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Glamping In Alberta –  13 Unique Places To Stay In Alberta

Fancy going glamping in Alberta? From vintage airstreams, glamping pods and yurts, to spectacular cabins and lodges, there are plenty of unique places to stay in Alberta, Canada.

I’ve written a lot about my love of Alberta in Canada. I’ve visited the region twice now, once in the summer and once in the winter. If you’re debating when’s the best time to visit Alberta, I’ve compared summer and winter, which is well worth a read! It’s a difficult decision though, as each season is so different.

Spectacular views in Alberta in winter
Spectacular views in Alberta in winter

Alberta is a year-round province and the landscapes are truly spectacular whatever the season. In the summer you’ll find beautiful flowing waterfalls in places like Johnston Canyon, but then in winter they freeze and transform into shimmering frozen falls.

The best time to visit Alberta for views like this is the summer
If you go Glamping in Alberta in summer, you could be enjoying views like this

In the summer the lakes within Banff National Park are stunning shades of blue and turquoise, while in the winter they freeze over with a soft blanket of snow on top. Visit Lake Louise in winter and you can skate on the ice, while over at Lake Abraham you can check out the ice bubbles – a natural phenomenon caused by methane gas getting caught below the surface.

In the summer you can hike up the mountains, while in winter you can ski and snowboard down them.

Beautiful mirror reflections on the way to Canmore, Alberta
Beautiful mirror reflections on the way to Canmore, Alberta

Once you’ve decided when to visit, it’s time to book your accommodation. On one of my previous trips, I spent a few nights glamping in Elk Island National Park (close to Edmonton). It was incredible to enjoy the warm weather and be immersed in nature.

This is what glamping in Alberta in summer is like! This was in Elk Island National Park, Canada

Meanwhile, in winter I loved my stay at Mount Engadine Lodge in Alberta’s backcountry. It was like a winter wonderland. I stayed in the main lodge, but if you’re looking to go glamping in Alberta, they had some cool yurts, cabins and cosy glamping tents too. I’ll tell you more about that experience in a moment.

Snowshoeing in Alberta, Canada
Snowshoeing in Alberta, Canada

I think glamping offers the best of both worlds. If you find camping in a tent a little too rustic or uncomfortable, try glamping. This form of comfort camping usually offers similarly picturesque surroundings, with a higher level of amenities. For example, a basic kitchen, bathing facilities, electricity and a proper bed. 

Woodsy Cabin, Alberta
How cute is this cabin? The perfect place to go glamping in Alberta

Coming up, I’ve come up with my pick of the best places to go glamping in Alberta. As well as some quirky glamping spots, I’ve included some amazing lodges and cabins too, which still have nature on the doorstep, without staying in a hotel.

Best Places To Go Glamping In Alberta, Canada

Mount Engadine Lodge, Kananaskis Village

We were lucky enough to stay at a few of Alberta’s characterful lodges during our winter trip, and we loved them! They’re full of charm and often in the most picturesque of settings. Mount Engadine Lodge is almost an hour’s drive from the nearest big town (Canmore) so provides a real escape from the world.

We stayed in the main lodge, but this is a great place to go glamping in Alberta as there are also cabins glamping tents and a cute yurt at the end of a trail which sleeps four people. The views in winter are breath-taking – looking out onto a snow-covered valley with the Rockies just beyond.

Yurt at Mount Engadine Lodge
Yurt at Mount Engadine Lodge – one of the coolest places to go glamping in Alberta

There are plenty of ways to explore the untouched wilderness, whether that’s cross-country skiing, or using Mount Engadine Lodge’s snowshoes or fat bikes. Once you return, there’s a sauna downstairs to warm up!

Mount Engadine Lodge, Alberta
Mount Engadine Lodge, Alberta

I loved Mount Engadine’s approach to food, with its all-inclusive, family-style set up. Breakfast is included, and they also make you a packed lunch for your adventures outside. In the evening, everyone staying can choose to dine around one large table, enjoying a feast of fresh ingredients and sharing stories from their day.

Charcuterie time at Mount Engadine Lodge
Charcuterie time at Mount Engadine Lodge

We also loved their afternoon charcuterie boards, and noticed that even if you weren’t staying there, you could stop by on your hike and enjoy a platter by the fireplace.

Sundance By Basecamp, Kananaskis Village

This cool spot in Kananaskis Village offers a range of awesome and quirky accommodation options. From Trapper’s Tents to Family Tipis, you can take your pick depending on how many people you’ll have staying.

family tipi at sundance
Sundance by Basecamp is a very cool place to go glamping in Alberta as a family

I love the look of the tipis that are dotted throughout the forest. It would definitely offer a really wild and nature-filled holiday!

