Tucked away in the forest along the Bow Valley Parkway, Baker Creek Mountain Resort is a charming collection of cabins, lodges, and a restaurant. If you’re looking to unplug and connect with the wilderness in Banff National Park, this is the spot for you. You’ll feel like you’re in a life-size Lincoln Log village with little-to-no cell service, no televisions in the cabins, and limited wifi.
It may feel worlds away, but Baker Creek Mountain Resort is a short 15-minute drive from Lake Louise ski resort and Lake Louise village or 45 minutes from Banff Sunshine or Mt Norquay. That makes it a central home base for a SkiBig3 vacation in Alberta, Canada.
It has a variety of rooms to fit groups of all sizes. There are one and two-bedroom cabins as well as suites in the Elk and Moose lodges. The cabins have wood-burning fireplaces that come prepped for a roaring fire with wood and kindling stacked inside when guests check in. All you have to do is light a match, sit back, and enjoy.
The cabins and select suites feature kitchenettes so you can whip up your own meals if you don’t want to venture back to town or over to the Bistro on the property. But, the Baker Creek Bistro is worth a visit. The food is all about local ingredients from Alberta and British Columbia. There are local beers and wines on the drinks list as well as cocktails inspired by the area. The Grizzly’s Breath New Fashioned is a standout sip.
Take a tour in and around a two-bedroom cabin in the video below.
There are many activities to keep you busy around the property, that is when you’re not snowboarding or skiing at Lake Louise or Banff Sunshine. There are several firepits scattered throughout with bright red Adirondack chairs perfect for roasting marshmallows and making s’mores with your friends or family. There’s an ice skating rink as well as snowshoes available for rent to explore near and far.
If you somehow have energy to burn off after a day on the slopes or exploring Banff National Park, you can pop down to the fitness center in the resort. There are cardio machines and weights to work up a sweat. There’s a steam room and a sauna as well.
A recent addition is the Lights Out Package in the Heritage Trappers Cabins. Truly step back in time with a cell-free, wi-fi-free, and electricity-free stay. The Baker Creek team preps the log cabin with storm lanterns and candles to illuminate your stay and stores away any modern devices in a lock box to ensure your evening is peaceful and uninterrupted by tech. A little wine and Scrabble by candle light is all you need to enjoy the rustic charms.
History of Baker Creek Mountain Resort
Baker Creek gets its name from a prospector who came to the area in search of mineral deposits in the 1880’s. Little is known about him, his adventures, or whether he ultimately struck gold.
His legacy lives on in the Baker Creek Chalets, which started as an overnight stop on the original TransCanada Highway (now Bow Valley Parkway) in 1949. Hikers and tourists started a tradition of eating at the Bistro (and staying in the cabins and lodge) that continues today.