Lake O'Hara Lodge

Lake O'Hara Lodge

2nd Ave., Yoho National Park, British Columbia V0A 1G0 Canada
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2nd Ave., Yoho National Park, British Columbia V0A 1G0 Canada
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Candy O wrote a review Aug 2021
Vancouver, BC114 contributions103 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our first stay in the Lake O'Hara Lodge. Due to Covid restrictions, I was told there had been some changes to the common areas. The sleeping room was clean and very comfortable. The communal bathroom was not a problem at all. The staff offered the best service I have ever experienced! Friendly, helpful, accommodating and very professional. The fine dining at dinner was better than a luxury cruise liner. The food choices for your packed lunches were many and breakfast each morning had a choice of 2 hot entrees and other side dishes. 3pm was tea time offering a huge choice of freshly baked treats, tea and juice. Hiking the trails around Lake O'Hara and beyond offered the most spectacular views imaginable. We enjoyed a relaxing canoe paddle around the lake. If you are a hiker, artist or just want to soak up the mountain views, get your name on the list,it is worth every penny!
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Date of stay: August 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: All of the lodge room are about the same. I have not stayed in a cabin.
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Joan88 wrote a review Sep 2022
Mill Valley, California730 contributions441 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Yes, this is definitely heaven on earth…yes, a bucket list item, yes worth putting your name on the waitlist and saving your loonies. Perfection…to stay in a lakeside cabin is truly life changing. Lonnie and Johnny are wonderful hosts and have hired amazing staff to make everything run so very smoothly. Priceless. We had sun to hike and we were fortunate to have a snow-day to just sit inside and ogle the storm! Accommodating about eating preferences. The staff and chefs could not have been sweeter! Speaking of sweets….on my…the chocolate desserts at tea time or in your lunch bag were truly delicious. The staff Saturday show was outdoors cause of covid cares and was great fun…bundled in wool Pendleton blankets from your room. A wondrous spot…it makes me a better person to have been there. My soul is richer and I so hope to return next fall.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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TheFarkman wrote a review Sep 2021
Vancouver, Canada231 contributions85 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our first time there. It is hard to describe the scenery. Nothing short of breathtaking. The lodge is nothing fancy but well maintained and the staff go out of their way to accommodate you. We were in the lodge (nothing else available) but would love to go back and stay in one of the cabins.
The hikes are phenomenal, then you return to the lodge to chill out. They provide delicious lunches for your hiked. All meals were excellent.
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Date of stay: September 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: A cabin if you can get it
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Usha P wrote a review Nov 2010
USA20 contributions53 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed two nights in September, 2010 at Lake O'hara Lodge. We stayed at the most expensive cabin called the guide cabins. This was supposed to be a destination away from the madding crowd. But our two nights were spent listening to the loud ruckus from the heater. Talk about sound sleep ! It was sleep with a loud sound that kept us awake both nights.

