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Review of Becker's Lodge Bowron Lake Adventures Resort

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Becker's Lodge Bowron Lake Adventures Resort
North Vancouver
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Choose another outfitter.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2012

I highly recommend using another outfitter! The owner provided the worst customer service I have ever encountered. He was condescending, confrontative and unprofessional. Reservations had been made but he demanded payment in cash even though this had not been previously arranged and then charged an extra 5% for using credit. He provided an inferior product. Both kayak seats broke 2 days into the trip and our coats had to be rolled up to provide a backing. On return he accused us of breaking the seats even though it was obvious that they had been epoxy glued previously. His rude rants and horrible behaviour almost ruined a wonderful trip. He is not "the only show in town". Choose another outfitter.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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  • Location
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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edmonton
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

Ditto to all the people who have experienced Lothar and his belittlement of you. He was extremely blunt about all the regulations. Even the staff shudder as he barks out orders to them in front of customers. The guy has no idea about service. Too bad because it is a nice place.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

After researching the website for this establishment, we learned that they accepted Visa and MasterCard and also had a fleet so large we didn't need to make reservations. After driving 2 days from the US thank goodness this story has a happy ending, but it could have gone very, very wrong thanks to the rude, uncouth, and downright mean proprietor, Lothar.

Upon our arrival, road weary and looking for gear for the next morning's departure, we met with Lothar at the front desk. At first, we thought his abrupt, crass conversational style was a joke. We quickly realized the joke was on us and this guy was truly just a jerk.

He proceeded to berate us for not having a reservation or bringing enough cash to pay for our gear. When we tried to tell him about what we had seen on the website he said that didnt matter. He refused to take our Visa card because it looked different than he was used to, and thank God we had a Mastercard that apparently looked acceptable enough for him to take.

The next day, he delighted in calling me "little lady," in a demeaning way and when he handed me my canoe paddle said, "For the lady." Then he jerked it out of my reach and said, "If you are a lady. . . "

This guy was horrible. The only reason we're glad we went there was the cleanliness of our cabin and the good canoe.

If you do rent from him, get a canoe cart somewhere else. The one we got from him had teensy tires. Bowron Lake Outfitters and even the Registration Center has much better carts with wide tires.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Ashley V
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2012

We used Beckers for rental purposes only of a canoe and 2 kayaks for the Bowron Lakes circuit. We had prepared ourselves for a "brutal" encounter w/ the owner, as per the reviews on tripadvisor. However, we had the exact opposite experience! Lothar was funny, but blunt and direct. If you're not used to this, or open to a bit of laughter - I guess this could be found offensive. However, we had a great experience, enjoyed our time with him (although brief), and found our gear to be great and well cared for. No complaints here - we'd certainly recommend Becker's!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2012

Read the comments on Lothar. Our experience was first class. The resort is exceptional, the location breathtaking and the service was excellent. Lothar dealt with our requests in friendly manner, very hospitable, and we are looking forward to returning.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Calgary, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2012

Becker's is situated in a stunning location, at the head of the Bowron Lake. And the facilities are in quite good shape. Clearly, they are well taken care of.

However, the owner's behaviour is bizarre and unacceptable - bordering on abusive. For one, when asked directly he would not give his name - he said his name was "Schmuck" (not untrue). We later learned his name is Lothar. The location has a beautiful outdoor gas-fired barbecue, but the owner refused to turn it on. To save money, he turns off the power generator at 10 p.m., and restarts it at 6 a.m.

Although he has modern boats, he seemed to give me the oldest and most worn boat he had in stock. He wanted to drive us to the circuit start, but said it would be $20. We refused.

Although Becker's advertises that it has a restaurant, it is closed this year, with no sign that it will ever reopen.

And, although Lothar advertised the store would be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., he would not open it when we inquired at 5 p.m. In an ensuing argument, he called my wife "a b_tch".

In all, it was a shocking and unacceptable situation. My wife and I have traveled the world, and have never encountered an experience like this. I can't believe this sad person thinks he can run a beautiful resort this way. It's crazy. I strongly recommend you don't go there.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2012 via mobile

We have just finished the circuit (May/June 2012) and we stayed at beckers lodge and rented our gear from them. Wow, what a place. The setting is absolutely stunning and the whole property extremely well maintained. We organized everything online from NZ and everything was as we had booked. Our cabin was upgraded to one with a kitchen so that was a bonus. We had a lovely welcome from both Lothar and Bettina, and even though we arrived a bit late we got all our gear that evening so we could pack. Lothar was really helpful and took us down to the circuit when we were ready the next day. Our gear was top notch and included a tent which was the easiest one we have ever used. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend this pLace to anyone. We are already planning our return trip and we'll definitely stay at Beckers. Thanks Lothar, for making our adventure so awesome!
Stella and Bruce (NZ)

Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Becker's Lodge Bowron Lake Adventures Resort
Address: Bowron Lake Road, Wells, British Columbia V0K 2R0, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Cariboo > Wells
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Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Wells
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Becker's Lodge Bowron Lake Adventures Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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