Planning an outdoor trip in Alberta? If so, you’re in luck. I’ve prepared a list of 8 places to go glamping in Alberta.
Alberta is one of the most beautiful provinces in Canada. Although it is mostly known for the Banff National Park, there are many other beautiful parts of Alberta waiting to be discovered.
Magnificent Rocky Mountains with pristine lakes and beautiful rivers. Dynamic cities with their gastronomic delights and a buzzing nightlife. Gorgeous mountain towns. Home to a best-preserved dinosaur fossil. Lush forest and wildlife in the north. Abundant wildlife with bears, wolves, mountain goats and moose.
With more than 600 lakes and thousands of hiking trails glamping in Alberta is a great way to explore the wilderness!
8 Places To Go Glamping in Alberta
All around the province there’s plenty of glamping in Alberta opportunities. Here are the top places I’ve picked to go glamping in Alberta:
1. Mount Engadine Lodge for year-round glamping in Alberta
Located in Spray Valley Provincial Park, just a short distance from Canmore, Alberta, Mount Engadine Lodge combines luxury and comfort with a wilderness where outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy numerous year-round activities.
The lodge offers various types of accommodation including yurt and glamping tents that are open all year round. The tents are luxurious, dog-friendly and have a private deck overlooking the magnificent landscape.
Their glamping tents sleep 4 and come with a king size bed or two twin beds, a pull-out couch, private ensuite bathroom , gas fireplace, and a private balcony overlooking the meadow and creek. Yurt sleeps up to 4 and offers a true camping experience. It doesn’t have electricity or a bathroom, but you can use facilities at the lodge.
Their cabins Birdwood, Burstall and Whiskeyjack located in breathtaking surroundings sleep 2-4 people and feature queen or king size beds, private bathrooms and balconies with meadow or mountain views. Their lodge rooms and suites are located at the main lodge and are great for one night stays. Lodge rooms are equipped with king or queen size beds, private bathroom, a fireplace and a balcony with mountain views.
The main lodge is a place where you can relax and refresh, enjoy your meals and have your meals packed for an adventure trip.
Throughout the year the lodge hosts a variety of different events including yoga retreats, chef series and musical performances. It is also a popular place for weddings and corporate retreats.
Guest review: “This place is absolutely amazing! For the price it is a steal in the sense of what you are getting. Amazing gourmet food, tons of activities including snowshoeing, fat bikes, cross country skiing and more! The staff is absolutely lovely and so friendly! The encouragement of getting outdoors and spending true quality time makes the time here absolutely amazing!”
2. oTENTIKs at Elk Island National Park
Parks Canada offers a great way of experiencing camping with style at Elk Island National Park in 5 glamping tents onsite. The tents sleep 6 and feature single or double beds, table and chairs, electricity, power and fridge. Outside you will find picnic tables, shared fire pits and BBQs and shared toilets and showers.
While staying at oTENTIK, you will be steps away from the beautiful trails at Elk Island National Park where you can enjoy some wildlife, including bisons, elks, a dozen species of different birds and other amazing animals.
Guest review: “Great place for camping, hiking and having some good food with the family.”
3. Sundance Lodges, Kananaskis Country
Located in the centre of the Canadian Rockies, Sundance Lodges offers glamping accommodation in tipis and trapper’s tents.
Inside the tipis and trapper’s tents you can find wooden floors, beds with mattresses and a kerosene heater and lantern. Outside is a picnic table and a fire pit. Small tipis sleep 2 adults and 1 child, while large tipis and trapper’s tents sleep 2 adults and up to 4 kids. All tipis and tents are surrounded by woods and offer guests full privacy.
While staying at Sundance Lodges, you can fill up your day hiking along the Kananaskis River and enjoy the views of Mt. Allen, Mt. Lorette and Mt. Kidd, fishing, horseback riding at Boundary Ranch, rock climbing, have a spa day at Kananaskis Nordic Spa and much more.
Guest review: “Will definitely be back! A hidden gem, close to so many places to spend the day, have a good swim, fish or take pictures for instagram.”
