For the young professional looking to get away, the Storm Mountain Lodge is ideal. Located just 25 minutes outside of Banff, it sits in the shadow of the great divide in the highest elevation forest eco region in all of Canada.
Yes, the natural beauty is breathtaking with panoramic views of Storm Mountain, Castle Mountain, the Sawback Range and the Bow Valley. But the lodge itself is what keeps YPs coming back time and again.
The area first became a popular tourist destination when the Canadian Pacific Railway completed its coast-to-coast railway in 1885. Storm Mountain Lodge was constructed in 1922 as one of eight Bungalow Camps built by Canadian Pacific Railway to promote tourism in the Rocky Mountains. Originally it consisted of a log lodge with a broad verandah, six log bungalows, a public bathhouse, and bathroom. Six years later another six log bungalows were added. What is exciting for visiting YPs is that it is the original lodge and bungalows that you can enjoy and unwind in.
These historic cabins are scattered on five acres of forested site, giving each guest a private oasis. Each of the 14 original log cabins have all been completely restored, providing guests the highest quality while still reflecting the rustic, historic charm of a heritage cabin in a mountain setting.
The main lodge boasts a lounge and dining room where you can experience an all-Canadian menu dedicated to organic ingredients and naturally raised Alberta meat and wild fish, while the wine list features Canadian wines from the Okanagan area. We also recommend taking advantage of the hiker’s lunches and in-cabin dining.
With a rustic yet elegant atmosphere, Storm Mountain Lodge provides an ideal setting for romantic getaways, weekend retreats, corporate events or even a Canadian Rockies wedding.
For larger groups or events you can have exclusive use of the cabins, lodge and dining room. There are also private meeting and gathering spaces available for use. We suggest working with their team to create a custom menu that will impress all.
Storm Mountain Lodge is open year-round, too (this was new to Lodge in 2004), allowing YPs to enjoy the mountain air no matter what the season.
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