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Tonquin Valley Backcountry Lodge

Jasper National Park, Alberta T0E 1E0 Canada
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#10 of 34 Speciality lodging in Jasper National Park
In Jasper National Park, on the continental divide, lies the Tonquin Valley Backcountry Lodge. This wilderness haven lies 24 kms from the nearest road at the base of the world famous Rampart Mountains and on the shores of pristine Amethyst Lake. Accessible only by hiking or horseback riding, this accommodation is unique among the Jasper backcountry lodges, and offers pack trips in a true mountain wilderness that everyone can enjoy. With towering peaks and lush meadows, the Tonquin Valley in Alberta provides an authentic Canadian Rockies vacation. Whether you want to explore the lake in a canoe, fish for abundant brook and rainbow trout in a rowboat, read a book, write a letter or participate in the daily horseback rides, this is the ideal situation. Come and stay in one of our comfortable Canadian Rockies chalets and enjoy an unforgettable wilderness experience. Our visitors stay in individual chalets which sleep from one to six people in comfortable bunk beds with all bedding provided. Chalet furnishings include crackling wood-burning stoves which make the rustic ambience even more cozy. Tonquin Valley trips are limited to 18 people in order to maintain an uncrowded and relaxed atmosphere.
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Barb L wrote a review Jan. 2011
Toronto, Canada7 contributions2 helpful votes
I spent 5 days at the Tonquin Valley Backcountry Lodge - deep in the heart of the Jasper mountains only accessible by hiking or horseback. Talk about getting away from it all with wonderful guides, food and hospitality. The accommodations are luxury for backwoods, however if you are city folk - very basic. That is not the point of the adventure - it is the outdoors, hiking, horseback riding, getting away from it all and going back to the basics. I had a fabulous time as did my 3 children - ages 18, 20 ,22. We had did 3 rides on top of the 25km ride into camp plus one day for a major mountain hike. It was fabulously beautiful! The hosts are very accommodating and very knowledgeable about the area and history of the valley. Well worth it if you want to try something different
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Date of stay: August 2010
john_ehrenberg wrote a review Jan. 2011
Brooklyn, New York6 contributions3 helpful votes
I'd wanted to go to Banff and Jasper my entire adult life, and this summer my wife and I finally did so. This has got to be one of the most spectacularly beautiful spots on the planet, and we were there for two glorious weeks. The highlight of the trip was the five days we stayed with Kable and Sarah Kongsrud at the Tonquin Valley Backcountry Lodge. I should say at the outset that I'm a big city boy and my wife a Southern Californian. But we've spent a lot of time in the wilderness -- Kathleen's entire family consisted of six constant and skilled backpackers/hikers/campers/riders and she spent much of her childhood and youth in her beloved Sierra Nevada. Over the course of a 42-year marriage I've learned to love the mountains as well and have joined Kathleen in a love of horses
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Date of stay: July 2010
dstyrhds wrote a review Jan. 2011
Sherwood Park, Canada3 contributions2 helpful votes
I have skied into this amazing lodge several times in the past couple years and every time I feel so amazingly privileged to get to spend time in this part of the world. Parks Canada is very restrictive on backcountry developments so for a place as comfortable as this to even exist in the backcountry is absolutely amazing. The scenery is spectacular, the accommodations are comfortable and clean, the food is amazing, and the value is unbelievable, especially considering that almost all supplies have to be brought in by a very long and treacherous snowmobile ride in the winter. Many thanks to Kable and his family for keeping this lodge going, otherwise I would be sleeping in a tent on my backcountry trips into the Tonquin Valley.
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Date of stay: February 2010
wichdiva wrote a review Jan. 2011
Alberta3 contributions3 helpful votes
I rode in and spend a long weekend here with a bunch of women and it was absolutely AMAZING! The couple who run this place and their crew are very professional, knowledgeable and helpful. The cabins are quaint and and rustic but clean and comfortable. The food was hearty and homey, the cowboy coffee was particularly good. The day excursions, on horseback or otherwise were great too. If you're looking for a true backcountry experience, this is it!
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Date of stay: September 2010
vista_10 wrote a review Apr. 2010
sherwood park alberta6 contributions9 helpful votes
My husband and I have made the trip to Tonquin Valley Lodge 12 times now, sometimes with our children, sometimes as a get-away for two. We have always marvelled at the level of comfort provided, given the remoteness of the location, and the degree of difficulty there must be in getting even the most basic necessities into the camp. The scenery is unbelievable, good thing each rustic cabin has a lovely deck with a view of some part of the valley! Each cabin is clean and comfortable, waking up to a fire in the room (thanks, honey) is the best way to start a day. The food! Fresh, hearty, and with enough variety that after even 12 trips the meals have never become routine or mundane for us. There is never a lack of things to do, and the camp is very kid-friendly.
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Date of stay: August 2008
CanadaAlbertaCanadian RockiesJasper National Park
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