When it comes to cozy cabins and expansive wilderness, it’s hard to beat camping in Alberta. Home to mountains, badlands, prairies, and swaths of boreal forest, there are lots of opportunities for cabin rentals in Alberta. But they can be hard to find. There are so many options for cabins in Alberta and so many destinations, so finding the perfect one for you can be a challenge. That’s why we created this travel guide.
Whether you’re looking to stay in a luxurious cabin in the mountains or go rustic deep into the woods, we’ve got some incredible ideas for cabin rentals in Alberta.
Cabins in Alberta: Rocky Mountain Region
Alberta’s crown jewel when it comes to tourism is the Rocky Mountains. Home to world-famous destinations like Banff and Jasper, this slice of the Canadian Rockies receives millions of visitors every year. When it comes to where to stay in Banff or the best Jasper accommodations, you’ll find everything from luxury hotels to hostels, but there’s also a fair amount of cabins to rent as well.
Cabin in Banff National Park
Banff National Park is the most visited national park in Canada. It’s home to the world-famous town of Banff and Lake Louise, as well as some incredible ski resorts, hiking trails, lakes, and more. It’s a great place to find some beautiful cabin rentals in Alberta.
If you’re up for an adventure and budget is no issue, there’s perhaps no greater adventure cabin than Shadow Lake Lodge. Located in the backcountry of Banff National Park, you need to hike about 5-hours one-way to make it here. Now, if that’s not an adventure, I don’t know what is. The only caveat is that this place is quite expensive. As a couple, you’re looking at roughly $800 for the night. However, gourmet meals are included and there’s no traffic, phone service, or WiFi.
Located about halfway between Banff and Lake Louise on the highway to Radium Hot Springs, Storm Mountain Lodge offers a beautiful and historic cabin experience. Constructed way back in 1922, this was one of eight Bungalow Camps built by the Canadian Pacific Railway to promote tourism. Oh, if only they could see the park now! Today, those looking to stay in the cabins will find a beautiful room, a tranquil location, and on-site gourmet dining.
Located right at the edge of the town of Banff, the cabins at Juniper Hotel offer both the beauty of a cabin in the forest with the convenience of being within walking distance of the townsite. Juniper Hotel offers a range of accommodation offers, one of which is their Woodland Cabins, which include a full kitchen and a living area with a fireplace.
Located within the town of Banff and next to the popular Tunnel Mountain hiking trail, this resort offers a number of accommodation options, including their mountain cottage. Think of it as your own cabin with the convenience of a resort. This chalet features a master bedroom, an upstairs loft, fireplace, private entrance and balcony or patio.
Located in-between Banff and Lake Louise is one of favourite easy hikes. Johnston Canyon is a beautiful canyon with multiple waterfalls and is very popular to see in both the summer and in the winter. The lodge and the trail is located on the Bow Valley Parkway, which is currently closed to vehicle traffic (you need to hike or walk there). However, if you stay at the lodge, you get the bonus of being able to drive there! Take advantage of the fewer crowds and enjoy the splendour of staying in Johnston Canyon at these cute little Banff cabins.
Located just 1 km from Lake Louise, Paradise Lodge and Bungalows offer spacious lodge rooms and fully equipped cabins. The property is surrounded by gardens which include a barbecue and a playground. Select rooms offer kitchen facilities and balconies with mountain views.
This resort offers both lodge-style rooms and cabins. The cabins vary in size but include a kitchenette, wood-burning fireplace, bathroom, and deck. Some even have jacuzzies. The lodge is actually located just off the Trans-Canada Highway between Johnston Canyon and Lake Louise, so it definitely offers some isolation. It’s also home to the popular Baker Creek Bistro for those looking to try some gourmet dining
Located on the stunning Icefields Parkway from Banff to Jasper, this is one of the only places you can stay. It is a hostel, however, which means the rooms are shared, but if you’re travelling solo, with a group, or just want to stay in this incredible slice of Banff National Park, the HI Rampart Creek Hostel is a great option. The hostel features a common kitchen, wooden furnishings, shared bathroom facilities, fresh linen, and an outdoor fire pit. Please keep in mind that there is no electricity.
