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Callaghan Country's Journeyman Lodge
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“What a great place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2014

We went for two nights over New Years and loved the place. We classic skied in and it took three hours. We went slow because I was 18 weeks pregnant so wasn't moving too fast.

The lodge is in a beautiful valley and you really feel like you are getting away. The food was great! Dinner is a four course meal that is seated family style but served individually. They do a great job of accommodating any food restrictions (pregnant vegetarian with a shell fish allergy can be a challenging one!). I never felt hungry or like I didn't get enough at any meal. We brought snacks for when we were on the trails but went through very little of them.

You spend a lot of time in the common space which has couches, games, fire place, and such. It was a lot of fun getting to know the other people staying there, swapping stories, and playing games.

We stayed two nights and enjoyed the use of their snowshoes and skiing trails while we were there.

The only thing I would say they could improve is the rooms. We stayed in the Scandinavian design rooms. They are small like advertized which is fine (the room really is just a bed like sleeping on a boat or train). The only problem is they have no air flow at all! We were there during a warm spell and the room was unbearably hot and smoky due to the fire places and kerosene lamps. The only remedy was sleeping with our door open to the rest of the guests. A window would go a long way in those rooms. I know when it is much colder this design really helps keep it warmer but if we want again we would get a full room.

If you like back country experiences this is for you.

Room Tip: If you like privacy or having fresh air (aka window) at night I would get one of the full rooms.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Whistler, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2014

We enjoyed a really fun time at the Lodge. The ski conditions up and down were in good shape. We chose to skate - 2 hrs up, 1 hr down (could be an hour or two longer, depending on conditions and your pace). Be prepared with water, snack, dry gloves and toque and an extra layer. On arrival, Jason and Michelle were super welcoming and made us feel right at home! We enjoyed the sauna (10 min walk from lodge so bring a pair of boots and a bathing suit) and dip into the creek. Quite an adventure! Reception and dinner afterwards were delicious. Jason is a talented chef and Michelle the perfect hostess! Oh, remember to bring your own beer/wine/etc.The Lodge has lots of games to play and great places to curl up with your book. Leave your electronics behind as thank god there is no wifi and limited cell reception. Our room had an ensuite and was very comfy. We have stayed in the "bunkie" rooms with shared bathroom and they are a unique experience as well.Just be sure you know what you are getting. The next day we skied the lovely groomed trails before heading back down. We'll be back!

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Squamish, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2013

The thing about the wilderness, it's not supposed to be easy. I had to lug my 3 year old into this stunning backcountry lodge in a backpack (with plenty of stops to sample the wild huckleberries) and there were moments when neither the wife or i were entirely sure we hadn't missed a turn in the trail. We'd stop, look around for a moment, and realize that yes we were still on a trail and it was leading us through some of the most incredible forests and alpine meadows i've ever seen.
And when that trail finally delivered us to Journeyman Lodge, we felt like we deserved to be there.
And then life got much easier, comfier, and really relaxing.Unplugged from our phones and the hustle of life, my family and i played in nature and slept in comfort. The food was excellent, the staff was hilarious and the wood-heated sauna by the river is something we will never forget. I can't wait to come back in the winter.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Tiny, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013

We visited Callaghan Lodge last March and had a wonderful time. The lodge setting is one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen, the lodge accommodations were very comfortable and the service, staff and meals were great.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2013

A couple of friends and I signed up for a weekend package of guided backcountry skiing with Coast Mountain Guides. Having been on backcountry trips before where we were sharing a cabin with 20 other skinners and a family of mice, this was a welcome upgrade.
With maps, paintings, photographs and memorabilia, the lodge vibe really adds to the authentic Canadian mountain experience. The group dinners were really well done, and filling after a day on the mountain stair-master. My ski buddy and I shared one of the rooms where we each had our own cozy 'berth', with enough room to hang up and store our stuff. For the price of a room in the mini-city of Whistler, we were experiencing a true wilderness adventure. (Though there was still a few bars of cell signal in the corner by the pool table) Waking up to see the moonset and the sunrise before breakfast was magical.
A few tips: Bring more wine than you think you'll need and don't forget a flashlight. If you're a guitar player, they have one there for you to use, but you may want to bring some extra strings!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2013

There is absolutely no debating the Callaghan's pristine backcountry beauty, or what a special accommodation the Journeyman Lodge is. And if this rating were based solely on the area's gorgeous natural setting or the lodge's cosy, Canadiana vibe, I would rate it as "excellent." And the staff was, for the most part, quite friendly.