We had requested Vegetarian meals. Since this is the only place where we could have our meals we were quite shocked when we were served grilled vegetable stack for entree ! The other guests were served Lamb chops with mashed potatoes and vegetables on the side.
When we spoke to the husband and wife owners they were both very rude and dismissed our concerns with comments like 'We can't please everyone' The chef put equal effort in creating our menu' etc etc. They showed no signs of remorse that they shortchanged us.
It was obvious after charging $750.00/Nite they didn't care about a couple of non white,non Canadians. They have these wealthy Canadian clients who reserve lake side cabins year after year who get pampered.
These guide cabins were away from the restaurant with no view to speak of. Any one who attempts to stay here will not be given Lakeside cabins but given these guide cabins. Beware.
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Date of stay: September 2010
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Mobile4306 wrote a review Oct 2005
Easton, PA2 contributions44 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I spent 5 nights at Lake O'Hara Lodge, as part of a Canadian Rockies hiking vacation. One caveat here, don't schedule your trip from mid-September to October, since the chance of snow is much greater, and the freeze-thaw cycle makes for icy trail conditions that could be particularly risky, expecially for folks in their fifties, like us. We would have preferred an earlier visit, but this time frame became available to us in May because of a cancellation, so we grabbed it. The details of scheduling visitors is outlined in a thick binder (the binder also provides historical information of the area, and natural history articles) that appears in each room and cabin, and prior visitors and large parties seem to be given preference, and other slots are filled from a "wait list". It seems that a minimum stay of 2 or 3 days is required. This was really a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so we grabbed it. Of course, you can stay in the campground, or make reservations on the bus as a day visitor, but we wanted several nights and a lakeside cabin.
Our cabin was simple and serviceable, with a single and double bed. I believe the cabins were built years ago and moved to the site from another location. with
the simple, sparse bathroom added much later (shower stall only). Our cabin had a closet, dresser, desk, and commercial carpeting. We could adjust the heat, and a down comforter on each bed was sufficient. Heavy wool blankets are available if you need them. Of course, there's no tv or phone, (and no internet access for guests, but there is an outdoor phone booth), but if you need those, you shouldn't be here. Our cabin had a porch and chairs so you could, if you choose, pack your own trail lunch and eat it there (as we saw a few couples doing), all the while looking out upon the magnificent glacial lake.
We ate our meals (included in our $600 per couple/per night stay) in the main lodge, and if you're hiking, after breakfast you can pack your own trail lunch from 2 or 3 sandwich choices and a variety of goodies. The meals were much more than we expected: breakfasts always featured a buffet of fresh-made muffins (orange-date, banana-oatmeal, etc.), a big bowl of berries, yogurt, cereal, and a selection of juices. The breakfast entree varied daily, from pancakes to frittata, to crepes florentine with salmon. Or, you could settle for two eggs, any style. Lunches offered 3 choices, one vegetarian. A soup course preceded the main selection, which may include wonderful lambchops, a savory Thai noodle salad, a fancy grilled sandwich, or a pasta dish. A large garden salad was always available from which you helped yourself. Desserts (at lunch and dinner) included creme brulee, cheesecake, fruit crumbles, tarts, sorbet, etc., all beautifully presented. Dinners were set, again preceded by soup and freshly made bread (the cheese bread was a big hit), a salad course, and entrees such as mahi-mahi with fruit salsa, pan roasted chichen breast, boneless pork chops with brandy reduction, seasonal vegetables, and dessert. And prior to dinner, there was a 4 o'clock tea, with tea, juices, cocoa, and homemade pastries! I'm a foodie, and this was a foodie's paradise! Their young chef is wonderful, as well as the attentive, unobtrusive servers. Tables are assigned, and for three days we shared a table with another couple, and ate at a table for two the last days. This worked well and is designed to maximize the space and, I suppose, to eliminate the awkwardness of where to sit since people don't know each other.
In addition to the lovely dining room, the lodge has comfy sofas for reading and a small library. You must remove your shoes/hiking boots before entering the lodge, so carry slippers. The manager, Bruce, and his wife, Allison were warm and friendly, and helpful in planning hikes, etc., as were all the staff (primarily Canadian college students). There were hairdryers to borrow as well as trekking poles, outwear, gaiters, etc., should you need them. A terrific vacation: a wonderful setting, comfy cabin, excellent food, and friendly staff. Our hiking, unfortunately, was limited because of the trail conditions, but we did get in the Lake Oesa and Lake McArthur trails, and well as many walks around Lake O'Hara. Incidentally, snow about the cabins and lodge was only 2 or 3 inches, but the higher trails, we were told, had as much as 8 to 12, and many guests set out on hikes but turned back. Canoes were also available, but it was too cold to paddle around the lake. Would we go back? Most definitely, but in August!
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Date of stay: October 2005
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Danizel wrote a review Apr 2011
Porto Heli, Greece58 contributions57 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I cannot review the hotel. I am sure it is a very nice. I can tell you that I tried booking a room on Feb. 2010 for Aug. 2010 and was informed it was too late for that summer. I immidiately tried to reserve a room for Aug. 2011 - surely I was not late for that. My request was registered but they said I should wait for Dec 2010 - that is when they make the reservations for the summer. I called again Dec. but they did not have an answer for me yet. It seems they give priority to people who have already been to the lodge before. on Jan. I received a polite rejection - they did not have a room for me. It is a shame that the only hotel by the beautiful lake - which is a Canadian nature treasure - is run like a private members club.
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Date of stay: August 2010
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from abmillar, Manager at Lake O'Hara Lodge
Responded Apr 20, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to comment. We can certainly appreciate your frustration with trying to secure a reservation at Lake O'Hara Lodge. We are a small, seasonal operation and the demand exceeds availability particularly during the months of July and August. We do give booking priority to our long term, repeat clientele who have continued to support our business over the years, through the good and tough economic times. That said, we welcome and appreciate the new guests who grace our door every season; they continue to be a significant portion of our clientele.
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Maria-Enrique wrote a review May 2011
Edmonton115 contributions124 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After reading reviews on Lake O Hara, I feel compelled to explain what our-of province visitors may not understand about the place. First - the Lake O Hara region is one of the most beautiful, stunning places in the world. Second - If you want to spend the night in the area you have three options: Camping, huts, and the lodge. If you enjoy camping and don't mind mosquitoes, noisy campers or rain, camping is a logical choice and quite economical. The huts keep you away from mosquitoes and out of the rain but they are available by lottery in the summer and it takes quite a bit of luck to get in! You cook in a communal kitchen and use the outdoor toilets. If these two options are too rustic for you that leaves the lodge. There are more than a few people who believe the cabins and rooms in the lodge are worth the money - for that reason, it's hard to get in. The high price is a reflection of the demand - it's simply the only accommodation choice with indoor plumbing, a restaurant, and linens.

