Exploring New Holiday Traditions in the Rockies

As we bid adieu to a wonderful autumn season, we look forward to the holidays ahead. Experiment with new traditions this year when you stay in the Rockies this Christmas or New Years at Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff, or Emerald Lake Lodge near Field BC. Surround yourself with snow covered peaks and the breathtaking scenery that winter brings in the Rockies with those you hold near and dear!

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Staying Safe Over the Holidays: Christmas and NYE Package

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Although your normal may not be within reach for the 2020 holiday season, this may be the perfect opportunity to safely try something new. Enjoy a more intimate gathering with those in your bubble surrounded by the stunning Rocky Mountains when you book through our Christmas or NYE Packages at either Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff or Emerald Lake Lodge near Field BC.

 

Christmas Package

Celestine Aerden

Gorgeous decorations, beautiful surrounding AND no clean-up afterwards equals the best Christmas ever! Enjoy a safe, socially distanced and delicious three course Christmas dinner as well as breakfast the next morning when you book through our Christmas Package. Stay atop secluded Tunnel Mountain at Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff or celebrate Christmas in your own personal snow globe at Emerald Lake Lodge near Field BC!

Did we mention we also have a vegan/gluten free menu options for these sumptuous dinners? Check out our Buffalo Mountain Lodge and Emerald Lake Lodge menus below!

 

Buffalo Mountain Lodge Christmas Eve Menu

CHARCUTERIE PLATE

Wild Boar Pâté, Venison Salami,

Grainy Mustard, Bread & Butter Pickles, Rye Bread

or

WARM BEET & ARUGULA SALAD

Candied Walnuts, Pickled Celery, Fresh Apple,

Goat Cheese, Herb Yogurt Dressing

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FREE RANGE TURKEY

Cranberry Stuffing, Potato Purée, Maple Roasted Root Vegetables,

Turkey Pan Gravy

or

GRILLED BEEF TENDERLOIN

Mushroom Duxelles, Puff Pastry, Potato Gratin, Roasted Baby Carrots,

Veal Jus

or

SEARED ATLANTIC SCALLOPS

Leek Risotto, Braised Fennel, Pine Nuts, Brown Butter

or

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER & CORIANDER HUMMUS BOWL

Red Peppers, Hazelnuts, Raisins, Arugula, Lemon Drizzle, Grilled Flatbread

Vegan / Gluten Free

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CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT PÂTE

Dark Cherry Coulis, Espresso Cream

 

Emerald Lake Lodge Christmas Eve Menu

SEAFOOD CHOWDER

House Made Crackers

or

ARUGULA & ROASTED SQUASH SALAD

Goat Cheese, Crisp Prosciutto, Pomegranate Vinaigrette

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TRADITIONAL ROASTED FREE RANGE TURKEY

Sausage Cornbread Stuffing, Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes,

Pan Gravy, Cranberry Sauce

or

GRILLED ALBERTA BEEF TENDERLOIN

Smoked Bacon, Aged Cheddar & Chive Risotto, Confit Cherry Tomatoes,

Veal Reduction

or

SEARED BC SABLEFISH

Turmeric Ginger Broth, Vadouvan Roasted Vegetable, Puffed Rice “Granola”

or

BUTTERNUT SQUASH WELLINGTON

Wild Rice, Pine Nuts, Kale & Beets, Sweet Potato Cream

Vegan / Gluten Free

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STICKY DATE PUDDING

Warm Caramel Sauce, Vanilla Ice Cream

 

Still not convinced? What if we told you that there are a collection of special activities to safely enjoy at Emerald Lake Lodge over the holidays? Elf of the Shelf, Goody Bags, Scavenger Hunt, Prizes and perhaps a very special visit from the North Pole awaits!

What are you waiting for? Book your unique Christmas trip in the Rockies here!

