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Matt Mosteller | 05.10.2019

Finally—you’re ready and now there’s no excuse not to go. Fact is, the tug of goodness your dog provides can make your road trips so much more enjoyable. Don’t despair, you both can share drool-worthy adventure time together. No more doggie daycare; freedom is calling. Like you, your pup needed to feel that rush of wind in the face, so leave those devices and distractions behind and head for the northern Rocky Mountain region of Idaho, Montana, Alberta, and British Columbia. This area is super-sized—colossal, really. Take a moment to realize this place has a longer coastline than California, Oregon and Washington combined. What’s more impressive? The mega mountain ranges which ripple across the hinterland of British Columbia.

Pup, this is the place to be. We can assure you they all have puppy retreats and plenty of outside play time within the length of a leash.


Emerald Lake Lodge is nestled in the finest hiking country in the northern Rockies. Matt Mosteller.

Emerald Lake Lodge, British Columbia

You’ll be fighting the urge to look up in every direction as you wind down a steep section of the highway from Calgary to Emerald Lake Lodge, embedded in Yoho National Park. This is the hiking gem of can’t-miss national parks in this region. After a long day on the trail, let the pup snuggle up next to your very own in-room fireplace for some well-deserved relaxation time. Hike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski the loop trail right outside your front door, take that Insta-famous shot of the cabin scene, and be sure to treat yourself at the masterful dining pleasures located here.

Ymir, British Columbia

Over 40 acres, Logden Lodge is a unique escape that should be enough for the pup to unleash that endless energy. You and the furry one will love this classic designer cabin nestled in the wild, making you feel secluded and disconnected in the best of ways. The cool cabin collection will fire up your Insta feed, but more importantly, we think the calm is what makes this area so special.


Sunrise at Trickle Creek Lodge in Kimberley. Matt Mosteller.

Kimberley, British Columbia

Let Kimberley take over. A good place to be, the pedestrian-only main street is a perfect location to parade around with your pooch, taste craft beer and dine with friends. It holds a variety of foodie delights, like The Shed and Pedal and Tap, complete with pup friendly porches. Stay with Trickle Creek Lodge, at the base of Kimberley Alpine Resort. If you time it right during the winter, don’t miss the variety of events that celebrate best-dressed dog contests. Also, be sure to head out on the Kimberley Nature Park trails for snowshoeing, dog hikes, and pooch play.

Canmore, Alberta

From Canmore, make your way up into the Spray Valley Provincial Park, as it’s lesser known and less populated than Banff National Park and located in Kananaskis Country. This mountain kingdom harbors its own mountain magic, high country, alpine lakes—all just waiting for you. Stay in a car-accessible, backcountry-like lodge called Mount Engadine Lodge, whose beauty broods in winter and becomes trail central in the summer. Stay in the lodge or their new glamping tents. Their wonderful meals and dog-friendly team are just some of the reasons your furry one will like it here.


The happiest guest at Snow Creek Cabin. Matt Mosteller.

Fernie, British Columbia

Sneak away into a large cedar forest with your own Snow Creek cabin, managed by Fernie Lodging Co., complete with a claw-foot tub for your soak time while your paw pal can roll outside your door in their own "fairy tail" land. Whether you're into big tires, wide powder sticks, or great hiking time, Fernie is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts who want to play on a big scale. In the summer, the Fernie scene includes over 200 miles of singletrack trails, which ought to get you heated up, or five alpine bowls. Both options start outside your cabin door. Don’t miss the historic downtown main street, which is doggie friendly with tons of patio time and dinner delights.

Bozeman, Montana

Easily wander main street in Bozeman from the most amazing city stay. The uber cool decor will beckon you back inside your room here at The Lark Bozeman. Check in, get your field guide from the super friendly staff who will happily assist you on your Yellowstone National Park adventure-making details. This place proudly supports its local scene, from the one-of-a-kind art adorning each room to the specialty Treeline coffee roasted here and served up each morning. Map reading with the pup is easy while you sip on java and plan your day’s adventures.


Prepping for powder turns as the sun rises over Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden. Matt Mosteller.

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia

Dreams are made here. Stay at Lush Mountain Accommodation for one of the best selections of private luxury mountain homes in the heart of the forest, which makes morning walks easy and unforgettable. One of Canada’s newest ski destinations, Kicking Horse hosts the only North American stop for the Freeride World Tour—famous for some of the most challenging terrain and champagne powder. If you’re looking for more places to roam, check out The Blaeberry Gorge Alpine Ranch and unleash the little ripper here for playtime in the field.

Ketchum, Idaho

You and your four-legged friend will feel like stars here, glowing after a day on the trail to one of the many alpine lakes north of town or walking the myriad trails that start from the hotel’s door step. Any season, the Limelight Hotel Ketchum is a place for dogs. The lobby after skiing or summer activities is a dog social, complete with specialty pizza and craft beer for you and biscuits and hugs for him. Don’t forget your game face for a killer round of shuffleboard before retiring to your deluxe room—including a dog bed—knowing you’ll wake up fresh for more plush pet time.


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