We are thrilled to share our mountain escape with all of you! The Lake Placid Lodge is a place for connection, rest, and relaxation. A cozy two bedroom condo located at the base of the Creekside Gondola in Whistler, British Columbia, the lodge has beautiful mountain views, ski in and out, and a shared hot tub and sauna. It’s truly a modern adventurer's dream.

We partnered with the talented team at Stay Here to bring this property to life. Today, we are excited to share a behind the scenes look at how the design came together and share a few of our favourite brands that we can’t wait for you to experience at the lodge yourself. 

Without further ado: let’s dive into the renovations!

Let’s start in the kitchen. The kitchen before was very cramped with a teeny fridge, dated cabinetry, cheap builder basic countertops and dated appliances.

We replaced all of the lower cabinet bases with IKEA bases that we outfitted with stunning tailor made ivory oak slab fronts from Kitch. Retrofitting IKEA cabinets was a way for us to achieve a really high end look at a lower price point than custom millwork. 

You’ll notice quite a few different themes carried out at the lodge, one of those being a checkerboard pattern. Channelling inspiration from the 70s, we tiled the entire backsplash, countertop and waterfall edge creating this bold checkerboard pattern using dolomite and tusk tile from Fireclay Tile.

We went with a modern 30” stove (previously we were only able to fit a 24” stove here- but by switching from the builder grade cabinets to IKEA we gained more cupboard and counter space overall.) These putty toned small appliances from Haden perfectly match our dolomite tiles and our retro fridge.

We love to cook and we’ve made sure the lodge is fully stocked with everything you need to impress your friends with your dinner party skills. We’ve got a SMEG coffee maker, an Our Place Always Pan, and we were sure to include a dishwasher so you can have a stress free stay. 

We took down the upper cabinetry in favour of beautiful open shelving also from Kitch. We went with their floating shelves in Casa Blanca. In terms of dishware we found this green set from IKEA that was the perfect tone and we peppered in some of our favourite homewares from Sterling Harper Home.

We found a beautiful brown & cream checker print wool Turkish Tulu rug from a small vintage shop in Montreal called Maison Singulier that adds that extra layer of comfort underfoot for morning coffee.

In the dining room and throughout the main floor we replaced the cheap dark vinyl with a beautiful blonde oak luxury vinyl, brightening the entire space over all. All the walls got a fresh coat of Chantilly Lace from Benjamin Moore and the mirrored closet was replaced with these clean modern slab style door that we painted out in Sherwin Williams’ At Ease Soldier

During a site visit trip to the condo our designers Autumn and Jilly found this set of matching vintage benches at a local antique shop in Vancouver. 

We love the old wood and natural imperfections, bringing in that warm cozy element to the space. To ground this room we went with this absolutely stunning Rocco black concrete dining table from Moe’s Home, also based out of Vancouver. We love the beautiful shape with the chubby legs and rounded top. The focal point of this vignette has definitely got to be this oversized Hula Hoop Rattan Pendant light from Hudson Valley. It gives off the coziest glow for shared meals at the table. We used the space behind the table to display this hand woven wall tapestry from the artist Candice Luter.

In the living room we painted out the brick fireplace and added the white MALSA sofa from Article. We really liked the natural pine wood on the fireplace and were happy to see that wood tone repeated on the bottom of the Article sofa. One thing we particularity loved about this sofa is that the slipcover is removable making it easy to clean as needed between guest visits. We love the comfort of the feather mix cushions.

The white fur shag rug was another vintage find we got from Attic Treasures in Vancouver. It’s the perfect texture to add warmth to this room. This chubby leg coffee table was made in Quebec at a place called Found Shop, pulling in more of that light oak colour from our floors and repeating the cylinder legs from the dining table. We styled the sofa with signature round boucle pillows and outfitted our bench seat with the same material. 

Whenever we can, we love to support local brands and shops. One of the big brand values at the Lodge is connection and being present. We incorporated this Phone Home from local ceramicist Rachel Saunders to promote unplugging and connecting in real life.

Another local shop we love is 122 West which is walking distance from the lodge. This shop offers a carefully curated unique selection of home decor, furniture, art and gifts. We love this oversized photograph print titled Slalom in a beautiful black painted oak frame, that playfully repeats our wiggle pattern seen throughout the space.

In addition to a communal outdoor hot tub, the lodge also features a private little patio great for a drink with views of the mountains.

