my wife and i were celebrating our anniversary at the lodge. my friend visited the lodge earlier and highly recommended it to me. our main purpose of visiting the lodge was to see the northern lights. even before the trip i had numerous conversations with antje who helped me with the decision to book the trip. and was i glad that she did. this place is a real gem in the middle of nowhere!! the trip started with a float plane out of yellowknife. it was a real fun flight as i never been on a float plane. i was really surprised how smooth the flight was. the view was amazing. after about 1/2 hour we landed and i saw the lodge the very first time. we were greated by mike the owner(a super nice person), and a crew of student volunteers that showed us around the lodge. the lodge quite rustic, but also has many modern amenities. we were shown our room in the lodge, sunset 2. it was a rather small room, but very cosy. the food at the lodge was cooked by carmen the chef. the meals were very good. wholesome food, with simple ingredients. my wife and i enjoyed the food very much. always, there was a tray of fruit, fresh chocolate chip cookies,and coconut chocolate squares available. coffee, and different types of teas at anytime was also very convenient. we were also surprised by a cake that chantelle baked for us and a bottle of wine to celebrate our anniversary. we stayed 2 nights there. in hind site i wished we could have stayed a few more days since the lodge was so beautiful. the first night the skies were clear but there was no aurora. I thought for sure we would see it that night since the aurora was at a moderate level. the next night was supposed to be cloudy so i thought for sure i was not going to see the aurora. but for us, we came to realize that even if we didn't see it, we were still happy with our decision to come to blachford. it just gave us an excuse to come again another time. But late that evening the aurora came out at 2am. it was amazing to see the aurora for the very first time. Kirsten the late night staff went upstairs to wake everyone up that wanted to see the lights. she was so kind to come out with me to take photos. i was so estatic that i saw the aurora that I couldn't sleep that night. next day, its the best to wake up to freshy baked breads, and crispy bacon!! the lodge is not very fancy, but the showers were amazing. high pressured very hot showers!! another activity that we did was fishing with chris. he is an amazing guide that brings you to the hot fishing spots. we don't fish, but he gave us lessons on how to do it. he has a real passion for fishing. this lodge also hires volunteers from all over the world. we met people from australia, france, sweden, japan etc... my wife and i kept commenting on how mature and responsible these volunteers were. many times we would have interesting talks in the lounge with each other, or by the campfire. overall, we had a great time at this lodge. everyone was so inviting and friendly. the food was delicious, especially after a day of activities. its really a great place to go to when trying to see the lights. highly recommend this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blachford Lake Lodge, a family run business for over 30 years, is the only fly-in wilderness resort situated on Blachford Lake (60 miles south-east of Yellowknife). The 25-minute bush plane flight from Yellowknife is often considered as one of the highlights of a trip to Blachford. We pride ourselves on complimenting your northern experience with great food, a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and dedicated customer service. Our winter season (January to April) offers great opportunities to watch the aurora (northern lights), to go snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking, ice-fishing or simply to relax in the hot tub.Our summer season (June to October) offers great fishing. Canoe or kayak under the midnight sun (June/July) or hike one of the many nature trails. By late summer (mid August) the aurora becomes more visible again and one can watch the northern lights being reflected in the water. Anytime, feel royally when you follow the paths that William and Kate walked during their Royal visit at Blachford Lake Lodge in July 2011. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blachford Lake Hotel Yellowknife