Opened in 1915 as Tent City—a string of luxury canvas tents along Lac Beauvert, overlooking Whistlers and Pyramid mountains—this was possibly North America’s first "glamping" site. Wildly popular, in 1922 the main lodge was built and a series of luxury log cabins and cedar chalets 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 nibble the grass, chipmunks scurry through the trees, and the occasional bear. Accommodations range from intimate one-bed cabins 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, with wood beams and a combination of earthy and granite tones. 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.
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Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is a true Canadian wilderness experience—but in the lap of luxury. Situated in Jasper National Park and surrounded on all sides by nature, the lodge feels pleasingly isolated but is only a 10-minute drive from Jasper village and an hour away from the pick-up point for the newest attraction in the Canadian Rockies, the Glacier Skywalk. To get a closer look at the Athabasca Glacier, guests can head out on the huge, all-terrain Ice Explorers.
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Rooms: 17 rooms in main hotel, 429 rooms in 62 chalets and log cabins spread over 700 acres; from $220. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: There are eight different dining options. Moose’s Nook shines a light on Rocky Mountain cuisine, serving locally raised Albertan meats; the house special is medium-rare bison tenderloin. Fish fans will adore Oka: With seafood brought in daily from Vancouver and Japan, it's known as the best place in Jasper for sushi. Guests who still need their hockey fix can settle in at Tent City Pub with a plate of poutine and a pint of Big Rock Honey Ale—made specially for the hotel by a Calgary brewery, and using honey from the beehives on the hotel roof. Spa and gym details: The outdoor pool is heated year-round, with outdoor hot tubs and an indoor sauna—all amazing when snow covers the ground! The spa has a stunning relaxation room looking out over Whistler's Mountain. Treatments make use of Canadian ingredients such as maple butter, mountain lavender, and wild rosehip oil. There is also a compact but well-equipped fitness room.
Who's it for: "Glampers"; families and large groups; wedding parties and newlyweds; golf vacationers. Our favorite rooms: The Outlook Cabin might be the ultimate in luxury log cabins, a 6,000-square-foot retreat in which King George and the Queen Mother stayed in 1939 and Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh stayed in 2005. The Lakeview Suites have log-burning stoves and fireplaces and direct views over picturesque Lac Beauvert. Score freebies: Guests who sign up for the free Fairmont President's Club receive perks such as free Wi-Fi, a daily newspaper, exclusive check-in, and more.