Seasonal Recreation and Activities
There are always exciting activities and adventures at the Lodge, throughout each season! Mount Engadine Lodge is a place that celebrates nature and adventure. This is a nature-lover’s paradise, thick with forests and dozens of creeks that flow into pristine rivers that neighbour the Lodge.
The scenery and quiet of Kananaskis country in the autumn are not to be missed, that magical time when the larches turn from green to gold in mid to late September. The colours of Fall and the quality of the light at this time of year make for a peaceful retreat and photographers dream.
It is also a great time for hiking as all the trails are normally dried from the late summer heat and earlier sunsets make dining at the Lodge very warm and inviting.
Winter is a spectacular time of year to explore the backcountry of Kananaskis and the Rocky Mountains.
There are excellent winter trails right from the Lodge, out into Moose Meadows, or up to Rummel or Tryst Lakes. Ski trails for all levels and abilities can be found nearby. Throughout the winter, you can venture out on cross-country skis, telemark or touring skis, snowshoes (with or without a snowboard), or go for a stroll down quiet Mount Shark Road.
There are over 100 km of cross-country ski trails five minutes away in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. Here, members of the Canadian Olympic Cross Country and Biathlon teams often come to train on first class groomed trails for classic and skate-skiing at Mount Shark Training Center.
When the valleys have lost their snow, there can be amazing spring skiing at higher elevations, while people are hiking at lower elevations. At this time of year you can still expect long days of sunshine and an abundant snow pack for skiing, snowshoeing (even kayaking down a few local streams).
Spring is a peaceful time of year to create your own wild mountain retreat.With advance notice we would love to arrange a hiking or fishing guide, or heli-hiking tours, if that is your preference.
There are several exciting activities and adventures at the Lodge during the Summer season! During the Summer, you can hike right from the Lodge, or take a short drive to find trails to suit all levels of ability in the many National and Provincial Parks that surround the Lodge including Peter Lougheed Provincial Park and Banff National Park.
You can easily lose yourself in the abundant variety of wildflowers, by alpine lakes, on rambling ridge walks, or high on mountain peaks. Chester Lake, Burstall Pass, Commonwealth Meadows, Tent Ridge and Rummel Lake are some of the trails close by.
We are also open for dinner by reservation for guests who want to just visit the Lodge and enjoy a fine meal in a beautiful setting. In the summer, moose meadows are full of wildlife (guests have referred to it as the Serengeti of the Canadian Rockies) and in the winter, dinner by candle light is magical. Dinner is $45 per person (taxes and gratuities extra). Call 403-678-4080 and make reservations 24 hours in advance.
It’s not uncommon to see moose, elk, bighorn sheep, coyotes, and mountain goats, along with a large variety of birds, often without stepping off the Lodge’s deck.There are over 100km of trails for hiking and mountain-biking in Spray Valley Provincial Park, and in neighbouring Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, as well as canoeing – kayaking on easily accessible lakes and streams.
We can also arrange to have a Canadian Mountain Guide (for a fee) accompany your hiking or skiing party. Requests and reservations in advance are required.
Other summer activities include fishing, photography, bird watching, star gazing, or lazing by the creek. Some may like to swim and play in refreshing mountain lakes and creeks during the hot summer days. Outfitters in the area also horse back ride and raft in the area when prearranged and yes, there are even some golf courses nearby.
Any time of the year, you can enjoy the Lodge’s Wood-fired Sauna, and our varied collection of books from our library. A wide variety of equipment can be rented nearby in Canmore and Kananaskis Village. We’d be glad to recommend to a couple of places to stop on your way up to the Lodge for your recreational equipment needs.
The Canadian Rocky Mountains are one of the world’s top destinations for mountaineering and climbing. There are several excellent mountain school and mountain guide services in the area that specialize in guiding and instruction in mountaineering, rock climbing, ice climbing and ski mountaineering. Spray Valley Provincial Park will also provide you with challenge and excitement throughout the year.