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Shadow Lake Lodge
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

My wife and stayed at the lodge for three nights in July. It was everything and more than we expected. The hike in was an easy, steady grade on an old fire road. The last three kilometres are steeper with more roots and rocks. When you reach the lodge it's like an oasis of comfort in the backcountry without the air, noise and light pollution so many of us are accustomed too.

We arrived by five and the staff were kind enough to leave the afternoon tea spread out for us. It included an assortment of individual packaged teas, sweet treats, homemade guacamole, salsa, humus, crackers and chips. It's hard not over eat with a full hot and cold breakfast, self packed lunch of homemade breads, cold cuts, cheeses and all the fresh trimmings as well as desert bars, trail mix and sweets. Dinner is a highlight of the day with homemade soup, salad, fresh vegetables and a tender meat dish. The three nights we stayed we had a super tender roast, salmon and a lovely pork tenderloin dish. Again homemade desserts of cheesecake, German double layer chocolate cake, and bumble-berry crumble topped it off. There is a nice selection of wines and beer as well that is reasonably priced considering its all packed in by horse. Sitting on your own private cabin deck sipping a glass of wine while the sun sets was so stress free and relaxing.

Meeting the other guests from around the world was a lot of fun. The staff was so accommodating and friendly. Spend three nights if you can make it work. Nice to have a day to just relax, visit, eat, sip wine and then relax in the lodge around the fire.

As other travellers have mentioned the facility is super clean and comfortable. We definitely will return another time.

Thanks so much Lynn, Allison, Nadia, Sabina, Mia, Morgan, River, and our chef which I apologize I didn't get her name and any other staff that made our three days so enjoyable.

Mark and Melanie

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

This is a magical, restful, and exciting vacation spot. The hike in was easy, but didn't have the amazing views that are closer to the lodge. The lodge is in a valley with a lovely views. The real reason to pay the big bucks is for the snug and romantic cabins with backcountry hiking. I would recommend at least two nights in this relaxing spot.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank eukfeu
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

We spent two nights at Shadow Lake Lodge. We rented bicycles in Banff and rode part way to the lodge. There is a bike rack to leave your bike (and no, porcupines did not eat our tires). I found the trail to be steeper and rougher to what I am accustomed to riding (rail trails in West Virginia) but the ride down was much faster than the nine mile walk would have taken. The trail to the lodge is unremarkable and was buggy at the bottom. The lodge is somewhat remote, but that puts you close to superb hiking. Alpine meadows, breathtaking vistas, and no other people. I recommend staying at least two nights at the lodge so you can do at least one all day hike from the lodge. The other guests were very friendly- many were repeat visitors. Upon arrival we had tea which included cheese, fruit, veggies, cookies, juice, etc. Dinner was salmon one night and beef (prime rib or filet) the other. Both were very good. Breakfasts were hearty. They put out food to pack a lunch which included lunch meat, granola, cookies, fruit. Bathrooms were "outhouses" but with tiled floors, hot and cold water and were very clean. Showers were hot. This is a unique place and I hope to return in the future.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

We stayed at Shadow Lake Lodge in March 2013. We snowshoed in the 14 km while I think everyone else staying that weekend were skiiers.

We were in the Whistling cabin. It was great, nice and private and large size. Bed and bedding was very nice.

It was a bit odd not having a bathroom in our cabin but it didn't bother us. The non-flush toilets were okay- not smelly at all. The hot showers were really nice and felt like a real luxury. The wood-fired sauna was nice and HOT- really loosened up the muscles after the hike in.

Food was amazing!!! Was all good but my favorite was afternoon tea. Lots of cheeses, crackers, dips, veggies, cookies, squares, etc.

We did a hike up to Gibbon Pass. It was a clear day and we had a gorgeous view of Mount Assiniboine which was amazing.

The wine was $42 per bottle, which honestly I didn't find bad at all- since I was just glad I didn't have to carry it in.

We had a really nice time and I'm sure we'll go back sometime to see it in summer!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

The Shadow Lake Lodge is a lodge with cabins in the backcountry of Banff National Park. The lodge is only accessible by hiking (or in the winter cross country skiing). There are hiking possibilities (day hikes) around the lodge, so more than one nights stay is nice.
The lodge has cabins with different kind of beds. The cabine are propane heated, has solar powered lighting and a wash basin. The outhouse is located with a short walk from the cabins and even has a central shower.
The cabins are nice. There is a cabin reserved for the restaurant and a cabin with a nice fireplace in the relax cabin. The meals are included and are good. If you like to have alcohol with your meal, it is possible to buy, however it is expensive.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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