In the powder room we repeated our check pattern from the kitchen on the floor in a 6x6 size in dolomite and tusk. We went with this beautiful handmade eucalyptus tile from Fireclay on the walls and refaced our IKEA vanity in an ivory oak slab from Kitch.

Heading upstairs, we added lush green carpet that feels super cozy underfoot. Moving into the primary washroom we went crazy with tile, tiling the entire room — including the tub! We went with eucalyptus from Fireclay tile. We love the slight variations in the tone of the green. We contrasted the greens with black plumbing fixtures throughout. The vanity was previously wood that we painted to match all of our doors. Our accessory splurge in this space was our green check bathmat from BAINA, which was a MUST have for this room. 

We elevated all of the doors in the property by switching to slab style that we painted out in Sherwin Williams’ At Ease Soldier. An easy way to make doors feel high end is to outfit them with high quality hardware. In this case, we went with tumbled bronze finished levers from Emtek.

As a way to save budget and create a major impact upstairs, we used carpet tiles to create a checkerboard formation on the entire upper floor. This was a creative way to stretch our budget in a way that provided the most visual interest. For our primary bed frame we repeated the honey oak wood tone from our kitchen cabinets downstairs with this stunning Kouva Oak wood storage bed from Article. 

We love that this frame includes a ledge on top that can be used for little styling moments and the functional open concept shelving with discreet cord cut outs.

The shelves on either side are the perfect size to fit these brass based lights from Hudson Valley. We combined the headboard with the Basi Oak King frame from Article as well for a sleek minimal aesthetic. 

Throughout the entire unit we went with linen blend roman shades from Select Blinds. On our master bed we went with this ultra cozy sleep bundle from Flax Home in the colour cloud.  All of the mattresses are made in Canada by the brand Hamuq.

In the secondary bedroom we wanted to create a space that could be leveraged in two different ways. This room can function like what we referred to as a “conversation pit” with the beds along each wall. It feels very communal, cozy and conversational which is super fun for friends or a bigger family.

This room can also be re-arranged so that the bed frames become a king-sized bed for when we have couples visiting. Guests can just specify how they’d like the room set and the property managers will take care of the rest! A fun layer in this space is the squiggle pillows from local artist Annie Axtell. And of course, the room wouldn’t be complete without our favourite super soft sheets from Annie Selke

Take a peek at how The Lake Placid Lodge came to be in this project reveal video from Stay Here

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“Checkerboard Charm” — Fireclay Tile

“Tiled Countertops Have Never Looked Cooler Than All Over This U-Shaped Kitchen” — Domino Magazine 

Architectural Digest Pro Feature

Project: The Lake Placid Lodge by @you.should.stay.here @lakeplacidwhistler 

Interior Design: @autumnhacheydesign x @twenty.two.twelve for Stay Here

Photography: Michelle Johnson @mjay.photography for Stay Here +

Gillian Stevens @gillianstevens for Stay Here x The Lake Placid Lodge

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Whether you’re spending your days on the slopes or hiking the Canadian Rockies, you’re sure to build up an appetite when visiting Whistler. The dining scene in Whistler is extremely varied, from laid back pizza joints to contemporary fine dining. Foodies from all over the world are sure to find something that suits their taste buds. 

We’ve curated a list of some of our favourite spots to dine in Whistler, keeping in mind some suggestions for those who are travelling with littles and want an option that offers a kid’s menu.

Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar

For over ten years, Araxi has been widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in Whistler. Culinary Director at Araxi, James Walt, is known to be a pioneer of “farm-to-table” dining, and poured his principles of seasonally focused meals into the offerings at Araxi. If seafood is your thing, you can enjoy freshly shucked oysters at the Araxi Oyster Bar daily starting at 5pm.

Pasta Lupino

For a more affordable (but still just as delicious) option, try out local Italian joint Pasta Lupino. Enjoy freshly made pastas, sauces, bread, and gourmet Italian groceries. This spot is great for grab-and-go meals - grab a serving or two of their famous Chicken Parmigiana and head back to the lodge to watch a movie.

Rim Rock Cafe

Rim Rock is an iconic, locally-loved spot to dine in Whistler, known for its game and seafood offerings. Reviews often boast of excellent service, delicious meals, and a relaxing and warm atmosphere. For the wine lovers: their wine list boasts over 350 international labels to accommodate the best pairings for your meal.

21 Steps Kitchen + Bar

21 Steps is a great option for those who want to enjoy elevated, modern comfort food in an inviting atmosphere. It is locally owned and operated and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. This spot has a pretty substantial kid’s menu and can accommodate even the pickiest of eaters. 

