We spent two nights at the lodge and as the other reviewers, we loved it! We rented bikes in Banff, biked up the first 7.5 miles and hiked in the last 1.5 miles (porcupines didn't eat our tires either). The first 1/2 mile wasn't bad, but here were some fairly steep portions with lots of rocks, so at one point I was thinking I was going to be walking my bike up the entire way. Because we are from Houston, the altitude was a factor, but we finally got in the groove and made it to the bike racks in about 2 hours.
We were met by Mia, who provided excellent service the entire weekend. The food was excellent and plentiful. But, since we wore off all those calories we weren't concerned! We also enjoyed the wine, as there is nothing better than enjoying a glass with the beautiful mountain views.
Advice from previous reviewers prepared us for the massive amounts of mosquitos...definitely bring bug spray. Also, don't forget the sunscreen, as the rays can be powerful. The only issue that I wasn't fond of was hiking it to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Other than that, we had a wonderful time relaxing and exploring the trails.
- 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