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360 Degrees of
Spectacular.

Welcome home. This is your uncomplicated alpine sanctuary. This is where discerning travellers, locals and adventure-seekers gather. Ease into our take on effortless backcountry.

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The Lodge

LODGE

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.

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LOCATION

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.

The Location
Golden

GOLDEN

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.

See Why #GoldenRules

REVELSTOKE

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.

Discover #TheRealStoke

Revelstoke
Maaike, Greg, Anouk, Kobe

Maaike Porter

“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”

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The team

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 - Assistant General Business Manager

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?

Kathleen Holton - Events Manager

Kathleen's passion for events is came from her childhood love of dance and dance productions. She leveraged this interest in arts production, choreography, logistics and timelines into a career in event management. Kathleen studied Arts and Entertainment Management at Capilano College, followed by a degree in Marketing Management (specializing in event management) from the British Columbia Institute for Technology.
Following the completion of her education Kathleen spent many years working in the not for profit sector, focused on developing and executing successful large scale fundraising initiatives. In 2010 Kathleen relocated to Whistler and as an event and conference manager for an award winning boutique hotel, she was introduced to the specialized world of Wedding planning.
Since then Kathleen has worked for several high-profile wedding planning companies located in the Sea-to-Sky corridor and participated in the execution of hundreds of weddings in as many iconic locations. In 2014 Kathleen started her own wedding planning business and during this time executed her most unique ceremony, involving helicopters and remote glaciers. Kathleen's inspiration for weddings comes from the desire to create a perfect day for the most important event of a couples life. Her strength lies in understanding the needs of her clients and ensuring an exceptional experience for them and their friends and families. She will turn your dreams into a reality here at Heather Mountain Lodge. Anything is possible!

Stefan Ellams - Hospitality Manager

Stefan is a West Coast boy through and through who was raised in British Columbia after moving to White Rock at 6 years old. After falling in love with mountain views and ocean air, he decided to combine this with his love of cooking, eating great food and wine by making his career in food and beverage. He moved to Whistler, BC where he worked his way up the ranks from bussing tables to managing cafés, restaurants and après-ski bars. In 2015, Stefan made his way into BC's interior East Kootenays to live the more small town vibe in Invermere where he worked for Panorama mountain village and Eagle Ranch Resort.
We are lucky to have Stefan on board as our Hospitality Manager. His passion for sourcing locally grown products for our menus is a perfect pairing with our mountain dining experience. When he's not at the lodge, you can likely find him golfing in the summer or snowboarding in the winter with his partner Chelsea. If you hear yelling from the Wooly Tuque Lounge, it's probably him cheering on his favourite sports teams like the Vancouver Canucks and Minnesota Vikings.

Neil O'Brien - Executive Chef

Growing up in tropical north Queensland Australia and being surrounded by an abundance of exotic cultures and flavours, Neil realized at a young age the joy and importance of sharing flavours with the ones we love. Completing a chefs apprenticeship in his family's restaurant, he then looked to Canada for his next culinary adventure. After some time spent on Vancouver Island, then Toronto and back again, he settled in Whistler for over 14 years. Now with a young family (sons Honu and Koa and his loving wife Catie), and not ready to give up the mountain lifestyle, Neil joined the HML team and is ready to start a new chapter in his life. Being an avid fisherman and a true outdoorsman, he could not be any happier to be in Golden, BC.

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GREAT CANADIAN
HELI-SKIING

During the winter months, Heather Mountain Lodge transforms into a winter wonderland. As the base for Great Canadian Heli-Skiing, we are hosting guests from across the globe who are searching for their #bestdayever with small groups and unlimited vertical skiing. While we aren't taking regular reservations, we welcome anyone to check out our winter season and join us for a heliday!

Find Your #BestDayEver