 

NYE Package

Erik McRitchie Photography

We can all agree the 2021 cannot come soon enough! Say goodbye to 2020 and ring in the New Year surrounded by snow covered mountain peaks and an abundance of festive cheer! Toast the New Year in Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff or Emerald Lake Lodge near Field, BC safely with your cohort. This package includes a delicious and socially distanced dinner as well as breakfast the next day!

We are also excited to be offering vegan and gluten free menu options for this special night. Check out our NYE Menus below!

 

Buffalo Mountain Lodge NYE Menu

COCONUT SQUASH SOUP

Pea Shoots, Seared Scallop

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BABY KALE & OAK LEAF SALAD

Orange, Pancetta, Puffed Wild Rice, Blue Cheese,

Charred Lemon Vinaigrette

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LIME GINGER SORBET & PROSECCO

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BROME LAKE DUCK

Pomegranate Cured Breast, Spiced Farro Salad, Gai Lan,

Foie Gras Veal Glaze

or

BISON TENDERLOIN MEDALLIONS

Brown Butter Soy Glaze, Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Edamame,

Celeriac Cream

or

ARCTIC CHAR

Walnut Orange Pesto, Cauliflower & Red Lentil Cake, Grilled Asparagus,

Citrus Cream Dressing

or

PUMPKIN CHICKPEA RAGOUT

Saffron Basmati Rice, Mango Chutney, Coriander Oil

Vegan / Gluten Free

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LYCHEE CRÈME BRÛLÉE

Blueberry, Pomegranate & Cherry Salad, Black Sesame Shortbread

 

Emerald Lake Lodge NYE Menu

SWEET CORN MADELEINES

Crème Frâiche, Chives, Northern Divine Caviar

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GAME CONSOMMÉ

Forest Mushroom Wontons, Vegetable Julienne, Herb Oil

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SEARED KING SCALLOPS

Lobster & Asparagus Risotto, Poached Egg, Arugula, Lobster Cream

or

GRILLED BISON TENDERLOIN

Celeriac Purée & Remoulade, Charred Broccolini, Saskatoon Veal Jus

or

CRISP DUCK BREAST

White Bean Cassoulet, Toasted Panko Tomato Crumble, Foie Gras Reduction

or

BUTTERNUT SQUASH LASAGNA

Spinach, Heirloom Beets, King Oyster Mushrooms, Cashew Cream

Vegan / Gluten Free

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GALA DESSERT

 

Don’t miss out on a memorable stay! Book your visit here!

 

Winter Activities

As the snow falls and lakes freeze here in the Rockies, it is hard to not get excited about the abundance of activities to enjoy this season!

Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding

Paul Zizka Photography

Skiing in the Canadian Rockies offers the opportunity of a lifetime to ski the lightest and airiest powder revered by skiers and boarders worldwide. The Canadian Rocky Mountains are one of the few places on earth blessed with the conditions that create an extremely light and airy powder. Enjoy skiing at nearby resorts such as Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise!

Cross-Country Skiing

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The ideal exercise for both beginners and advanced athletes, this opportunity to be out in the wilderness, surrounded by the peace, quiet and majesty of the Rockies is unparalleled. There are many groomed trails throughout Banff, Lake Louise and around Emerald Lake.

Snowshoeing

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Snowshoeing is an exhilarating way to travel across the blanket of snow that covers the mountains each winter. Traverse across frozen Lake Louise or Emerald Lake or on the many trails surrounding Banff, Lake Louise, or Emerald Lake. You will feel light as a feather as you crunch through snow drifts while exploring the Rocky Mountains in the winter.

Ice Skating

Paul Zizka Photography

One of winter’s greatest pleasures surely must be ice skating. Glide across the ice as the cold winter air nips at your cheeks. Combined with stunning rocky mountain scenery, this is a must-do activity for all visitors to the area!

Dog Sledding

Paul Zizka Photography

Fun for the whole family, this old-fashioned mode of transport is an exhilarating way to experience the Rocky Mountains during the winter. Led by a team of huskies, savor the sights as you are whisked through picturesque mountain trails.  Tours are available in Banff and Lake Louise.

 

Learn more about some of our favourite winter activities!

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