365 Canadian Sights | Day 311: Prince of Wales Hotel

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Ok, so when I do a theme week I sometimes have to leave a place or two off.

That’s the case with the Prince of Wales Hotel, one of Canada’s grandest railroad hotels. Built-in a meadow at the foot of a Rocky Mountain, the location looks like something from a fairytale. It should be noted it’s in a national park.

Actually, it’s on the shore of Upper Waterton Lake in Waterton National Park. So it’s got a pretty good view of the star attraction.

The architecture isn’t quite a castle though. The bright red and green colours and chalet-style make it look more like a Christmas special scene.

Together it’s an iconic shot, with the hotel (built in 1927) standing out against all backgrounds, given that it was built well clear of anything else its height (the nearby hamlet is, well, a hamlet). It’s a national historic site and national park together.

Located in the very southwest corner of Alberta, this is located at essentially the end of the road (I mean, there’s a Range Road that goes on past the hotel, but it ends at a nearby lake). You’ll need to drive there, and that’s a three-hour trip south from Calgary.

If you want to stay inside, you’re looking at about $250 a night.

As a hotel it’s well regarded, TripAdvisor says, but it’s not listed as a point of interest, which is unfortunate, since it’s both. There’s a lot of other websites touching on it, as well, including it’s National Historic Site designation, Tourism Alberta profile and a National Geographic travel article.

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How stunning is the @princeofwaleshotelca in Waterton, AB? 😍🏨 According to @yelp reviewer Chad B. from the United States, “I have to say that this was the best hotel experience of my life. The ancient feeling hotel sits majestically on top of a big hill overlooking the mountains, a beautiful lake and the town of Waterton. The hotel is very old and almost feels like staying in a Harry Potter kind of hotel. But trust me – this is a good thing.” 📸: @swissclick_photography . . . . . . . . #canadavisa #canada #cdnimm #canadian #immigration #canadianimmigration #visitcanada #explorecanada #exploremore #welltravelled #tourismcanada #beautifuldestinations #destinationcanada #alberta #albertacanada #explorealberta #travelalberta #albertaadventures #waterton #watertonlakesnationalpark #watertonpark #nationalpark #parkscanada #princeofwaleshotel #luxuryhotel #rustichotel #hotelcanada #nationalhistoricsite

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