We stayed here for 1 night to break our drive from Jasper to Vancouver. The drive from the main highway is about 20k, and mainly on a steep gravel road - sounded pretty hairy sitting in the car, but the car was unhurt!
The lodges are huge - ours had a large open plan kitchen, diner, lounge with double height ceiling, and 2 sets of double sliding doors opening on to a large balcony, with a beautiful view over to the lake. The kitchen was extremely well equipped, and all items were exceptionally clean, almost to the point of looking unused. There were only 2 of us, but there was enough room for a family of four to be comfortable.
We had a 1 bedroom lodge, with an extra sofa bed. The bed was the only downside for us, it was a regular UK double size, so felt very small compared to the huge beds we'd already experienced during our travel through the Rockies. This was clearly stated on the description so we weren't surprised, but the actual bed was quite wobbly, and made lots of noise when one of us rolled over. We ended up on the sofa bed (which was very comfy but there are no curtains on the high windows). This is the only small downside of our stay, everything else was amazing.
The use of the lake for boating / swimming was free, and is really peaceful. We ate at the restaurant for dinner and breakfast on the patio - a beautiful setting overlooking the lake, great food, and very friendly staff. They were really helpful accommodating vegetarian options. There were also wild hummingbirds on the bird feeders, which was a real surprise.
Overall, we wished we had longer to stay here, the tranquillity was really special, and we felt instantly relaxed upon arrival, can't recommend it enough. It's well worth the detour from the highway.
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