"Banff and Kananaskis Country Cross Country Skiing" Banff National Park by edgarhee

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Num-ti-jah Lodge

The historic Num-ti-jah Lodge is set on the shores of Bow Lake with views of the Bow Glacier. Num-ti-jah Lodge is north of Lake Louise on the Icefields Parkway.

The lodge was our base camp for ski treks into the backcountry and the start of a three lodge tour of the Banff National Park and the adjacent Kananaskis Country.

Shadow Lake Lodge

After an overnight stay at Canmore's Westridge Country Inn, we began our ski trek to the backcountry Shadow Lake Lodge. The Red Earth Creek trail head off of the Trans Canada Highway is a 19 km west of Banff.

Access to Shadow Lake Lodge is a 14 km ski on a maintained ski trail. We encounter the Brewster trail setting crew on our ski in.

Hanna greeted us at the lodge with afternoon tea and an infectious smile. The lodge is actually a cluster of log cabins, each with two double beds, a dining building and shower room. Yes, hot showers during winter.

What a wonderful place - comfortable cabins, good food, spectacular scenery, and a great hostess.

Mt. Engadine Lodge - Kananaskis Country

Kananaskis Country is south of Canmore outside of the Banff National Park. The ski opportunities, tracked and untracked, are a fantastic alternative to Banff.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The reason for national parks.
  • Cons:Americans can only visit Canada 6 months each year.
  • In a nutshell:God's Country
  • Last visit to Banff National Park: Feb 2004
  • Intro Updated Jul 26, 2004
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