How far are you located from Banff, Lake Louise and Radium Hot Springs?
We are located 45 minutes from Banff, Lake Louise and Radium Hot Springs. Our physical address is 9500 hwy 93 South Vermilion Crossing British Columbia. Our location may not be accurate in vehicle navigation systems, but a map is available on our website.
What services are available at Vermilion Crossing?
Vermilion Crossing is not a town, it is simply the geographic location where the Vermilion River crosses the highway. Kootenay Park Lodge is a remote location offering limited services. We have a small General Store, 11 cabins and restaurant. The store is open daily during our operating season, a reservation is usually required for cabins although walk ins are welcome based on availability and our restaurant hours are 5-8 pm for dinner. The closest gas stations are located in Radium Hot Springs (45 mins) or Castle Junction (20 mins)
What happened to the trees?
Located in an area known as lightening valley Kootenay Park Lodge has survived four serious wildfires in the last 15 years. 2001, 2003, 2017 and 2018 were all record breaking years for wildfire devastation throughout British Columbia. Hard work, diligence and preventative actions ensured the safety of the buildings and trees surrounding the property but most of the vegetation on the slopes within view of the Lodge have been burnt. The risk of wildfires have increased with climate change but it is still a healthy and natural progression of the eco system. New plants and altered terrain encourage a variety of wildlife species to thrive in the area. Fireweed, rare orchid species and a variety of wildflowers flourish after a wildfire and are another example of the beauty unique to this region.
Is there cell service, land lines or internet?
There is no cell service or phone lines in all of Kootenay National Park. We do have free wifi at the property in the main buildings which may or may not reach your cabin. There are no televisions or public computers at the lodge.
What can I expect in a heritage cabin?
Our heritage cabins were built in the 1940's and although we are working to renovate and upgrade them, the infrastructure maintains the original charm. The log cabin's bathrooms, showers, kitchenettes, and doorways are all built smaller than today's standards. There is running water and electricity but, the hot water can take an extra minute to reach the cabin and there are a small number of electrical outlets. There are multiple heat sources in all cabins but it is a good idea to pack extra warm clothes as it can get very cool in the mountains at night. The cabins do not have and do not require air conditioners.
What can I expect from the Vermilion Cabins?
The Vermilion cabins are our modern attached suites. You can expect larger bathrooms with shower and tub with modern fixtures. The kitchenette has stainless steel fridge/freezer, microwave, coffee maker and bar sink. There is a leather pull out sofa seating area with gas fireplace. If you are expecting modern amenities like home this is the cabin for you.
Do all cabins have fireplaces?
Heritage cabins 1, 2, 5 & 6 are the only cabins with operating wood burning fireplaces. The Vermilion cabins are equipped with a gas fireplace.
What can I expect from the kitchenette?
A kitchenette is not a full kitchen. All cabins are equipped with a kitchenette which includes a mini fridge, microwave and coffee maker. There is also a BBQ available for guests to use. We do not provide plates, utensils or cook wear. With the exception of cabin 3 and 8 which are more suitable for cooking and serving meals.
Is there somewhere to have a campfire and BBQ?
Yes, there is a large fire pit with lounge chairs and a BBQ for guests to use central to the cabins with a spectacular view of the mountains.
Is breakfast included in our stay?
Breakfast is not included. However, breakfast items are available for purchase in the General Store. Items include; fruit, yogurt, cereal, hard boiled eggs, breakfast sandwiches, bagels, lodge made breads, loaves and pastries, as well as juice, coffee and tea.
Is Kootenay Park Lodge a good place to bring children?
Yes, we are family friendly and children who visit the lodge have the opportunity to unplug and enjoy the outdoors. Please make sure to pack some books and games for rainy day activities. Also, we can provide a pack and play upon request.
Are you pet friendly?
We allow a maximum of 2 pets in our heritage cabins, Vermilion cabins are pet free. All pets must be on a leash within the National Park.
Do you put on activities or provide guided hikes?
No, we do not organize activities or excursions from the Lodge. We do have hiking trails which leave directly from our property and have a small selection of books and games. TV and DVD rental is also available. Consult the Parks Canada website for reservations and information on guided and interpretive hikes in the area.
Do you serve lunch?
We offer hikers lunches to our guests for a small fee which can be ordered the evening before and picked up at breakfast. In the general store we offer sandwiches, salads, snacks and hot and cold beverages. There is both indoor and outdoor seating areas to enjoy a meal or snack.
Do you sell Parks or Provincial passes, permits or licenses?
No, Kootenay Park Lodge is no longer an official Parks Information center. Although we do sell maps and our knowledgeable staff can provide information on the area we cannot provide or make changes to any parks passes, permits of licenses.