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“Beautiful Winter Lodge in the Backcountry”

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Purcell Mountain Lodge
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Reviewed 22 February 2013

We recently spent a week at Purcell Lodge -- our fourth winter visit! The skiing is wonderful, the guiding fantastic. The lodge itself is beautiful and wonderfully comfortable and spacious. There are plenty of showers, flush toilets, and sitting areas -- with lovely decor. The chef, Stefane, is not only a wonderful chef but also a wonderful host for the lodge. We miss his cooking now that we are home! If you don't ski, but like to snowshoe or ski tour, you should consider this lodge if you are looking for a backcountry winter experience. Enjoy the wood fired sauna, and the excellent beer and wine selection. And the peace and serenity.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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PurcellMLodge, Manager at Purcell Mountain Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2015

Special thanks to our valued guested who have visited Purcell Mountain Lodge for the fourth time! We do have many loyal guests that come to us year after year for our winter playground. We are happy you enjoyed being hosted by our Purcell team and happy you both enjoyed the great terrain and comfortable lodging. The lodge is extremely proud of our wine and specialty beer selection. Thank you for noticing all our efforts to enhance your stay with us. Please join us soon for your fifth trip to Purcell Lodge. Your mountain home awaits you both!

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Reviewed 20 September 2012

My husband and I had a very special anniversary at Purcell Mountain Lodge Sept 4-8, 2012. After a gorgeous 15 min heli flight from Golden, we enjoyed 4 days of wonderful scenery, beautiful hiking trails, a really comfortable, lovely lodge, and the truly enjoyable companionship of our guide, Kevin, and our chef, Stephane.
The Selkirk mountains seem so close you could touch them, and after hiking daily we came home to hot showers, and tasty dinners. For our anniversary, there was alittle surprise in the stream in front of the lodge for us.
It was a terrific and special stay! Thanks again to our wonderful hosts!

Room Tip: A lodge room facing Mount Sir Donald will give you views of the Selkirk Mountains.
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank amblinagain
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PurcellMLodge, Manager at Purcell Mountain Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2015

Purcell Mountain Lodge is a wonderful place to come to celebrate your anniversary and all special occasions!. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us in 2013 for your anniversary celebration. Our wonderful guide Kevin and creative gourmet chef Stephane continue to be a part of the Purcell team in 2015. Please come back to your home in the mountains and enjoy more of our beautiful scenery and extensive hiking trails. See you both again soon. Perhaps for another anniversary celebration.

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Reviewed 29 August 2012

I have wanted to go to Purcell for some time and this August had the chance to spend 3 days at the Lodge. I am a vegan and the chef seamlessly accomodated my dietary wishes along with his gourmet rustic meals. I honestly haven't ever eaten so well at a Lodge! The selection of wine and other drinks was well received by the other guests there at the time.
I found my room to be tastefully decorated, comfortable with a wonderful view...lovely!

The staff welcome you like an old friend and you feel as if you belong, very comforting.
My first trip out to view the selkirks brought tears to my eyes, stunning beauty and once the helicopter has dropped you off and left, the silence truely is "golden".

For a backcountry lodge the amenities are excellent! A sauna any time you wish, hot showers, a sink in your own room, shared toilets but they have several and they are kept spotless! You can have private rooms or shared rooms...your choice. One day was a bit rainy, no matter we hiked with very knowlegable guide and returned to hot drinks, a warm meal and a crackling fire... Excellent "boot room" to accomodate all your outdoor clothing and gear so you don't have to drag it up to your room. (Nice touch)
Worth the money? you bet, I am already planning my trip for next summer!

In my opinion Purcell is probably Western Canada's best kept secret!

Room Tip: Private corner rooms have balcony access a great views!
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Lee B
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PurcellMLodge, Manager at Purcell Mountain Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2015

We love your comment "Western Canada's best kept secret", We think so too! It was a pleasure to host your stay at Purcell Mountain Lodge. Purcell chefs do take great pride in catering to our guests food sensitivities. We carry a wonderful selection of wines to please the palate and compliment the gourmet meals served at the lodge. Our guests are Purcell family to us and we want them to feel relaxed and pampered during their stay. Join us again soon and we welcome you back to your mountain home with open arms!