Cabins in Jasper National Park
Equally as beautiful as Banff but with fewer crowds, Jasper is an incredible place to witness the beauty of the Canadian Rockies and to score some of the best cabin rentals in Alberta. Not only is the town and the area full of spectacular sights, but it’s also at the north end of the Icefields Parkway, giving you a great reason to do the world-famous road trip from Banff to Jasper.
Whenever we visit Jasper, we always stay at Becker’s Chalets. Some of them are a little outdated in the inside, but we love the location. Located just 10 minutes outside of Jasper, they’re right in front of the beautiful Athabasca River and they have a big open area that attracts animals like Elk and Canadian Geese. They also have a playground for kids and a popular restaurant. This is a great place to get away from it all while having your own kitchen and multiple rooms for family outings.
For a slice of the wild with some luxurious amenities, the Tekarra Lodge is a great option, located in the forest and overlooking the rivers of Jasper National Park. It’s like having your own cabin but with the benefits of a resort, such as a gourmet restaurant, fitness boot camps, shows for children, bikes, and much more. Local hardwoods and stones are used in the building of the Tekarra Lodge cabins and rooms. Each cabin also features a stone fireplace and a balcony.
Nestled next to iconic Folding Mountain, the Jasper East Cabins are just at the entrance of Jasper National Park. In addition to outstanding views, each cabin includes a kitchen unit, living room, bathroom, a sleeping area, and a patio or a gas fireplace. Ranging from one bedroom to three bedrooms, the cabins can lodge families and groups of all sizes.
If you’re looking for a single cabin rather than a series of cabins at a resort, this is the one for you. Overlooking the east gate to Jasper National Park, The Gingerbread Cabin features a kitchen, log furniture, and a wood-burning stove in the dining area. This log cabin offers a cottage with a loft. The main floor includes a dining area, living room and satellite TV with DVD player. We haven’t stayed here yet but we sincerely hope they include some gingerbread cookies.
Cabins in the Kananaskis
Just next to Banff and not far from Calgary lies the beautiful Kananaskis region, which is full of Rocky Mountain scenery, crystal-clear lakes, hiking trails, and stunning camping spots. It has some of the most unique and even luxurious cabin rentals in Alberta and there are also some incredible hikes in Kananaskis Country for those looking to score some views.
This lodge offers a slice of luxury in an area mostly known for camping. Located on the Smith Dorrien Highway, it’s also part of one of the top Alberta road trips, just one hour away from Canmore on a dirt road. They offer a number of accommodation options, one of which is cabins overlooking a beautiful meadow. Popular in both summer and winter, these cabins come with four meals: breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and supper. Although the area is quite isolated, the cabins are right beside each other, so it’s not completely quiet. However, for those looking for modern amenities, good food, and the chance to be almost in the backcountry of the Kananaskis, this is a great choice.
Located right across the highway from Nakiska Ski Resort, Sundance Lodge offers a range of accommodation options including trapper’s tents, tipi’s, and camping. Although they don’t have traditional cabins, the trapper’s tent is like a cross between cabin and tent. We’ve stayed in trapper’s tents at Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site and really loved the rustic vibe with the comfort of a bed. These units include a wooden floor, wood-frame beds with foam mattresses, a small kerosene heater, and an outdoor firepit and picnic table.
Cabins in David Thompson Country
Located in-between the Icefields Parkway and Rocky Mountain House is spectacular David Thompson Country, which offers the beauty of the Canadian Rockies with much fewer crowds. Home to some of our favourite cabin rentals in Alberta, this is a great spot to spend a few days in the wilderness and to see some of Alberta’s most beautiful waterfalls.
So far, we’ve always stayed at Expanse Cottages when we visit Nordegg and the David Thompson region. They’re conveniently located just 5 minutes from Nordegg but are tucked deep into the woods, providing the escape we’re all looking for. All the cabins are fully equipped with a kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, and a couch and TV. They also have an outdoor fire pit for each cabin.
