• Picture of Shadow Lake Lodge at night, Banff National Park

Frequently Asked Questions


Where is Shadow Lake Lodge?
Shadow Lake Lodge is in the backcountry of Banff National Park, 14 kilometers (nine miles) from the nearest road. See the Trip Preparation page for access details.

Do I need a ACC membership to book space at Shadow Lake Lodge?
No, you do not require a membership with the ACC to book space at Shadow Lake Lodge.

How long does it take to hike into Shadow Lake Lodge?
Depending on your ability, 3-5hrs.

Is Shadow Lake Lodge open year-round?
The summer season at Shadow Lake lodge runs from late June to late September. Changes to the Winter and shoulder seasons are coming upon the completion of the summer 2020 season. Stay tuned!

Are children welcome at Shadow Lake Lodge?
Of course! Children of all ages are welcome. Visitors with younger children often use a chariot type of transportation to assist their children on the way to the lodge.

Can I fish in Shadow Lake?
Yes. Brook, cutthroat, and rainbow trout are present in the lake, but you will need to purchase a fishing licence from the Park Visitor Centre in Banff before your arrival.

Can I bring my dog to Shadow Lake Lodge?
Sorry, but we do not allow any pets at the lodge. And dogs are not permitted on the Redearth Creek Trail by Parks Canada.

Is smoking allowed?
We do not allow smoking, vaping, the use of e-cigarettes or the consumption of marijuana in any of the cabins at Shadow Lake Lodge. Failure to comply may result in termination of your booking without warning.

Is there electricity in the cabins?
Yes, each cabin has a power source operated by solar panels.

Can I use my cell phone or other mobile devices while at the lodge?
There is no wifi or cell service in the area. If you require communication on a emergency basis, please see the lodge manager or host on site.

Am I required to tip the staff?
Gratuities are a welcome reflection of the quality of service rendered