Accommodation that love nature and nature lovers.

June 30, 2018 | Accommodation for close to Nature

Kick back and enjoy high-end accommodations that welcome your independence in beautifully cosy, and spacious surroundings while nature is right out your doorstep.  When you stay at Elizabeth Lake Lodge (adjacent to Elizabeth Lake in Cranbrook) or St. Mary River Bed and Breakfast (just a 20-minute drive from Cranbrook) the rural lifestyle is all around you.

Elizabeth Lake Lodge

Elizabeth Lake Lodge is set amidst nature on the edge of Cranbrook. The lodge is a two-story building at the park boundary of Confederation Park.

The park protects the north and eastern shores of Elizabeth Lake. The lake is a thriving ecosystem of productive water-bird and wetland habitat where birdwatchers, nature lovers and walkers can appreciate wildlife viewing. At sunset, the reflections of the distant Steeples Mountains shimmer on the lake’s smooth surface.

From the rooms or kitchen suites at the lodge, Elizabeth Lake is just a few minutes-walk on well-made trails. Colourful nature murals encircle a creative and fun mini-golf course.

St. Mary River Bed and Breakfast

The St. Mary River Bed and Breakfast sits up on the bank above the St. Mary River and is rimmed by grasslands and forest. The single level B&B offers several private rooms, a large common room and a kitchen featuring views of the river exclusively for their guests. A ground level patio with a fire pit and outdoor games areas makes your nature vacation one to remember 


Several other hotels and motels are only minutes away from hiking or biking trailheads.

Almo Court Motel

At the Almo Court Motel, you may book a deluxe vacation room with a private covered deck highlighting a view of the BC Rockies along the skyline. This luxury room sits on the second-storey rising above the surrounding homes. It has a 180-degree view out the bay window and a fully separate guest bedroom.


It is only a five-minute walk from this clean well-managed motel to the Cranbrook History Centre, including the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel.  Access to nearby recreation trails along the shores of Elizabeth Lake is within a kilometre.  


Super 8 Hotel

The Super 8 Hotel with its indoor swimming pool and waterslide is close to some of the nicest biking and hiking trails in Cranbrook. Just 1 km away from the hotel door is the trailhead for Chief Isadore Trail. The wide and smooth gravel hiking/biking trail travels 43-km to the small town of Wardner. Other trailheads include Cranbrook Community Forest with its network of trails and the paved trail North Star Rails to Trails.


Travellers Motel

The cheery bright-yellow two-story Travellers Motel is near several popular biking and cycling areas. The Cranbrook Community Forest numerous hiking/biking trails and the 43 km Chief Isadore Trails begins only 700 metres north along urban streets. Also, the paved 28 km North Star Rails to Trails linking Cranbrook to Kimberley starts just 1 km from the hotel.


See the hiking/biking experiences section for more directions to other trailheads. 

Reach North Star Rails to Trails trailhead by heading west on McPhee Road from behind the Chamber of Commerce building. Cross Theatre Road and begin the fabulous and scenic ride.


Model “A” Inn

The crisp white siding below the cedar shake turret welcomes guests to the bright and airy balcony. Parked outside the motel is a bright- red “Model-A” car. The well-stocked private breakfast room is surrounded by plants and large windows. Trails and adventure await outside only 1 -km away.  Cranbrook Community Forest and the Chief Isadore Trails are only 800 m north along the highway. The paved 28 km North Star Rails to Trails linking Cranbrook to Kimberley starts 1.2 km from the hotel.


Hospitality Lodge Courtyard Inn

Hospitality Lodge Courtyard Inn is for travellers that want to lounge quietly in a private lawn and courtyard. Filling the centre area of the U-shaped configuration of motel rooms their grassy courtyard has small tables and chairs. You can enjoy your coffee outside in a natural place - away from the urban landscape that surrounds the centrally located motel.

The motel is a two-minute walk from the Tamarack Mall Cranbrook’s biggest shopping complex and scores of restaurants.



Text and photos by Janice Strong.