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“A hidden gem! One of the best getaways in BC!”
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Sunwolf
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Brackendale
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“A hidden gem! One of the best getaways in BC!”
Reviewed 20 February 2014

If your looking for an affordable and quick getaway from Vancouver this is perfect! The most cozy cabins and location I have been in a long time. Pet-friendly was a great bonus, my Boston Terrier loved curling up to the fire place. The perfect spot for couples or a group of friends. The outdoor hot tub was breath taking. The perfect year round spot and getaway.we can't wait to go back! No complaints.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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SunwolfBC, Front Office Manager at Sunwolf, responded to this review, 22 February 2014
Dear Starruin,

Thank you very much for your positive review.

We are happy to learn that you enjoyed your stay at Sunwolf as much as your Boston Terrier!

As you correctly stated, this place is great all year round and we hope to see you soon again.

Kind Regards,

Sunwolf Team
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

Can't say enough good about this family-run outfit for an winter fantastic eagle-viewing float! My group of 33 was large but we were handled efficiently and like family. Jake, who is very animated was excellent in catiivating our attention in explaining not only how to board our four large rafts but how to stay in them during the float. And, the wildlife was plentiful with numerous close-up eagle-sightings, as well as hundreds of snowgeese and gulls handing around the Cheakamus River. It was a photographer's paradise and a perfect day-away excursion from Whistler where we were skiing for a week. I would not hestitate in using the company again for my group. Jake, and Jess (Jake's wife) are great folks!

Room Tip: Only used this company for the Eagle Float Excursion.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

We’d heard chatter about a cafe up near Squamish called Fergie’s Cafe that people would literally drive up from Vancouver or down from Whistler for. We had to try it for ourselves, so one recent foggy morning we hopped into Nathan’s car and headed up.

Even better was that Fergie’s is part of Sunwolf resort in Brackendale, who offer “Eagle Floats” during December and January where guests hop into a raft and gently float down the river and see hundreds of majestic eagles up close as they gather to feast on spawning salmon.

A cluster of adorable cabins and lodges along the river, Sunwolf has been popular with fishermen for decades, but only under the recent ownership and management of Jess and Jake Freese has the operation become a destination of choice for those wanting to get away and enjoy the quiet of BC’s nature. I knew as soon as we drove up I was going to like it here.

Jess and Jake are originally from the UK, but relocated to Whistler a number of years ago and recently to Brackendale to pursue their dream of making a living while enjoying their many outdoor pursuits. I can totally relate to their love of nature and the beautiful BC backcountry, but I admit that even after living in Vancouver for over 30 years, I’ve always driving by that big eagle sign at the entrance to Brackendale and never really checked it out.

Considering Sunwolf is only about 45 minutes from downtown Vancouver, it’s amazing how remote it feels. The rustic setting reminds me of vacations far away from the distractions of work and life.

The cabins are quaint and comfortable, and the sound of the rushing river nearby provides the kind of white noise that results in the deepest, most refreshing sleep. And a dunk in the hot tub before bed doesn’t hurt either. ;-)

In the morning, we awoke to the smell of pork being smoked, later to be used in the chilli served at lunch by the fire. Can you imagine a better way to wake up? I can’t. Nathan and I ventured out early to the river, shrouded in fog, with eagles swooping low as they headed to their breakfast of salmon.

Chef Brad created amazing culinary wonders in his cozy kitchen, while chatting with guests in a friendly manner.

Speaking of breakfast, ours was amazing. Our food nerd friends weren’t kidding. We enjoyed generous portions of duck confit, beef short ribs and pulled pork Eggs Benedict, each served with fruit salad and duck fat potatoes. Perhaps it was the thought of the thousands of salmon dying in the river nearby, but ironically none of us ordered smoked salmon Eggs Benny!

Jess and baby Flynn joined us for breakfast, telling us the interesting story of how they ended up trading in an exciting life in London for one of back country skiing, white water rafting, and now owning Sunwolf.

After breakfast we donned rain slicks, rubber boots, and life jackets, and piled into the van. Shortly we were wading into the river and jumping into the raft, excited for the adventure ahead.

The river was teeming with salmon, although there seemed to be as many dead salmon and skeletons as there were living, spawning ones.

The fog turned to cold drizzle, but we were cozy and dry as Jake handed out hot chocolate, explaining that this was actually the best sort of day for observing these huge predator birds. He was right—there were eagles everywhere we looked.

