Shadow Lake Lodge, located in the back country of Banff National Park, is an excellent base for exploring some of the best hiking the Canadian Rockies have to offer. Comfortable lodging in private cabins and hearty, healthy, gourmet meals, along with the hospitality of the Brewster-Niehaus Family create a memorable experience for visitors from around the world.
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This fall, get away from the crowds to experience the spectacular beauty of the colour changing Larch trees in the pristine backcountry of Banff National Park. Shadow Lake Lodge and Sunshine Mountain Lodge are pleased to offer a luxury ‘hut to hut’ backcountry hiking experience this coming September. Begin your adventure by taking the gondola to Sunshine Village, where you can explore the surrounding high alpine meadows and enjoy uninterrupted views of the Rockies. Spend your first night at Banff’s only mountain top hotel, Sunshine Mountain Lodge. The next morning, with packed lunch in your daypack, and your camera ready, embark on the epic 27km hike via Simpson Pass, Healy Pass, Egypt Lake, Whistling Pass and Haiduk Lake to arrive at the historic Shadow Lake Lodge. Spend a night or two relaxing in your private log cabin, enjoying warm hospitality and mountain gourmet meals. Discover even more jaw-dropping views on the final leg of your journey over Gibbon Pass to Twin Lakes, Arnica Lake, and Vista Lake. Transportation can be arranged to collect you from the trailhead back to your vehicle. This unforgettable, bucket-list adventure is not to be missed!
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Morgan Brewster Niehaus rolls the fresh dough in the spacious kitchen of Shadow Lake Lodge, preparing cinnamon buns for the guests. Morgan is a recent graduate from the Professional Cooking Program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and it's her first summer as head chef.
The history of Shadow Lake Lodge began in 1930, when the Canadian Pacific Railway constructed a modest log rest house overlooking a meadow below the outlet of Shadow Lake, deep in the backcountry of Banff National Park.
Through a number of environmental initiatives, Shadow Lake Lodge provides a comfortable experience for its guests while minimizing impact on the pristine wilderness of Banff National Park that surrounds us.
Banff National Park encompasses some of the world's most magnificent scenery and is an easy 90-minute drive west of Calgary. The snowcapped peaks of the Rocky Mountains form a spectacular backdrop for glacial lakes, fast-flowing rivers, and endless forests. Deer, moose, elk, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, black and grizzly bears, wolves, and cougars inhabit the park's vast wilderness.
One of Banff's greatest draws is the accessibility of its natural wonders. Most highlights are close to the road system, but adventurous visitors can follow an excellent system of hiking trails to unspoiled bodies of water like Shadow Lake, along glacial valleys, and to alpine passes where crowds are scarce and human impact has been minimal.