Celebrated my dad's 70th birthday with a family trip to Shadow Lake Lodge in July 2016. Our group of 6 took 4.5 hrs to complete a leisurely hike up to the lodge. There is a great spot for lunch on the wide banks of a rushing creek at around the halfway point.
The lodge itself is truly exceptional. The multinational staff goes above and beyond to make sure everyone has what they need. The cabins are well-appointed and comfortable. The bathrooms are clean with plenty of hot water for showers. The grounds are beautiful and serene, but beware of wildlife - An early morning grizzly was spotted munching on dandelions in the clearing!
As others have said, the food is WONDERFUL - healthy, hearty, and plentiful. Tea time was a bounty of baked goods, trail mix, assorted vegetables, fruit, dips, charcuterie, cheeses, and hors d'oeuvres. Lunch items were set out in the morning for each hiker to pack for themselves, including: an assortment of fresh breads, sandwich meats & cheeses, hummus, fresh veggies, avocado, trail mix, and baked goods. Dinners were served buffet-style, and breakfasts were family-style.
There were approximately 20 guests total, and everyone was very respectful of the shared spaces. We spent evenings in the main cabin getting to know the other guests, playing games, and enjoying beer/wine (available for purchase) by the fireplace.
Best hike from the lodge was Gibbons Pass. With two seniors in our group, we took many breaks, but the landscape at the top was worth it. There are also several less-traveled trails that branch out beyond the Shadow Lake trail - Great way to experience the icy cold creeks feeding the lake.
All in all, this will go down as our most memorable family vacation - Surrounded by natural beauty, with all the comforts of the outside world (without the distractions!).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the high alpine meadows of Banff National Park, Brewster's Shadow Lake Lodge is a remote back country lodge with private cabins, accessible only by hiking, cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Included in the rate are three mountain gourmet meals as well as afternoon tea served to you daily in our dining lodge. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Shadow Lake Hotel Banff
- Shadow Lake Lodge Banff, Alberta