Calgary is the largest city in Canada’s Alberta province. The city lies at the meeting point of two mighty rivers at the foothills of the Canadian Rockies.

This magical combination of big city living and immense natural beauty makes Calgary the kind of destination that offers a little something for everyone. You can go from exploring the outdoors on a bicycle to hitting the nightspots all in one day. From the iconic Banff National Park to top city events like the Calgary Stampede, the city is a veritable all-in-one destination. 

As one would expect from such a diverse destination, there’s plenty of unique accommodation in Calgary to choose from. Among the various options, you’ll also find some of the very best eco-lodges in Calgary.

We understand how important it is to find the perfect place to stay on your travels, so we’ve gathered this list of Calgary’s best eco-lodges to help you make your decision.

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Lofty and New in Bankview

Lofty and New in Bankview is a bright, newly built loft apartment on the Marda Loop in South Calgary. Ideally located for exploring the city, the apartment is a well-equipped base from which to set out.

Places to visit:
  • Peace Bridge
  • Prince’s Island Park
  • Calgary Zoo

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Why Stay in an Eco-lodge in Calgary? 

Why Stay in an Eco Lodge in Calgary

Most visitors to Calgary are hoping to experience the great natural beauty of Banff National Park. What better way to celebrate this nature than by choosing to stay in an eco-lodge in Calgary? This not only offers you a comfortable and memorable stay, but also one that helps to protect its natural surroundings.

As more people aim to travel responsibly, it stands to reason that there would be an increase in eco-lodges and unique accommodation to complement this. Choosing an eco-lodge in Calgary will not only get you closer to nature in a sustainable way, but you’ll have the opportunity to choose from some truly memorable experiences, too. 

What is an Eco-lodge? 

An eco-lodge is any accommodation that is committed to minimizing the impact of its operations on the planet and the local community. Methods include using eco-conscious building materials and methods, implementing water- and energy-saving initiatives, and reducing waste through composting and recycling wherever possible.

It doesn’t stop there! Eco-lodges also aim to uplift and empower local communities by supporting small businesses and promoting local suppliers and services. It also includes providing visitors with easy access to experiences that provide insight into the local culture and heritage. 

Overall Best Eco-lodge in Calgary
Lofty and New in Bankview Calgary
Overall Best Eco-lodge in Calgary

Lofty and New in Bankview

  • > $
  • > 2 guests
  • > Newly built loft in a great location
  • > Light, bright, and well decorated
Best Value Eco-lodge in Calgary
Eco Cabin Off Grid Connected to Nature Calgary
Best Value Eco-lodge in Calgary

Eco Cabin – Off Grid – Connected to Nature

  • > $
  • > 2 guests
  • > Rustic, off-grid straw bale cabin
  • > Back to basics on a working ranch
Best Eco-lodge for Couples
Willow Ridge Cottage Calgary
Best Eco-lodge for Couples

Willow Ridge Cottage

  • > $
  • > 2 guests
  • > Private, rustic cottage overlooking a creek
  • > Simple living with views of nature
Most Ecological Eco-lodge in Calgary
Two Ravens Yurt Calgary
Most Ecological Eco-lodge in Calgary

Two Ravens Yurt

  • > $
  • > 2 guests
  • > Romantic, custom-built yurt
  • > Peaceful and eco-friendly forest retreat
Best Eco-lodge for Families Visiting Calgary
Heart Lake Country Homes Calgary
Best Eco-lodge for Families Visiting Calgary

Heart Lake Country Homes

  • > $
  • > 4 guests
  • > Traditional cabin dating to the 1920s
  • > Off-grid and back-to-basics living
Best Eco-lodge for Solo Travellers
Glamorgan Private Bedroom Calgary
Best Eco-lodge for Solo Travellers

Glamorgan Private Bedroom

  • > $
  • > 1 guest
  • > Calm, quiet and cosy
  • > Great location near all amenities
Best Eco-lodge for a Weekend in Calgary
Century home in downtown Calgary
Best Eco-lodge for a Weekend in Calgary

Century home in downtown Calgary

  • > $
  • > 2 guests
  • > Eco-friendly, Century home
  • > Walking distance to downtown

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Top 15 Eco-lodges in Calgary

We’ve gathered this list of some of the best eco-lodges in Calgary to help you on your mission to find the perfect place to stay. With such a wide variety, there’s something for every travel style and budget!

