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19 Romantic Getaways in Alberta (Unique and Affordable Ideas)

19 Romantic Getaways in Alberta (Unique and Affordable Ideas)

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You don’t have to travel far from home to find the perfect romantic getaway in Alberta.

From cozy cabins, ranch retreats, lakeside cottages and private mountain lodges, there are tons of places to escape with your loved and spend a couple days together.

Whether you’re looking for a place to spend your Alberta honeymoon, or just need a dreamy weekend away, here’s a few ideas to help you plan out the perfect mini holiday.

Especially if you might not have the budget to visit the mountains, there are definitely some places on this list with a comparable allure.  

I think my favorite on the list is a ranch stay complete with a porch swing, horseback trail riding and a massage (scroll to the Bunkhouse listing).

In this guide you’ll find ideas for: 

Romantic Getaways Near Calgary 

Romantic Getaways Close to Edmonton

Unique Ideas for Romantic Retreat

Ideas for Romance in the Mountains

Woodland and Farm Themed Romantic Escapes

Wine tasting at Spirit Hills Winery

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Romantic Getaways from Calgary 

Azuridge Estate Hotel

Location: 20 minutes west of Calgary

Perfect for – An upscale experience in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

What was once a private mansion is now a luxurious boutique hotel. Plan a weekend of spa treatments and fine dining after roaming around the perfectly manicured gardens on this estate property.

If you don’t do anything else but watch the sunset go over the mountains, wine in hand, it’s a relaxing getaway well spent.

Book the couples escape package for the ultimate indulgence. 

The Azuridge Hotel is one of the best romantic getaways near Calgary.

Cozy Up in Cochrane

Location: Cochrane – 30 minutes northwest of Calgary

Perfect for – a unique staycation with sightseeing, shopping and strolls through a historic downtown.

Historic downtown Cochrane

First, book your stay at the historic Rockyview Hotel, which was built in 1904. Not only will you love the old-world charm, you’re smack dab in the middle of downtown.

Enjoy the very reasonable room rates and the fun balcony for all the guests to use.

Head to the Gentry for fancy coffee to start your day. Try the Goat’s Milk Caramel latte made with caramel from nearby Early Dawn Farm.

They serve up delicious vegan baked goods as well. Or for a more hearty breakfast, dine at Sunny Side Up in the historic downtown.

While you’re here, there’s great shopping in all the western-façade shops. If you love quaint little stores, Evexia has color-coded book shelves, cozy reading nooks and sells locally made products.

At some point on your trip, you have to grab a treat at famous McKay’s Ice Cream, and around the corner is the Vintage Verandah, one of the most beautiful antique stores.

For dinner, My Greek Plate offers an intimate dining experience topped with the sweetest staff.

Round out your getaway with a tour at the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary, only 15 minutes outside of town. Here you can get up close and personal with the beautiful animals they’ve rescued.

Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary

And on the other side of town, there are dozens of kilometers of trails (some paved and some not) through Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.

Pick a trail that’s got some elevation for great views.

Crandell Mountain Lodge

Location: Waterton Lakes National Park

Perfect for – A quaint and quiet getaway for couples looking for the coziness of a country style bed and breakfast with the amenities of a lodge, in the heart of a stunning and underrated national park.

Red Rock Canyon with Vimy Peak in the background

Enjoy a stroll around the quaint townsite, then head to Red Rock Canyon for a light hike to the beautiful bright red rocks, little waterfalls and blooming wildflower meadows.

Pack a little picnic (maybe with some champagne), and fall in love all over again. 

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Heartwood Inn and Spa

Location: Drumheller

Perfect For – couples looking for a more unique and personalized experience in a special setting.

Choose the cottage suite, a favorite among honeymooners, and visit in June when the lilacs are in full bloom.

For an added treat, book a couples pedicure, complete with a glass of champagne! Bonus: this place is pet friendly!

Enjoy a homemade french toast breakfast and then go explore the badlands and the hoodoo trails during the day.

View prices and availability on Expedia

Use this list of the 23 best things to do in the Drumheller area to plan your weekend itinerary.

Maybe plan a visit to the storybook town of Rosebud, only 20 minutes away.