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Reviewed 1 August 2012

Flown in by a 15 minute helicopter ride, my husband and I were the only guests for four days at Purcell Mountain Lodge and we felt like royalty. The setting is remote and beautiful, in the middle of sub-alpine meadows, with the Selkirk Mountains looming on one side and the Purcells on the other. The guide and chef were personable and fun, making sure we were well taken care of. The lodge is comfortable, with bedrooms, showers and toilets on the second floor, and lovely views all around. The hikes were great and the guide made sure each of us were able to enjoy hikes matching our varying abilities. The food was delicious, nutritious and ample. On the last evening, the local resident grizzly, Bella, and her two cubs showed up in the surrounding meadows, providing a special conclusion to our wonderful stay.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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PurcellMLodge, Manager at Purcell Mountain Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2015

The Purcell team enjoyed hosting you both during your stay. I am glad you both got the attention and care needed for wonderful vacation experience. It is great to hear that along with feeling like royalty that you also got to see the local grizzly bears! It is a sighting most of our guests want to experience. Please come back soon for another royal treatment experience!

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Reviewed 26 July 2012

Stayed for 4 nights mid July. What beautiful views, wake up in your cozy bed and look out at the pristine mountians. Hiking was comfortable, not too cold, just right. Hot showers and great food are waiting when you arrive back at the lodge after hiking with your guide. This place is totally off the grid, I'd recommend it if your looking for solitude and to get away from it all. Well worth the money.

Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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PurcellMLodge, Manager at Purcell Mountain Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2015

You have discovered our vision that being in the backcountry is plenty fun! Our staff know how to treat our guests so being off the grid for four nights is spectacular. Thank you for your wonderful review. Purcell Lodge represents luxury in the backcountry. Our guest consistently say that our showers are nice and hot! We are pleased you had such a pleasurable stay. Come back soon to your home in the mountains!

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Reviewed 30 August 2011

The excellent hiking weather and incredible natural surroundings no doubt contributed but the Purcell Mountain Lodge and its able staff provided the comforts and conveniences to make our backcountry hiking holiday about the best ever. No scrimping here: great food, clean cozy beds, bathrooms and hot showers and, professional, enthusiastic guides focused on safety and education all in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. It aint cheap but the quality is first rate, start to finish.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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PurcellMLodge, Manager at Purcell Mountain Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2015

Thank you for sharing your thoughts about Purcell Mountain Lodge. We appreciate you taking the time to review us. We are so happy you had ideal hiking weather during your stay. As the weather is so unpredictable in the mountains! Thank you for recognizing that our team of staff work hard to cater to each guest to create a unforgettable experience. We hope you will visit soon so we may host you again!

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Reviewed 27 August 2011

Beautiful lodge, fantastic weather, wonderful food, and complete solitude. Lots of hiking trails. We were the only ones booked for our 3-day stay. With a chef and a hiking guide, we were well taken care of. I felt completely relaxed and renewed by the end of our stay.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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PurcellMLodge, Manager at Purcell Mountain Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2015

Greetings to our past guests. We are pleased you enjoyed the extensive trail system we have on our mountains. We have diverse terrain suitable for all levels of hikers. We are happy to have hosted your stay with us and glad you enjoyed the peaceful surroundings of the lodge after your hikes. The beautiful surrounding and remoteness of the backcountry and being served a delicious gourmet meal is a luxury expereince for sure! Come back soon.

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Additional Information about Purcell Mountain Lodge

Address: | Bald Mountain, Golden, British Columbia V0A 1H0, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Kootenay Rockies > Golden
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 43 Speciality Lodging in Golden
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Off the grid and accessible by helicopter, Purcell Mountain Lodge is perched at 2200 meters (7200') on top of Bald Mountain, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. It borders on the other side of Glacier National Park and provides doorstep outdoor adventure for winter and summer. Alpine touring, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter and breathtaking hikes in the summer. Professional ACMG daily guided tours, gourmet chef, host, luxury accommodations and all lodge amenities including a wood burning sauna. The perfect mountain getaway for playing in the backcountry with friends, for anniversary and birthday celebrations, small weddings, retreats and family reunions. The entire lodge can be rented privately booked all year long. Escape the city life and retreat to Purcell Lodge for a magical unforgettable experience. ... more   less 

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