Subject: Western Canada (Canadian Rockies) queries
We just returned from a 5 1/2 week, 9000 mile trip West, including nearly 2 weeks in the Lake Louise/Jasper areas. Jasper, as others have said, is absolutely full of b &b's and all sorts of other motels, inns, fancy lodges, etc. The tourist bureaus publish books of the lodgings in the different areas; one can undoubtedly get these ahead of time. We also found that, if one stays at lodges in Yoho or Kootenay National Parks, they will pay less; it's the Lake Louise/Icefields Parkway/Jasper run that tends to be much more costly. We did stay, as individuals, at Jasper Park Lodge and loved it (even paying $299 Canadian a night), but we were lucky because we got a room in a secluded cabin right on the water with a lovely porch and no roads between us and Lac Beauvert--but that is pure luck, since one has no choice when one books, except for price class. Our favorite find, however, is Paradise Lodge and Cottages in Lake Louise, right before you get to Chateau Lake Louise. It is a group of log cabins, done to the highest standard, almost all suites OR newer lodge suites, which are beautiful, sleep 4, have fireplace, full kitchen all equipped, balcony with beautiful mountain views. The suite we had was $225 a night Canadian, and, as I said would easily accommodate four people. The best cabin, with 2 bedrooms, kitchen, deck with gorgeous mountain views is $175. These places are incredibly clean and the grounds perfect; I don't think we have ever stayed in a cleaner place. or info . If you just show up without a booking and accommodations are available, they tend to be $25 less per night. We loved having breakfast on our balcony (Lake Louise has a lovely bakery, a grocery, a deli) and eating dinner in front of the fire, even if it was only a microwave meal or a deli chicken. So, the bottom line is, you can spend about whatever you want to spend and have a wide range of accommodations available. Cheers, Pat in Baltimore