Creekbread

Although there are many pizza joints in Whistler to choose from, Creekbread is one of the most popular - and for a good reason! This spot prides itself in serving organic, handmade and wood-fired flatbread pizzas made with locally sourced ingredients. Head over to Creekbread’s Instagram page to check out their weekly special pizzas.

In the past few years (because of factors beyond our control), we have been living our lives almost exclusively through technology. The nature of the hyperconnected almost feels natural now: it has become routine to stay glued to our screens to make sure we’re in the loop. Everything moves so fast and, yet, we still feel behind. This raises the question: is it really still possible to disconnect from our technology and genuinely feel grounded within that experience?

There is something inherently humbling about not being able to reach for our smartphones to flip through when our hands feel empty. It seems simple enough, but after so long of relying on screens for connection for so long, we’re left feeling even more disconnected than we were before. We feel as though leaving our screens unattended is “wasted time”. For example, if you left your phone and computer off for two hours right now, what kind of emotions would you experience? Do you feel a sense of urgency or anxiety? Or do you feel calm and composed? No matter what feelings overcome you during that period of time, it is easy enough to analyze those emotions and understand the damage that having a dependency on technology can have on your overall well being.

When visiting, we invite you to try disconnecting from your tech and taking some time to let your mind and body have a rest. Here are some suggestions for things to do or see while staying at The Lake Placid Lodge:

Give your phone a spot to live while you disconnect with Rachel Saunders’ Phone HomeAs described by Rachel, the Phone Home is designed to inspire and encourage healthy tech boundaries, mindful screen time, and a restorative sleep routine.

Dive headfirst into nature by enjoying a day on the slopes, sans phone. Creekside Gondola is a mere two minute walk from the front door and takes you up to Whistler Mountain. Don’t have skis? No problem! Can-Ski is a well-known rental service right across the street from the Lodge.

If you’re looking for a way to soothe your body after a long day of skiing, Yogacara Whistler offers an “Après Flow” for unwinding.

Visit the Scandinave Spa to enjoy the hot baths and get a Swedish Relaxation massage to unwind.

Get a 60-minute facial catered to your specific skin concerns at Creekside Health with their in-house skin care expert, Serena.

If you love immersing yourself in beautiful, dynamic architecture as well as Canadian art, Audain Art Museum is the perfect place to spend an afternoon.

The Lake Placid Lodge is a unique vacation experience, one where guests can fully immerse themselves in amazing products in an iconic Canadian destination, Whistler. Our mission is to infuse the space with understated luxury by showcasing well made, carefully curated products in one rentable, shoppable home away from home. 

The lodge was branded and fully designed by the team at Stay Here. As the lodge continues to come together we want to give you a sneak peek into a few of the intentionally curated pieces you will find around the lodge during your stay…we hope you love them as much as we do!

Phone Home by Rachel Saunders

Canadian based artist, Rachel Saunders, places value on simplicity, functionality, sustainability, and playfulness. We selected the ceramic Phone Home to inspire harmony throughout the Lodge - giving every object an intentional spot to live - while also encouraging mindful connection.

Annie Axtell Squiggle Pillows

Sourcing pieces from local artists & makers was something important to us throughout the design process. We are huge fans of everything Annie Axtell creates - right from her studio in Vancouver, BC! We can’t wait to tuck one of these velvet squiggle pillows into the Lodge.

Baina Bath Mat

We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to incorporate two of the Stay Here team’s favorite things: checkerboard and sage. Baina believes in creating ceremony into your daily bath routine and we can’t wait for you to step into luxury with this 100% organic cotton bath mat featured in the Master Bath at the Lake Placid Lodge.

Flax Luxury Linen Bedding

To ensure the best sleep possible, we selected linen bedding from Flax Home. Their products are designed out of Vancouver, BC and ethically made. Believe us when we say you will not be able to wait to crawl into bed after a long day on the slopes or adventuring around Whistler once you experience sleeping on Flax Linen.

Heel’r Shampoo + Conditioner

Locally made right here in Whistler, BC! You can look forward to experiencing this 100% natural shampoo & conditioner from Heel’r. Their products are derived from plants without any preservatives or harsh chemicals. You will fall in love with the woodsy-sweet scent and plant-powered properties that boost shine, strength and growth.

Food is one of the many joys of life! And when you’re on holiday at least half of the fun is good food. And what’s more fun than having a pizza party? Our suggestion when staying a night at The Mount Rundle Hideaway? Grab a pizza to go at one of our top four favourite pizza places in Canmore.

