Photo courtesy of Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Opened in 1915 as Tent City—a string of luxury canvas tents along Lac Beauvert, with vistas of Whistlers Peak and Pyramid Mountain—this was possibly North America’s first "glamping" site. The destination proved wildly popular, and in 1922 the main lodge was opened as well as a series of luxury log cabins spread across 700 acres in the heart of Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Bristling with Douglas firs and pine trees, the area sees herds of elk nibbling the grass, chipmunks scurrying through the trees, and the occasional bear. Rooming options range from intimate one-to-two-person bolt-holes to bring-the-whole-family eight-bed mini-mansions, all with views across the lake or the forest and mountains. Classic lodge-style interior design is the order of the day in the cabins, with wood beams and a combination of earthy and granite tones. Meanwhile, rooms are clean-lined and decked out in fresh whites and light wood accents. Thanks to the picture-perfect views and the family-friendly accommodations, the Lodge is a popular venue for destination weddings. There is also an 18-hole golf course.
By Nikki Bayley, AFAR Local Expert