Dating back to 1949, Baker Creek Mountain Resort was once used as an overnight stop for visitors journeying along the old coach road between Banff and Lake Louise (now known as the Bow Valley Parkway). It has since been renovated to offer 17 cabins and 16 suites while still maintaining the authenticity and charm of the original property.
All buildings are constructed entirely from honey-hued wood, and their rustic style continues inside. Cabins have woodburners in their living rooms, antler chandeliers hang from the high ceilings, and you can relax in your own wooden rocking chair.
Outside, you can sit on your private balcony or decking area and listen to the fast-flowing river, birdsong and the occasional passing train. Alternatively, spend the evening around one of the fire pits right on the riverbank — barbecue equipment is provided should you wish to eat al fresco. There’s also the Bistro restaurant, serving high quality, locally sourced dishes.
During the day, you’re well placed for exploring Lake Louise, which is around a 15-minute drive away, as well as the hiking trails and viewpoints along the Bow Valley Parkway.
Cabins have a full kitchen, a private deck, a living room with wood-burning fireplace and sofa bed and a bathroom. The loft level has either two doubles, two twins and a double, or a bunk bed with a double bed at the bottom and a single bed on top. The two-bedroom cabins have an additional double bedroom downstairs.
The Heritage Trapper’s cabin has a more secluded position in a forested area. It features a double bed, stone wood-burning fireplace, a two-person Jacuzzi and a kitchenette, as well as a deck with its own barbecue.
Suites are housed in either the Elk or Moose Lodge buildings, which are constructed from the same wood as the cabins. These each have a private balcony, a living room and, in most cases, a kitchen. Deluxe loft suites have an additional loft level with an extra double bed.
The resort is situated on the historic Bow Valley Parkway, which used to be the main road between Banff and Lake Louise before the highway was constructed. Lake Louise Village is a short drive away, and there’s plenty to explore along the Bow Valley Parkway itself, from hiking and biking trails, to viewpoints overlooking Castle Mountain.
Note that a railway track runs close to the property, so you might hear the occasional train passing through.
Food and Drink
The well-equipped kitchens in the cabins give you the flexibility of self-catering, while all guests have the opportunity to cook dinner on the barbecues (on a first-come, first-served basis). You’ll need to stock up on ingredients beforehand as the nearest shops are in Lake Louise village.
Alternatively, the Bistro restaurant serves locally sourced cuisine to an excellent standard, from venison and duck to wild salmon and gnocchi. Next to reception is a small café serving snacks, sandwiches and drinks. This is also where you can pick up breakfast.
The cabins are a novel way to spend time together as a family, offering lots of space and the option to self-cater. Children can play in the extensive grounds (though must be supervised at all times), while the games room also provides entertainment.
Facilities and Activities
Picnic benches, swing seats and fire pits are set along the banks of the river, giving guests plenty of space to relax. The property also has a large fitness room, a sauna, a games room and a gift shop. Bicycles are available to rent for exploring the local area. In winter, an ice rink is set up (November to March) and you can borrow snowshoes to explore the grounds. Between June and early October, a weekly nature presentation is held at the resort by a group of local guides.
Environmental and Social Responsibility
The property maintains a strict environmental policy, operating a recycling programme and using eco-friendly bathroom products, as well as promoting water conservation.
We think Baker Creek is an excellent option for families, groups of friends or couples looking to immerse themselves in the great outdoors while still benefitting from modern comforts. We particularly recommend spending an evening around one of the riverside fire pits (don’t forget to bring insect repellent).
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.