Rocky Mountain Escape - Wilderness Cabins
|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
|Living space||480 square feet|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyYes
|Theme||Adventure, Romantic, Wilderness, Away from it all, Mountain, Other|
Description from the owner
Rocky Mountain Escape offers private, secluded log cabin accommodation and a variety of year-round, nature oriented activities such as hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, whitewater rafting, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The cabins are nestled amongst the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies, adjacent to Jasper National Park and vast, undeveloped Willmore Wilderness. We cater to folks looking for a quiet, scenic and non-touristy spot from which to enjoy our mountain environment.
Rocky Mountain Escape - Wilderness Cabins
Jasper, Alberta, Canada
Additional Location Information
The 'Escape cabins are located in the Rock Lake/Solomon Creek Wildlands Park, adjacent to Jasper National Park and Willmore Wilderness. The cabins sit at 5000 ft, with the Moosehorn Mountains to our south, Willmore Wilderness mountains to our north, and Hoff Ridge to our immediate east at well over 7200 ft.
The cabins are accessible by regular car during our non-snow months (usually May through October), and with either a 4x4 or 'Escape transportation once we get sticking snow.
Location Type Away from it all, Mountain, Other
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in CAD) (change)
|Rate Summary||$213 - $261||$213 - $261||$0||$0||2 nights|
|Jan. 10 2013 - May. 31 2013
|Jun. 1 2013 - Sep. 30 2013
|All Other Dates||$261||$261||-||-||2 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
- Tax rate - 5% of rental - Tax
Additional notes from owner
Rates are quoted as double occupancy. Additional adults and/or children >5 years of age are half-priced. Rate includes your private cabin accommodation, all meals (hot breakfast, boxed lunch for the trail and full dinner with complimentary wine), guided day hikes, use of the 'Escape's canoe, x-country skis and/or snowshoes and transportation to and from trailheads. There is no charge for children 5 years of age and younger.
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What Past Guests Are Saying
simply amazing.. serene, tranquil, peaceful, wonderful.. can't s
We had an absolutely amazing Easter weekend in our cozy cabin #3. First let me tell you that getting there is half the fun. I made it with my 4wd jeep with winter tires. This place is remote so be prepared to drive 26.5 km down a logging road and then up a one lane hill for another 3 km and that's after you get to the turn off between hinton and grande cache... well worth the trip. Laura is an amazing hostess. She has three gorgeous log cabins spaced well enough apart for privacy. The setting is amazing - in the sub alpine mountains close to a gorgeous lake, river, and meadows filled with wildlife. The cabins are well equipped with woodstoves and plenty of firewood, lights are powered by solar panels so don't bother to bring any electric items. There is indoor plumbing which is very nice in winter. The water smells like sulpher but if you run a hot bath it's like your own hotspring bath. The trails are well groomed and you have lots of opportunity to spot wildlife. You eat an amazing breakfast and dinner in the cookhouse with the other guest so it's fun to get to know other visitors. We were fortunate to meet families from Germany and Edmonton. Laura provides an abundant to go lunch so you have the whole day to explore the amazing area. This is the best place i know to be close to nature without really having to "rough it"!!!
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
A unique and unmissable experience
Laura has created a superb retreat in the Wilmore National Park and devotes herself to ensuring that her guests get the most they can from the experience. For us, it was Laura's personality, knowledge and experience (including some truly extraordinary anecdotes over dinner) which combined to make this such an unforgettable experience, along with the spectacular location of course.
The cabins are larger and more comfortable than I had expected, and the bathrooms are full size and include showers and bath tubs (essential for hosing off the dirt and then soaking the muscles). A basic kitchen is provided for making coffee in the morning (although you can't cook food, due to the bears) and a wood burning stove was a helpful addition in the cold autumnal nights. The one downside with the cabin was the bed, which was perhaps a little old and so was uncomfortable for more than a couple of nights. I wouldn't let this put you off, though.
Breakfast and dinners are held communally in a small cookhouse on site, and these were always very social and entertaining affairs, with good, traditional and robust home-cooking. Although there are only three cabins on the site - and so six people dining (plus Laura and her two helpers) -- there is a fairly high turn over of guests as the typical stay is only around 3 nights, so we got to meet a range of interesting people with interesting stories to share.
Lunch is packed up for you to take with you after breakfast on whatever you might want to do. Some interesting trails lead from the cabins themselves, while Laura or her helpers can drive you to the start of others. We always took guided hikes, which meant there was plenty to learn about the wildlife and vegetation of the national park, and we were introduced to a surprising number of edible berries. Some of the walks were pretty hair raising, including a hike up a scree-covered avalanche chute, clambering up a rock wall on top of the mountain and then sliding back down on a steep grassy bank. Excellent fun.
We also had a really clear, calm day which was ideal for canoeing on Rock Lake (a short drive from the cabins) and made for one of the highlights of our trip. The scenery there is specactular, and we had the lake to ourselves.
