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Heather Mountain Lodge is for those looking to adventure into the heart of raw nature. Here, halfway between Golden and Revelstoke, resting on the very edge of the vast peaks of Glacier National Park, all doors lead to uninterrupted awesome.
We like to keep things pretty simple here: Mother Nature is our muse, and so everything here reflects that. Created from a love of the rustic, we like to think our laid-back, mountainluxe lodge in the middle of nowhere (well, it feels that way anyhow) is the best of both worlds: a homely hideaway found within the rawness of the Kootenay Rockies, with subtle hints of luxury added along the way. We're all for easy-going lodge life, where our guests set their own pace.
It's true, we're hidden away, but trust us when we say a little venture off the TransCanada Highway is totally worth it. If you're seeking a true retreat that's off the main drag, and prefer backcountry to Best Western, you'll find Heather Mountain Lodge somewhere in between the awesomely down-to-earth mountain towns of Golden and Revelstoke. This is effortless backcountry, and we're so much closer than you might think.
Just a short drive off the Highway and you'll be journeying up to the lodge – and you're in for a treat. Our longstanding neighbours are the jagged mountain peaks of Glacier National Park, that boldly dominate our landscape. In our mind, 'our part' of the Golden-Revelstoke stretch offers some of the most spectacular scenery along the entire Highway 1 route, but then we are just 200 metres off the most northerly point of it, after all.
A mecca for adventure, Golden has earned itself a reputation for being one of Canada's go-to destinations for summer thrill-seeking. Mountain biking, hiking, and whitewater rafting should all be on your list when visiting here, with plenty of challenging terrain to enjoy. With Golden's location between the Canadian Rockies and the Columbia Mountain range, you're literally spoilt for choice, with easy access to the National Parks of Banff, Glacier, Jasper, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke and Yoho.
It's no coincidence that ‘stoke’ is part of this easy-going mountain town's name, with summer days here promising long days of epic exploration in Glacier National Park and Mount Revelstoke. Adventurers can hit the world-class alpine bike trails, or take a ride on the growing dirt bike trail. Slower rest days in Revelstoke (or ‘Revvie’, as the locals would say) call for a round of golf, or paddle boarding on Lake Revelstoke.
“I guess it's the old saying of ‘if you pursue your passions, your career or business will follow’.” It was a passion for the outdoors and the mountain life that brought Maaike Porter and her family to own a lodge in the British Columbia backcountry. Since starting the business in 2000, Heather Mountain Lodge being privately owned and operated is a point of pride for Maaike. Along with mountain loving husband Greg, owner of Great Canadian Heli-Skiing, and their children, she knew there would be no better place to raise a family, and to grow a business than Golden, BC. “Everything about my life - from growing up in an entrepreneurial family, chasing the outdoors and loving numbers - created an opportunity I don't think I could have planned for.” Now 17 years into living the true mountain lifestyle, the lodge has become a place that Maaike and her family come to celebrate the area, and to share that with the guests and staff who have also chosen to explore “somewhere close to nowhere”
We're here for the exact same reasons our guests are: this is the ruggedness of the mountains at their finest. We're locals, and this is where we choose to live, work and play. When you stay with us. You're in great hands.
Ask us for our favourite ways to spend adventure days and we'll offer our insider tips for making the very most of your visit. From gentle alpine strolls to the more hardcore of day hikes, we'll share the must dos and must-sees of this place we call home.
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John Holton - General Manager
Born and raised in West Vancouver John was fortunate to experience the west coast mountains as a young boy and by the age of 3, his passion for them was realized. Realizing a career in hospitality would be the perfect match to this environment, he turned his focus to achieving a degree in Hospitality Management from Royal Roads University. Based on this focus John spent the last 7 years in Whistler, BC, embracing the mountain life and learning the ins and outs of resort culture. John joined the HML team with over 20 years of hospitality experience and is very excited to explore the local mountains in and around the Kootenays both on skis and hiking with his two young daughters and wife Kathleen from their home in Golden, BC.
Alexis Ampudia - Lodge Operations Manager & Event Director
To say that Alexis has a love for the mountains would be an understatement. Raised in the hustle and bustle of Mexico City, her passion for hospitality brought her to work at some of the world's most high end hotels in places like Dubai, Costa Rica and Mexico City. When she came to Golden, BC to attend the College of the Rockies Hospitality & Tourism program, she was looking for an exciting adventure, and did she ever find it! Through the program Alexis met her now husband and fell in love not just with him, but with the whole Columbia Valley. After working in the local tourism industry, she joined the team at Heather Mountain Lodge in 2015. You are bound to see her smiling face in and around the lodge, coordinating a wedding or relaxing with a glass of wine after a hike. Join her why don't you?
Josh Gaudet - Executive Chef
Chef Josh Gaudet knows a thing or two about showcasing the best of Canadian cuisine, he's seen more of the country than most! From his east coast roots on Prince Edward Island, Josh found his love of food through working on the small family farm and cooking fresh lobster right off the boat. He enrolled at the Culinary Institute of Canada in Charlottetown and from there, he's travelled the country working in some of the best kitchens. He's worked with northern flavours in Iqaluit's Frobisher Bay Inn to infusing mountain cuisine in the Bow Valley and Banff Park Lodge. When your plate arrives at the table, Josh has weaved all those flavours together to celebrate Canada and the local ingredients that are abundant in the area. Bon Appétit!
Brian Coulombe - Maintenance Manager
His friends call him Hippie, and chances are you can too! Brian is the Jack of All Trades who makes our lodge run day in and day out. An Ontario boy who found his way west and brought with him his love of drumming and music, he's always there to drop what he's doing to help someone lost on the highway, talk about the area or just chat about whatever, he's the “there for you” kinda guy. You'll probably see him around making our grounds look picture perfect or up in the Wooly Toque lounge proving his pool shark status. Make sure you say hi!
Blaire Strange - Food and Beverage Manager
Yes you read that right, and no, her middle name is not "is". Blaire was born in Scarborough, Ontario, until her parents moved to a small farming town about an hour Northeast of Toronto. She went to college but after finishing her program, she realized she had a passion for food and wine. Blaire decided she would be spontaneous, so she picked a town on a map, didn't do any research and packed her bag. The town she ended up in was none other than Golden, BC. Blaire saw her first mountain and she was hooked. The original plan was to stay for one season, but one season lead to two, and now she's been located in the area for just over 8 years.
Blaire spent a few years working at the revolving restaurant in the Calgary tower, which is where her love of wine flourished. Keep an eye out for her, most likely enjoying a glass of wine on a patio, discussing her favourite varietals, and where to find them!
Elora Braden - Marketing Manager
Love brought Elora to Golden, BC where she planned to continue her studies in Communications while living in a cool ski town. When she applied for a job at Heather Mountain Lodge, she never expected that she would find her dream job so soon. She loves the mountains, and having grown up in Yellowknife, NT, she's used to snowy winters. Elora loves taking photos at the peaks of Rogers Pass and coming back from those hikes, she'll always make a stop at the lodge for a reward from the menu. You'll probably see her running around with a camera or talking to guests about their days adventures. She loves hearing stories from guests and sharing them with the world!