I am by no means an outdoorsy person, and by now you’ve probably gathered that—I’m more of an urban-jungle habitant. Don’t get me wrong: I can hike up a trail with the rest of them, but my lungs might collapse, the blisters on my high-heel-formed feet will be throbbing and my appendix might burst. That being said, I more than appreciate a good mountain getaway to unwind, and the peaks always recharge my soul, make me a little easier to live with and make me feel mortal again.
It has been a very busy go for what seems like the last 5 years, but let’s just say few months to make this more believable. I also don’t know how to relax. I’m a duck—calm on the surface and freaking my freak under that tide. So, this lovely stay at one of the most beautiful places in my backyard could not have come at a better time. It also forced me to relax. I know “force” is a bit of a stretch once you hear about how wonderful it was.
I don’t know what your knowledge of Mount Engadine Lodge is but please, let me paint a perfect picture for you. Your (roughly) 2-hour drive from Calgary to Spray Lake Provincial Park is striking and peaceful, also because we didn’t have a strong radio signal for music or podcasts. Our vehicle is not current. But, I highly recommend turning distractions off every now and then!
You might feel like you’re entering Narnia once you get close. Come on, use your imagination with me. Everything was covered in massive blankets of snow, so the coziness of Mount Engadine was all the more appealing—and I did NOT want to leave. Screw reality; I’m in Narnia, bitches!
When we arrived slightly earlier than check in time, we took the opportunity to wander around the premises so I could take advantage of my fiancée snapping pics of my outfits. Yes, plural. I don’t pack light.
Everywhere you turn, the view is stunning—so perfect it’s almost fake. Is this for reals?! This is where the title of my blog comes in though. Please wear appropriate footwear. Here I thought I was, but when you’re jumping over snow to try and not get footprints in your photo, YOU WILL FALL! Ice exists under the beautifully fluffy-looking snow pillows. But alas, Mount Engadine has things to help you stick. I believe clampons is the proper term for you outdoorsy folk.
Once we got checked in and settled in, I of course, had to change my outfits for tea and snacks. But, hold up, we were further welcomed by some bubbles and chocolate-covered strawberries. Are we royals right now? The only other time we’ve received bubbles and chocolate-covered strawberries was when Curty (my fiancée) proposed, and I think the only reason was because I made it very clear to the hotel that we had just gotten engaged. Yup! I don’t hold back! With excitement and good intention, of course. Anyways, this got me in the right mood to change my outfit, again.
Time for snacks and tea and something you don’t know about Curtis and I is; 1. We love a good snack plate. 2. Tea is our jam. Bless you Mount Engadine for knowing all the ways to our hearts!
After some great conversation by the fire it was time for more relaxing, soon to be followed by, you guessed it, more food and lounging!
Now, keep in mind the wifi is spotty out here in the ol’ wilderness (wow, all sorts of ambiguities in that sentence), so we were actually relaxing—lowering our blood pressure, not checking Instagram, the score on the hockey game or writing emails. This was new for us, and we sure as hell enjoyed it. It also helps that the entire Mount Engadine team works tirelessly to make sure you have absolutely everything you need and more to relish in the overwhelming splendour of the backdrop and the quaintness of the lodge.
When you’re here, you can do whatever you want (within legal regulations, of course, duh). You can hike, bike, sit in the sauna, read, play board games, snowshoe, cross-country ski, have a fashion photo shoot and even hitch a ride with a dog sled. We chose to remain mostly on our asses and, my oh my, was it fabulous.
Fast forward to the next day after the most incredible sleep with no sirens going off, cars driving by or your weird neighbours playing shitty music. The sun was shining, literally making the fresh snow sparkle, blue-bird skies and I was one happy glamper. Breakfast is served with your choice of sweet or savory, and then you soak up every last second sitting on your ass, once again by the fire, while your fiancée takes a quick snooze. Oh, and then you get a customized lunch for your travels back. I mean, COME ON! I don’t even get that on the daily for like, my daily life. This. Is. Living!
Needless to say, we did eventually check-out, but I often think about how much of a positive impact our stay had on everything that was going on in our life right at that time. And let me tell you, there was a lot going on, falling apart, acting bat-shit cray, and being put back together again. Our stay was exceedingly enjoyable, and this has quickly become one of my favourite places to go.
Mount Engadine Lodge is a hidden getaway in the pristine Spray Valley Provincial Park. The lodge is located conveniently near Calgary and Canmore, Alberta, but you won’t believe it when you reach the untouched wilderness that surrounds the creature comforts offered in [the] beautiful lodge. Named one of Canada’s “Top Ten Hidden Gems” by TripAdvisor, Mount Engadine Lodge [has a specialized, full-service staff that] are engaged in making each guest’s experience a relaxing adventure.