We recently stayed three nights at the Shadow Lake Lodge and we loved the experience. As most of the reviews state, the food is absolutely delicious. You will never go hungry and could possibly gain weight if you eat all that is provided! The staff was so friendly and accomodating, especially for taking the time to explain the hikes that are available from the lodge. We hiked to Gibbons Pass, Copper and the Upper and Lower Lakes one day and then the next day we did the Egypt Lake Loop. The day of departure we left our packs at the lodge and hiked to the double waterfalls at Shadow Lake for one last "AHHH moment" and then returned to our packs and sat on the deck for a quick bite and hiked out to our car. We were fortunate that we were able to hike every day even though the weather was not ideal. I am not sure what I would have done all day at the lodge if we could not have hiked. Possibly stayed in the main lodge with the fireplace and played cards, etc.
The lodge and cabins are very clean, but I was really cold at night in the cabin. We did adjust the heater after the second night and that solved the problem. There is a common washroom for each sex, but accessing them never seemed to be a problem. It was cold at night while we were there and I did dread leaving my cabin at night to use the facilities, but I guess that is part of the backcountry charm!
Having the ability to get hot water in a pitcher for the basin in your room is a plus. I do love the fact the they are so environmentally responsible. They recycle, use solar panels, and biodegradable soaps, etc.
We met some wonderful people while we were there and saw some fantastic scenery. I smile every time I think of our wonderful Shadow Lake Lodge experience. Thank you to everyone that helped make our stay so memorable and I will cherish the trail bar recipe!
- 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