There is plenty of wildlife around, and one evening dinner was interrupted to watch a family of deer frolicking in the meadow outside. We also saw elk running across the road and a golden eagle circling for its dinner. The closest we got to a bear was its poop, but it was fairly fresh poop so they're out there if you look hard enough. Two fabulously friendly dogs also patrol the cabin site.
Although the price seemed expensive, given all food, transport, equipment and guided hikes are included in the price it actually worked out really cost effective compared to our stays in Jasper and Yoho national parks.
Overall, we had a fascinating, relaxing and spectacular stay at the cabins and were extremely sad to leave.
A quick tip if you're going: The instructions for getting to the cabins make it sound more complicated than it really is, and while the dirt road is dusty and pot-holed you aren't at much risk of getting lost (and both the road to Rock Lake and the smaller track leading to the cabins are sign-posted). Just don't rely too much on the kms quoted in the official documents which seemed to be out by up to 10km at times.
Coventry, United Kingdom
It broke our heart to leave
For anyone wanting to really get away from everything and experience the simplicity of the outdoors this is the place to go. Laura's knowledge, hospitality and cooking combine to give a break and memories to cherish
My husband and I had the pleasure of enjoying Rocky Mountain Escape at the start of Fall when the backdrop of the mountains was gold and red. We're repeat customers to RME.
It is the absolute best way for us to unplug from the busy lives we lead.
It's nestled in breathtaking mountain scenery. The food is so delicious, and the environment a reminder that you can do without all the 'things' we fill our lives with. It's basic goodness - an absolute wonder and our favourite place to holiday.
If you enjoy nature, simple pleasures, adventure or quiet (your choice) I absolutely recommend Rocky Mountain Escape.
Edmonton, Ab, Canada
A Piece of Heaven on Earth
Rocky Mountain Escape is the most amazing place on earth. From the cozy accommodations to the scrumptions meals, what's not to appreciate. Couple that with the scenery, it is my favorite place on earth. My "happy place" is a memory of drinking my morning coffee on a rock overlooking a creek, the view of the mountains accross the valley.
The hostess, Laura, is a wealth of information on ecology, biology, and the wildlife of the mountains. And an amazing chef to boot on her woodburning stove.
The immaculate accommodations cosist of a cozy log cabin with full bathroom. The bathwater may have an odor, but it is the most wonderful cure for sore muscules after a hike. The fire stoked heating is more than capable of warding off bitter winter temperatures.
The dogs that live there are friendly and entertaining. Their job is to keep unfriendly wildlife from entering the home site. They do their job wonderfully.
Bottom line, I return to Rocky Mountain Escape any time Laura lets me. It is a piece of Heaven on Earth.
The Best Place in the Rockies
Staying at the Rocky Mountain Escape and experiencing the area was one of
the best times I've ever had. The service is fantastic and the cabins are
wonderfully cozy. We had the opportunity to adventure around on snowshoes
and to experience the breath taking views of Rock Lake. At night after an
amazing meal we would gaze at the millions of easily viewable stars and then
relax in our wood burning stove cabins. I can't wait to go out again.
Alberta's best kept secret
I am a regular visitor to Rocky Mountain Escape and I hesitate writing a review for the place as I would love it to remain my own private paradise in the Rockies. I have come alone, with my girlfriends and most recently have introduces my fiance to Laura's place. Everyone has fallen in love with the cabins, the food, the vistas and the activties. Very few places like this remain in our wilderness.
My hope is that by sharing this review, it will not only raise awareness for sustainable tourism in our province but will also increase people's desire to protect our wilderness areas while learning more about and enjoying our most precious resource.
I can't say enough good things about "The Escape". Laura and her team go out of their way to make you feel at home. We have been to the escape a number of times now, and we have never left feeling disappointed. It is the best place to run to when you need to get "re-charged". I used to love roughing it, but as I mature I love the luxuries of home, and this place gives you the isolation and beauty of the back country, but nothing beats comming back to a log cabin with running water, a roaring fire, and a comfy bed to lay your head. The fishing, hiking and canoeing is stellar. The best part of this whole experience is Laura's "down home cooking". Thanks Laura for introducing us to Alberta's hidden gem!
Best Vacation in the Wild
Spending time in Escape in November 2009 wasn't the first time. I went there three times before. You'd guess I really liked it! After all it IS a real escape from the city. You dive into the resort in the mountains away from noises and flashes of a city, and you still have a high quality service. First time I came to Escape I was just amazed to find myself in a huge cabin with shower/tub and hot water, supplied with a stove. Later came wonders of awesome food and great hikes throughout the forests and mountains. Laura, the caretaker, guides you through all the paths possible and she knows a lot about the surrounding nature, tracks, and the wildlife around. There are also possibilities for horse rides and canoeing down the Rock Lake. I strongly reccomend to check out Escape as the best outdoor vacation to spend with a lot of great sights, awesome food and communication with the people running it and the guests, and healthy air away from all calamity of busy life! It totally worths the money you invest into it. Give yourself a great rest, there've been bunch of people in there that loved it! Thank you, Laura!