Frankly, we are among those who can't afford the lodge in the summer, but we have skied
the road in during the winter months. The lodge is a lovely, gracious old building run by a wonderful Canadian couple who aren't getting rich by running the place. They are extremely attentive to all their guests and work to provide the best experience possible in this exceptional setting.

When I read the negative reviews I have to shudder - certainly these people were expecting some kind of 5 star urban hotel experience - this is a backcountry lodge situated in a place you can't drive your car to. If it pains you so much not to have the luxuries of the city, then this place is not for you. But for those who love nature, hiking, lakes and mountains and are too old or infirm to stay in a tent, get in line and see if a room opens up for you.
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Date of stay: March 2011Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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guido74 wrote a review Sep 2011
Prague, Czech Republic57 contributions58 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stunning location and wonderfully personal hospitality from Bruce, Alison and all the staff.

The lake cabins are large and very comfortable and have everything you need - not 5-star luxury but the front deck with stunning views across the lake more than make up for that!

For dining, you are asked for your seating preference and based on that they try to sit you on your own or with other parties. The menu is set (although you can of course specify any allergies etc) as is the time, but the food is delicious (and plentiful after a day out on the trails!). Packed lunches are also offered for those who are out for the day, along with a host of snacks and treats. Don't miss out on the lemonade!

The location means that most of the trails are relatively quiet and peaceful, so it is a real treat to have experienced that. The ethos of the place, to provide great service and access to the trails while impacting the environment as little as possible, is admirable. This includes a vacuum flush system that is much more eco-friendly, but slightly noisier than normal.

