At the Trading Post you will find the following:

  • The office for check-ins, reservations and customer service
  • The Gift Shop - native and western giftware and souvenirs
  • Basic groceries, snack foods, pop, ice
  • Rental camping supplies
  • Rental sports equipment
  • Hot showers (FREE) & washrooms
  • Coin laundry
  • Public pay phone
  • Firewood sales
  • Propane sales (10lb containers and up)
  • Electrical outlets in the washrooms

In the campground you will find the following:

  • Outdoor chemical toilets
  • Bear-proof garbage bins
  • Sand volleyball court & badminton court
  • Horseshoe pit
  • Grassy area for soccer, games, etc.

Water:

Two wells: the water hydrant behind the Trading Post is drinkable water and has a hose to enable filling water jugs/ RVs. The other one is a hand pump. No water access at the sites.

Electricity:

No power is available at the sites; however, there are electrical outlets in the washrooms at the Trading Post. We generate our own power on-site. When the generator is off for regular maintenance, there is no power. Signs will be posted to alert you to these times. Bring your flashlights!

Pets:

Accepted, but with a $2.00 charge per pet, per night. Please respect campers who prefer not to have pets around: do not leave pets alone at the site when you go hiking or driving - a barking dog (at any time) can ruin a pleasant day for fellow campers; please keep your pet on a leash in the campground and pick up after them.

Firewood:

Available at the Trading Post. You are also welcome to bring your own (as long as it is from Alberta). It is illegal to collect deadwood in Kananaskis so you must either bring your own firewood or buy it here.

Useful items to bring:

  • Warm clothes and bedding; a jogging suit and socks for sleeping, rain gear
  • Axe, lanterns and flashlights
  • Cooking equipment, food, campstove, cooler and matches
  • Water jug and basin for washing dishes and a pot for heating water

There is no central dishwashing station; dishes must be washed at the campsite, not at the water wells or in the washrooms.

Camping is fun but sometimes finding and packing all the supplies can be a big job. Or maybe you're flying into Calgary and staying in hotels between Calgary and Banff, but you want to give the children a few nights in the tipi. What can you do?

Let Sundance help you out!

At the Trading Post, we rent bedding, towels, cooking utensil kits, camp stoves and cots. Amounts are limited, so we strongly recommend booking these items when you make your reservation. Supplies are picked up at the office on arrival and returned to the office at checkout (please note that supplies left at the site will be subject to a minimum $30 pickup charge). If you don't need your supplies, please call ahead so we can make them available to other campers. Items booked but not cancelled until check-in are subject to a $5 charge per item.

Supply Rentals:

  • Bedding: sheets, pillow(s), and duvet or sleeping bag & liner
    • Double $15/night
    • Single $13/night
  • Towel Set: face cloth, hand towel, bath towel
    • $8/set
  • Campstove (fuel included)
    • $10/night
  • Cot: fold-up, canvas with metal frame; best for children
    • $8/night
  • Cooking Utensil Kit - (for 4 people) includes mugs, bowls, plates, camp cutlery, frying pan, pot, campfire coffeepot, dish soap & towel all packed into a storage box that can be used to wash the dishes; and, if you need it, we'll add a cooler (we sell ice at the Trading Post).
    • $20/night

Please note: For supplies booked more than 3 consecutive nights (except towels & campstoves) please inquire about a discount for the extra nights when booking.

 

Sundance Lodges has been a labour of love for our family, one of those real life stories based on 'build it and they will come'. I was a high school teacher and Brian had a busy farm equipment dealership in Claresholm in the early 80s when he read a magazine article in Field and Stream on the ingenious design and history of the Plains Indian tipi. Something made him keep it, and in 1989 we bought our own tipi, Tipi Chief, painted it with the help of our kids in the backyard and set it up on a friend's ranch in the Porcupine Hills west of town with beds, blankets, and an old cast iron stove in the middle. Our kids, Ryan and Stacy, loved it. I admired the artistic design, Brian the practicality.

Brian was also farming at the time. One day, while on the tractor doing some seeding, he suddenly had this vision of a campground with all these beautiful tipis that families could rent and stay in - that was the beginning of a totally new chapter in our lives. Sundance Lodges was established in 1989.

Our focus would be 'comfortable camping' - giving those families without RVs or the money for expensive hotel rooms the opportunity to go camping for a reasonable price. For hotel travelers without their own camping supplies, we would also have these available for rent.

We decided there was only one location that was equal to the beauty of the tipis - the spectacular government recreation area in the mountains west of Calgary called Kananaskis. We found our piece of paradise by the Kananaskis River - mixed forest with a wide open area perfect for the main building. After several years of hard work, we were ready to start developing the site.

In late August, 1991, with chainsaw & survey plan in hand, Brian and his crew of 1 or 2 guys spent the winter clearing trees for the roads and campsites, living onsite in a trailer. In a few places he was able to use some clearings and part of an old logging road because we wanted to keep the landscape as natural as possible.

During the building phase, the kids and I stayed in Claresholm. I didn't know much about the accommodation business but I covered the essentials that winter including setting up our ability to take credit card payments, finding someone to sew covers for our rental bedding, hiring staff, designing and printing reservation cards and ordering giftware. In March, Brian and I picked up our 25 tipis. While he headed back to the mountains to continue developing the site, I organized crews of former high school students, as well as family, to help stake and paint all the tipis on the backyard lawn at home in Claresholm.

On June 15, 1992, with our kids, Ryan (11) and Stacy (9), and two staff, we opened Sundance Lodges. Ryan and Stacy worked here in the summers throughout school and university, making money for school and travel. At first they helped the older staff, soon they became staff themselves, and have continued lending a hand with construction, marketing, IT, web design and advice. It has truly been a 'family business'.

Families, youth and church groups loved the Tipis as well as the Trapper's Tents that we added a few years later. Our unique camping concept also proved appealing to unexpected markets such as international visitors, small tour groups and post-graduate educational institutions . Hosting 375 soldiers from Winnipeg's Princess Patricia's and the RCMP for 13 days during G8 in 2002 was one incredible experience for all of us. Over the years, our family has had the opportunity to meet interesting and wonderful people, local and international, as well as staff members, who have become great friends. There have been thousands of other visitors we haven't met personally but we thank them all for being part of our Sundance dream.

Amazing what one article in a magazine can do...

Sheryl and Brian Green
Owners

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Please submit your resume for the 2017 season for the following position by March 1.  The Sundance Lodges team works very closely together doing a variety of indoor and outdoor work. If you want to spend your summer in the Canadian Rockies working along fellow outdoor enthusiasts this is the job for you. 



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