We spent two nights at the lodge in July. We feel so lucky! We can't recommend this place strongly enough. I wish we could've spent three nights instead of two. I also wish we could have come and gone via different routes. We came and went via Redearth Creek Trail. We enjoyed the hike in, but would've liked to return via a different route (though it's almost entirely downhill on the way out, which is nice).
We stayed in Isabella cabin, the only cabin with a king-sized bed.
The food was amazing. The staff friendly and accomodating. The family that runs the place couldn't be nicer and they take excellent care of their guests.
We stayed mid-week, so there were only 10 or so guests. So there was no bathroom wait. The hot shower was most welcome (thank you, solar panels!!) And the two toilets for each gender were very nice and not smelly (despite being pit toilets).
The surrounding nature is stunning. What a fabulous (and glamorous) way to experience the back country.
The hike up over Gibbons Pass to Lower Twin Lake and back was exceptional (very steep up to Gibbon Pass). We also enjoyed the Lakeshore trail to the end, then up along the river to the base of Mount Ball. Leave enough time to make it all the way to the end, we hear there is a waterfall. We still had to hike out the day we did the Lakeshore trail, so we turned around after 2.5 miles. I think the waterfall is only 1/2-1 mile further.
Glamping in the backcountry!
- 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