Vagabond Lodge is back open for the summer season with our first guests. We have a couple from England who were here last year and another couple from Phoenix.
After a long hot spell we are back to normal, with some new snow on the mountain peaks' over the past few days along with rain off and on. More rain is predicted in the next few days and cool temperatures at night especially hence the snow in the higher elevations.
The change in weather is awesome.
Oh yes...Canada is not burning up as you may see on social media and on the internet. I am not saying we don't have some wild fires but it is not as serious as you would think. There are some in Northern BC and in Northern Alberta.
We have nothing of note locally with a couple days of some light smoke in the air.
We have had certainly worse over then past 5 or 6 years.
It is business as usual here.
We did take advantage of the hotter temperatures last week when it was reaching close to 30C and did an amazing bike ride to Takakkaw Falls and then a kayak on Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park. We aim for the bike ride just prior to the road being open to car traffic and it was magical.
Beautiful asphalt road with no-one except us and a few other bike riders and hikers on it.
Along with friend Patrick we then put our kayaks into Emerald Lake for a couple hours paddle. Again..magical.
Wow. Summer is here already. Usually we don't have any heat until into June but not the case this year. The daffodils are up and blooming, trees are green already and except for a few spots in the trees the snow is gone around Vagabond Lodge. There is still snow in the upper elevations on the mountains.
Kicking Horse Resort opens on May 27 for the sightseeing gondola with everything else such as downhill mountain biking getting going later in June.
Vagabond Lodge will open for the summer on June 15 with our first guests arriving.
We have had a chance to take advantage of the quiet time and great weather to do some playing. One of our favourites is kayaking on either the Columbia River and the Kicking Horse which are both within a short drive.
Friend Patrick and I had our first kayak trip on the Kicking Horse a few days ago and as usual, outstanding. We start just upstream from Golden on the Kicking Horse and then end on the Columbia so we get the best of both worlds. Some whitewater to start with(nothing serious ) and then have a gentle float on the Columba. This is just one of the many things you can do in our backyard.
It is hard to believe we have just completed our 19th winter owning and operating Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Resort. Wow
It has been a wild ride. If you want to find out more detail about how it all came to be click HERE
Although Vagabond Lodge shut for the winter a week ago, the resort was open until April 16th. We had a good chance to play for the final week and we did just that.
Along with friends Ken and Patrick we managed to go for one more adventure off the resort to see what we could see.
The conditions on the resort was late not ideal, with winterish at the top, then some hard packed and icy about half way down and then it was softening up at the bottom. A real mixed bag and tough on the knees.
Our final adventure on the second final day April 15th was really good until about 2/3 of the way down the mountain. As from the video we had untracked powder.
But nearing the bottom, it was not much fun with crust, you could break through with jump turns and then crust you could not break through. It made turning a real challenge. But we made it in one piece.
Vagabond Lodge will reopen for the summer on June 15 until about September 17th.
You can book your stay direct from our website or email info@vagabondlodge.
Ken and Lori built Vagabond Lodge in 2003 and have been operating it since. It is the centre piece of the amazing Kicking Horse Resort near Golden BC Canada