We stayed at the lodge August 23rd for 3 nights. The minute I stepped off the helicopter I knew this was a special place. We stayed in a lodge room (Glacier Lily) which was small with a double bed but was adequate for the two of us. The room was clean and there was a hot/cold water sink outside our room and a shower and flush toilet downstairs. However, the next time I visit, I will stay in one of the cabins as they are much bigger and the views from the porch are incredible. The lodge rooms can be a little noisy as the walls are very very thin. Most of the lodge guests were sleeping by 10am and up by 7am for breakfast at 8am. The cabins have only cold running water and a walk to the central shower house which was spotless and a separate outhouse. The weather was perfect, the food and staff were excellent. We went on two easy/moderate hikes with the same guide on both days. We hiked to Wonder Pass and view and the next day hiked to Nublet and around Elizabeth Lake. We had an opportunity to speak with Sepp and he said that the lodge will close for the 2011 season for renovation (logs rotting) and reopen in 2012 with electricity. They were building a hydro plant near the lake when we were there. I'm not sure I agree with putting in electric as this is supposed to be a backcountry lodge and it might take away from the charm. Overall we had a wonderful time and plan to return. If you have any questions, please contact me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1928, Assiniboine Lodge was North America’s first backcountry ski lodge. Today it retains its rustic charm and welcoming spirit. Nestled at the base of iconic Mt. Assiniboine, the Lodge is surrounded by soaring peaks, alpine meadows filled with wildflowers, larch trees and turquoise lakes. Located 28 kilometers from the nearest road, it is a place of incredible peace…a place where we disconnect from the busy world and reconnect with nature, family and friends. Winter and summer we are passionate about sharing our mountain home with our guests! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mount Assiniboine Hotel Canmore