We just returned from spending 2 nights at Shadow Lake Lodge and the experience there is pretty much as others have stated. Our group consisted of my husband, myself and our 18 year old son. We stayed in a 2 bedroom cabin and were very pleased to discover that both beds were queen sized and the cabin was a very comfortable size. Other cabins have king sized beds and overall the facilities are very clean and well maintained. The hike in and out via the Red Earth Creek Trail is not strenuous but is long and not very interesting. Most of trail is an old fire road that runs along side the creek. Depending on your hiking pace, you should plan for at least 3-5 hours of time for hiking in and at least 3 hours for hiking out. The view from the cabins is quite nice as you are looking out across a marsh toward Mt. Ball. We very much enjoyed our time at the Lodge but you should be aware the the highlight of this lodge is the comfort and food, rather than viewing wildlife. During our 3 days in the area, we failed to see a single notable animal or bird. However, As others have noted, the food is fantastic!!! You are greeted by high tea and the evening meal consists of 4 courses, each of which are made of fresh, delicious ingredients. Breakfast is immense and will prepare you for your daily activities which for most people consist of day hikes to surrounding passes or lakes, or in some instances, reading on the sunny porches of the cabins. This lodge is appropriate for all ages who can manage to walk 14 km slightly uphill (or downhill on the way out). The cabins are warm and environmentally appropriate soap and shampoo are supplied in the showers. This lodge is very well run and is a great get away for viewing wildflowers, doing day hikes or simply relaxing and enjoying the companionship of the other guests.
- 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