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Seven Iconic Luxury Lodges in Canada

Updated: May 22

Some of the best lodges in all of North America are located within a national park.

If heading north of the border to get your adventure on, these luxe lodges located in or around a national or provincial park are top spots to call home while you roam.

Fairmont Banff Springs - Banff National Park

The Fairmont Banff Springs is located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and Canada's oldest national park. The luxury 5-star alpine resort known as the "Castle in the Rockies" has played host to adventure enthusiasts and luminaries for more than 125 years. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1988.

The hotel was opened in 1888 by the Canadian Pacific Railway as one of the earliest of Canada's grand railway hotels. Designed with a Scottish Baronial Castle in mind, the hotel's interior alpine design blends seamlessly with the castle-like exterior.

The Châteauesque style used for most of the grand railway hotels in Canada style also borrows elements from the Arts and Crafts movement.

Today, the year-round mountain resort boasts 764 rooms. It offers championship golf during the summer, unparalleled skiing in the winter, and Fairmont's signature European-styled Willow Stream all year round.

Fairmont Lake Louise - Banff National Park

A sister property to Fairmont's Banff Springs, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, is also located within Banff National Park, on the eastern shore of the iconic Lake Louise, a glacial lake within the park.