Just next to Expanse Cottages are the Cheechako cabins, which are equally beautiful. We haven’t stayed here yet but they’re very similar to Expanse Cottages, so your choice will likely come down to what’s available. Although the area is not as famous as Banff, there’s also very little accommodation options, so things to do fill up fast.
Hideaway cabin is a charming Nordegg vacation rental overlooking Coliseum Mountain. Experience the inviting ambiance and charm of this little cabin. Furnished and decorated, this mountain getaway has a rustic feel with modern amenities. The cabin has one private bedroom and an open loft with both queen and bunk beds, providing sleeping for 6-8 people. The wood-burning fireplace creates the perfect mountain ambiance to enjoy, the full ranch-style wrap-around covered deck adds over 1000 square feet to this cabin for entertaining or just enjoying the mountain views privately.
This private woodland cottage has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and sits next to crown land. It’s located on 4+ acres of land and comes with 27ft vaulted ceilings and all the amenities and comforts you desire. Enjoy a snuggle in front of an outdoor fire or partake in the many activities this mountain region has to offer.
Cabins in Clearwater County
Located on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains and sandwiched in-between the Cowboy Trail, the Rocky Mountains, and David Thompson Country, this unique area offers more of a wilderness experience in the backcountry and some truly unique cabin rentals in Alberta. Access to this area consists of dirt roads that start from towns such as Sundre and meader through the forest, likely passing a couple of families of wild horses. Talk about a true Albertan experience!
This beautiful mountain paradise offers both luxury cabins and camping options. Each cabin is different but they generally offer running water, a bathroom with a jacuzzi, two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, satellite TV, a private deck with a BBQ, and much more. In addition, the property is located next to 300 miles of Crown Land, which opens up the possibility of Quadding and Snowmobiling.
Built in 1979, this unique lodge offers charming log cabins with their own covered verandas, multiple layouts, bathrooms, satellite TVs, and WiFi. The main lodge has a wood-burning fireplace, hearty home-cooked meals, and is also home to the Rusted Rock Patio and Coffee Bar.
Located at Sunset Guiding and Outfitters, which is a great place to go horseback riding, you’ll find the Panther River Retreat, which offers rustic cabins and camping options. Some cabins have bathrooms while the others utilize the shared bathroom at the campsite. We stayed in one of the non-bathroom rustic cabins, which are small and cozy. They’re all next to the beautiful Panther River and they also serve food and drinks.
Cabins in Alberta: Northern Region
When it comes to camping along a beautiful lake or in a beautiful forest, it’s hard to beat Alberta’s north. Classifying what is Northern Alberta, however, depends on who you talk to. For us, we’re classifying the Northern Alberta region as everything north of Edmonton. If you look at a map, you’ll see that the northern region of Alberta is basically forest, lakes, and small towns, making it an ideal place for cabin rentals in Alberta and the opportunity to truly get away from it all.
Cabins in Cold Lake
Cold Lake is a massive lake that borders both Alberta and Saskatchewan. The city is actually quite modern and nice with a beautiful walking trail along the lake and a plethora of opportunities for fishing and outdoor activities.
This unique 137-acre property sits at a cross-section of the Canadian north, which includes a small lake, wooded areas, meadows, hills, and marshland. They offer year-round log cabins and an RV park.
Cabins in Lac La Biche
In 2020, we had the chance to visit Lac La Biche and were impressed at how beautiful the lake is as well as Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park. There’s lots of outdoor adventure here as well as some unique attractions as well.
Located right in Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park, Alberta Parks provides comfort camping in both cabins and tipis. These cabins sleep up to 8 people and included an electric heater, lights, and electrical outlets, as well as a fridge, stove, microwave, and more. This park is great for bird-watching, fishing, and even paddle-boarding.
Located at Kikino Silver Birch Resort on White Fish Lake, you’ll find rustic cabins and a campground. Cabins range from 1 to 2 bedrooms and include a deck facing the beautiful lake, a BBQ, full kitchen, air-conditioning, a fire pit, and more.
