Deep in the Rocky Mountains far above the tourist village of Lake Louise lies Skoki Lodge. A historic backcountry cabin 11 kilometres from the Lake Louise Ski Area, it was built in 1931 and is a designated historic site, owned and operated by Charlie Locke’s Lake Louise Ski Area under a lease from Parks Canada.
Today, Skoki Lodge is famous for being the lodge chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for their one night secluded romantic stay during their official Canadian visit – their quiet time alone before they head to their two day visit to Calgary. A rustic place with outhouses, a special concession was made when an indoor bathroom was built especially for the royal couple adjoining the cabin where they stayed.
Skoki Lodge is a popular ski-in location in the winter while people visiting in the summer typically hike or arrive by horseback. Skoki lodge’s website touts it as “an ideal destination for hikers and skiers … one can access breathtaking mountain ridges and alpine lakes or explore five different adjoining valleys.”
Lake Louise is home to about 1,000 people and the lake was named after Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and the wife of John Campbell, the ninth duke of Argyll who was the governor general of Canada from 1878 to 1883.
DATE OF OPERATION for Skoki Lodge run from June 24 to September 29, 2011 in the summer
Rates from $189 to $263 per person during the summer
Rates from $113 to $245 per person during the winter
This royal visit is sure to bring attention to this historic lodge. The only problem? The place is accessible only through a 11 km hike or ski trail. Unless you are royalty, then you can zoom in and out via a helicopter.