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Lake O'Hara Lodge
Reviewed 17 July 2012

This was our 3rd time and we have put in our request for next year. The hospitality and professionalism of the management and the friendliness of the other guests is just great. Almost everyone is a repeat guest, often coming significant distances across Canada and the USA.
The food was once again outstanding with a good selection of BC wines as selected by Bruce to complement the food.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 June 2012

My fourth visit and stay at Lake Ohara Lodge. The food is delicious and never ending. The staff attentive and alwys willing to please. This is five star hiking in one of the most beautiful spots in The Canadian Rockies.

  • Stayed: June 2012
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6  Thank CanadaGirl2011
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

Stunning location and wonderfully personal hospitality from Bruce, Alison and all the staff.

The lake cabins are large and very comfortable and have everything you need - not 5-star luxury but the front deck with stunning views across the lake more than make up for that!

For dining, you are asked for your seating preference and based on that they try to sit you on your own or with other parties. The menu is set (although you can of course specify any allergies etc) as is the time, but the food is delicious (and plentiful after a day out on the trails!). Packed lunches are also offered for those who are out for the day, along with a host of snacks and treats. Don't miss out on the lemonade!

The location means that most of the trails are relatively quiet and peaceful, so it is a real treat to have experienced that. The ethos of the place, to provide great service and access to the trails while impacting the environment as little as possible, is admirable. This includes a vacuum flush system that is much more eco-friendly, but slightly noisier than normal.

Several of the reviews have said the lodge is overpriced. While I cannot unequivocally disagree, I have to say that even if it means saving for a while first, I would be absolutely delighted to go back. They are definitely doing a lot of things right!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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8  Thank guido74
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Reviewed 10 September 2011

It is difficult to be objective about Lake O'Hara Lodge. The setting is incomparable, jaw-droppingly spectacular, and is overwhelming. It's easy to see why people who have been here get misty-eyed at the mention. The lodge facilities are rustic and simple, and would warrant a far lower price, yet every detail has been thought out, and the service is exceptional. The food quality and variety is also exceptional, particularly given the challenging location. Lake O'Hara Lodge is very, very expensive, but we felt that we got value, and would unhesitatingly recommend it to anyone looking for an extra-special experience in the Canadian Rockies.

  • Stayed: September 2011
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2  Thank Architectandmusician
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Reviewed 26 August 2011

We started to visit Lake O'Hara Lodge in the winter over 25 years ago. We loved it so much, two years later we decided to come in the summer as well. We have stayed at the Lodge every year since then. Winter and summer are much different experiences. The winter is much more intimate with maximum of 16 guests. However, the beauty of this area in the summer and the accessibility of mountain hiking to ordinary folks, is unsurpassed. We no longer make a winter visit but wouldn't miss coming in the summer.
This is what a back country lodge experience should be. The rooms and cabins are comfortable, the food is outstanding, including catering to food allergies, and the service is
personal and friendly. This is such a positive experience! Thanks Bruce and Allison and all the staff!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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3  Thank boone52
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Reviewed 14 August 2011

Second time and we will be back next year. Service and ambience were great. Clientele and staff are all enthusiastic hikers and climbers and very free with good advice. We stayed for 3 nights / 3 days in the lodge which has 8 rooms (7 doubles and 1 single) with shared bathrooms (M&F separate) but had no trouble getting in for shower or bath. There are also separated cabins.
Food was great and wine list which has only BC wines as variety enough for everyone to be satisfied.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank BabyboomerCalgary
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Reviewed 7 August 2011

The Lake O'Hara Lodge is not for everyone (and not just because of its great expense). It offers unprecedented access to some of the most beautiful alpine trails in the Canadian Rockies. I can't imagine going there and not hiking, although I suppose some people do. It is fairly small--only about 60 guests at a time. That's partly why it's difficult to get a reservation (keep trying and be flexible in your dates). It is a back country lodge, not a commercial resort. It caters to those who enjoy nature and want a quiet, low key retreat. It makes a heroic effort to be as green as possible--no mean feat given its isolation--and that costs money, as do the four meals a day included in the price of your stay. We met people there who were on their 5th, 10th, even 40th visit to the Lodge. Stay once and you'll understand why.
This was our second visit and we enjoyed our lakeside cabin both times: rustic, but with a very comfortable bed, separate thermostat for the bathroom, so you could dry damp clothes, front porch facing the lake. We found the food to be uniformly excellent--inventive menus for breakfast and dinner, delicious sandwich choices and accompaniments for the trail lunches, wonderful sweets for the afternoon tea (we made sure we were back for that each day of our stay). The staff was cheerful, efficient, and helpful. We particularly appreciated the extra distance they went to get us our lost luggage as quickly as possible (they had to make a special trip to Lake Louise to pick it up once the airline finally found and delivered it). And we were able to rummage through their considerable collection of cast-off gear to get temporary replacements for our own.
The Lodge is a special-occasion venue for us--we've now celebrated our 20th and 25th wedding anniversaries there. It's an indulgence, but considering all you get in terms of location, comfort, food, and service, it delivers good value for the expense if a back country lodge experience is what you're looking for.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Lake O'Hara Lodge

Address: 2nd Ave., Yoho National Park, British Columbia V0A 1G0, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Kootenay Rockies > Yoho National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 Speciality Lodging in Yoho National Park
Price Range: £122 - £393 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 23
Also Known As:
Lake o`Hara Hotel Field
Lake o Hara Lodge

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