This was our second visit to Pine Bungalows and hopefully won't be our last.
Once again it was peaceful and quiet. The views were as beautiful as we remembered. It's only a few minutes drive away from Jasper, but it feels like you're in the middle of nowhere. The cabins are arranged at angles to each other so it doesn't look or feel like a holiday park and you all have some privacy. The beds were comfy. It is basic, but everything you actually need is provided (kettle, fridge, cooker etc.), it's just the non-essential things like TVs and wi-fi that aren't in the cabins. Even as a couple of dedicated gadget-freaks, it was nice to have a break from technology and de-stress. We didn't have the need to use the fire as we were lucky enough to experience record high temperatures whilst we were there, but I'm sure it would have been lovely and cozy if needed.
As we were in a cabin at the end (no. 1), It was great to sit at the picnic table with our backs to the rest of the site and imagine that we were entirely on our own.
The wildlife was amazing. As well as the squirrel who entertained us spending his days gathering his nuts from all his hiding places into his winter hibernation spot, (which seemed to be under the back of the cabin), and even came onto the picnic table, we had quite a few elk wandering by. The first time was a mother and calf who ambled past as I was sat reading a book at the picnic table. The second time was our last morning when I opened the door to a few females and calves walking past either side of our cabin and a bull elk swimming across the river towards us. He then proceeded to walk right past our cabin too - unforgettable!
The only slight disappointment was that we'd specifically asked for Cabin 1 as we knew from our previous visit that it looked out over both the river and the wooded area at the side of the cabin, but unfortunately, since our last visit, the big window looking out over the wooded area had been blocked out with pine boarding, as had the small window at the kitchen area.This only seems to have been done to a few of the other cabins, but it's a shame as it stops you seeing the wonderful views from inside and made the cabin a bit dark so we sometimes had to put a light on during the day.
All in all, it was a wonderful few days and we would definitely want to stay here again if we're ever back in the area. Our plans changed after our initial booking and we wanted to stay an extra night, but they were booked up, which speaks for itself! Apparently it is up for sale but hopefully the new owners won't change too much.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pine Bungalows provides a peaceful setting where you can unplug and unwind with excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Choose a self-contained cabin or bungalow for 2, 4 and 6 people on 11 acres of naturally landscaped property situated on the banks of the Athabasca River just 2 km outside the Town of Jasper. We are reasonably priced and family-friendly with discounts for Seniors. Low season rates are available as well as Accessibility Units. We offer rustic yet modernized bungalows with kitchens and fireplaces. We also boast Jasper's newest Conference Centre. It features 25 Guest Rooms with air conditioning, Wifi and outside deck suitable for 2 persons. On the main floor we have a spacious dining area with a 50-seat capacity along with a well-equipped self-catering kitchen available to private groups. We also have the Lazy Bear Lounge and meeting room on the lower level. Enjoy a simpler life where YOU set the pace. Relax and experience an authentic cabin in the mountains. Connect with Nature and your loved ones at your own campfire under our own Dark Sky. No restaurant on-site. Free parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pine Bungalow Cabins Hotel Jasper