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90+ Acre Ranch Directly On The Elk River In The Heart of the Canadian Rockies!

Bedrooms 6
Space 1,000 m²
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

6 Bedroom, 3 Bath Custom Furnished Lodge Offering Privacy and Comfort

If you're looking for an authentic Rocky Mountain experience in a historic ranch with privacy, world class skiing close by and dry fly fishing at your doorstep, abundant wildlife, and all the comforts of home, you've found it. Built in 1906, Elk River Lodge is custom furnished with 10 luxurious beds, a magazine quality kitchen, hot tub, outdoor grill, and views from every room. Ideal for family gatherings, world class skiing and dry fly fishing, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, snow mobiling, the lodge feels as though its in a national park that's all yours! Herds of elk and deer graze across the meadows each day. The property is bordered by the Elk River offering miles of world class dry fly fishing in total privacy and a beautiful spring creek flows next to the lodge. The only footprints you're likely to see are your own. The property is Ideally set up for Bed and Bale as well! Bring your horses, fly rods, camera and hiking boots.

There's a large wood stove in the great room with plenty of cut firewood at your disposal, a foosball table and antique style record player with a nice collection of old vinyls, a hidden TV with a collection of movies, and a fire pit outside for roasting marshmallows while listening to the elk bugle.

The lodge is ideally located to take day trips to the surrounding national parks including Banff, Waterton and Glacier, as well as the provincial parks including Elk Lakes and Height of the Rockies. Elk River Lodge provides the ultimate way to experience the splendor of the Canadian Rockies, the way Montana used to be 100 years ago, only better.

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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation lodge rental in Sparwood, British Columbia

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1000 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • When booking this property guests accept complete liability for any injury that may arise for any reason when staying at the Elk River Lodge.
  • Guests hold the owner, Jason Trochessett, and any staff of the lodge, harmless.
  • Guests are aware of and accept risks of drowning, falling down stairs, horses, wildlife, fire, etc.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 3 bathrooms
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • 6 bedrooms with 10 beds including one trundle
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Leisure Activities:
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • snowmobiling
  • whitewater rafting
Fly fishing, skiing, skidoing, hunting, or just relaxing in a beautiful comfortable place loaded with wildlife and amazing scenery, this is it.


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90+ Acre Ranch Directly On The Elk River In The Heart of the Canadian Rockies!
average rating of 4.95 based on 40 reviews

Beautiful and perfect setting for a retreat

  • 5 of 5

The bugling elk and the show they put on with the back drop of fall leaves and mountains was breath taking. Everything you could possibly need is provided for and more. Enjoyed the hot tub under an almost full moon and brisk air.

Cannot wait to return.

Very glad Jason shares this property for others to enjoy.

  • Submitted: 6-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Helena. My lifelong dream has been to have the most beautiful, comfortable and inspiring ranch in the Canadian Rockies and share it with groups like yours. Thanks to guests like you, we're getting there!
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Winter Wonderland

  • 5 of 5

We were back again for another post Christmas getaway with our family and although very frosty outside we all had a marvelous time. I was surprised when Jason mentioned some upgrades as I could not fathom any way to improve on perfection !! The work he and Bill did on the bathroom, awning and driveway was another example of their desire to surpass customer expectations. We could not have had a better R&R escape.

Many thanks,

Arnie (Calgary)

  • Submitted: 2-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Arnie. We appreciate your family returning every year. We have more improvements coming this spring to make it as comfortable and beautiful as possible for large families like yours. We couldn't do it without loyal guests like you.
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Fantastic property!

  • 5 of 5

What a great place! Rustic feel with all modern amenities. Amazing views and very homey feel! Can't wait to come back again!

  • Submitted: 23-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Chuck. After searching for 30 years to find this place and the last 15 or so restoring the historic lodge and barn, it's wonderful to know our guests love it as much as we do. It will be even better next year with the new outdoor sauna and game room in the hayloft!
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Great stay.

