Skoki Lodge – A Time Honoured Tradition

 

Skoki Lodge – A Time Honoured Tradition

 

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Dew Draped Flowers On The Hike In To Skoki

If you build it, they will come.

This must have been the modus operandi of the Canadian Pacific Railway back in 1931 when Skoki Lodge was hewed out of the Rocky Mountain forest in Banff National Park. And so, come they did. Tourists arrived on elegant passenger trains from eastern North America and trekked on horseback or skis into the backwoods of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. A more accurate name would be “adventurers” considering what they wore, how long it took to get to Lake Louise station from their eastern origins and various other inconveniences of those early years. The rest is history, as they say, in 1992 Skoki Lodge was a designated national historic site.

Today, those who make the same effort on foot or skis will agree, every step up the 760 m elevation gain is worth it. Skoki has entertained commoner and royalty (most recently, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge or, as they signed the guest book “William” and “Catherine”), painter and politician, mountaineer and CEO, but mostly people like you and me.

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Look Carefully At These Signatures In The Skoki Guest Book

Tucked into the forest of Skoki Valley lie hand hewed rustic buildings reeking with comfort and goodness, from oil lamps to the loungers strategically located around the room for a post hiking “40 winks” to the stuffed leathers circling the wood fireplace and the upright piano in the corner screaming “I have stories to tell!”

The log walls show off athletic paraphernalia from a bygone era (wooden skis 2 cm thick with thin leather bindings), snowshoes and monochromatic photographs exuding clarity and historic importance. The action shot of a man flying on skis well above the horizon is eye catching and the caption curiously mentions a movie production. They had movies? Back then? A good guess is the image was taken in the 40’s. Candles and oil lamps throw out an entrancing, comfy glow – how can this precariously, all wooden, time- honoured structure still be here?

Décor aside, one of the best reasons to make the climb up Boulder Pass, across Ptarmigan lakeside and then the slug up and over the (oh, so deceptive) Deception Pass is the hiking (of course)

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Deception Pass Never Seems To End

and the food that lies waiting down in the valley at Skoki Lodge. Food! Yes, food! (Check this site out to make your own http://www.skokicookbook.com/ ).

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The Afternoon’s Baking At Skoki Lodge

See Behind The Scenes Skoki Lodge Kitchen . As a matter of note, the author just completed her 19th trek into Skoki Valley to enjoy the timeless beauty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

For more on hiking in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and Skoki Lodge and other mountain retreats, see also:

The Best For Last At Skoki Lodge

Shadow Lake Lodge Back Country Canadian Rocky Mountain Food

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Bear Grass In August On The Skoki Hike

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Streams To Cross On The Hike In To Skoki Lodge

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Skoki Lodge Wildflowers

 

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Hiking In The Skoki Lodge Area Is A Good Way To Work Off The Delicious Meals

 

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Relaxing At Skoki Lodge, Banff National Park

 

 

 

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