Sidedough Pizza

Their story? Well, it’s simply to make “dough on the side”, this pop-up pizza place owned by Crazyweed Kitchen has a small but crazily delicious menu. If you’re looking for simply amazing pizza, this is the place to be! Perfect to eat for a night in at The Mount Rundle Hideaway!

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Red Rock Pizza

Okotoks and Canmore’s newest locally-owned pizza shop. Red Rock Pizza offers a wide variety of pizzas, from the true classic Margherita pizza to a desert Apple Pie Pizza or the Mango Tango. Out on a date? Then try out the Date Deal, that’s 2 small pizzas and a salad to share. Our own personal favourites are their Pizza of the Month or the Red Rock Experience.

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Rocky Mountain Flatbread

Rocky Mountain Flatbread is passionate about using local & organic products, free-range organic meat and Ocean Wise Seafood. Eating at their restaurant means you’ll get to enjoy the freshest ingredients that make for artisanally made dishes. Watch while your flatbread pizza, pasta or any other dish is being made from their open kitchen and artisanal ovens. They’ve also got you covered if you’re a true wine or beer lover with their selection of local craft beer and B.C. wines. If you’re a fan of Sangria make sure to be there on Monday, when you can get a glass of Sangria for just $5! Allergic to wheat or nuts? They have many alternative options for the pizza lover who is gluten intolerant or has a nut allergy.

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Rocket Pie Pizza

For Rocket Pie Pizza everything started with their love for pizza! Owned by a father and son duo on the edge of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, their specialty lies in Neapolitan-style pizza that’s baked in a state-of-the-art stone-fired oven with a touch of New York to finish it all up. And if you’re in the mood for a drink, they’ve also got a wide selection of local beers, ciders and fancy cocktails to choose from! If you’re in the mood for a summery drink with a twist of Aperol Spritz we suggest the Rocket Pie Spritz.

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We hope our list of favourite pizza places in Canmore inspired your next pizza party in the neighbourhood of Canmore. Book your stay at The Mount Rundle Hideaway (and be sure to join our mailing list for updates on bookings, cancellations, giveaways, and more!).

Nestled within the Canadian Rockies, Canmore has no shortage of outdoor activities to experience. This small town never fails to provide visitors with much-needed reconnection to nature, no matter what time of year you decide to come and explore. 

Because of this, we decided to put together five of our favourite outdoor activities for the nature-lovers out there.

Ha Ling Peak

Located in Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park, Ha Ling Peak is a 7.24km out & back route that is considered to be fairly challenging. This peak offers arguably the most rewarding views out of all of the hikes in Bow Valley, as it is approximately 3385 feet above Canmore and offers 360 views. Keep in mind that if you will be hiking in the winter months, many experienced hikers suggest micro crampons because of possible slick spots.

Three Sisters Pathway

The Three Sisters Pathway is a great option for those with littles that love to bike ride. Rent bikes from Rebound Cycle and explore this nearly 10km route, winding in between the foothills of the Rockies.

Trail Ride with Boundary Ranch

Boundary Ranch is located 35 minutes outside of Canmore and offers amazing trail ride experiences on horseback. They have a variety of trail rides to choose from depending on how long you’d like your experience to be and what views you’d like to see. They even offer a trail ride that ends with a BBQ burger lunch, which is one of their most popular experiences. Boundary Ranch states that kids six and older are able to join the trail rides. Alternatively, they offer pony rides for kids.

Grassi Lakes Trail

Grassi Lakes Trail is located in Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park and is a moderately challenging trail. At 3.38km, it is a fairly quick route, taking an average of 1 hour and 20 minutes to complete. Similar to its sister trail, Ha Ling Peak, hikers suggest crampons for the winter months due to potential slippery areas. In the summer, it makes for an excellent family hike.

Policeman’s Creek Boardwalk

Widely regarded as a super easy, family-friendly route, Policeman’s Creek Boardwalk is a scenic trail that starts in Canmore’s downtown core. The trail is approximately 4.8km that winds alongside small bodies of water and through forested areas. The entrance is located near the Big Head Sculpture on 8th Street. Grab a coffee and croissant from Communitea Cafe and head out on your adventure.

Have fun adventuring (and don’t forget to hydrate)!

The Mount Rundle Hideaway is a bespoke whimsical escape tucked into the rocky mountain town of Canmore Alberta. We’re a place where families can retreat to nature and explore the great outdoors with an oh-so-cozy townhome to return to after a day full of adventures. The perfect spot to enjoy a bottle of wine and some board games with the kids! We’ve poured our hearts into creating this property and care so much about providing the BEST stay possible for our guests. 

