Cathedral Mountain Lodge in Yoho National ParkJuly 2, 2007 By: Dan Butcher Travel Agent
Secluded B.C. resort offers adventure, relaxation
Cathedral Mountain Lodge and its 29 surrounding luxury log cabins are in the Canadian Rockies, on the shores of glacier-fed Kicking Horse River. Set amid the tall spruce and pine trees of Yoho National Park, one of Canada's favorite national parks, the lodge is near Field, B.C., 45 minutes from Banff.
May 2006 marked the grand opening of the newly completed
lodge. The handcrafted log cabins—Riverside and Mountain View—have gas or
wood-burning stone fireplaces, soaker tubs and private decks with exceptional
views, and are charmingly decorated. The lodge is quiet and secluded, yet just
minutes away from attractions such as Lake Louise,
The best accommodations are in the Premier log cabin, which
has an oversized wood-burning stone fireplace (stocked daily with firewood and
cedar kindling) and a spacious private deck with fabulous views of the
and the surrounding peaks.
This cabin has a fridge stocked with complimentary beverages
and snacks and is furnished with a custom-made queen-size log bed topped with a
down duvet and feather pillows. The large sitting area is appointed with
charming Canadian antiques. Tall sliding doors lead to the spacious bathroom
with a deep soaker tub and upgraded Aveda spa amenities.
The Riverside cabins have the best views, as they face the
and also afford spectacular vistas of the mountaintops and the sunset.
For Clients Traveling With Children
Although the property is adult-oriented, catering mostly to
couples, Cathedral Mountain Lodge does allow children eight years and older.
For families, book one of the five Loft cabins, which are the largest on site,
with one queen bed on the main level and two twin beds in the loft. While there
aren't any connecting cabins, there are Wapta cabins, which have duplex
accommodations right next to each other. There is a pet-friendly cabin
available for an additional fee.
Amenities, Dining, Shopping
The new main lodge has views from every vantage point,
includes a reception area, gourmet dining room with an impressive vaulted
ceilings and 18-foot windows and a Grand Room with an indoor/outdoor river rock
The Restaurant at Cathedral Mountain Lodge is consistently
chosen as one of the best small restaurants in
fresh local ingredients with innovative presentation. The menu focuses on
organic and free-range in-season regional cuisine and the extensive wine cellar
wines, as well as many excellent selections from both Old and
A complimentary market-fresh breakfast is prepared every
morning from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. and dinner is served nightly from 5:30 to 9
p.m. (reservations are recommended). A Hiker's Lunch is available upon request.
There is a boutique pottery store called the Velvet Antler
in the small town of
minutes away, and there are many souvenir stores and nice boutiques in
Peak period for Cathedral Mountain Lodge is July and August,
so bookings for this time period should be made at least six months in advance.
All cabins can be booked over the GDS. For VIPs, agents can
contact General Manager Christopher Bates (250-343-6442, email@example.com).
For booking, concierge services, activity arrangements and other inquiries,
call 250-343-6442 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ask about their various packages, including the "Elope in the
Most guests fly into
the drive to the lodge takes about two hours. There is an airport in Golden,
B.C. that only accept small planes and is a 45-minute drive from the lodge.
Private jets would need to arrange flights through the