We love nature more than anything and so one of our favourite activities in Lac La Biche was spending a night on Elinor Lake with Off Road Adventures. Not only do they organize quadding tours but they’ve also created this glamping experience on a secluded piece of land along Elinor Lake. Accessible by a short boat ride, they’ll take you out there and take care of everything else. Our walled tent was heated by a wood stove, we had delicious stew cooked for us at night, and even the bathroom is heated by a wood fire. It truly is a luxurious rustic experience.
If you’re looking for a unique camping experience, Hideaway Adventure Grounds is a great option. Located within the Kikino Metis Settlement (just 40 minutes south of Lac La Biche), they offer back-to-the-basics, self-contained camping. No power, no water, and no wifi, but lots of stargazing and the sounds of the forest. In addition to beautiful walled tents, there are also empty campgrounds for those wanting to pitch their own tent.
What’s extra special about this place is that it’s owned by John Ritchie, a friendly Métis man with a lot of heart. In addition to camping, he also organized teachings for learning how to build a shelter, how to find food and water, how to perfect your fire building techniques, and how to cook on an open fire, and use traditional tools. You can even learn how to make a pouch! That’s what we did! Oh, and as a bonus, John’s dog Buddy is the friendliest dog we’ve ever met.
Cabins Near Fort.McMurray
Believe it or not, I grew up in Fort.McMurray, but unlike most people who actually move to Fort Mac, I decided to leave. But it wasn’t for lack of beauty. Fort.McMurray has some beautiful country around it and I truly miss being a kid and jumping on a skidoo with my dad to go deep into the forest and find some random cabins. That stuff isn’t really possible anymore but there cabins you can rent!
A family-oriented resort, Christina Lake Lodge offers an ideal setting to kick back, relax and enjoy the serenity of a gorgeous Northern Alberta lake. Stay in their rustic cabins, park your trailer in their RV sites or set up your tent in their campground. This massive lake is popular for fishing.
Grist Lake Lodge is located 2.5 hours drive south of Fort.McMurray and about 200 km northeast of Edmonton. This small, deep lake has lake trout, whitefish, and northern pike, making it popular with fishers. Grist Haven Lodge is open year-round and offers accommodations to suit all your needs. Situated on a white sandy beach on the south shore of Grist Lake, you’ll find six cabins, a recreational vehicle campground, washrooms, and more.
Cabins in Peace River
If you go further north, you’ll find the beautiful region of Peace River. It’s been a while since we’ve made it this far north but we did drive through it on our way to the Northwest Territories and it’s quite a beautiful spot for those looking to escape the big cities and score some cool cabin rentals in Alberta.
Located next to the beautiful riverbank with free access to hiking trails and river launching, Peace River Cabins provides both rustic cabins and teepee camping. They also offer a variety of activities such as Ultralight flying, guided trips, and kayak rentals.
Cabins in Alberta: Central Region
When it comes to vast prairies and the incredible Alberta badlands, it’s hard to beat central Alberta. With small towns, popular lakes, and the dinosaur capital of the world, this is a great place for cabin rentals in Alberta. Central Alberta essentially consists of everything in between Edmonton and Calgary.
Cabins Near Edmonton
These lakefront cabins offer a number of cottages that come with BBQs, fully equipped Kitchens, and firepits. Located just 35 minutes west of Edmonton, it’s a great opportunity to live the lakefront life without going too far.
Although this isn’t a traditional cabin, we thought it was unique enough to include. If you have kids, or just love pigs and other farm animals, this might be just the spot for you. First off, Pigtopia offers an interactive, hand-on, guided tour of their farm, including a variety of mini-pigs! But you can also stay for a night or two, opting to stay in their 4-person or 6-person camper. Located near Leduc, it’s only 45 minutes south of Edmonton.
Located just over an hour south of Edmonton, Pigeon Lake Provincial Park is a great place to go camping in Alberta. The Pigeon Lake yurts offer a camping experience like no other. They are round, insulated tenting structures mounted on a wooden deck. They are designed to give you the luxury of a sturdy shelter without compromising the experience of sleeping outdoors. The comfort camping loop has a vault toilet and is close to a washroom facility that has flush toilets and running water.
