Rustic Lodge amid the Canadian Rockies
The town of Dead Man's Flats is hemmed in by the craggy peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Some of the mountains jut nearly 10,000 feet (3,048 m) into the air, piercing the clouds with their snowcapped tips. Located within the town of Dead Man's Flats, the log-cabin-esque CopperStone Resort imitates the sharp angles and composition of the peaks that surround it with an exterior fortified by stone, wood trim, and gray clapboard siding that matches the granite hue of the mountains. There's an understated rusticity in the earthy two-bedroom suites, which are outfitted with stone-frame electric fireplaces and rich wood accents. A set of glass sliding doors in the bedroom leads to a wooden balcony with mountain and forest views, and a full kitchen with stainless-steel appliances allows you to test your favorite high-altitude cake recipes. The lodge forms a square courtyard around a steaming outdoor hot tub, which grants a bit of extra privacy via a frosted-glass fence encircling the tub. Not to worry—cars can also indulge in the vacation experience. They'll be taken care of in a heated underground lot that comes free of charge with this package.
Dead Man's Flats, Alberta: World-Class Adventures in the Canadian Rockies
The origin of the name Dead Man's Flats is unknown, but as you might guess, the theories are excellently macabre. One legend claims a pair of fur trappers smeared beaver blood on themselves and played dead to avoid legal trouble with a park warden. Another tale points to a local man murdering his brother and disposing of the body in the Bow River in 1901. Like Hells Canyon or Boring, Maryland, the name Dead Man's Flats belies the extraordinary natural beauty of the place. At Canmore Caverns, cave guides lead you as you rappel, crawl, and climb through ancient caverns with only headlamps to light the way. Just a few minutes down the road, Banff National Park, Canada's oldest national park, beckons visitors with its stunning glacial lakes, sweeping meadows, and a wildlife population that includes grizzly bears, wolves, and caribou. Year-round, the Banff Gondola whisks passengers up to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, which boasts stunning panoramas of six mountain ranges.
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