This is a remote backcountry lodge located 2,350 metres above sea level, accessible only by helicopter, situated on a plateau high above two nearby valleys and surrounded by mountains.
The staff of three (a chef and two guides, the latter of whom were also assistant cooks, room housekeepers, etc, etc) were outstanding in their service to the clientele.
The lodge holds a maximum of 12 people in 6 bedrooms with 2 single beds each. The chemical toilets and the two showers (operated by the "showerer" manually filling overhead containers with water heated on a propane stove) are in a separate building next door as is the wood-fired sauna.
The hikes were guided and were chosen based on the overall ability of the 12 clientele (thus, in many ways, the weakest link reigns, though the guides can break the groups into two if there is a big disparity in ability).
This is not a place to come if you are looking for luxury accommodation or topnotch amenities. However, if you want a very comfortable backcountry experience, sleeping in a bed, rather than on a mat in a tent, with great food cooked for you by their most excellent chef, you can't do much better than this. And the hiking is sublime.
Mid-July to mid-September are the best times to come.
We have hiked into almost every backcountry mountain lodge in this area, including Skoki Lodge, Mistaya Lodge, Mt Assiniboine Lodge, Shadow Lake Lodge, Sperry Chalet and Granite Park Chalet as well as many mountain lodges in Europe, and this was truly one of the best.
Being avid "purist" hikers, we would have preferred to hike in, but there is no trail! However, the helicopter flight from Canmore over the Three Sisters Pass to the lodge and then out over West Wind Pass to Canmore was stunning and unforgettable. As we had recently hiked to West Wind Pass and Wind Ridge, it was doubly exhilarating to see these hiking destinations from the air. And flying among all those mountains that we have, at one time or another, ascended in our hiking lives - Wind Tower, Ha-Ling Peak, Middle Sister, Mt Sparrowhawk, Pigeon Mountain, Mt Allen, Mt Columbola, Mt Lady McDonald, Yamnuska and Mt Rundle - was truly awe-inspiring.