Recently enjoyed a wonderful two days at the Cathedral Mountain Lodge. We were doing a motorcycle trip in British Columbia and planned to use the Lodge as a base to explore the areas around Banff, Lake Louise and Yoho National Park. The location was perfect, situated beside the Kicking horse river and in the shadow of the mountain, complete with a hanging glacier. The lodge sits at the entrance to Yoho. We stayed in a Premier cabin with loft and had, in our opinion, the best unobstructed river view on the property. (cabin#7). The cabin was well appointed with Aveda personal products, cozy flannel and fleece blankets/bed covers done in plaids and animal prints, rustic themed tiles and fixtures in a large bathroom, a river stone fireplace that was ready to be lit and inviting adirondack chairs on the covered porch overlooking the river. If you don't want to sit on the porch, then stroll down to the river's edge and take in the scenery while sitting by one of several cozy firepits scattered there. While we didn't partake in any of the activities, the staff volunteered to arrange several for us, including canoeing, rafting, horseback riding and others. The entire staff was exceptional, very friendly and helpful. We spent an afternoon in the nearby village of Field and would highly suggest taking the time to stroll around this quaint and picturesque town. It will take all of about 30 minutes to see the entire town and read the historical markers on the interesting buildings. Truffle Pigs or The Siding are good choices for lunch. And I have saved the best for last, the food was phenomenal! We ate roasted chicken, risotto, steak and seafood pasta dishes that were some of the best we have ever had. And don't forget to include some of the local wines from their very good selections. Reservations are recommended, but that gives you time to sit on the patio, by the fire, by the river and enjoy a drink/cocktail and make some new friends before dinner. Breakfast was included in the rate and is served buffet style and was just as enjoyable as the dinners. Just a couple of things to consider when booking a reservation here, there are about 30 cabins but as far as we could see, only #1, #2, #5, #6 and #7 have unobstructed river views. Many of the others face the back side of another cabin. BUT, since you probably will not be spending a lot of time indoors, this may not be an issue for you. The lodge sits next to the TransCanada highway at the bottom of a long steep grade so you will hear the occasional noise of the trucks downshifting to climb the grade. And a special NOTE TO MOTORCYCLE travelers, there a only about 4 or 5 paved parking spots which means you are likely to have to park in the gravel. If it is raining during your stay, as it was while we were there, the gravel area can get fairly mushy so be prepared to stabilize the bike. While I feel they should be considered, I hesitate to add any of the minor negatives mentioned because I absolutely do not think they should hinder you from experiencing this amazing Lodge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy our Timber Frame lodge located in stunning Yoho National Park on the banks of the Kicking Horse River; providing unsurpassed guest excellence and attention to detail while surrounded by the lovingly re-claimed Douglas Fir post and beams. If you love the great outdoors but also love luxurious comfort, Cathedral Mountain Lodge is your perfect Canadian Rockies destination. Allow us to indulge all of your culinary senses at our Riverside Restaurant and Lounge, featuring Western Canada's best in-season regional cuisine, complimented by our diverse well-crafted wine list. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cathedral Mountain Hotel Field