Me and my (now) fiance stayed at Shadow Lake in early July 2012. We hiked up using the Red Earth Trail as the other trails still had snow. The hike up was quite nice and not too difficult. If you have a chance to bike it, I would recommend doing that.
The lodge itself and the staff were phenomenal. They were welcoming and friendly. We were greeted by afternoon tea and snacks. And by snacks I mean a table full of gourmet cookies, finger foods, cheeses, etc. The cabins were very well taken care of, very cozy and comfortable. A big thumbs up for the warm showers! The dinner was also extremely delicious and the setup for the take-out lunch was thoughtful (and did I mention delicious!) as guests could make their own sandwiches for day hikes.
We stayed at the lodge for two nights, which was not nearly enough to enjoy all the trails. I would recommend a minimum of three nights, although that might not even be enough (unless you are looking to sprint through the trails). The atmosphere at the lodge during our stay was relaxed and casual, as dining is communal and all the guests relaxed at the "lounge" cabin. The staff were very good at making the dinners fun and enjoyable. What is the flight speed of a mosquito....hmmm?
The setting is beautiful with a view of the mountains. The hikes range from easy to demanding in different lengths so there is something for all skill levels. Everything that has been said before is spot on. I proposed to my gf during the trip and the staff recommended a wonderful spot. They also made sure our stay was truly memorable. I highly recommend the experience!
We truly had a trip we will not forget. A big thank you for Alison and the staff at the Lodge! I look forward to another visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the high alpine meadows of Banff National Park, Brewster's Shadow Lake Lodge is a remote back country lodge with private cabins, accessible only by hiking, cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Included in the rate are three mountain gourmet meals as well as afternoon tea served to you daily in our dining lodge. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Shadow Lake Hotel Banff