Elevated Experience Camping, Drayton West

If you’re a happier glamper than you are camper, don’t miss a trip to Elevated Experience Camping. With gorgeous river views, there are a range of posh tents and little chalets to choose from.

Elevated Experience Camping
How adorable are the cabins at this spot?

There are BBQs, outdoor seating and areas to build a campfire too. This is a great option for anyone who loves the great outdoors but enjoys a few home comforts too.

Johnston Canyon Lodge & Bungalows, Castle Junction

I remember just how stunning this area of Alberta is! With spectacular views and access to the Canadian Rocky Mountains, it’s a wonderful place for a glamping holiday.

Johnston Canyon bungalows
There are lots of cabins and lodges to choose from at Johnston Canyon

There are several accommodation options at this spot too. Most are wooden cabin-style buildings, with little decks for relaxing after a day of exploring. There’s also a BBQ area, tennis courts and a restaurant on site.

The largest accommodation sleeps up to six people, although if you’re travelling as a bigger group you could book several lodges next to each other.

SummerFell Cabin, Barrhead County

If you’re looking to be near some of Alberta’s most beautiful lakes during your glamping holiday, check out this cabin. It’s a few minutes from Lac la Nonne, and around 20-minutes by car to Nakamun Lake. In terms of major cities, it’s around 1 hour from Edmonton.

SummerFell Cabin
SummerFell Cabin sleeps up to 6 people

This family-friendly modern cabin sleeps up to 6 people and also has space for 2 RVs. There’s a fire pit and all the amenities you need for a comfy stay. It’s a great option for families or anyone interested in water activities such as kayaking or fishing.

Refuge Bay’s Ignis Dome, Pembridge

Looking for a luxury off-grid escape? This all-year glamping destination has acres of land to explore. As soon as you check in you’ll be immersed in parkland, wetland and have a plethora of wildlife and birdlife to admire.

Refuge Bay dome
This is one of the best domes to stay in in Alberta

The geodesic dome is one of the quirkiest places to stay in Alberta. It has a transparent roof, ideal for a spot of stargazing. There’s a BBQ, grill and campfire waiting for romantic dinners. Plus, there’s a wood-fired sauna, making this glamping experience even more luxurious!

The Burrow, Three Hills

Are you a fan of Lord of the Rings? Well, have I found the perfect accommodation for you! This cozy hill-side cottage looks like something from Middle Earth! Built right into the hillside, this cottage is full of character, with quirky round doors and windows.

The burrow
The Burrow is like something from Lord of the Rings

You can bring a big group to enjoy this hobbit-like experience. There are 5-bedrooms, a cosy sitting room and kitchen. Outside you’ll find a hot tub, BBQ and firepit – ideal for relaxing evenings under Alberta’s starry skies.

Rocky Mountain Escape Log Cabin, Rock Lake

If you fancy going glamping in Alberta but don’t fancy slumming it, this adorable log cabin is ideal. Bringing the cosy chalet vibes, you’ll be able to snuggle up with the warming log fire in the winter, or relax out on the deck in the warmer months. Set in Rock Lake Provincial Park, you’ll love immersing yourselves in the tranquil and peaceful surroundings.

rocky mountain escape
This log cabin in Alberta is ideal for a romantic getaway

This is a great place if you’re looking for some distraction-free time with your other half. There are countless trails and biking routes close by too, so you can get your adventure fix during the day, then relax together at night.

Jasper Gateway Glamping Dome, Hinton

How do you fancy cosying up with your other half in a transparent dome under the stars? This photogenic dome is located close to the amazing Canadian Rockies and lakes within Jasper National Park.

Jasper glamping dome
This pretty glamping dome is near Jasper

Inside is a comfy queen bed, warming fireplace, coffee machine and more. Meanwhile, outside is a separate toilet and shower. Plus, you’ll have access to your own private fire pit and picnic table.

Shanti Yurt, Bragg Creek

This beautiful yurt is one of my favourite places to go glamping in Alberta! With its bohemian design, I think it’d be ideal for a romantic break. The traditional Mongolian Yurt oozes luxury too, with its designer bed and mattress, high-quality fabrics, kitchenette and outdoor firepit and BBQ.

shanti yurt
This Shanti Yurt is one of the most characterful places for glamping in Alberta

This characterful yurt is located in a tranquil area in Wintergreen Bragg Creek, where you’ll have access to lots of great hikes and outdoor adventures.