After undergoing a renovation and opening our doors in 2019, we partnered up with Stay Here in 2020 to give our branding an update. Pulling inspiration from our colourful interior design and and our quirky brand personality, the Stay Here team drew inspiration from Wes Anderson to rebrand our property and re launch our Instagram. Check out how we brought this branding to life!

It’s been so fun to see our property evolve into a fully branded experience with so many touchpoints for our guests to engage with. From our branded welcome guide to our postcards upon arrival, to Mount Rundle playing cards for guest stays, we’ve thought of everything right down to our seasonally curated playlists. We’ve recently also introduced a personalized concierge service in collaboration with Pristine Peaks who are a text away to answer any of your questions about day trips, things to see and do, and the best pizza in town!

Stay tuned for some fun upcoming announcements like our “Explore Your Backyard” contest and the launch of our General Store! We are so excited to continue to build our brand and expand our short term rental business. Thank you for being here, we can’t wait to host you!

During your stay at the hideaway, you’ll definitely want to get a taste of what kind of food and drink this picturesque town has to offer. Whether it be after your day of skiing (or tubing) at Mount Norquay or before your walk on the scenic Policemans Creek Boardwalk Trail, you can be sure that Canmore has something to offer you and your littles. 

Find below our curated list of five different, locally-loved spots to eat and drink while you stay with us.

The Communitea Cafe

Known for their large variety of in-house tea blends, delicious breakfast and lunch options, and community-based atmosphere, the Communitea Cafe is a great place to bring the kids for a wholesome, tasty meal. The cafe is also known for its environmental efforts, planting one tree for every order placed. Swing by Communitea and try out one of their many tea blends or popular breakfast bowls.

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Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. is an award winning family-friendly restaurant that offers handcrafted, wood fired flatbread pizzas with local toppings. They are known for their pizza but also offer a variety of other eats, including locally made pastas, housemade salads, and lots of options for kids. Here is a tip for those of you staying during the week: on Tuesday evenings, they offer 50% off kid’s menu items and $2 off tall craft beer cans.

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BLAKE Brewhouse & Distillery

BLAKE is a modern, airy spot to enjoy award-winning dishes alongside beer brewed in-house. They offer everything from brunch to dinner to dessert including shakshouka eggs, cauliflower steak, and salted honey cheesecake. Pop by for their Happy Hour and enjoy one of the many signature cocktails offered utilizing in-house distilled spirits.

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The Grizzly Paw + Tank310

The Grizzly Paw is a micro pub and brewery that offers signature brews as well as handcrafted, caffeine free sodas. They are both made using local, fresh, cold mountain water and are hand packaged by locals. On the third floor of the brewery, Tank310 is a dining spot that provides diners with a variety of dishes such as soups, pizza, burgers, and salads. The real shining feature of this spot is the views of the surrounding Rockies, including the Three Sisters, Ha Ling Peak and Mount Rundle.

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Crazyweed Kitchen

This rustic, casual fine dining spot is a great place to getaway for date night. Known for their use of locally sourced ingredients and global wine list of over 200 options. It is an ideal dinner option for anyone looking to enjoy a unique dining experience. Crazyweed also has a selection of cocktails to-go, including their well-known Passionfruit Mojito cocktail.

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We are excited to announce our calendar is now OPEN to book for Summer 2022!

To get you excited for a trip to Canmore, we have collected the best things to do around town during the Summer from our friends and concierge partner, Pristine Peaks!

Photos by Kristina Lynne during her family's stay at Mount Rundle

Hiking

You can’t beat the hiking opportunities around Canmore, Banff, and Lake Louise! Pristine Peaks Tip: Download the app AllTrails to have access to local hikes, timing, reviews and directions to make it a breeze!

Biking

Whether you rent a regular or electric bike, we recommend cruising the Legacy Trail. This beautiful bike path will take you to Banff from Canmore!

Canoeing

Head over to the Banff Canoe Club and rent a canoe or kayak and paddle upstream on the Bow River. Pristine Peaks Tip: pack some snacks to enjoy while you enjoy a gentle float on your return downstream.

Stand Up Paddling

For another way to enjoy the outdoors, stop by the SkiBig3 Adventure in downtown Banff to rent a stand up paddle board. It’s the perfect way to explore Two Jack Lake, just a short drive from town.

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