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“Rustic Comfort at a Great Location”
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Nechako Lodge
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Nechako Lodge
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Reviewed 25 May 2015

We stayed at the Nechako Lodge for 1-night in late May ($138 pp with meals). The Nechako is a comfortably rustic lodge located on a hill overlooking Knewstubb Lake; from Hwy 16 at Vanderhoof, it is a ~90 min drive over sometimes rough logging roads. It consists of the main lodge building, a number of small log cabins scattered over the expansive property, and a lakeside campsite. The lodge has its own windmill and several solar panels, making it energy self-sufficient.

The 2-story lodge building, which is fronted by a large deck that spans the length of the building, has a restaurant and lounge on the ground floor; the lounge has areas for seating, conferencing and fly-tying, as well as a library with games, books and magazines. Upstairs are 5-bedrooms, each with 2-twin beds, end tables, a small desk, a chair with a stool and a closet. None of the rooms have an en suite bathroom; there is a shared bathroom and a room with a shower just down the hall.

Our room, which had a beautiful view of the lake (visible while lying in bed!), was dated and well worn but comfortable. Because the lodge rooms come with meals, they are quite expensive ($276/night for two) – a more reasonable option for those willing to bring in food is one of the cabins - they all have full kitchens with refrigerators ($92/night).

The proprietors of the lodge, Elisabeth and Joe Doerig, are friendly and helpful hosts. Elisabeth cooks your gourmet meals and Joe flies a float-plane for those interested in sightseeing or a drop-off for a more remote wilderness experience.

In summary, if you are looking for elegance or communing with nature in a spa environment, the Nechako Lodge is not for you. But if you are looking for rustic comfort and wilderness experiences that include hiking, kayaking, canoeing and fishing in a beautiful setting with congenial hosts, give it a try. You won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled as a couple
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Elisabeth D, Owner at Nechako Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2015

Thank you for your detailed review. We appreciate that you mentioned some of the limitations of our older buildings but that you feel they do not detract from an overall positive experience.

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Reviewed 21 September 2014

We stayed at the lodge from September 9 to September 14 in both the cabins and the guest rooms in the main lodge and had our meals made for us. The lodge is located in a great setting located amongst the trees with the Nechako Lake just in front of the lodge. Elisabeth and Joe the owners were great...they provided excellent service and the meals Elisabeth cooked were fantastic.

Although we did not fish, there were some fisherman that stayed for a few days that had been coming to the lodge every year for the past 20 years or so. They had some good fishing. Apparently the lake fishing in the area is supposed to be very good. The lodge is only minutes from the earth built Kenney Damn and not very far from the Cheslatte falls.

If you are looking for a relaxing outdoor holiday in a nice quiet setting and great meals, I would highly recommend the Nechako Lodge.

Room Tip: Guest Room 2 and 3 & possibly 4 are great views of the lake
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  • Stayed: September 2014, travelled on business
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  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Nechako Lodge

Address: 2500 - 500 Road, Vanderhoof, British Columbia V0J 3A1, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vanderhoof
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Ranked #1 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Vanderhoof
Price Range: $65 - $88 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chose NECHAKO LODGE & AVIATION for your outdoor adventure and enjoy flight-seeing, fishing, canoeing, or hiking in spectacular scenery. Stay in spacious guest rooms, private log cabins, or at the lakeshore campground and experience exceptional food and hospitality in the backcountry of Central British Columbia. The lodge is located SW of Vanderhoof on the secluded shore of Knewstubb Lake and is the eastern gateway to the vast, untouched wilderness of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. ... more   less 

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