Photos: Storm Mountain Lodge
“Awaiting you this year in the Canadian Pacific Rockies are a chain of eight Bungalow Camps forming one of the finest centers for unconventional, old-clothes vacations in the heart of this most magnificent mountain region.” — 1923 Canadian Pacific Railway article.
Put on your unconventional old clothes for a vacation in historic Storm Mountain Lodge. This wonderful, albeit a bit puzzling, description of the kind of guests at Storm Mountain Lodge in Banff is a reminder of the rich traditions that still exist in the Rockies. The lodge was built 37 years after the Canadian Pacific Railway was completed in 1885. The railway saw it as a way to encourage tourists to visit the area.
Back then, the area was known as Rocky National Park and for another seven years after the lodge opened, mining, hunting and logging were still allowed. In 1930, the federal government passed the National Parks Act ending commercial exploitation and resource extractions from the park.
Today, Banff National Park is known the world over for its spectacular and preserved wilderness with the panoramic vistas that Vacay.ca reader Terry O’Neill referred to in her review. No wonder: the road to the lodge reaches its peak at Vermillion Pass at an elevation of 1,709 metres, a journey often called one of the continent’s most spectacular drives.
Directions: Storm Mountain Lodge is located in Banff National Park in the Vermillion Pass on the Banff-Windermere Highway (#93 south). It is just 25 minutes outside of Banff and Lake Louise townsites.