Lacing up my hiking boots, I paused to look out on the large meadow that lay just beyond the front porch of the cabin. The early morning air was cool, with dew drops sizzling gently as the sun rose, a light fog hovering just above the tall grasses. The stillness was surreal – totally quiet and motionless – a moment broken only by my imagining a large moose sauntering slowly through the meadow. With the breakfast bell ringing, my attention was drawn to the hot food that awaited me, and the adventures that lay just beyond my doorstep.
This is the benefit of the backcountry lodge experience. It is a chance to disconnect and unwind, to venture out on the trail without getting in a vehicle, to be fed and nurtured without lifting a finger, and to relax and read without the distraction of electronics, television or the web. And if one lodge delivers this, and more, it is Shadow Lake Lodge – family-run for nearly 70 years, and now owned and operated by Alison Brewster, Brian Niehaus and their two daughters, Morgan and Jolene.
The family’s pride in the place runs strong and deep, with both daughters pursuing education and professional training to take the helm of the business and see it thrive in the future. That family feeling in combination with the unique location of the lodge – just one kilometre from the lodge’s namesake lake – make it a rare treat for anyone wanting to make the trek into this unique corner of Banff National Park.
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