It was fascinating to listen to Jake, a volunteers and supporter of Squamish Environment Society’s Eagle Watch program, as we learned interesting facts about bald eagles, from their rapid growth, needing to eat 10% of their body weight each day, how they feed near the river, but sleep in trees a few hundred metres back where it’s a few degrees warmer, and the direct connection between the eagles, salmon and the surrounding ecosystem.

It felt like a privilege to be so close to these huge birds as we silently drifted downriver.

After an 90 minutes on the water, we were warming up with hot drinks by the fire back at Sunwolf Lodge, followed by delicious homemade chilli (with Brad’s pulled pork we smelled in the morning!) and freshly baked bread and cookies.

The whole experience was magical, especially considering that we were back in the city in early afternoon. We’re already planning to go back for another round in the summer when they offer whitewater rafting—and to try more things on the menu at Fergie’s Cafe.

Of course no Foodists adventure would be quite complete without Nathan shoving a camera in my face, so we cobbled together a little video of our adventure. I hope it inspires you to check it out for yourself.

Watch the video: https://vimeo.com/foodists/sunwolf

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Level 4 Contributor
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Reviewed 8 January 2014

A great place for a quite moment in nature. The cabin washroom could use a little sprucing up. The little restaurant made a cozy breakfast, and the staff and owners here are super sweet. The bed was not the greatest but the sound of the river just outside made for a very pleasant sleep. The main cabin had a hot tub, games, and nice fire. This is not a fancy place, but it is very convenient if you are eagle viewing or on your way to Whistler, or just exploring the area.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Bellingham, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2013

We were a bit disappointed with our accommodations at Sunwolf. The photos on the website don't show the cabins as they actually are. For example, photos show shiny hardwood floors and brightly lighted areas. The floor in our cabin had been finished once upon a time, but had worn down to pretty much bare wood when we visited. The window opening/closing mechanism in our bathroom was broken, so we were not able to close the window during the below-freezing night. The so-called gas fireplace is really just a gas heater, not a fireplace; however it did provide more than adequate heat. We were looking for moderately priced accommodations close to Whistler that would accept our dog, and we did certainly get that, and the young woman running the office was very nice, so our most basic needs were filled. But we probably won't return.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
Level 1 Contributor
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3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

The Sunwolf lodge is great if you have great communication with them. However not having a smart phone and having the staff unavailabe upon arrival was not good. While the lodging was okay we had no idea when our trip left, what to wear, or anything as such. If you have all your paper work rollin and are ready to go, awesome. If you need some questions answered I'd recommend staying off site and having them pick you up in the morning.

Room Tip: Ask where you will be placed otherwise they just give you a cabin.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Kamloops
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Reviewed 15 July 2013 via mobile

My husband, two large dogs, and I stayed here for 2 nights. Given some if the reviews I was expecting it to be further out, but it's actually a short jaunt to Squamish. So close to town but still feels rustic.

Our kitchenette cabin was airy and very clean. It's basic, the bathrooms could use an update, but all in all we were very pleased. We agreed the no TV was a good thing, and we didn't miss it at all. The kitchenette was stocked with what we needed, and the bed was very comfy. The river lulled us to sleep each night.

We didn't use the hot tub or fire pit, but both looked nice. It's very dog friendly, which was great given our two bug mutts. I would stay here again, and recommend it to others.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Property: Sunwolf
Address: 70002 Squamish Valley Road | PO Box 244, Brackendale, Squamish, British Columbia V0N 1H0, Canada
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Squamish > Brackendale
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Brackendale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Sunwolf 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sunwolf is situated at the confluence of the Cheakamus and Cheekye Rivers in the beautiful Coast Mountains of British Columbia. With over 5 acres of grassy woodland and stunning mountain views, Sunwolf feels wild and remote yet is only an hour from the bustling metropolis of Vancouver. Our twelve cozy cabins, which line the river banks, are perfect for a romantic escape, a family gathering or anyone who fancies a luxurious retreat in the heart of nature. Nearly all of our cabins are equipped with cooking facilities but why not really take it easy and eat your breakfast and lunch at our fabulous on site cafe, Fergie's Cafe (rated on TripAdvisor as the best restaurant in Squamish). ... more   less 
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