Make Mother’s Day Memorable in the Rockies

Mother’s Day is a great way to remind your mom just how special and important she is to you. To make this the most memorable one yet, treat her with a trip to the Rockies to get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the beauty of Spring.

CRMR knows what an important role mothers play in all of our lives, which is why we have put together a list of Rocky Mountain activities at Buffalo Mountain Lodge and around Banff that are sure to make this the best Mother’s Day yet.

Hike the beautiful trails near Buffalo Mountain Lodge

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Around the town of Banff, there are a number of hikes that are great for any skill and fitness level. If mom is someone who enjoys spending time adventuring outdoors and experiencing beautiful Rocky Mountain views, these hikes are for her:

Tunnel Mountain – Moderate

Just a stone’s throw away from Buffalo Mountain Lodge, this switch-back trail gives hikers the ability to climb to the summit of Tunnel Mountain in the heart of Banff. Less daunting than other the surrounding peaks, Tunnel Mountain provides breathtaking views of the Bow Valley and area. Don’t forget your good hiking shoes and lots of water before embarking on this hike!

Fenland Trail – Easy

The popular Fenland Trail is approximately 1.4 kilometres from the Banff town center and allows hikers to travel a peaceful interpretive trail under a canopy of old-growth spruce trees. The pleasant woodland loop totals 2.1 km, taking approximately one hour from start to finish. An interpretive trail guide panel is available at the trailhead parking lot that outlines information about the trail to interested hikers. The trail is also a perfect place to spot wildlife year round.

Bow River/Hoodoos – Easy

Close to the Banff townsite, the Bow River/Hoodoos hike is popular with tourists and locals alike. The trail descends to the river and follows it east and north under the cliff face of Tunnel Mountain before climbing the mountain’s northeast shoulder and coming out on Tunnel Mountain Road. As you climb from the river’s edge, you will reach the Hoodoos viewing point – a great spot to take photos, or just to enjoy the incredible scenery. The Bow River/Hoodoos hike is approximately 4.2 km one way and usually takes just over three hours from start to finish.

Indulge in a Banff Spa Treatment

Whether you’re looking to help mom unwind after a day of hiking, or are simply treating her to a day of pampering, Banff is a great place to indulge in a spa day.

Spoil mom with a wonderful spa treatment that is sure to have her feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. Some options in the heart of Banff include:

Red Earth Spa

Located off of Banff Avenue in the Banff Caribou Lodge is a full-service spa with six treatment rooms including one dedicated to hydrotherapy. Offering something for everyone, Red Earth Spa also features an esthetics room with two manicure stations and two pedicure chairs – perfect for pampering.

Mountain Spa

Located in the heart of Banff, Mountain Spa is the perfect place to relax and unwind. As an independent facility, Mountain Spa offers a wide array of facilities, including nine spa treatment rooms, two dual massage rooms, a spa lounge, two steam rooms and a rooftop terrace with beautiful mountain views. A perfect gift for mother’s day, Mountain Spa also offers a package deal for two that includes a tension relieving customized massage, intense moisture facial and pedicures. An experience that is sure to revitalize from head to toe.

Did you know you can even order a bottle of wine or champagne to your room to be enjoyed with mom in front of the wood burning fire or on the balcony? We also provide room service so you can snack on a delicious selection of cured meats, pickeled vegitables and more.

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Enjoy a Delicious Mother’s Day Brunch at Buffalo Mountain Lodge

For the food-loving mom, treat her to our signature Rocky Mountain Dining experience and indulge in a delicious brunch in our Sleeping Buffalo Dining Room. Experience delicious flavors and enjoy a warm and welcoming environment.

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You can’t go wrong with treating mom to a delicious breakfast buffet at Buffalo Mountain Lodge. Each item on the buffet menu has been thoughtfully chosen by our chefs to provide mom with the best dining experience. Mom can fill her plate with delicious carved herb-crusted roast beef, enjoy an omelet from our omelet station, and even fill up on delicious banana bread French toast. If she saves enough room, the list of items goes on and on. Eggs Benedict, blueberry pancakes and even a chilled seafood platter. We happily encourage you and mom to come for second helpings!

From Calgary, the town of Banff is approximately a one-hour drive. Guests can enjoy beautiful views, wildlife sightings and countless activities and a small-town feel.

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No matter the activity you choose, the time spent with mom is the best gift you can give. Wishing you and yours a great Mother’s Day!