Hotel at a Glance: Heather Mountain Lodge
Heather Mountain Lodge’s is located on a patch of wilderness dotted with fragrant wildflowers and hemlock trees just a few hundred feet from the entrance to Glacier National Park in British Columbia. The staff will pack you a lunch and provide you with a guidebook to help you navigate the massive park’s trails. When you return back to camp, you can soothe your muscles with a dip in the outdoor hot tub, and then warm up around a blazing fire pit as you regale other guests with stories of your adventures.
- Room with a view: You’re almost eye to eye with the Columbia Mountains in your comfy mountain view room,which may feature antler chandeliers and nature-inspired artwork.
- Farm-fresh eats: The lodge restaurant’s head chef, Dan Bracko, crafts a seasonal menu using fresh-caught fish, and veggies plucked from the gardens onsite. Inventive dishes include a pan-fried cod burger, and slow-roasted barbecue ribs sourced from Alberta.
- Free-range chickens and ducks waddle around the lodge’s property.
Golden, British Columbia: Small-Town Charm Surrounded by Breathtaking Geography
National parks and forest preserves surround the small town of Golden on almost every side. A one-hour drive takes you to Glacier National Park, where rivers and snow-capped mountains create a stunning backdrop for year-round recreation. Explore the park on foot by hiking through gentle trails, or by biking through the mountain-lined valleys. Those visiting could see mountain goats, grizzly bears, and mountain caribou.
Hop on the Trans-Canada Highway—one of the world’s longest roads—to drive through the Selkirk Mountains via Rogers Pass. Here, locomotives still chug along vintage black bridges built into the mountainside by the Canadian Pacific Railway. Every winter, Rogers Pass is blanketed with heavy snowfall, but the trails open in June to hikers and mountain climbers eager to explore the forests. Families will want to visit Rogers Pass Discovery Centre to check out indoor and outdoor exhibits celebrating the area’s railroad history.