THE CABINS AT EDELWEISS CREEK
GOLDEN, BRITISH COLUMBIA
In the early 1900s the CPR employed experienced Swiss guides to help tackle the mountain trails. To make them feel more at home, the CPR constructed six Swiss-style chalets and called their accomplishment the Edelweiss Village. Found on a hillside at the west entrance to town, the original homes still stand overlooking Golden and the Columbia Valley.
Located less than five minutes from downtown Golden, the luxurious and private Cabins at Edelweiss Creek made for a great basecamp during my recent Columbia Valley adventure! Unobstructed vistas can be enjoyed over a morning coffee on the deck or evening bonfire in the backyard.
Located 3 hours from Calgary, 1.75 hours from Canmore, and 5.5 hours from Edmonton.
Summer/Autumn - Easy peasy drive.
Winter / Spring - During winter, an all-wheel-drive or 4x4 vehicle with good snow tires is recommended as the road up is steep and could be covered with snow, frozen rain, or a sheet of ice.
The main cabin sleeps 2 (queen bed) in the loft, and the bunkhouse sleeps 4 (1 queen and 2 bunk beds).
There is a bathroom with shower in the main cabin, and a powder room (sink + toilet) in the bunkhouse.
The massive front deck offers up stunning views of Little Sir Donald, and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. There is plenty of room roll out a mat and do some yoga surrounded by daisies and evergreen trees.
The kitchen is simple and efficient, with a 4-burner gas stovetop, convection microwave (if I'm being honest, not my favourite appliance out there), dishwasher, fancy espresso machine (we mainly made French press, but I did love being able to have a quick hit of caffeine when I work up each morning).
If you want to eat indoors, there's room for six at the concrete island / table. Located outside is an awesome charcoal barbecue where we made a delicious roasted vegetable platter for dinner one evening (recipe coming soon).
There are two reading chairs, one in the main room and one in the loft, both perfect for curling up with a good book.
A wood fire stove is primed and ready to go for chillier evenings / in winter. Speaking of winter, there is a nice big hot tub on the main deck to enjoy!
There is a beautiful semi-sunken fire pit area just off of the main cabin, with a globe style fire bowl! We enjoyed fires both in the evening and mornig!
LITTLE DETAILS THAT I LOVED:
Two of my absolute favourite woods to burn are cedar and birch! This cabin had both! I also loved that the hatchet for prepping kindling was extra sharp!
The charcoal barbecue was amazing! We grilled fresh corn, sweet potatoes, lemon and onions on it for our amazing dinner of roasted veggies!
The water pressure and temp of the shower was absolutely perfect to enjoy an ice cold shower beer in after a long day of hiking!
Two Packs of Quaker Coconut and Honey Oatmeal
Sliced Strawberries + Mango
One Teaspoon of Chia Seeds
One Tablespoon of Raisins
2 Tablespoons Heavy Cream or Non-dairy Alternative
Coarsely grind 1/4 cup of beans
Spoon ground coffee into an 8 cup french press
Pour 195ºF water over the grounds until soaked
Leave uncovered for 1 minute
Pour the rest of your water in, stir for 10 seconds, cover and let stand for 3 minutes
Plunge your coffee, pour it into a mug and enjoy!
8 INGREDIENT SALAD
Handful of Green Leaf Lettuce
2 Hot House Tomatoes
2 Sliced Strawberries
6-8 Basil Leaves
2 Teaspoons Balsamic Vinegar + 1 Teaspoon Oil
Salt & Pepper