  • 4 of 5

We were there for a week with a full house. The property was amazing and was exactly what we hoped for.

  • Submitted: 8-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Most beautiful place we've ever stayed

  • 5 of 5

Our family has never been to a more beautiful, authentic inspiring place. Staying in this lodge with my family and friends, nine of us, was nothing short of incredible. Having an entire historic ranch with total privacy to explore and enjoy all to ourselves was epic. The fishing straight from the property in the elk river which borders the property and in the spring creek next to the lodge and pond provided the solitude we wanted and beautiful fish. We hiked in Elk Lakes provincial park and saw the most beautiful scenery and a moose! We all enjoyed the hot tub and played games in the hayloft in the barn, listened to old records, and enjoyed a roaring fires in the wood stove. The lodge itself was large enough for all of us, with amazing beds, custom furnishings and a one of a kind kitchen. We enjoyed the large dining room and eating out on the deck while watching trout rise in the spring creek!

Our kids want to move there now and won't stop talking about it. We'll definitely be coming back.

  • Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect place to reconnect with family!

  • 5 of 5

My Husband and I took our 3 boys (8, 7 and 5) to the ranch to regroup and reconnect after a fun but long summer. We felt like we could truly get off the grid here if we wanted to. We hiked some of the most scenic trails and some pretty intense ones too! The boys fished and played at the river that's at the edge of the property and had so much fun. We got to feed horses and play games and look for wildlife. The town of Fernie was a quick trip when we wanted to get ice cream and new hiking boots. We stayed with another family of four and there was plenty of room to play and eat and sleep. The property manager, Bill, was so helpful with questions and instructions on things we were unsure of! It was clean and every comfort of home was provided. I was also super impressed that they drain the hot tub between guests!! We would love to come back in the winter sometime but this will definitely be an annual summers end trip for us! I highly recommend this lodge!

  • Submitted: 24-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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jason trochessett
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

About jason trochessett

I read an article about the Canadian Rockies in National Geographic nearly 40 years ago and began a quest to one day have a ranch in the most beautiful place in North America. Now it's a dream come true for friends from all over the world. When not being rented it's frequently used to raise money at auction for charities to help people in need and conservation organizations. I'm an avid fly fisherman and conservationist who believes in protecting wild and beautiful places such as the Elk River Valley in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.

jason trochessett purchased this lodge in 2002

Why jason trochessett chose Sparwood

The fishing, abundance and diversity of wildlife, scenery and setting on a historic ranch in the heart of the Canadian Rockies creates memories that last a lifetime. The dry fly fishing for wild cutthroat trout is world class and truly rare. The herds of elk that graze across the meadows is something most would only expect to see inside a national park, with crowds of people watching, but here we have it all to ourselves. The historic ranch provides a feeling of going back to a simpler place and time, clears the mind from distractions and stress of modern life and brings families and friends closer together.

What makes this lodge unique

Elk River Lodge is the only place to stay directly on the Elk River offering privacy and countless miles of fishing, hiking, riding, cross country skiing and wildlife viewing…Other accommodations are either not on the Elk River or they're in crowded areas that feel as though they could be in any city or ski resort.


Nearest Airport
172 Miles
Calgary International Airport
Nearest Ski
28 Miles
Fernie Alpine Resort
Car: necessary

Elk River Lodge is located on a beautiful 90+ acre ranch bordered by the Elk River offering world class dry fly fishing and wildlife viewing straight from the property. Originally built in 1906, the lodge has been carefully restored with custom furnishings throughout.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation lodge rental in Sparwood, British Columbia

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 1 2018 - May 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2018 - Jun 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
Oct 15 2018 - Dec 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add C$65 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$300
Cleaning fee C$250 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.0%

For parties larger than 10 people, a rate of $65 per person over 10 applies per night. Special events such as weddings are priced on a customized basis.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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