Overall Best Eco-lodge in Calgary – Lofty and New in Bankview

Lofty and New in Bankview Calgary
  • $
  • 2 guests
  • Newly built loft in a great location
  • Light, bright, and well decorated

The Lofty and New in Bankview apartment is a newly built loft in the heart of South Calgary. Featuring a compact floorplan, vaulted living area ceiling, and plenty of natural light, the apartment is a convenient city bolthole. 

Located in an eco-friendly building, the apartment is oriented to make the most of the natural light through large windows. Insulation ensures that indoor temperatures remain relatively consistent, but heating and air-conditioning are provided. 

Guests can easily explore all that Calgary has to offer, including the Devonian Gardens, Glenbow Museum, and the Peace Bridge. The apartment has its own patio and a fully equipped kitchen for those who want to stay in and relax. 

Best Value Eco-lodge in Calgary – Eco Cabin – Off Grid – Connected to Nature

Eco Cabin Off Grid Connected to Nature Calgary
  • $
  • 2 guests
  • Rustic, off-grid straw bale cabin
  • Back to basics on a working ranch

The Eco Cabin is an unpretentious straw bale cabin offering a pared-back stay close to nature. An old-fashioned outhouse completes the experience of getting back to basics. This cozy and simple retreat has all the essentials needed for a comfortable stay and is ideal if you’re visiting Canada on a budget. 

The cabin only has running water between May and October and has no electricity, so guests are given LED lights and candles. Heating is provided by a wood-burning stove, and the construction of the cabin helps to hold the heat. 

The cabin is located on a working ranch, so there’s plenty of space to explore. The 40-acre ranch can be explored on hikes, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. The town of Cochrane is a short drive away where guests can find all amenities. 

Best Eco-lodge for Couples – Willow Ridge Cottage

Willow Ridge Cottage Calgary
  • $
  • 2 guests
  • Private, rustic cottage overlooking a creek
  • Simple living with views of nature

Willow Ridge Cottage is a quaint and simple cottage overlooking the Jumping Pound Creek. The cottage is fully furnished and makes the perfect place for couples to enjoy quality time together in a beautiful natural setting. 

The cottage is equipped with a composting toilet, biodegradable toiletries, and organic linens. Drinking water is supplied by a reverse osmosis filtration system. Your host can provide detailed information on local wildlife and ecosystems, so feel free to ask. Guests can enjoy daily fresh eggs from the farm. 

The ranch offers plenty of opportunities for walking or horseback riding to explore the scenic area and spot resident wildlife. In winter, guests can skate or go snowshoeing. The ranch itself is a fascinating place to explore with its beehives and chicken coop – if you’re visiting in the Spring, you can even take a beekeeping course. 

Another Great Eco-lodge for Couples – Queenie

Queenie Calgary
Perfect for a romantic escape
  • $$
  • 2 guests
  • Serene retreat in an iconic renovated Airstream 
  • In the foothills of the Rockies

Queenie is a lovingly renovated Airstream trailer with a private deck and hot tub. The kitchen is fully equipped with all the essentials, the bathroom has a shower, toilet, and sink, and the living space has plenty of cushions and space to relax. 

Utilities like hot water, water pressure, and power are provided but are limited, so guests will need to use these consciously. The stove in the kitchen runs on gas which does help keep energy use down. 

The area offers plenty of opportunities for hiking and biking on the many trails in this scenic county. The historic towns of Turner Valley and Black Diamond are within easy reach where guests can pick up supplies or visit the quaint shops and even local breweries. 

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Most Ecological Eco-lodge in Calgary – Two Ravens Yurt

Two Ravens Yurt Calgary
  • $$
  • 2 guests
  • Romantic, custom-built yurt
  • Peaceful and eco-friendly forest retreat

Two Ravens Yurt is a custom-built, all-season retreat offering a unique and romantic escape just 10 minutes from Golden. The yurt and its connected shower house combine modern touches with natural elements to provide a comfortable and peaceful haven. 

From the organic toiletries to the wood stove that heats the space, Two Ravens is built to honor and respect the surrounding nature. The crockery provided is homemade by your host, while her husband offers rafting and canoeing excursions on nearby rivers. 

Guests at Two Ravens can spend time relaxing on the private deck and enjoying the sounds of nature all around. The town of Golden is a short drive away and offers plenty of dining options, as well as a thriving music scene. 