Read Next: 40 Most Unique Things to Do in Alberta (+hidden gems & secret spots)

Misty Ridge Retreat

Location: 15 minutes north of Okotoks

Why You Should Go– a pet-friendly stay with wide open skies for endless romantic sunsets overlooking the foothills.

Bring your pooch! This is the perfect dog-friendly rental close to Calgary.

Explore the walking trails on the property. Or just enjoy the comfy king size beds and peace and quiet.

Plus the location can’t be beat; you’re just minutes from the Spruce Meadows equestrian centre, and a 40 minute drive from Kananaskis.

After a day outdoors, head into town for happy hour or post-dinner drinks at Hub Town Brewing Company.

During the day, don’t miss the optical illusion cafe called 94 Take the Cake!

94 Take the Cake cafe.

Riverside Escape

Location: Bragg Creek, 45 minutes southwest of Calgary

Perfect for – exploring the hidden gems and treasures of rural Alberta at a laid-back pace.

Image credit VRBO

Start with booking your stay at a riverside cottage, the ultimate secluded retreat.

From here, you’re close to tons of trails to explore the woodlands – try Brown Lowery Provincial Park for a quieter experience.

Or, explore the Bragg Creek area or the many trails just past Elbow Falls (also filming location for the Bourne Legacy).

Speaking of Bragg Creek – there are some cute shops, cafes and restaurants to explore for an afternoon.

The Bragg Creek Cafe and Baking Co is one of my favorite – try to time your visit on a Sunday for ‘sweet bun Sunday’ where they whip up surprise types of cinnamon buns and other sweet treats.

Plus this is the least busy time to visit the town- a perfect quiet morning with your honey.

Book a tour and tasting at the nearby Spirit Hills Honey Winery and try their flagship dandelion wine! Made with – you guessed it – petals from dandelions grown around the property and only using honey as the fermentable yeast.

Not only is the wine great, the winery is located on a beautiful rural property. And I believe they do tours year round!

the tasting room at Spirit Hills WInery

Cap your trip off by doing a self-guided tour of the Heartland filming locations and roam around the sister-towns of Turner Valley and Black Diamond for quintessential small town charm.

Don’t miss Bertie’s General Store and Westwood in Black Diamond and the Chuckwagon Cafe and Fahr Brewery in Turner Valley.

Romantic Getaways from Edmonton

The Village at Pigeon Lake

Location: 1 hour south of Edmonton 

Why You Should Go – An adorable little Alberta resort town with boardwalk country cottage boutique shops, restaurants and a spa.

Stay at the Village Creek Country Inn, which has a Cape Cod allure to it. Pamper yourselves at the spa, go golfing at the 4 golf courses nearby and explore the nature trails all around you.

Discover this quaint little cottage-themed resort town before the word gets out!

The Village at Pigeon Lake is one of the most underrated romantic getaways in Alberta!

View rooms and prices here.

Read Next: 7 Day Trips from Edmonton Within 2 Hours

Sylvan Lake A-Frame Cabin

Location: Sylvan Lake 

Why You Should Go – Get out of the city for a weekend away at one of Alberta’s best lakes.

Sylvan Lake A-Frame Cabin – Image from VRBO

The most adorable cabin you can rent in Sylvan Lake (or all of Alberta, actually) is this cozy A-frame.

With a fireplace to warm up around after a day of skating and ice fishing, or a balcony to watch the early summer sunrise, it’s the perfect weekend escape any time of year.

It’s only half a block from the beach, and walking distance to all the restaurants and shops, meaning you can leave your car and not worry about parking.

This is one of the most popular cabin rentals in Alberta right now, so book your stay ahead of time if you can!

If you can’t get a spot at the A-Frame cabin, this one is another good choice:

Highest Rated Sylvan Lake Cottage

image credit VRBO

Wake up in this newly built cottage, spend the day on the beach together, rent cruiser bikes and roam around Lakeshore Drive after stopping for ice cream, enjoy happy hour on the great downtown patios (especially the Snake Lake Brewing Company patio).

Then, cozy up by the fire pit, enjoy the huge patio, share a bottle of wine and stargaze. 

And if you’re visiting Sylvan Lake area in the winter, you’re not far from the magical ice bubbles on frozen Abraham Lake.

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Historic Log Cabin

Location: Hastings Lake, 45 east of Edmonton

Why You Should Go – For a unique stay close to Elk Island National Park with a unique winery nearby.

