Located at one of the most beautiful and tranquil spots in Banff, the Num - Ti Jah Lodge is like walking back in time. Hunter and trapper, Jimmy Simpson came to know the area better than anyone else in the early 1900's. In 1920 he obtained a lease to build his first cabin on pristine Bow Lake. In 1930 the work on the Icefield Parkway began and Simpson realized the potential of the area. He completed building the present day Lodge in 1937.
I believe the Simpson family still owns the Lodge and other businesses in Lake Louise. This gem really has great potential. So much could be done to improve the rooms in the Lodge. Simple things like new light fixtures could be a inexpensive $20 fix. I couldn't believe how stupid the light fixture looked speckled with dead flies in the bottom of it. And the metal showers, now come on! People are paying very good money for this beautiful location. At least have the decency of upgrading all of the bathrooms!
The staff are pleasant. They were very helpful in getting us another room with power in it. During our first night there, we blew a fuse and I couldn't plug in my sleep apnea breather machine. On our second night, our sleep was interrupted when the fire alarm went off at 2 in the morning. It turned out to be a false alarm. The food was overpriced and average at best. (we only had one meal there and ended up eating all our other meals at Lake Louise, a half hour drive away) Surprisingly the gift shop is reasonably priced. We were supposed to stay a third night but we asked for a refund. We decided that although the location was fabulous, that it was time to move on. At $200 a night we felt that we had lined the Simpson's pockets with enough hard cash.
On the plus side, I managed to get some fabulous photos of the area. I met photographers from around the world that were in awe of the magnificent views.
I certainly hope that the "squeaky wheels get the oil" and that the Simpsons decide to put some money into this gem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Num-Ti-Jah Lodge overlooks one of the most dramatic scenes in the Canadian Rockies. Out of Bow Lake the mountains rise steep and rugged. The blue ice of Crowfoot Glacier hangs suspended over the turquoise water. To the west, the craggy peaks of the Great Divide tower over Bow Glacier.Num-Ti-Jah Lodge is located 40 kilometres north of Lake Louise on Highway 93 in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. We are a three hour drive from the Calgary International Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Num-Ti-Jah Hotel Lake Louise