Best Eco-lodge for Families Visiting Calgary – Heart Lake Country Homes

Heart lake Eco Lodge Calgary
Treat the family to this rustic retreat
  • $$$
  • 4 guests
  • Traditional cabin dating to the 1920s
  • Off-grid and back-to-basics living

Heart Lake Country Homes is a rustic, off-grid cabin that dates to the 1920s. The perfect escape from busy city life, the cabin is in a peaceful location surrounded by nature. The cabin is equipped with one queen bed and two singles in the upstairs room – perfect for a small family – and a basic kitchen for preparing meals. There’s no TV or internet but plenty of outdoor adventures to be had – ideal for getting the kids off their gadgets. 

The timber cabin doesn’t have an indoor bathroom or running water. An outhouse is located a short distance from the cabin. Drinking water is supplied. 

There are many hiking trails, water sports, and winter activities to be enjoyed from the cabin, from snowshoeing to cross-country skiing. Explore the foothills of the Kananaskis Mountains, Sheep River Provincial Park, and Blue Rock Mountain. Alternatively, head to Turner Valley or Black Diamond where you can do some shopping or grab a bite to eat. 

Another Great Eco-lodge for Families Visiting Calgary – The Cavvy Bed and Breakfast

The Cavvy Eco Lodge Calgary
  • $$$
  • 4 guests
  • Peaceful retreat in the foothills
  • Great views and room to roam

The Cavvy Bed and Breakfast is a three-bedroom house that includes a Great Room, deck, and patio. Each bedroom comes with an ensuite bathroom a cozy fireplace.

Most of the electricity at the Cavvy is produced by solar panels, and no gas is used in the house. There’s an astrological observatory nearby, so the aim is to minimize as much light pollution as possible.

The area offers plenty of fun activities to suit every family member. Visit the nearby Rothney Observatory and the Leighton Centre, or check out the nearby pools, tennis courts, and golf courses. The area has plenty of trails for hiking, cycling, skiing, and even horseback riding. 

Best Eco-lodge for Solo Travellers – Glamorgan Private Bedroom

Glamorgan Private Bedroom Eco Lodge Calgary
  • $
  • 1 guest
  • Calm, quiet and cosy
  • Great location near all amenities

Glamorgan Private Bedroom is a neat and peaceful single bedroom in a great location close to downtown Calgary. In addition to a shared full kitchen and bathroom, the space also features a backyard area – perfect for a barbeque. 

The house is a toxin-free environment, so eco-friendly cleaning detergents and toiletries are provided. The eco-friendly room is within walking distance of a number of town amenities, including a grocery store, restaurants, bars, and a movie theatre. 

While located in a quiet suburb of Calgary, the room is within easy reach of the city via public transport. Guests can head out to explore popular attractions like the Heritage Park Historical Village, Calgary Farmers’ Market, and the Glenbow Museum. 

Best Eco-lodge for a Weekend in Calgary – Century home in downtown Calgary

Century home eco lodge in downtown Calgary
  • $
  • 2 guests
  • Eco-friendly, Century home
  • Walking distance to downtown

Built almost one hundred years ago, the Century Home is the perfect base for anyone spending a weekend in Calgary. Guests have access to their en-suite bedroom as well as the living room, basic kitchen facilities, and a deck on the second floor with a barbeque. 

Waste from the house is either composted or recycled wherever possible. Guests can easily access downtown on foot, use public transport, or borrow one of the free bicycles on offer. 

Calgary has over 1,000km of trails to explore, for those wanting to enjoy the outdoors. Top attractions like McHugh Bluff, Prince’s Island Park, and the TELUS Spark Science Museum are all within easy reach. 

Another Great Eco-lodge for a Weekend in Calgary – Inner-city Tiny House

Inner-city Tiny Eco lodge Calgary
  • $$
  • 2 guests
  • Independent tiny house
  • Well-equipped and comfortable 

The Inner-city Tiny House is the ideal retreat for travelers spending a day or two in Calgary. Located in the backyard of the main house, the Tiny House is fully equipped with the essentials needed for a comfortable stay, including access to the shared garden area. 

The house is water-efficient and has been designed to be as sustainable as possible. There’s a waterless no-odor composting toilet to further minimize water use. 

The surrounding neighborhood has everything you could want within easy reach, from restaurants and markets to craft breweries, bakeries, and supermarkets. There are loads of places to visit in Calgary, including museums, parks, and scenic lookouts to explore. 

