It’s warm, cozy and just the right amount of rustic.
But what really makes the Sundance Lodge a special place to stay is the quintessential Old West history that surrounds this place.
The 10-room log cabin was built in 1991. It sits near the original Ten-Mile Cabin, constructed in 1923, that was used as a rest shelter for trail riders heading to Mount Assiniboine.
Set against the looming Sundance Mountain Range and surrounded by thick woods, Sundance Lodge feels remote and secluded despite being just 16 kilometres (10 miles) from town.
Watch for wildlife on the porch or settle into a comfortable chair near the crackling fireplace and kick up your feet. You’ll know when it’s getting close to supper time: the smell of baking bread or sizzling steak wafts through the entire lodge.
Cross-country ski to Sundance Lodge
All you hear is the rhythmic sound of your skis gliding against packed snow.
The forest is blanketed in an undisturbed layer of white powder. There’s no sign of civilization. And yet, you’re exploring just outside the Banff townsite.
Despite being an easy 10 or 16-kilometre (10 mile) ski or snowshoe trip to Sundance Lodge, the quiet wilderness makes it feel as if you’re deep within the backcountry.
Once you arrive at the lodge, relax by the fire and enjoy hot chocolate and a home-cooked meal. You can even refresh with a warm shower before heading to bed.
The 16 kilometre trail to Sundance Lodge is well marked and has a very gentle slope. It’s perfect for beginner skiers, with a shorter 10 kilometre option from the Healy Creek Trailhead.