Although Edmonton is a beautiful city in and of itself, resting in its scenic river valley with a thriving music and arts community, sometimes the best way to spend a long weekend is to get out of the city and get back to nature.
With both Lake Louise and Jasper close by it’s a perfect time to hit the highway and breathe the fresh mountain air.
Jump in the car and head south west, in about 5 hours you will hit the fabulous Lake Louise. Lake Louise is one of the largest ski areas in North America – but you can still get a lot out of this uniquely beautiful area in the summer.
Be sure to bring your camera and take advantage of their fully enclosed gondola for some of the world’s greatest views of the Rockies. This ride is also the best in the world for seeing wild grizzly bears in their natural environment.
It’s also a great place to enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the summer and relax at some of the world’s best luxury mountain resorts.
Post Hotel & Spa:
Voted as the number one ski hotel in North America by Conde Nast, Post Hotel and Spa is a perfect long weekend getaway! Reward yourself at their Temple Mountain Spa which is inspired by nature and designed to envelop you in comfort offering personal custom treatments.
The Post Hotel and Spa was originally built in 1942 and resonates with the spirit of its colourful founder, Sir Norman Watson. Also home to a magnificent wine cellar, it has won the Wine Spectacular Grand Award for six consecutive years from 2002 – 2007. Their extensive list of wine is a perfect for accompaniment for their four diamond winning distinguished restaurant which Gourmet Magazine has listed as the third best rustic retreat in the world!
This hotel is truly a gem in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.
Moraine Lake Lodge:
Nestled in the spectacular valley of Lake Louise, Moraine Lake Lodge is the ultimate romantic escape. The luxury lodge embraces the dramatic beauty of the surrounding area and is a sanctuary suited to meet all of your needs offering breathtaking views of the snow capped mountains and glacier-fed lake. The lodge also offers complementary canoe rentals to enjoy Moraine Lake, the lodge’s inspiration.
Every room and cabin at the lodge has an outdoor deck complete with custom designed, hand crafted log furniture, giving guest true Rock Mountain comfort.
The Moraine Lake Lodge also offers spectacular dining with a unique and elegant menu showcasing the best cuisine from the region. Wine-lovers will also delight in their impressive wine cellar, including Canadian and American vintages.
Another great alternative to your long weekend getaway is Jasper. Only a three and a half hour drive from Edmonton, the town of Jasper is a beautiful area in nature, preserved under the aegis of Canada’s national park system. With a wide range of activities and wildlife to explore Jasper is perfect for the entire family.
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge:
Probably the most famous accommodation in Jasper, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge welcomes you to the Grand Canadian Lodge Experience. Enjoy homelike comforts and amenities surrounded by incredible views of majestic mountains and the emerald green Lac Beauvert.
Just in time for the Labour Day long weekend, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is offering a special, “99 Ways to Play”. They are offering a $99 play credit per night to use towards anything you can charge in your room.
You can use this credit towards food and beverage, golf green fees and club rentals, the kid’s camp, onsite activities or towards their Insignia Salon & Spa just to name a few.
This is the summer to discover Jasper!