Eco-lodge with an Epic Location – Rustic Riverside Camping (Equinox Tent)

Rustic Riverside Camping Equinox Tent Calgary
  • $
  • 4 guests
  • Authentic yurt on the riverbanks
  • Memorable nature experience

The Rustic Riverside Camping Equinox Tent sleeps up to four people in two double beds. The spacious and rustic yurt, equipped with a propane stove, cooking kit, fire pit, and picnic table. 

The yurt has access to a shared shower, heated by propane, as well as a waterless compost toilet. There’s no electricity, allowing guests to fully enjoy nature – epic stargazing, the sounds of nature, and a true camping experience.  

The yurt is surrounded by trails and green spaces, and there’s a town nearby for you to explore.

Another Great Eco-lodge with an Epic Location – Onespot Crossing Campground

Onespot Crossing Campground Calgary
  • $$
  • 4 guests
  • Family-owned campground on First Nation’s land
  • Back-to-basics camping experience

Located just outside the town of Bragg Creek, Onespot Crossing Campground offers a back-to-basics nature experience alongside the river on First Nation’s land. The tents are well-furnished with all the essentials, a gas stove, cooler, and picnic table. 

There’s no electricity, but guests do receive flashlights, solar lights, and a portable cell phone charger. The washroom facilities include a waterless compost toilet and a propane shower.

Around the yurt, there’s plenty of space to roam and explore. The small town of Bragg Creek is nearby – pick up some supplies, grab a bite to eat, and get to meet a few of the locals. 

Best Eco-lodge for Views – KnolLodge

KnolLodge Calgary
  • $$
  • 2 guests
  • Independent guest room adjacent to the house 
  • Panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains

KnolLodge is a rustic timber cabin attached to the main house. The compact space is a comfortable place to escape to enjoy the panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains in the distance – spectacular at any time of year. 

The house has been constructed using mostly timber to provide a cozy, well-insulated retreat. There’s a small fridge, coffee maker, and a microwave for preparing food, as well as a barbeque, so electricity usage is minimized. A gas fireplace warms the space. 

Guests can visit the horses and two large, friendly dogs which live on the property or set off to explore this beautiful area on a hike or a mountain bike. Horseback riding is also available.

Most Beautiful Eco-lodge in Calgary – Brother Fish Ranch

Brother Fish Ranch Eco Lodge Calgary
What’s cooler than a tipi?!
  • $
  • 2 guests
  • Authentic tipi experience in nature
  • Ideal for outdoor enthusiasts 

Brother Fish Ranch sits on a farm just a few minutes south of Calgary. The authentic tipis were designed, built, and blessed in partnership with members of the Tsuu T’ina First Nations

The tipis have been exquisitely decorated to provide a traditional feel with a touch of luxury. A smudging ceremony and the story of the tipi are provided before guests enter the tipi. 

As the tipis are located on a working acreage, there are goats, horses, and chickens on the property, as well as dogs and cats. The area is a haven for hiking, biking, and bird watching. Avid fly fishermen will enjoy a world-class experience. 

Another Beautiful Eco-lodge in Calgary – Bear Bungalow

Bear Bungalow Calgary
  • $
  • 2 guests
  • Rustic mountain cabin
  • Camp-like setting with fire pit

Bear Bungalow is a compact wood and stone loft located within a wooded area in the Wildcat Hills. The cabin has a compact floor plan with a loft sleeping space. There’s a shared fire pit area – perfect for enjoying a barbeque. 

There’s no running water, but guests have access to the tap and showers at the main house. The outhouse contains a composting toilet to further keep water usage down. The cabin is heated by a wood-burning stove. 

At the cabin, guests can enjoy a real break away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The surrounding woodland is the perfect place to relax and unwind in a natural setting.

Final Thoughts on Eco-lodges in Calgary

The diverse and vibrant city of Calgary is a sort of one-stop-shop for travelers to Canada. It offers that big city feeling and an ever-growing events schedule with easy access to pristine natural landscapes and outdoor adventures. 

More travelers are opting to live a sustainable and environmentally conscious life, and the growing number of eco-lodges in Calgary helps you do just that.

Whether you’re looking for a family vacation spot, a modern stay in the heart of the city, or a unique romantic retreat, you’re sure to find something that ticks all the boxes among our list of the best eco-lodges in Calgary. 

Now you’ve got a good idea of where to stay in Calgary, it’s a good idea to consider getting travel insurance. Canada is safe to visit, but it’s always good to have a backup in case things don’t go to plan.

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