Stayed here once the road was open, which is May long weekend. You can stay in this location until October when winter conditions restrict access to the area. I always come to the restaurant but had been staying in other hotels in Jasper until this year. The best comparison I can make is that the cabins are nearly identical to Jasper Fairmont, with the following differences:
1. We chose this hotel because the same nights were 4 times, FOUR times as expensive at the Fairmont that weekend.
2. The grounds are a little more well tended at the Fairmont but the Tekarra Lodge has a beautiful cliffside view of two rivers converging, and just as many mountains surrounding it.
3. There were spiders in our bathroom at the Tekarra, but not at the Fairmont.
4. The breakfast costs $40/person at the Fairmont and it was included for 1/4 the price at the Tekarra.
For $600 less per day, I can kill my own spiders. Other than that the rooms were actually very well cleaned every day and that's a challenge to keep critters out in the middle of the forest. Dinner at Tekarra is better than any restaurant in the country and possibly the world. I drive to Jasper and back to Edmonton just to eat here.The bed was snuggly, if not a bit short for two people over 6 feet. The fireplace worked great, and it's only a very short drive to Jasper town centre, and surrounding lakes and trails.
To be fair, if you are staying in Jasper it's to see the outdoors, so the hotel itself only has to be reasonably decent, but you should keep in mind this is not a luxury resort. It's a cabin in the woods. I wish I had considered this place sooner because the value for money is unbeatable. It's clean, it's located at a beautiful spot, we got everything we asked for on time, and it was walking distance to the restaurant. Did I mention how amazing dinner is here. Of all the places I've stayed in Jasper this is the best value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled deep in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Tekarra Lodge enjoys an enviable location within Jasper National Park, the largest of the national mountain parks in Canada, 4200 square miles in area. Jasper became a National Park in 1907 and the town site's first buildings were constructed in 1911, then Jasper was known as the town of Fitzhugh. Tekarra Lodge is located across the river from the base of its namesake, Tekarra Mountain. Tekarra Mountain, towering 2635 meters above us is named for the Iroquois guide and hunter who accompanied Sir James Hector on his expedition through the Rocky Mountains during the mid-1850s. The skill and devotion of the guide Tekarra saved the lives of the members of that expedition. He sustained and fed them during the grim and bitter winter with caribou that he hunted on the mountain. It was because of this devotion that Sir James named the mountain Tekarra. The lodge grounds form the banks of the confluence of the Athabasca and Miette rivers. This land is maintained in its natural state, and offers a wonderful study for nature lovers. Tekarra's marked nature walk, and the Indian totem poles give pleasure to all ages. The area and history in and around the property is a fascinating one. One of the first settlements of Jasper called Henry House may have been located adjacent to the lodge on the south side of the river. Even today, there is still indication of an old homestead and some outbuildings. Tekarra Lodge was built circa 1947 and initially consisted of only a few cabins, some of which are standing today. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tekarra Hotel Jasper National Park
- Tekarra Lodge Jasper