Image courtesy VRBO

Bring your dog and explore the beautiful trails on this farm property and discover meadows, ponds and wildflowers.

Go hiking or mountain biking at nearby Blackfoot Cooking Lake Recreation Area, see bison roam at Elk Island (or bring your kayaks) and spend a few hours at Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village – all just minutes away.

And if you’re a couple that loves wine, be sure to visit Barr Estate Winery, one of the best fruit wineries in Alberta. 

Some wine I picked out at Barr Estate, plus the property is gorgeous too!

Unique Ideas for Romantic Retreat

St. Ann Country Ranch Provincial Historic Site

Location: Trochu

Perfect For – History lovers looking for a tranquil retreat in rural Alberta, complete with clawfoot bathtubs and vintage charm.

image courtesy Airbnb

Visit the world famous shoe store in town, wander through the manicured Trochu Arboretum & Gardens, and golf at the nearby courses. You’ll love the slower pace of life in this part of the province.

Who says a romantic getaway in Alberta can only be had in the mountains?!

Botanical Garden Getaway 

Location: northwest of Edmonton

Why You Should Go – perfectly manicured gardens and special date night packages! There aren’t many things more romantic than taking a stroll with your spouse through beautiful peaceful flower gardens.

George Pegg Gardens

First, stop at the St. Albert Botanic Garden (they call themselves the botanical city after all). And they’ve got one of the best Farmers Markets in Alberta on Saturdays.

Then, head down Highway 60 to the University of Alberta Botanical Gardens for adult-only date night events, like twilight picnic dinners!

Make a full weekend out of it by heading west the George Pegg Botanic Gardens and enjoy rural Alberta.

Rent a cozy lakeside cottage on Lac St. Anne and enjoy the cute summer village of Alberta Beach. 

image courtesy VRBO

Secluded Cabin in the Woods

Location: Beaver Mines (close to Castle Mountain Resort and Wateron)

Why You Should Go – perfect for a ski weekend, or to stay in a corner of the province that is still quiet during the summer months.

image courtesy VRBO

Great access to all the southern Alberta gems like Waterton Lakes National Park (Crypt Lake hike is a gem), Castle Mountain Ski Resort and the Remington Carriage Museum.

Crypt lake in Waterton National Park

Grab some local beer from Old Man River Brewery in Lundbreck (after hiking to scenic Lundbreck Falls) and enjoy them on your patio on those serene summer nights.

Fantasy Cabin Hot Tub Escape

Location: close to Langdon, 25 minutes east of Calgary

Perfect for: hot tub star gazing in a funky space

Fantasy Cabin, image courtesy Airbnb

This is a fun one. If you just need to get out of the city and decompress for a night or two, you will love this space.

You’ll have the entire bottom suite with a separate entrance and private access to the hot tub. Connect your own tunes to the speaker, poor a glass of wine and enjoy the peaceful night sky with no one around.

Then cozy up inside and check out all the psychedelics lighting!

Ideas for a Romantic Getaway in the Mountains

Glacier Skywalk – image courtesy of the Pursuit Collection

Glacier View Lodge

Location: Icefields Parkway

Why You Should Go – Stay at one of the Rockies’ newest hotels for an all inclusive romantic getaway with the best views of the Canadian rocky mountains.

Glacier View Lodge – Image courtesy

Enjoy the exclusivity of this hotel being the only glacier-view lodge in Canada. It’s the ultimate mountain getaway, being the closest hotel to the Columbia Icefields and the Glacier Skywalk

Plus, guests who stay here can book a private tour of the glacier and share the experience with only a few other people, compared to hundreds in peak summer season.

Maybe combine this trip with a 3 day Jasper itinerary.

>> Don’t miss out on experiencing 14 things that will take your breath away in Jasper National Park.

You get a front seat view of the Athabasca Glacier from your room

Baker Creek Mountain Resort

Location: Icefields Parkway, just south of Lake Louise

Why You Should Go – This mountain lodge has a romance package all setup for you! Your room comes with a cozy fireplace, jacuzzi tub and a private, mountain view balcony.

Image courtesy

Enjoy easy access to stunning Lake Louise, breathtaking hikes and all the views you can handle. Enjoy a campfire by the river under the stars or cozy up in your private log cabin. 

