Hotel at a Glance: Palliser Lodge
Nestled in the foothills of the Rockies, Palliser Lodge has a serene atmosphere and sweeping mountain views. You can see the blue-tinged mountaintops from the lodge’s outdoor hot tub. Even when ski season is over, the nearby ski resorts offer myriad outdoor activities. This deal includes 40% off sightseeing lift tickets from Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, which also offers mountain biking, hiking, alpine golf, and rafting.
- Take a gondola lift to Eagle’s Eye Restaurant, situated at the top of a mountain, for lunch. The restaurant serves up sandwiches, salads, and such upscale options as roasted yam cannelloni.
- Spacious suites outfitted with fully equipped kitchens, separate bedrooms, and balconies
- Grab dinner: Walk to Peaks Grill for some pulled-pork poutine fries, nachos, or fish tacos.
- Visit Boo the grizzly bear at the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort’s 20-acre Grizzly Bear Refuge. This refuge was built specifically for Boo, whose mother was the victim of a poacher.
- Recent awards: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2013
Golden, British Columbia, Canada: Remote Ski Town Surrounded by National Parks
Some bed-and-breakfasts in Golden are only accessible by helicopter. While that might seem a little ridiculous, the remoteness of the area is a big part of its appeal. Nestled in the Rocky Mountain Trench—as context clues might suggest, it’s surrounded by mountain ranges—the area is particularly popular for its many ski resorts. During the winter, they offer ample snowboarding, sledding, and skiing. When the snow melts, you can mountain bike, hike, or heli-hike the area’s many mountains. Golden’s two rivers also provide adventure: kayak through the calmer stretches of water, or white-water raft through steep rapids. but the inns and bed-and-breakfasts can be far-flung—some bed-and-breakfasts are only accessible by helicopter.
Golden also provides easy access to a number of national parks. Glacier National Park, for example, contains a preserve of old-growth cedar trees and hemlock, part of the world’s only temperate inland rainforest. Take a walk on the park’s elevated boardwalk and keep your eyes peeled for mountain caribou, mountain goats, and grizzly bears.
On the other side of Golden is the mountainous Yoho National Park, rightfully named after a Cree expression of awe. It’s speckled with rock walls, waterfalls, and glacial lakes. Walk through spiraling tunnels carved into mountainsides—relics of the area’s old railroad—or visit the Burgess Shale Formation, a World Heritage site. Here, you’ll find the fossilized remains of more than 120 marine-animal species, which date back 515 million years.