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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Shadow Lake Hotel Banff