Cabins in Sylvan Lake
If you’re looking for a beachtown vibe rather than the wilderness, this is the spot for you. This A-frame cabin is just steps away from the lake, the beach, parks, and pubs. Enjoy the outdoor firepit, front deck, and even the canoe if you want to go for a paddle. The cabin has been completely renovated and updated with brand new appliances, fixtures, beds, and furniture. The open loft has a queen-sized bed, reading nook, and little balcony off the front. The modern rustic decor offers lots of seating, including a large pullout sofa.
This beautiful cabin sleeps 6 and is right across from Sylvan Lake and the boardwalk. It’s also a short walk, bike, or scooter ride into the town where you’ll find plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops. Watch gorgeous sunsets from the front deck or directly across the street on the beach. The cottage has hardwood floors, a vaulted cedar ceiling, a big kitchen and living room, and 2 bedrooms.
Cabins in Rocky Mountain House
Located right on the Cowboy Trail and the intersection to the David Thompson Highway, Rocky Mountain House is the perfect place to experience the outdoors. It’s also home to the wonderful Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site, which has some truly unique cabin rentals in Alberta.
Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site
If you’re looking for a unique place to stay, where else can you stay in a national historic site? Offering cabins, trappers tents, and even tipi’s, Parks Canada offer you the chance to stay next to the North Saskatchewan River at a place that was once home to the Hudson Bay Trading Company. During the day, you can tour the site, which is a living history museum with costumed interpreters explaining a key part in Alberta and Canada’s history as well as some history of David Thompson, the man who mapped much of Canada we know today. If you opt for a trapper’s tent, you’ll even get a kit that allows you to start a fire with flint, bake bannock over the fire, and more!
Nestled just 17 km south of Rocky Mountain House, lies one of Canada’s top romantic getaways. They offer a number of accommodation options including luxurious cottages and treehouses. The 1 & 2 bedroom self-contained cottages include fully equipped kitchens, large living spaces, covered decks, BBQs, and luxury décor.
Cabins in the Alberta Badlands
Featuring a patio with river views, a garden, and a terrace, The Enchanted River Cottage can be found in Drumheller, the dinosaur capital of the world! Close to World’s Largest Dinosaur and just 16 km from Hoodoo Trail, this holiday home has 3 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 3 bathrooms with a shower. It’s not exactly a cabin per se, but it’s a beautiful home in the middle of the Alberta Badlands.
If you’re looking for a glamping adventure in some cozy cabins, this is the place for you. Have fun petting the gentle horses, feeding the bunnies a carrot, and visiting the Texas Longhorns. Enjoy meals cooked outdoors at the gas BBQ grill and over the campfire. Be amazed by the stargazing opportunities and savor a cup of hot coffee in the morning while enjoying a beautiful view over the horse pasture. The 2 clean, bright, and cozy cabins at Ride the Wind Ranch are ideal for either a romantic couple’s weekend, a relaxing friends’ retreat, or for a fun family time.
11 Bridges Campground is located in Rosedale, which is just a 10-minute drive from Drumheller. They have tent sites, RV camping, and a few cabins as well. The cabins don’t have running water or power but the campsite itself has bathrooms, showers, WiFi, and more. The cabins are good for two people but they have one that fits up to 4.
Another option for cabins in Drumheller is at Dinosaur RV Park, which is literally walking distance from Drumheller. They have 4 different cabins that sleep 4-6 people and include partial kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, and more.
Cabins Near Calgary
Calgary might be a major city but the surrounding area is full of beautiful camping opportunities, making it a cool place for cabin rentals in Alberta. From the rolling foothills to the prairies, who said you had to go far to get away from it all?
Located in the small hamlet of Mossleigh is Aspen Crossing, which offers a range of accommodation options and activities, including themed trained rides through the prairies, restaurants, camping, and truly unique train caboose cabins! Surrounded by hundreds of trees, the Caboose Cabins are perfect for a true train car experience. With all of the modern amenities a person could desire, the interior design provides the luxury of a modern hotel for the perfect getaway.
