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Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge: A Mountain Retreat Ripe With Sweet Surprises

Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge: A Mountain Retreat Ripe With Sweet Surprises

Considering we had just devoured a delicious steak dinner with a couple of glasses of Cabernet in the classy Cedar Room (the maple-glazed, bacon-wrapped carrots were, potentially, the best vegetable side I’ve ever had!), my wife and I figured we’d close out the day with a short stroll around the scenic pathway that circles the resort. You know, burn a few calories to try and offset the considerable intake. And, like many things at this luxurious mountain outpost, the beautiful sunset stroll – which featured spectacular views into the Kananaskis Valley – took us by surprise. 

Located just one hour west of Calgary in the mountain-encased Kananaskis Valley, the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge affords a quick-and-easy getaway that will yield plenty of awesome I-had-no-idea moments! And, for us, that picture-perfect pathway was certainly one of them!

On our recent getaway to the Pomeroy (my wife and I ducked out of Dodge for a two-night stay in late May), the dining and quality of the food was definitely another pleasant surprise. While the Cedar Room, an upscale Canadian steakhouse with tantalizing twists on local fare, is definitely the trump card at the resort, each of the five restaurants has their own charms…and delicious “signatures.” For example, the craft cocktails and craft beer at the Blacktail Bar are top shelf! I’d recommend trying the Kananaskis Caesar garnished with cured meats or a pint of Rutting Elk Red Ale from Grizzly Paw. Also, the truffle fries are deeelish! Regardless of where you eat, the food scene at this hotel will NOT disappoint. 

Not surprisingly, given its location, the natural scenery in and around the resort is stunning. While our short evening stroll around the Village Rim Trail – it’s less than one kilometre long, is accessible, and features many lovely viewpoints into the valley – was a highlight, the forested areas, benchlands, and meadows around the resort are absolutely ideal for longer walks, hikes, bike rides, and the like. The paved Bill Milne Trail, which descends into the valley, can be joined with a ride down the Evan Thomas Bike Path for a spectacular two-hour ride. 

In terms of hiking, there are trails, literally, everywhere! Personally, I love the short-and-easy stroll to Troll Falls and the hike up Ribbon Creek (just go as far as you like) is also great.

But, really, you don’t need to stray too far outside the walls of the hotel to have a great little getaway. For example, thanks to the world-class Nordic Spa, many people don’t leave the lodge! This amazing indoor/outdoor spa – it boasts a relaxation lodge, five outdoor pools, five steam and sauna cabins, an exfoliation cabin, fireside lounges, and much more – is the ultimate “chill pill.” If you’ve never experienced a Nordic spa before, this is one oasis that you’ve got to check out. While you do need to make reservations for the Nordic spa, the indoor waterpark and huge indoor/outdoor hot tub at the resort are available for free for guests every day until 10:00 PM.  

And, really, it’s all these “extra” touches – the surprises! – that really makes a stay at the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge truly special. The nightly fireside s’mores, the games in the lobby, the children’s creative centre, the amazing treats and delicious coffee at The Market Cafe, the friendly and professional service throughout; my personal list of “pleasant surprises” is long! And my hunch is this: the next time I go back, it’s just going to get longer.   

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