Iconic Lake Louise

Rundle Chalets

Location: Canmore

Perfect For – a cozy cabin getaway on a budget! When you need a romantic weekend in the mountains but not looking to spend a whole lot, these cabins fit the bill.

They’re rustic, basic and simple – perfect if you just want a place to sleep and save some money by making your own meals in the kitchenettes.

These cabins are also pet friendly! (read more about the best options for pet friendly hotels & airbnbs in Canmore)

And being on the edge of town, the mountain views that surround you can’t be beat. 

Grab your morning coffee at the adorable Blondie’s Cafe. Then pack a few bevvies from Canmore Brewing Co go for a day hike at Grassi Lakes to find the emerald turquoise water.

Grassi Lakes

Go for a drive along the Kananaskis wildlife trail and catch the breathtaking views on the Highwood Pass (Canada’s Highest Paved Road).

Make it ultra romantic by going at sunrise and to have a better chance to see wildlife! 

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The Fox Hotel 

Location: Banff

Why You Should Go – As soon as you enter the lobby, you’re greeted by a massive wood burning fireplace and cozy alpine decor.

The hot tub is designed like a grotto, so there’s lots of nooks and crannies to be snuggled up.

The Fox Hotel, Banff
The Grotto Hot Tub below ground

Head up the Gondola and spend some time at the top of Sulphur Mountain, enjoy a glass of wine or full meal at Sky Bistro and you’ve got yourself the perfect Banff honeymoon.

The next day, take a horse drawn carriage ride through town and stop for a picnic and a seat at the red chairs at the Banff View Point on Mt. Norquay road. 

A stroll at the top of the Banff Gondola is super romantic

If You Visit Banff, be sure to check out The Ultimate Guide to the Best Things to Do in Banff

Woodland Themed Romantic Escapes

Woodsy Cabin

Location: Red Deer

Why You Should Go – walking trails through the thick deciduous forest right from your front door, or cozy up in the window reading nook for some unplugged quiet time together.

image courtesy Airbnb

Watch wildlife from your window, head down the river and go fishing, or use the onsite kayaks.

Head into Red Deer for some fantastic downtown specialty shopping, and even better, tons of great craft breweries, and most with perfect patios for summertime date nights (Troubled Monk is my fave).

Then come back to your cabin for a hot tub soak under the stars.

Next day, take a cozy horse-drawn carriage ride through the trails of Heritage Ranch, complete with warm bevvies and blankets! 

Rocking R Guest Ranch

Location: Strathmore, 45 minutes east of Calgary

Perfect for – couples wanting to unplug and explore some of Alberta’s most beautiful ranch scenery.

Rocking R Guest Ranch – image credit

Indulge in a western breakfast (included), stroll through the ranch property and enjoy campfire evenings. Did I mention the hot tub?!

Enjoy a quiet evening, just the two of you under the cotton candy sunsets in the summer, listen to the sounds of the countryside and go horseback trail riding with your hosts!

You can even add a soothing massage to your experience, rounding out a perfectly relaxed, rural weekend getaway.

If you’ve never experienced the expansive rural Alberta landscapes, you’re in for a treat.

Read more about Rocking R Guest Ranch on Tripadvisor

It’s also a great base camp to explore the Canadian Badlands and nearby Drumheller. And if you love friendly dogs, kittens and horses, this place is for you. 

Do you love rural Alberta, old buildings and ghost towns? Grab a copy of the newly released Abandoned Alberta – a book of stunning images and stories of left-behind places.

Now, there are a few popular places for romantic getaways in Alberta that I left off this list. The Chateau Lake Louise is a top choice for many, as it’s a Fairmont property you know that you’ll be pampered during your entire stay.

Plus, waking up to a brilliant turquoise lake tucked in between the mountains will melt anyone’s heart. But it’s very pricey.

Lake Louise from above

Spending a romantic weekend in Banff can be lovely, but with so many hotels to choose from, it can be hard to plan a perfect holiday with no one else to distract you.

A weekend in the Canadian Rockies (especially Banff National Park) can be expensive, so I think that you’ll find that most of these hidden gems in Alberta have a similar appeal to a mountain getaway. 

You’re guaranteed to rekindle a little romance at any of these places that made the list!

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