For unparalleled service and unlimited recreational opportunities, head to Delta Kananaskis Lodge! From the moment you check in, you will feel welcome. Staff are quick to greet you and present the kids with candy canes, and complimentary hot chocolate is on tap near the fire. Since our visit was close to Christmas, our girls were also gifted light-up reindeer antlers and goodie bags full of stickers and coloring sheets. We felt like royalty and our stay had just begun!
The RoomsRooms are spacious and have super comfy beds and high end amenities. For the best views, book a mountainview room! And for a special treat, request turn down service. Your kids will never forget getting tucked in by an elf (she also read them The Night Before Christmas)!
|Elf Turn Down Service at Delta Kananaskis Lodge|
DiningWhile we usually stay at places with a kitchen, it wasn't as expensive as we thought to eat out at Kananaskis Lodge. There are several options ranging from casual to high end dining. Kids under 6 eat free off the kids' menu, and kids' 7-12 can order off a pre-set menu for 50% off! To keep the cost down, we had breakfast in our room, packed lunches most days, and only ate dinner at the lodge. I highly recommend the buffet at Seasons as everyone will find something they love. The prime rib was perfectly done and the dessert selection was insane! It's ok to have 6 desserts after skiing all day, right?
Other dining options include Bighorn Lounge, Woody's Pub & Patio, Obsessions Cafe & Deli, Forte (opening December 20, 2016), and Market Cafe (opening December 20, 2016). Nearby Moose Family Kitchen (in the same building as Kananaskis Outfitters) has authentic Japanese beef bowls and ramen if you want something different. We often stop here for lunch after skiing or hiking in the area as it's inexpensive and casual.
|Moose Family Kitchen Ramen|
Things to DoThere is no shortage of things to do at Kananaskis Lodge! On our visit, we skated, skied, cross country skied, and hiked. There is a cute little pond beside the hotel that is cleared for skating as well as a small hockey rink. Your closest ski hill is Nakiska, just a few minutes' drive up the road. Besides lots of family-friendly terrain, it has glade skiing and tubing! For more details, see my story on Why You Need a Nakiska Season's Pass. As for cross country skiing, you can ski from the lodge on a great network of rolling trails that connects to Ribbon Creek and beyond. Bring or rent a Chariot for when little ones get tired.
|Skating at Delta Kananaskis Lodge|
|Skiing at Nakiska|
|Cross country skiing around the Village|
Not a skier? There are trails in the area suitable for hiking, fatbiking, and snowshoeing! The best, short hike in the area is Troll Falls. The falls are gorgeous when frozen and the hike is only 3 km round trip! If you'd like to pull your kids in a sled, take the Sled Route to Troll Falls (saves you pulling them up a big hill). Rent fatbikes or snowshoes from Kananaskis Outfitters.
|Troll Falls in Winter|
There are also fun sleigh rides in the winter! We hope to do this for real next time!
|Delta Kananaskis Lodge Sleigh Ride|
AmenitiesWhen you need a break, retreat to the Lodge for cocoa, craft time, a movie, drink at the Ice Bar, or soak in the hot tub. Our girls loved making crafts and playing in the kids' game room after a day of adventure. My favorite thing was relaxing in the indoor/outdoor hot tub! There's also a pool and gym onsite if you didn't get enough exercise.
|Delta Kananaskis Lodge Children's Creative Centre|
Image Credit: Delta Kananaskis Lodge
SummaryKananaskis Lodge is an amazing mountain retreat with fun for everyone and exceptional service. We love staying here because there's so much to do right outside your door (and the staff spoil us)!
Delta Kananaskis Lodge is located just 100 km from Calgary. Take Highway 1 west to the Hwy 40S / Kananaskis exit. Continue for 26 km until you reach the turn off for Kananaskis Village; then turn right. Take your first left onto Centennial Drive and follow the signs to Delta Kananaskis Lodge.
Disclosure: We stayed here on our own dime. All words and opinions are my own.
For More Information
- Family Season's Passes at Nakiska and the Big 3
- Black Prince Cirque Trail - great snowshoeing!
- Where to Snowshoe Near Calgary
- Falling For Winter - Winter recreation guide for Kananaskis, Banff, and Bragg Creek
- Hike or Snowshoe to Chester Lake!
- Hay Meadow and Mount Lorette Ponds
- The Best Shoulder Season Hikes in Kananaskis
- The Best Short Hikes Near Calgary
- More Best Short Hikes Near Calgary