Guide: 10 weekend getaways near Calgary that you should check out this fall
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In our opinion, fall is the most beautiful time of the year and Alberta is one of the most incredible places in the country. From the grand Rocky Mountains to the deep river valleys, and charming towns surrounded by towering trees, we can’t think of anywhere we’d rather be in the Autumn. The leaves are yellow, there’s a nip in the air and honestly, we’re all stressed AF, so what better way to wind down than a few days of uninterrupted bliss, luxury, seclusion, and oxygen. Here are 10 of the best fall weekend getaways near Calgary!
Experience comfort, fresh air, and history under the tall golden trees at Aspen Crossing! This ‘glampground’ has given a new life to old train cars, by redecorating the insides with fireplaces, warm beds, TVs, and kitchenettes. Just outside your one-of-a-kind suites, check their chicken coop, beautiful flower garden, pigpen, and a lagoon.
Where: 1Km W # 24 Mossleigh, Alberta
Distance from Calgary: 90.5 km
Whether you’re looking for an enchanting fall hike, a luxe hotel, or a one-of-a-kind experience, Jasper is the place for a weekend getaway in Alberta. Cozy up next to a fire under the stars at the world’s largest astronomy park, enjoy a fall stroll in Maligne Canyon, an autumn favourite, or wine and dine yourself into a food coma with a Jasper food tour.
Where: Directions here
Distance from Calgary: 412 km
The Pomeroy Kananaskis is honestly a magical little lodge with more amenities than you’ll know what to do with. Enjoy a day of 5-star spa service at the world-famous Nordic Spa, drinks at one of three bars and restaurants, then wake up the next day feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on a fall hike to the breathtaking Blackshale Suspension Bridge. Talk about the perfect weekend!
Where: 1 Centennial Drive, Kananaskis Village, AB
Distance from Calgary: 99.2 km
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Go totally off the grid for a few days, but sleep comfortably under the stars at the Sundance Lodges. This is another ‘glampground’ with cute little huts for rent and comfortable, but earthy amenities. We’d recommend staying in one of their cozy trapper’s tents that come complete with heaters, beds and wooden floors.
Where: #2 Sundance Rd Hwy 40, Kananaskis
Distance from Calgary: 97.8 km
Looking for a uniquely spooky fall getaway? Check in to the haunted ‘ghost town’ of Wayne, Alberta! This historic spot is full of antiques and quirk. Only minutes away from Drumheller, guests are also able to explore the best of the badlands including the Royal Tyrrell Museum, hoodoos and the mines.
Where: 555 Jewell St, Rosedale Station, AB
Distance from Calgary: 147 km
Looking for a little something ‘extra?’ Really treat yourself with a weekend at the Willow Stream Spa. This luxury escape offers extravagant packages and experiences from facials to body scrubs and everything in between. Yes, it’s a little pricey, but man do you get every dollar worth.
Where: 405 Spray Ave, Banff
Distance from Calgary: 132 km
Ah, a hidden gem! This remote mountain escape is a memorable adventure waiting to happen. Check in to one of the Eco Lodge’s 480 square foot cabins then explore Wildlands park! Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife and cross your fingers for warmer weather! If it’s nice enough, we’d recommend hitting up Rock Lake – not for taking a dip, but to canoe the crystal clear waterway.
Where: Hinton, Alberta – See directions here
Distance from Calgary: 529 km
Only a few hours from Calgary, you’ll find the adventure heavy autumn-friendly town of Nordegg. Though it’s small, it’s anything but dull and inactive. From hiking trails to their beautiful lake, wildlife tours, their incredible crescent falls, golf courses, and so, so much more – we can almost guarantee you’ll find a weekend’s worth of things to see and do.
Where: See directions here
Distance from Calgary: 305 km
Much like the Pomeroy, the Bay Shore Inn and Spa kind of has everything you could possibly need to have a fun-filled weekend within minutes from your hotel room. The grounds are outstanding, the view is out of this world and the spa offers incredibly relaxing packages and addons. Bliss.
Where: 111 Waterfront Avenue, Waterton, AB
Distance from Calgary: 371 km
The Prairie Creek Inn is quite literally a fall escape. Hidden amongst tall yellow trees, and you’ll find this luxurious little cottage. From the outside it’s very ‘cabin in the woods’ but the inside it’s warm, modern, and honestly, kind of boujee. Hit the lake, walk the trails, or just relax on the porch with a good book, a blanket, and a cup of tea. You look like you could use a break!
Where: The Prairie Creek Inn, Rocky Mountain House, AB
Distance from Calgary: 201 km
There you have it, folks. The best of the best fall weekend getaways near Calgary. 2020 has practically been a dumpster fire, what better way to put those flames out than with a weekend in the hot tubs at the spa?