Winter at Mount Engadine Lodge
While visitors may hesitate to embrace our legendary Canadian winters, the reality is that the season offers some of the most unique and rewarding activities of the year. It's true that the temperature can dip between December and March - and that we get plenty of snow - but the east side of the Canadian Rockies is home to relatively mild and sunny winters, often due to a unique warm-weather system known as a chinook.
When the snow starts to fall, celebrate! Strap on a pair of snowshoes, a 6000-year-old innovation courtesy of Canada's First Nations peoples, which are free of charge for overnight guests. With a pair of these, you can traverse the mountain valleys and trails without worrying about getting stuck knee-deep in a snowbank. If speed is what you're after, you can swap those out for cross-country skis and glide quietly and swiftly across the snowy meadows.
Snowshoes, fat bikes & yak-tracks are available to rent from the lodge - pending availability. Cross-country skis can be bought or rented in Canmore and Calgary - let us know if you need a recommendation on our favorite gear shops.
We can also set you up in a true northern style with a heart-pounding, high-speed dog sledding course through the slopes and valleys near Canmore and Banff National Park. This amazing trip is sure to please all ages and is a perfect way to experience what travel would have been like centuries ago. When winter is at its peak, take your coffee to go and let Wapiti Sports and Outfitters guide you on an ice-fishing tour atop our frozen lakes and rivers.
For the ultimate Kananaskis experience, head up the road to the helipad with Alpine Helicopters for an indescribable, unobstructed view of the full majesty of the mountains and wilderness from thousands of feet above the ground.
Tips & Tricks
- bring slippers for extra comfort inside the Lodge
- the mountain road to the Lodge is cleared daily
- bring a bathing suit to enjoy our wood-fired sauna