However, if you're charging each person $250 a night—as each of the 8 people in our group paid to stay in the Solitude Suite for one night (this did NOT include the $22 trail pass required in order to ski to/from the lodge), the establishment needs to step it up to secure a rave review.

On their own, the following are mostly not a big deal:

-not being able to "light" the battery powered candles at dinner because the lodge had run out of batteries
-not being able to grab a trail map because the lodge had run out
-being told the wood-fire sauna was stoked until 10pm, only to show up at 9:15pm and the fire was out (HUGE disappointment)
-trying to go to the same sauna the next day at 11pm and the fire is still out
-having to get up to retrieve the salt-and-pepper shakers for the whole table
-finding the dishware rather unclean (in particular glassware)
-the pull-out mattress was lumpy and uncomfortable
-the appetizer platter was heavy on the crackers, quite low on the meats and cheese (one tiny cheese wheel for 22 people?!)

All together, the above add up to disappointment.

Yes, this is a remote, off-the-grid, backcountry lodge. And our group, all of whom are avid campers (the hiking camper kind, not car-campers) who spend a lot of time in the outdoors, was ready for this. We can deal with rustic experiences— we seek them out! But if you're going to charge $250, you need to make sure your guests are getting their money's worth.

Would I go back? If I could go for about $150, I'd think it was worthwhile. I'd never pay $250 again.

Last point: an outhouse or outdoor compost toilet would be a major improvement to the site, so that visitors aren't having to apply the "no-flush" rule with a bunch of strangers between the hours of 10pm and 8am.

Room Tip: I wouldn't bother renting the Solitude Suite. Our group booked it in its entirety, but we found...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2013

We had a delightful overnight visit to the Journeyman Lodge and were very pleased with the experience with a couple of "caveats".
It's located in the pristeen back country of the Callaghan Valley, below Journeyman Peak, surrounded by magnificent mountains, meadows and lakes. We were there in the winter, the entire area blanketed in deep, fabulous, sparkling fresh snow!

The lodge is, as another reviewer said, not a hotel. The power is limited to certain hours of the day, the rooms are small, the dining is at a communal table, the food is "home cooked". That said, it is warm and cozy even when the power is off, with fires in the fireplaces. The "living room" is furnished with deep sofas and chairs which swallow you as you curl up with a book, or a glass of wine, or conversation with other guests. There are board games, books, magazines and a billiard table also in the living room.
The sauna, rustic and wood fire-heated, is a quick jaunt away from the lodge, affording a dip in the adjacent creek or roll in the snow - whichever is your pleasure - to cool off.

The staff this season (all new) are charming, welcoming and eager to look after you. They cook and clean, ensuring special dietary accommodation at meals and keeping rooms spotless when they're not in the kitchen.

Caveats: do not expect "gourmet" meals. The food is good, well presented and healthy. It isn't gourmet so "foodies" take note. Nor is the supper a "big" meal. But the apres ski appies, served in the living room, are generous and welcome after a long ski/snowshoe trek in. And, the bread is homemade - to die for. Also, read the fine print - bring your own wine/beer! We didn't and were just lucky a generous other couple shared their wine with us!

Conclusion: a charming lodge in a magnificent valley. We'll definitely be back - next time for 2 nights so we can enjoy the local back country more.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Callaghan Country's Journeyman Lodge
Address: 4 Callaghan Valley Rd | Base area is #4 Callaghan Valley Rd, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B0, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Whistler
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 53 Speciality Lodging in Whistler
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Explore the serene beauty of the Solitude Valley for either lunch or overnights. Share in the adventure of skiing through majestic old-growth forests, across powder-filled meadows, past waterfalls and along the shore of frozen Conflict Lake to the sub-alpine seclusion of Callaghan Country Lodge, a well-appointed, full-service backcountry inn offering friendly West-coast hospitality, unforgettable fine dining and comfortable accommodation for up to 24 guests. ... more   less 

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