Several of the reviews have said the lodge is overpriced. While I cannot unequivocally disagree, I have to say that even if it means saving for a while first, I would be absolutely delighted to go back. They are definitely doing a lot of things right!
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Date of stay: August 2011
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Sudbury9122 wrote a review Aug 2011
Arlington, Virginia230 contributions117 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Lake O'Hara Lodge is not for everyone (and not just because of its great expense). It offers unprecedented access to some of the most beautiful alpine trails in the Canadian Rockies. I can't imagine going there and not hiking, although I suppose some people do. It is fairly small--only about 60 guests at a time. That's partly why it's difficult to get a reservation (keep trying and be flexible in your dates). It is a back country lodge, not a commercial resort. It caters to those who enjoy nature and want a quiet, low key retreat. It makes a heroic effort to be as green as possible--no mean feat given its isolation--and that costs money, as do the four meals a day included in the price of your stay. We met people there who were on their 5th, 10th, even 40th visit to the Lodge. Stay once and you'll understand why.
This was our second visit and we enjoyed our lakeside cabin both times: rustic, but with a very comfortable bed, separate thermostat for the bathroom, so you could dry damp clothes, front porch facing the lake. We found the food to be uniformly excellent--inventive menus for breakfast and dinner, delicious sandwich choices and accompaniments for the trail lunches, wonderful sweets for the afternoon tea (we made sure we were back for that each day of our stay). The staff was cheerful, efficient, and helpful. We particularly appreciated the extra distance they went to get us our lost luggage as quickly as possible (they had to make a special trip to Lake Louise to pick it up once the airline finally found and delivered it). And we were able to rummage through their considerable collection of cast-off gear to get temporary replacements for our own.
The Lodge is a special-occasion venue for us--we've now celebrated our 20th and 25th wedding anniversaries there. It's an indulgence, but considering all you get in terms of location, comfort, food, and service, it delivers good value for the expense if a back country lodge experience is what you're looking for.
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Date of stay: July 2011
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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djhkswis wrote a review Mar 2007
Canterbury, NH27 contributions33 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have stayed in many fine hotels/lodges around the world and this is the finest combination of elegance and wilderness we have ever found. We have visited this area in the summer a number of times but it is very difficult to get a booking at the lodge during those months. We have visited three times during winter months. The ski in on a fire road (11 km) is not difficult for itermediate or better skiers but it is uphill for most of the way. The lodge has a lovely sitting area in fromt of a fireplace which takes 4 foot logs to feed it. The rooms are simple but comfortable. The food is superb-the breakfast is cooked to order and a lunch buffet is provided to pack a very generous meal. A guide is provided to lead outings to the high plateaus surrounding the lodge. You do need to have climbing skins to do the outings or snow shoeing is possible. The evening meal is lovely and very elegant. The host ,Bruce ,is gracious and helps form a very endearing atmosphere in the evening sometimes including games, music and of course good conversation. If you like back country skiing/snowshoeing there is no better place in the Canadain Rockies to stay.
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Date of stay: February 2005
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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TravellingCynja asked a question Aug 2020
14 contributions2 helpful votes
Whats a nightly price for a cabin?
Answer from noelmcn
Edmonton, Canada71 contributions31 helpful votes
the lodge has a number of rooms in the main Lodge at the number of cabins your best bet is to reserve a room in the main Lodge.
MayFamily5 asked a question Aug 2015
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho2 contributions1 helpful vote
does the property have exercise facilities?
Answer from Joan88
Mill Valley, California730 contributions441 helpful votes
Trails are your exercise!
101HappyGirl asked a question Feb 2015
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii14 contributions10 helpful votes
Is it possible to have a meal at the lodge if we cannot get a room?
TheFarkman wrote a tip Sep 2021
Vancouver, Canada231 contributions85 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"A cabin if you can get it"
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Candy O wrote a tip Aug 2021
Vancouver, BC114 contributions103 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All of the lodge room are about the same. I have not stayed in a cabin."
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BUDDY J wrote a tip Dec 2019
Jacksonville, Florida23 contributions24 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Start early for reservations and be patient."
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mtrodgers99 wrote a tip Jul 2019
Montreal, Canada382 contributions184 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cabins have their own bathroom. Lodge rooms share bathroom facilities."
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Brendan M wrote a tip Jun 2019
1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Leave the room: Go Hiking."
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
23
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lake O'Hara Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Lake O'Hara Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Plain of Six Glaciers (6.4 km) and Lake O' Hara (0.2 km).
What food & drink options are available at Lake O'Hara Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Does Lake O'Hara Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.
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