4. Buffalo Rock Tipi Camp, Southern Alberta
Buffalo Rock Tipi Camp is located on a historic site along the Old Man River on the Piikani Nation Reserve in Southern Alberta.
With this unique First Nation experience you will discover the Blackfoot traditional ceremonies, spend the night in ancient tipi and learn about plant medicines and food sources.
This site is perfect for families looking for a weekend getaway and enjoying some fun activities at the site, such as fishing, tubing, kite flying, playing sports or just relaxing.
Guest review: “We had a wonderful time. The food, the sweat, the walk, all of it! Best of all were the people, we were treated like family. Thank you so much, we will be back next year:)”
5. Good Knights Medieval Encampment
Good Knights Medieval Encampment offers a truly unique glamping experience
Their medieval tents are great for couples, friends and larger families and feature unique period beds, Electric heaters, outlets, storage and fire pit. On-site you can find a shared kitchen and dining area. Toilets are located in a shared tent space.
The stay at this site will transport you through time – you get to wear the most amazing costumes and cloaks. Some of the fun activities onsite include sword-fighting, long-bow archery and craft workshops.
Guest review: “Where do I even start!! This was hands down the BEST customer service I have experienced ANYWHERE!!! The accommodations are mind-blowing!! The decor & attention to detail are truly extraordinary! You truly feel like you are living in medieval times!! The feasts are to die for!! We did a leather workshop, archery, medieval dancing, yurt yoga, moonlight drum circles around the fire!! We will never forget our experience at Encampment and can not wait for June to go back!!!!”
6. Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site
Now you can try out heritage glamping at Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site. The site offers a wide range of glamping accommodation, including tipis, Métis trapper tents and trapline cabins.
Métis trapper tents sleep 5, tipis 8 and trapline cabins 6 people. They all include double or twin beds with mattresses, wooden platform flooring, rustic table and chairs and fire pits.
All stays include a fur trade camp kit that comes with a bannock mix, bison hide, period cooking kit, blow tube and more.
Guest review: What a great little campground with prospector tents & teepees available to rent if you prefer that kind of experience. We had a view of the Bison field and were able to spot some bison in the evenings from the lookout at the campground. The washrooms and showers were ample size and were cleaned several times per day. “
7. Old Entrance B ‘n B Cabins
Old Entrance B ‘n B Cabins are located along the Athabasca River between Jasper and Hinton on a private 60 acre property. They offer stays in cabins, tipis and tents with a stunning Rocky Mountain view.
All the accommodation units are equipped with everything you need for a perfect glamping vacation. You can spend the day exploring the area around Athabasca River with lots of hiking trails nearby. The site organizes guided enjoy horseback riding and fun wagon rides.
Guest review: “My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our 4 days at Old Entrance. Our cabin was very comfortable, clean and had everything we needed for our stay. The entire complex is well-maintained and the peaceful location by the river made for a very restful vacation.”
8. U Bar Ranch, Grande Cache
Located in the mountain area of Grande Cache, U Bar offers accommodation in outfitter wall tents with direct access to wilderness areas.
Their wall tents feature a queen size bed with luxurious bedding and propane heaters for cold nights. Toilets and showers are located close to the tents. As well as the summer kitchen, barbecue area and firepits.
During your stay at U Bar Ranch you can enjoy horseback riding, canoeing, fishing and hiking plenty of nearby mountain trails.
Guest review: ”What an amazing weekend!! Highly recommend to everyone who wants a glamping type adventure. It was beyond my expectations. The wall tents were gorgeous and I so appreciated the warmest duvet ever for our September chilly nights. The summer kitchen was awesome! We did the Kvass Flats ride – the horses were exceptional and matched perfectly for every rider. Scenic, peaceful and zen.”
AM I MISSING ANY OF THE BEST PLACES FOR GLAMPING IN ALBERTA?
Have you been glamping in Alberta and stayed in an awesome place I didn’t mention in my list? If so, let me know in the comments. I’d love to add them to my list.