Nested in a private forested setting, the Folk Tree Lodge offers unmatched artisan-crafted cabins and natural beauty. Located just 5 minutes from the eclectic shopping and dining of Bragg Creek, this 30-acre paradise offers a rustic log cabin experience with all of the modern luxuries.
Backing on to the Elbow River, this beautiful cabin is located right in the heart of Bragg Creek, just a short walk to restaurants, coffee shops, grocery store, bike shop and much more. The cabin is made of log and has a rustic feel with modern updates, including two beautiful new bathrooms. If peace & quiet is what you are looking for, this is the place!
Cabins in Alberta: Southern Region
When it comes to vast prairie landscapes, badlands, or even the southern stretch of the Rocky Mountains, it’s hard to beat Alberta’s south. For the sake of this Cabins Rentals in Alberta guide, we’re classifying Alberta’s south as everything south of Calgary.
Cabins in Crowsnest Pass
Crowsnest Pass is a great place to find cabin rentals in Alberta. Not only is it in the Rocky Mountains but it’s also home to some unique former mining towns and lots of Alberta history, including some of Canada’s biggest tragedies and the days of rum-running. You can take an underground mining tour, go golfing, or really get away from it all in the great outdoors.
Located in Hillcrest, these cabins are a great way to experience Crowsnest Pass. We stayed here with our whole family in 2020 and loved it. They’re super close to the Hillcrest Mine Disaster Cemetery and Memorial and they’re basically a mini-house with two bedrooms, a full kitchen, a couch, and a big TV. There’s also a fire pit outside and a small deck.
Whether you have kids or you’re just looking for something truly unique and right out of a fairytale, you won’t anything like the three cabins at Charmed Family Resort. Built to resemble the cabins from a variety of fairytales, these cabins will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a book. After building custom, luxury playhouses for 5 years, they decided to make full-sized playhouses that a whole family could enjoy.
Goat Mountain Get-A-Way is your alpine retreat with all the comforts of home. Located near Blairmore, this is the perfect hub to take advantage of all the activities this mountain community has to offer. Their chalets are perfect for families, friends, honeymoon couples, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone looking for a little peace and quiet. Each of the seven cabins is uniquely decorated and features queen size beds and pullouts, 4 piece baths, fully equipped kitchens, gas fireplaces, gas barbeques, wrap-around decks, cable TV, free high-speed wireless internet, and a picnic area with a fire pit.
Cabins Near Waterton Lakes National Park
Both Waterton Lakes National Park and the surrounding region are places of epic beauty where the flat prairies meet the impressive Canadian Rockies. It’s a place with small towns, unique attractions, and world-class hiking opportunities. It’s also home to Alberta’s newest provincial park, as well as Castle Mountain Resort, which has some pretty cool cabin rentals in Alberta.
Located in Pincher Creek, these cabins provide the feel of wilderness while still inside a town. The chalets are quite beautiful and there’s also a courtyard with BBQ facilities and an on-site restaurant and bar.
Situated only 15 minutes outside of Waterton Lakes National Park, The Sunset Cottage has the privacy, comfort, and charm to make your vacation a rejuvenating retreat! Nestled inside the friendly hamlet of Mountain View, with a panoramic view of the gently rolling hills of Southern Alberta’s beautiful farm country, this is a place you will want to return to again and again! Sunset Cottage sleeps 8 people and includes two bedrooms.
This country-style lodge in Mountain View, Alberta, is also just 15 minutes drive from Waterton Lakes National Park. It offers an outdoor hot tub, as well as rooms and cottages with a seating area. Toiletries are provided in all rooms, as well as access to a private or shared bathroom. Free Wi-Fi is included in all units and a full breakfast is available.
Best Cabins Rentals in Alberta
If we could only choose one form of travel, it would be camping or staying in cabins surrounded by beautiful nature. There’s nothing quite like waking up to the sound of birds or being able to walk from your cabin to the lake and go paddle-boarding with loons. Alberta is a big place with a lot of wilderness but we did our best to source some of the best, coolest, and most unique cabin rentals in Alberta. If you have other options you’d like us to include, send us an email or comment below.