Cathedral Lakes Provincial Park is an amazing place. The hiking is absolutely incredible. The campsites and the Lodge are at about 6800 feet, with hikeable peaks at about 8600. This is why to come at all. (That said, if you have mobility issues, the views from the Lodge are stunning.)
We've camped here, taking advantage of the truck transport up, for which we gladly paid, booking in advance. (It is possible to hike up, but it's a very long day.) But that was in summer. Staying at the Lodge is PERFECT for winter. This is not to say that you couldn't just camp in winter--you could. But be very well prepared as it can get quite cold.
This is also not to say we wouldn't stay in the Lodge in the summer! The comfort and camaraderie make it an excellent choice. Yes, you wouldn't be completely roughing it, but you could still go on a number of challenging hikes. Plus, if the weather were inclement, there is the option of some cozy time indoors. They have a wonderful fireplace, lots of couch space, a piano, books, and board games.
The rooms are clean and most have excellent views. The food is delicious and plentiful. Staff are friendly, respectful, and, hey, interesting! The showers were hot (a little modulating of the taps was not a hardship) and the hot tub is ingenuous.
I'd be surprised if we don't go again. Highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cathedral Lakes Lodge is situated at Quiniscoe Lake, 2000 metres (6800 ft) above sea level in the centre of Cathedral Provincial Park, BC. You are invited to stay in our comfortable lodge or cozy cabins. We provide friendly service; delicious, home-cooked meals; access to incredible hiking and a relaxing hot tub at the end of the day. Nearby hiking trails lead you to alpine meadows awash with wild flowers, fascinating rock formations and striking, 360 degree views of the North Cascade peaks.Pristine lakes teeming with rainbow and cutthroat trout provide excellent fishing. Mountain goats, mule deer, marmots, ptarmigan and many other mammals and birds surround you in this tranquil wilderness. Fair away from city lights, you will marvel at the night sky, shimmering with millions of stars. Be sure to bring comfortable, warm clothing for the outdoors, a water proof jacket, good hiking or walking shoes, a camera and a day pack. ... more less