Situated in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is a great Canadian lodge within Jasper National Park. Accessible by train or automobile, this historic lodge will allow you to surround yourself in nature, while sleeping in a luxurious setting. The resort is open year-round, but I ventured to this Alberta wonderland in the spring. In fact, I arrived to Jasper Park Lodge via luxury train on the Rocky Mountaineer.
The 700 acre Jasper Park Lodge sits majestically next to the shores of Lac Beauvert and is home to Canada’s number one golf resort course. For the non-golfers among us, you will not run out of things to do in this year-round playground for children and adults. There is hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, and kayaking on and around the pristine lake, as well as horseback riding, swimming in the heated pool or kicking back and simply taking in the views.
As is the case with all Fairmont Hotels, the resort is pet-friendly, or you may visit with the Fairmont canine ambassador, Stanley. This lovable Labrador Retriever is even available for loan to walk around the lake.
With 440 guest rooms, the lodge offers family and pet-friendly hotel options with luxury signature cabins and cedar chalets. This would be a great location for a family reunion, romantic getaway or a honeymoon for that matter. I stayed in a junior suite in Grant House. My room included a king bed, in addition to a sitting area with pullout couch and a wood burning fireplace. The bathroom included a large, recently remodeled shower and, of course, the Rose bath and shower amenities that I love.
For a true splurge, I’d opt for the lakeview junior suite guest room. FYI, valet parking is included in the room rate for lakeview suites. While deer and elk abound in Jasper National Park, you might be lucky enough to enjoy the wildlife from your front porch at Jasper Park Lodge. There’s something special about waking up in your bed within Jasper National Park while deer graze peacefully outside your window.
If you are traveling with children or you enjoy splashing in water with jaw dropping views, you’ll want to spend some time in the outdoor heated swimming pool. Of course, this may also be followed by a trip to one of 10 treatment rooms at the Fairmont Spa. I didn’t have time to indulge in a spa day because I was too busy exploring outside, but the spas at Fairmont luxury hotels never disappoint.
After a day of exploring nature you’ll want to nurture your soul with comfort food from one of eight restaurants on property. The chef prepares organic food, from farm to table, and takes great joy in partnering with many local food purveyors. Don’t forget, children five years of age and under eat free off the children’s menu!
Depending on the season, rates range from $229 – $429CAD January – May, November – December, with discounted rates available during shoulder seasons. June – October $349 – $699CAD with Christmas rates ranging from $299 – $399CAD. As always, check the website for current pricing and specials or compare rates at a booking site such as Priceline or Travelocity.
Hotel review and photography supplied by travel destination expert Nancy D. Brown. Nancy specializes in equestrian travel and can’t wait to return to Jasper Park Lodge when the snow melts and the horses return to the stables.