If you are looking for a place to unwind, get away from reality for awhile, this is the place. No phones, no TV, no internet (for now, I guess they are getting wi-fi soon). Just the birds, squirrels and the occasional bugling of the elk. All you need is a good book, maybe a deck of cards to keep you occupied in the evenings while you sit in front of the wood burning fire place.
Every cabin is unique, some very small, to family sized and in between. They are all very cozy and quaint. Don't forget, these places were originally built in the 1940's, so don't expect luxury here. Yes, the bathrooms are small, the kitchens are small and need some updating. They are clean, and really, what all do you need? They all have the bare necessities. Towels, soaps, coffee maker and coffee, pots, pans, cork screws.
If you need something, the staff try to accommodate. They are helpful, courteous and will leave you alone when you want them to. When I stay there, I usually have the "do not disturb" sign on the door. I go down to the office and ask for stuff if I need it. The only thing I complained about was the use of deodorizer in the room. It was a bit much. I just opened all of the windows and all was good. I told the front desk ( Lisa and Stephanie are awesome! ) about it when we were leaving and she said she would pass that on.
If you are staying for awhile, there is a couple of grocery stores in town. The town of Jasper hes everything you need. Just a 5 minute drive, or if you need a good walk, takes about 10 or 15 minutes. Watch out for the wild life!!! ( no, seriously, really watch out! )
We are lucky enough to live close to Jasper ( 4 hour drive) so we often bring the little extras that we feel we need. Like a better no stick frying pan and maybe a few better cooking tools. We also bring a little stereo to play cd's because there really isn't great radio reception. But again, I have to say, even if you can't bring anything with you but your clothes, you will do just fine. You are in the mountains, people! Go outside. There are plenty of trails to take in around Tekarra. And there are plenty of the most spectacular drives in any direction.
I love this place so much. I have been coming here most of my life, and have never been disappointed. But then again I know what I'm getting. If you're looking for 5 star accommodations, go to Jasper Park Lodge or perhaps just stay home.
Side note: The Tekarra restaurant on sight is excellent!! A bit pricey, but you get what you pay for. You don't even have to dress up! Just no baseball caps or tank tops. We were there on the last week that it stays open and they sell off there wine list at half price. Good deal!
- 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