Posh Hotel Located Between Canadian Rockies
A community tucked between two Rocky Mountain ranges, Cranbrook, British Columbia, owes much of its growth to the Canadian Pacific Railway line that runs through town. The city's railway history, which draws back to 1898, comes alive through painstakingly restored passenger trains at its Canadian Museum of Rail Travel. Located right next door, Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort preserves a living locomotive history of its own through its John Huber Express, a railcar built in 1921. It’s a theme that provides a elegant backdrop to those visiting the area for its high concentration of golf courses and provincial parks.
Frommer's calls Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort "the poshest place to stay" in the city, and it's easy to see why. The hotel's onsite restaurant, Ric's Lounge and Grill, serves ocean-friendly seafood and Sterling Silver steaks carved from AAA Alberta beef. Grab a spot on the patio and savor a richly marbled new york strip (C$29.75) or a piece of wild salmon seared with a ginger-cranberry sauce (C$22.75). The restaurant's lounge area offers a more casual scene, where you can sip fresh fruit cocktails and award-winning martinis.
The Spa at the Prestige offers a range of luxurious treatments— nourish your body with a vitamin-enriched, green-tea-algae body wrap, or glamorize with a full set of eyelash extensions. After a day exploring the surrounding mountains and fishing rivers, the hotel's spacious guest rooms help you unwind in style, with dark wood furniture and bright color accents creating a contemporary vibe.
Cranbrook, British Columbia: Golf Courses and Provincial Parks near a Historical Railroad Town
Tucked between the Purcell Mountains to the west and the Canadian Rockies to the northeast, Cranbrook receives the most annual sunshine of any city in British Columbia. Partially because of its location in the relatively flat 10-mile-wide (16 km) Rocky Mountain Trench, the town first developed as a rail stop at the turn of the 20th century, a story retold at the city’s Canadian Museum of Rail Travel. With a pretty downtown and comparatively flat terrain, the Cranbrook of today is more residential than touristy, home to a long list of retired professional hockey players.
With four provincial parks within a 30-minute drive as well as a number of golf courses, Cranbrook has plenty to offer the outdoor enthusiast. The dramatic landscape takes center stage at Cranbrook's Elizabeth Lake Sanctuary, a 15-acre wildlife reserve known for its big-game herds and migratory waterfowl, located a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Trails wend around the lake through wetlands and a forest, where visitors might see western painted turtles, coyotes, elk, and moose. Farther north, the Wasa Lake Provincial Park features a warm lake that’s popular for those looking to water-ski and swim, all while surrounded by a ponderosa-pine forest and grandiose mountains.
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