Rustic Cozy Cabin, Bragg Creek

If you’re keen on booking the Shanti Yurt but need a little more space, how about booking this ‘tiny house’ next door? It’s located on the same ground. It was built in the 1980s as a little escape for the owner. This retro vibe has remained, with little quirky touches including vinyl records and old VHS tapes. It’s like turning back the clock

This comfy cabin with nature all around is ideal for couples looking for a rustic getaway with a few home comforts. Outside you’ll find a BBQ and fire pit, ideal for cosy evenings under the stars. There’s also a hot tub surrounded by pine trees. How romantic does that sound?

rustic cabin
This rustic cabin is located in Bragg Creek in Alberta

This option is ideal for those looking for pet-friendly glamping in Alberta. Yep, your dog can join you on your adventure in the forest!

Folk Tree Lodge, Bragg Creek

Sleeps: Up to 24 people

If you’re looking for accommodation in Alberta for a big group, this is an amazing option. These two log cabins (Beaver House and Deer House) can be rented together, making this the perfect location for a gathering of friends or family. These don’t fit into the ‘glamping’ idea as they’re kitted out pretty luxuriously, however they are immersed in the natural beauty of the region.

Folk Tree Lodge, Alberta
Folk Tree Lodge – one of many unique places to stay in Alberta
Folk Tree Lodge, Alberta
Forget glamping in Alberta, these beautiful lodges are a lot more luxurious!

There’s a lot of character to both of the houses, with their wooden interiors and open plan living areas. The sun room in Deer House looks particularly special, with its large windows and great views.

Folk Tree Lodge, Alberta
Folk Tree Lodge is ideal big group accommodation in Alberta

These lodges are in a great location for making the most of your time in Alberta. You’re 30 minutes from the buzz of Calgary and one hour from Banff’s spectacular scenery. The cabins themselves are set in 30 acres of land, so you’ll have a lot of fun discovering ponds, walking trails, a BBQ, treehouse and more!

Tacansina Luxury Ranch, between Calgary and Canmore

Sleeps: 10 people

Located between Calgary and Canmore, this unique ranch is unique in every way. It has massive log beams holding up the roof, as well as spectacular floor to ceiling windows on two sides.

The architecture is incredible. It creates a real openness to the space, with lots of light streaming through the windows, and nature as far as the eye can see. The kitchen is a huge open plan space, ideal for catering for a big family get-together.

Tacansina Ranch, Alberta
Looking for unique places to stay in Alberta? How about Tacansina Ranch
Tacansina Ranch, Alberta
Tacansina Ranch, Alberta

If you’re visiting in winter, this ranch is nice and cosy inside, especially once you use the large wood-burning fireplace. Meanwhile, in summer it’s got some lovely areas to relax inside, including a large lawn, patio with seating, and a fire pit.

Tacansina Ranch, Alberta
Tacansina Ranch, Alberta
Tacansina Ranch, Alberta
Spectacular interiors at Tacansina Ranch, Alberta

While the ranch is special, the views are even more magical, with a backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. It’s in a great location for getting to the mountains for skiing or hiking, or to wilder spots nearby, including the Bow River. This is definitely one of the prettiest stops if you’re driving from Calgary to Canmore.

Now you’ve chosen your accommodation, you need to decide where to visit for your nature fix. If you’re looking for some beautiful locations for outdoor experiences in Alberta, I’d recommend heading straight for the nearest provincial or national park. Here are a few of my top recommendations:

  • Banff National Park
  • Jasper National Park
  • Waterton National Park
  • Elk Island National Park
  • Dinosaur Provincial Park
  • Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park
  • Pigeon Lake Provincial Park
  • Sylvan Lake Provincial Park
  • Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park
  • Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park
  • Cypress Hills Provincial Park
  • Kananaskis Country
  • Miquelon Lake Provincial Park
  • Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site
Views from the Banff Gondola, Alberta
Views from the Banff Gondola, Alberta
Autumn in Banff, Alberta
Autumn in Banff, Alberta

I hope you’ve enjoyed my guide to glamping in Alberta, and you find the perfect accommodation for your trip. With so many beautiful options, deciding will be tricky! 

Before you travel, be sure to check out my detailed guides about travelling in Alberta:

There are so many unique places to stay in Alberta, let me know where you end up!

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With a passion for food, fun and adventure, Chloe is the content creator behind one of the UK's top travel blogs Wanderlust Chloe. From volcano boarding in Nicaragua, to sailing around Sicily and eating her way around Japan, her travels have taken her to some of the coolest spots on the planet. Named Travel Influencer of the Year in 2022, Chloe regularly works with a number of tourism boards, producing inspirational travel content across multiple platforms. Find out more about Chloe here.

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