Monday, December 12, 2016

Winter Magic at Delta Kananaskis Lodge

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 Rooms

Rooms 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

Dining

While 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.

Happy Hour!
Moose Family Kitchen Ramen

Things to Do

There 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

Amenities

When 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.

Just one more cup of cocoa!
Delta Kananaskis Lodge Hot Tub
Image Credit: Delta Kananaskis Lodge 
Delta Kananaskis Lodge Children's Creative Centre
Image Credit: Delta Kananaskis Lodge

Summary

Kananaskis 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)!

Getting Here

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.


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2 comments :

This is on my bucket list of things to do with the kids! Since you're a few years ahead of me, thought I'd ask how you found the sleeping arrangements. I know they have 1 bedroom suits as well as the typical 2 queens in a room, what do you find works best? Right now I can't imagine us all being in the same room and actually getting any sleep so I'm curious what you do and when you started it.

We usually get a standard room with 2 queens to keep the cost down (because we stay in hotels a few nights a month over the winter), but opt for a suite if there's a sale. If you go midweek in the off season, some places will upgrade you to a suite for free!!

The one advantage of having night owls is that we don't have to go to bed that early. Our kids are usually up til 9 and so we let them stay up a bit later if we're at a hotel! Then whoever is up first goes to the gym to work out, or cross country ski for a bit.

If you wanna stay up later, bring your laptop and headphones so you can watch a movie!

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