff, you'll find Aurum LodgeExternal Link Title on the Cline River. Casual and rustic, this spot is a perfect getaway after exploring Edmonton or Calgary. Focused on eco-tourismExternal Link Title, you'll have lots to explore at this wilderness retreat -- from kayaking on Abraham Lake to cycling the nearby forested roads. Plus, you can choose if you want a self-contained unitExternal Link Title to have a perfectly private getaway, or opt for something more B&B styleExternal Link Title for a luxurious escape.

Use your imagination at Fantasyland Hotel

Yes, it's in a mall. But trust us, if you're into anything themed, this spot is for you. The Fantasyland HotelExternal Link Title is nothing like your typical accommodation. Located in North America's largest shopping and entertainment complexExternal Link Title, there's a ton to do right outside your room. With 120 fantasy-themed rooms -- from hollywood to western -- there's certainly a spot that will be perfect for your next Instagram photoshoot. Want some guidance on what to do after you've enjoyed your in-room igloo? 

Stay on track with the Royal Canadian Pacific

You won't stay in one place in this luxury accommodation. Instead, the Royal Canadian Pacific External Link Titleprovides a beautiful place to stay on the move. Dubbed a "5-star hotel on rails," for the Royal Canadian Rockies ExperienceExternal Link Title, the train travels through Banff, Lake Louise, Kicking Horse Pass, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, starting and ending in Calgary. With the train stopping overnight to allow for a restful sleep, you'll be able to enjoy the sights during the day and peace and quiet at night.

Delve into Aboriginal culture at Cross River Wilderness Centre

Among forest of fir, larch, and aspen trees, you'll find the Cross River Wilderness CentreExternal Link Title. Here, you'll be able to stay in a teepee and enjoy a truly immersive nature experience. Learn about Aboriginal culture and heritage, enjoy a communal fire pit, and explore the Rocky Mountains. Near Banff, this beautiful spot also offers cabins if that's more your scene.


If you're into a really memorable vacation, we definitely recommend one of these beautiful and unique accommodations. No matter if you like roughing it or are more of a glamorous traveler, Alberta has something for you.

Start with cool accommodation, then get exploring. For inspiration, visit the Travel Alberta website.