Backcountry Canadian Rockies – Shadow Lake Lodge

Backcountry Canadian Rockies – Shadow Lake Lodge


Journey or destination? You know the query, edging into your brain at the most inopportune time, irritating your mental state, after you rationalized you just want to get there and you don’t care about the expedition.

Destination – Shadow Lake Lodge in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, just west of the famous resort town of Banff. ETA – impossible to determine as you beat off the most insolent members of the bug kingdom, weighty boots adding to gravity’s unwelcome pull as you slog up Red Earth Creek trail in Banff National Park.  Your mind plays with how many more turns in the trail await before you can lie prone in those lofty pillow-soft beds, arms outstretched in angel position with legs released from the cast-like footwear, teasing you from taking pleasure in the moments that make the hike experience. Indian paintbrush and mauve harebells dance their mightiest to draw you, but even the beckoning creek side can’t pull your attention off the destination. At kilometer 14.6 the forest opens into a high alpine meadow and laid out across a west-facing corner is your home in the mountains. The discovery of Shadow Lake, Gibbon and Haiduk Pass await as you sip tea and drink in Mount Ball in the distance. The afternoon refreshment spread out in the 1928 CPR cabin tempts beyond the caloric intake of today’s ascent giving high tea a whole new meaning at this remote high country destination, an oasis of comfort and worth every step of the journey.

For more on backcountry lodges see:

Skoki Lodge A Time Honoured Tradition

Behind The Scenes In Skoki Lodge Kitchen

The Best For Last Skoki



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©HeatherSimonds, Reflecting On Shadow Lake, Banff National Park, Canada


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© heather simonds Shadow Lake Lodge Hiking


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©HeatherSimonds, West Facing Cabins



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©HeatherSimonds, Wake To This View Every Morning



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©HeatherSimonds, Take A Break At Haiduk Lake

4 Responses to “Backcountry Canadian Rockies – Shadow Lake Lodge”

  1. Marilyn Garland

    Your pictures and commentary are being very much enjoyed by me. I’m just traveling along with you!

    When I hear the news every day, I’m just hoping that Andrew has changed his mind about going to Egypt. :-(

    • Heather

      The mosquitoes were a torment this year, unusual for the Rockies. They must have headed there for some R and R after breeding in the post Calgary floods.



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