Palliser Lodge - Kicking Horse Resort - Hiking BC

First Class accommodation at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC, Canada.

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

 

Reservations for Palliser Lodge accommodation at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort are made many months prior to this planned hiking mission, primarily in Yoho National Park and Glacier National Park, British Columbia, Canada.

 

Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

 

Palliser Lodge is one of many accommodation options at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort above Golden, BC.  Although the distance traveled west along the TransCanada Highway from Calgary has occurred many times, through spectacular mountains above canyons interrupted by the gasoline, motel, and restaurant alley at Golden, this will be an initial visit to the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.  The Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is a cornucopia of sightseeing, adventure, commercial enterprise and real estate development. 

The drive through Golden, across a narrow, one-way bridge over the Columbia River, followed by the longer than expected 14 KM (8 ¾ mile) drive on a paved, giant switchback up to the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, finds the resort busy hosting a large and well attended Mountain Bike Competition.  The delay in check-in time provides the opportunity to return to Golden for supplies at the Sobeys grocery store.  Following check-in, the vehicle is parked in secure, heated underground parking before using valet carts to transport luggage by elevator from the garage to the top floor unit.  Opening the rental condo door is a 'WOW' moment. 

The two-bedroom accommodation substantially exceeds expectations.  The fully equipped kitchen, with granite island and counter tops, hosts every modern, upper-end appliance known to person kind.  The dining area separates the bedrooms on the left and the living room past the kitchen provides satellite television, a fireplace and wi-fi.  The top floor suit has the added dramatic element of space-creating vaulted ceilings.  Two balconies provide sweeping views of the surrounding landscape.  The balcony accessed from the living room is equipped with a large hot tub.  The bathroom includes a soaker tub.  The accommodation is impressive. 

This is a well maintained owners suite which is rented in the owner's absence to defer financing expense.  The property office is on site.

 

Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada The kitchen, dining area and living room at Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

 

Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada The dining room at Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

 

Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada The first prepared chicken dinner from Sobey's at Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

 

Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada Hamburger shaped cakes from Sobey's in Golden, British Columbia, Canada

 

The small but comfortable living room is an excellent place to discuss the highlights of each day and prepare for the next day's upcoming adventure for a successful wilderness hiking experience.

 

Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada The living room at Palliser Lodge with the hot tub on the balcony, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

 

The fireplace and television provide relaxation and next day weather forecasts in preparation for the subsequent hiking day.  The soaker tub and the hot tub provide tired muscle relief at the end of each day.  This is luxury.  Different than backpacking.

 

Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada Remote controlled fireplace and television at Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

 

Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada The morning shower and late day soaker tub at Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

 

Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada The larger balcony off the main bedroom at Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

 

Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada Enjoying the hot tub outside the living room at Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

 

Exiting the front door of Palliser Lodge leads to a clear view of the back of Glacier  Mountaineer Lodge which provides a wide range of hotel style accommodation above the commercial locations at ground level.  A shortcut on path across the field leads to several ski lift locations on slopes to the south.

 

Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada Glacier Mountain Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

 

Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada The Day Lodge, retail store and Glacier Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

 

Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada Ski slopes and one of the chair lifts at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

 

On the stone patio between grassy slopes and store fronts on the ground floor of Glacier Mountaineer Lodge there are a number of artistic features including carvings and ceramic inlays.

 

Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada A ceramic inlay on the stone patio at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

 

Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada At Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

 

Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada The Double Black Diamond Café at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

 

Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada The Peaks Grill indoor dining and bar and outdoor patio at the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada. The main watering hole and party place.

 

The west end of Glacier Lodge, near the Day Lodge hosts a well equipped sports rental store.  There are mountain bikes here which are different from any previously seen.  These are ultra-fortified, heavy-duty mountain bikes.  Mountain biking here is serious business. 

The double black diamond routes, with harrowing twists, turns, ramps and jumps over rock cliffs will test the skills of the young men and women with the courage and skill to tackle them.

 

Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada Sports rental at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

 

Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada Mountain bike rentals at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

 

Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada Full face mountain biking helmet rental at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

 

Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada Body armor rental for both genders at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

 

Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada Mountain biking repair and maintenance at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada.  Well equipped hospital in Golden.

 

Over the course of the five day stay at Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, a broad range of weather and a series of spectacular sunrises and sunsets provide the framework for the series of planned adventures.  Following is a brief collection of some of the scenery collected from the two balconies.

 

Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

 

Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

 

Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

 

Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

 

Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

 

The following map of the core Kicking Horse Mountain Resort complex may help to place the buildings in perspective.

 

Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada Palliser Lodge, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

 

This accommodation substantially exceeded expectations.  Request for service and information were handled efficiently and with courtesy.  The experience here became an important and positive component in the execution of ambitious hiking plans.

Photos for this post were collected over the duration of the stay between August 4 and August 8, 2013.

 

 

 

 

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It was impressive and convenient accommodation. I have some of the remaining hikes at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort on my bucket list for the summer of 2014. Thanks for your comment, Bill. On your next visit, perhaps we shall tackle some new terrain. There are endless opportunities nearby.

This lodge really enhanced the trip. I would recommend this Mountain Resort to anyone who is interested in exploring the Golden region of BC. Joanne and I would like to return one day to tackle some of the remaining terrain we did not have time to get to. Thank you for all your pre-planning before our arrival. Your knowledge of the area and expertise in choosing these hikes made the most memorable vacation anyone could ask for. We look forward to our next trip out to visit more areas of this beautiful country.

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