Geodomes are neat and being able to order room service is a ton of fun, but we’re also a fan of theatrics. From movies and time periods, colours and faraway places, Alberta has some seriously cool themed resorts, hotels and campgrounds – you just need to know where to look! This summer, no matter the occasion (or lack of), why not staycation at one of Canada’s most unique, unusual and creative destinations? Here are 5 of our favourites.



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Ever watch the Princess Bride or The Lord of the Rings and think about what it might be like to live through medieval times? Find out at Good Knights in Alberta, an immersive destination where guests can stay in an old-timey yurt, eat turkey legs and watch jousting tournaments – while dressed head to toe in medieval outfits.

Where: Three Hills, AB
Distance from Calgary: 123.6 km
Distance from Edmonton: 263.4 km

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A Halloween-themed summer camp for adults? You betcha! Unlike anything else that you’ll see in the province, Creepy Hollow is a campsite and haunted house hybrid with surprising touches throughout the entire park. Explore spooky houses, participate in movie nights and play games with other guests during your stay!

Where: 44046 AB-4, Warner, AB
Distance from Calgary: 275 km
Distance from Edmonton: 566 km



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Located in Lethbridge, Alberta, Charmed Resorts opened in 2020 with a single rental cabin (their Midsummer Cottage) but has quickly grown to include several magical properties, all inspired by popular children’s stories and the characters we’ve grown to love.

Where: 3-211040, Township Rd 92, Lethbridge, AB
Distance from Calgary: 226 km
Distance from Edmonton: 517 km



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Though it’s not advertised as a theme resort, Aspen Crossing is definitely one worth mentioning for those who can really appreciate a unique experience. Here, guests can stay in one of their many repurposed train cars, take a trip on a working locomotive and can explore everything from pigpens and flower gardens to chicken coops and a lagoon.

Where: Box 30, Mossleigh, AB
Distance from Calgary: 90.2 km
Distance from Edmonton: 375 km


Located in West Edmonton Mall, this uniquely Albertan Hotel has several wild rooms – all with different themes, schemes and features. From Hollywood to space, travel the world, take your place on a throne, or be the captain of a pirate ship for a weekend – the possibilities are practically endless.

Where: 17700 87 Ave NW, Calgary
Distance from Calgary: 304 km
Distance from Edmonton: 0 km

And there you have it, folks. 5 incredible themed resorts, hotels and campgrounds in Alberta. Happy staycationing!