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Talus Lodge
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

After 4 days ( August 12-16, 2013) in the awe-inspiring wilderness area encompassing Talus Lodge one returns reluctantly to the 'real world'. Host Chris doubled as our guide and tailored the hikes to the abilities of the group but no matter where we went the scenery was breathtaking and the flowers seemingly endless in their colours and variety. Drink out of crystal clear mountain streams where voles/shrews? scurry in and out of their burrows, then nearly trip over ptarmigan hoping they won't be noticed.
Delicious meals cooked by Aaron await us at the lodge then when tired fall asleep under cosy comforters. Or observe the brilliant night sky which those of us from cities rarely see. If you are lucky you may see a shooting star. Chris is a very knowledgeable guide who is always keen to learn something new and share it with his guests.
An unforgettable experience.

Room Tip: We had Buttercup from which you can see Mt Assiniboine to the north.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank calgarian69
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

We were recently at Talus Lodge for 4 days, and had a great time. Chris was excellent as a guide, tailoring our hikes to the groups abilities and interests. They were able to accommodate my wife's gluten intolerance, providing excellent meals. The variety of wild flowers was stunning. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Allan H
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

The spectacular setting of Talus Lodge is breathtaking, and the comfortable environment that owners Chris and Joanne have created allows you to enjoy every part of your stay. From amazing hikes through pristine wilderness to delicious meals and relaxing evenings on the deck, Talus Lodge is an ideal place to refresh and rejuvenate. We had a fantastic time with family, met new friends and enjoyed the peace and beauty of BC’s backcountry. Thank you, Chris and Joanne, for an adventure that we will never forget.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Amanda C
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Reviewed 25 March 2013

Having visited over a dozen different back-country lodges in as many years in the BC/Alberta interior, Talus Lodge stacks up as one of the better ones. Talus lodge was the meeting point for our corporate get-away for several days in February 2013.
The helicopter ride-in gave a great first impression. Nicely situated in a picturesque clearing, it makes for breathtaking scenery. Our host Chris was busy preparing for our arrival and greeted us as we off loaded our gear.
Our group and guides did daily back country ski trips and the terrain was just challenging enough for our group of skiers ranging from novice to expert. There were no shortage of Kodak moments and we lucked into the full gamut of weather from cloudless, windless skies to lots of the fluffy white stuff. We did not limit ourselves to skiing as some ventured off in snow shoes for a more relaxed stroll. Not to let the unspoiled snow around the lodge remain untouched, a snow fort complete with chimney was soon carved out of a massive overhang.
An unexpected snow system forced us to stay an extra night but Chris was prepared and accommodated our needs including access to a satellite phone so we could notify our families that we were delayed.
The accommodations were pleasantly clean and well cared for. Beds were comfortable, with walk out doors to the vast veranda. Extra pillows are available so don’t hesitate to ask for them. The views were inspiring. The main lounge and eating area are cosy and comfortable with large bright windows to take in amazing topography. Fireplaces on each level kept the place toasty and gave a nice ambience.
The highlight of the day was coming back from a day of skiing and relaxing in the sauna that Chris had prepared in advance of our return.
It was a pleasure to have Chris close by as he interacted well with our group and ensured we were comfortable and enjoyed the surroundings. His passion and interest in the lands and wildlife shone through and he had many great stories to help us appreciate where we were.
I would look forward to returning in the summer to enjoy another season at this gem.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Carpenjo
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Reviewed 2 October 2012

We travelled with a group of 11 hikers and were fortunate to have this lodge to ourselves.

We arrived in a snow storm in mid-August. Undaunted by the conditions upon our arrival Chris, the ever cheerful and welcoming owner and able guide, insisted upon getting us out for a look around the lodge and glimpses of the hardy high alpine flowers before dark, after a frustrating day waiting for an opening for the helicopters to bring us in.

The next day dawned bright and clear and by mid-afternoon the flowers were once again showing their brilliant late summer best. Chris guided us to a spectacular ridge, stopping to point out animal digs, a pair of ptarmigan, lots of vocal marmots and all kinds of rock formations and geography. The dinner back at the lodge and the staff and atmosphere were first class, the showers and sauna were welcome adventures and the beds were cozy.

We have been hiking the high alpine for 17 summers together in the canadian rockies, as a group and this was decidedly one of our favourite destinations. It had it all: Chris and his staff were very friendly and helpful, the hearty meals were skillfully prepared and tasty, the lodge met all of our needs and the location and scenery were spectacular.

The surrounding high alpine hikes were to ridges and view points with plenty of challenges and some wonderful vistas. There is something for hikers of all ages and abilities in this terrain.

I would recommend this lodge for adventurous people, couples and groups particularly, who are looking for full and physical days in the outdoors and are well equipped for the weather changes of the region and the altitude. The lodge was of a very high standard for this kind of isolated location.

Room Tip: Prepare for primitive but well designed pit toilets and hot water showers that take some co-ordination
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank bee-bum
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