We stayed in the newer section of Patricia Lake - The Grove. The room was basically an entirely up to date, recently built full one bedroom condo. It truly exceeded our every expectation and honestly the web description of it didn't do it justice. There was a full kitchen, living room, large bedroom, nice large bathroom, TV with all the channels. Among the highlights were a towel heater, a flat top range, and an automatic fireplace which was controlled by a thermostat. We were on the far edge of the property. There was a small patio area with a grill out back which was right on the edge of the wilderness. It was amazing waking up every morning and seeing Patricia Lake and the mountains from the living room and having breakfast outside on the edge of the woods.
The property features lake activities (like paddle boating and kayaking), along with jogging/hiking trails around the lake. There was a community hot tub, playground, laundry room. The property was full while we were there but very quiet. The management was friendly and catered to our needs.
The location was amazingly convenient. It was only a 10 minute drive to the town of Jasper (if that), but you were far enough away for this to be a completely remote wilderness type of getaway. In Jasper I recommend Coco's Cafe (coffee and breakfast), North Face Pizza, and Evil Dave's.
The price was high here but it was worth every penny to be able to experience Jasper National Park the way it was meant to be experienced.
One day while driving from Jasper back to the bungalows we saw two black bears right along the side of the road. We stopped and took photographs of them.
Despite all the glowing praise - there were two negatives which I feel should be mentioned. One was the wi-fi. Yes, there was free wi-fi available, but it basically didn't work inside our condo, or in other units as well. I know you're out here for the wilderness, but this was the end of our trip and we wanted to upload trip pics on Facebook and all that. We could only get it the wi-fi to work out by the hot tub and playground, and were usually joined by others trying to get the wi-fi to work too. This is an easy fix by just adding a couple more routers around the property.
The other negative was the restricted hot tub hours. The hot tub closed at 9:30 PM each evening - and management would come out every night to make sure you got out promptly at 9:30! It was not even dusk yet and you had probably barely finished your day's activities. To have any time in the hot tub we ended up just coming back in the mid afternoon for a break. I understand this is a family-friendly establishment, but it wouldn't hurt to keep the hot tub open until midnight so that the adults could enjoy a drink or two and a bit of time relaxing and chatting after a long day of hiking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Patricia Lake Bungalows is a cozy cabin resort high in the Canadian Rocky Mountains overlooking a calm crystal clear lake. This is beautiful Patricia Lake in Jasper National Park. In 2016 our family will be celebrating a milestone of 50 years of owning and operating Patricia Lake Bungalows! Since 1966 we have hosted thousands of guests at Patricia Lake Bungalows and helped each one of them to experience our amazing National Park. Our location is a perfect 3 mile (5 km) distance from the town of Jasper, Alberta. Just far enough to avoid the hustle and bustle of town yet close enough to walk to town for an evening of enjoyment. Our cottages include charming décor, complimentary in-room coffee, fully equipped kitchens/kitchenettes, satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, private picnic tables, and most have cozy environmentally friendly gas fireplaces. We offer clean, comfortable, and charming cottages hidden at the end of a private road and nestled in a secluded forest setting. The peace and quiet we experience everyday is one of the things you will cherish. Located just 5 minutes from Jasper, Patricia Lake Bungalows provides its guests with a place to experience the beauty of nature, a place away from the daily stresses of life and a place to recharge body and soul. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Patricia Lake Bungalows Hotel Jasper
- Patricia Lake Hotel
- Patricia Lake Jasper