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Shadow Lake Lodge
Ranked #4 of 18 Speciality Lodging in Banff
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 July 2014

Truly an amazing experience; our best vacation ever! Its in the middle of God's country. Hikes were spectacular. Home style experience with food that was out of this world! Highly recommend it! We met some amazing people while we were there from all over the world.

It really is special place because of the inspiration of one man. It is worth hearing the stories and seeing the pictures of how the Lodge came to be and how they maintain it.

HIKE IN-We planned on riding our bikes in but decided not to because it was suppose to rain. While it didn't rain on us we were very glad we didn't ride. The terrain was much more steep than we expected. Unless you're a really experience rider and can carry a pack in; don't ride, hike in.

The hike in was beautiful and it took us 4.5 hours with a few breaks to get into the lodge on the Red earth trail. We are in fairly good shape. The last mile is very steep and our packs got heavy towards the end. BUT it was worth the effort. The view is spectacular!

CABINS are nice with fantastic views of the mountains and meadow. Bathrooms very clean considering they are modern-day outhouses. Shower is fantastic; hot water and clean.

FOOD is very yummy and lots of it. Food for all kinds of needs and tastes. If you think you might lose weight from all the hiking, you won't because they feed you so well!

HIKES were all different. We stayed 3 nights and I'm glad we did as we got to do 2 4-6 hour different hikes. We got to see beautiful meadows, water falls, Shadow Lake and snow in the higher elevations. We heard and saw lots of avalanches as the snow and glaciers were melting while we were there. We saw meadows of avalanche flowers and my husband even took a quick swim in the lake. Brrrrr!

RECOMMENDATIONS- Stay at least 3 nights, bring lots of bug spray and hike in unless you're a really an experienced mountain biker.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

Hiked into Shadow Lake a Lodge last summer four 4 nights. What a treat!

Beautiful cabin, wonderful day hikes and the food was outstanding. Each dinner was an event with multiple courses and great conversation.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

Great accomodation great food and service in a fantastic location

Would recomend it for people who want to get into the back country but have some luxuary

We did it in the winter but would like to do a summer trip also

Loved it

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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

After battling the huge crowds in Banff, Shadow Lake Lodge was a welcome retreat. I would recommend staying for two nights so you can hike the area. Husband and son went fishing and caught a fish on Shadow Lake. Everyone loved the trip. Expensive, yes but not when you consider the staff is on 24/7 when they work and all the supplies are brought up on horseback.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

We spent two nights and wished we were there longer. The hike in is long and certainly not as scenic as others. However, for flatlanders as ourselves, there is still plenty to enjoy on the hike in. The hike up Gibbons Pass while staying there allowed us to enjoy the colors even in the rain. The staff was friendly and the food very food. Afternoon tea was my favorite with a selection of cheeses, fruits, crackers and cookies. The bath house and latrines were clean and no problem at all. It is a small switch off for the solitude of this place. We hope to return.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank textrish
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

Unique backcountry experience. Long and easy to get to. Comfortable lodging. Wonderful hospitality. Amazing food. Access to spectacular hikes and views. Recommend 2-3 nights for further exploring in the area.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

There is a reason this is ranked number 1!! We spent 2 nights at the lodge and I wish I could live there! The service, food, lodging and the breathtaking beauty of the mountains made this a trip of a lifetime! We hope to return year after year until we are unable to make the hike in.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank evaclan
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Additional Information about Shadow Lake Lodge

Address: Box 2606, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1C3, Canada
Region: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 18 Speciality Lodging in Banff
Price Range: £110 - £150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Shadow Lake Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the high alpine meadows of Banff National Park, Brewster's Shadow Lake Lodge is a remote back country lodge with private cabins, accessible only by hiking, cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Included in the rate are three mountain gourmet meals as well as afternoon tea served to you daily in our dining lodge. ... more   less 
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Shadow Lake Hotel Banff

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