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

Bedrooms 6
Space 10,763 sq. ft.
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.

More Details

jason trochessett
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 July, 2017

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 British Columbia Mountains

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday lodge in the Sparwood in the East Kootenay A

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 10763 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 11:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 16:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • 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 ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 bathrooms
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Bunk Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Bunk Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
  • 6 bedrooms with 10 beds including one trundle
  • Books ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Leisure Activities:
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • 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 4.967742 based on 31 reviews

A bit of paradise!

  • 5 of 5

An amazing part of the world and the ranch itself is truely idilic. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks. When I first read about the area in National Geographic over 40 years ago I knew it was a special place. We're working hard to make it the most comfortable, inspiring, fun, peaceful and beautiful place our guests have ever stayed and couldn't do it without families like yours.
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  • 5 of 5

Our group LOVED everything about the property . . . . the cleanliness, privacy, beauty, etc.!! Everything about the Lodge is TOP NOTCH!!!! The paintings, photos, furniture, etc. . . . the overall decor . . . made the location that much better. INCREDIBLE!! We have already booked for next year.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Tara. Your time is valuable. We aim to make staying in our lodge the most memorable experience our guests will ever have. Thank you for booking your trip for next year before you even checked out and sharing your review. It will be even better next year. We couldn't do it without loyal guests like you. Thank you so much from top to bottom, inside and out... Jason
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Cochrane, Alberta

Nice setting to get away from it all

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented the lodge for a weekend getaway and truly enjoyed it. Bill - the property manager ensured that we had everything we needed and answered questions about the area. Although we didn't bring our horses - it is a great set up for horses -with trails leading right from the property or a staging point not too far down the road if the river crossing behind the property is too high. You don't always have the entire property to yourself as there are horse boarders that visit the property - but lovely folks and it's nice to have a view of horses from almost every window. The woodstove in the living room made for cozy evenings and the path to the river made for great walks with our dog (appreciate that it is dog friendly) in the mornings and evenings as well. The wood furnishings and cabinetry are incredible pieces of artwork. It was a great getaway for us - we enjoyed experiencing the other side of the mountain and the local towns and beautiful backcountry. We loved the stream that ran behind the back deck- Thank you! We hope to return soon. Laura & John

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Laura and John, Thanks for sharing. You were ideal guests and we look forward to having you come again as soon as you can! Jason
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St. Albert

3rd Year Consecutive Stay at the Ranch and will be back...

  • 5 of 5

My family has now stayed at the ranch for 3 consecutive years. Each year we look forward to our trip back to Sparwood to relax in comfort of the ranch, complete with excellent amenities, postcard views from every window and plenty of space for all of us.

Each stay has provided us with great family time and many memories. We use the ranch as a base for our daily trips to Fernie. After each day of fabulous skiing, we look forward to returning to the ranch, where we use the gourmet kitchen to create excellent meals where all 12 of us enjoy the visit around the large kitchen table.

This year was especially unique as we happened to hit the large snow dump which stranded us at the Ranch for 2 additional days . Bill (Ranch Caretaker) ensured we were well looked after, ensuring there was plenty of firewood and worked hard to allow us to safely drive out on the long picturesque road to head home. One would think that it was stressful to be locked in for two days, but the comfort of the ranch and the great hospitality of Bill and owner Jason made the trip even more memorable.

We will continue to return as this beautiful place nestled on the Elk River (complete with view of Elk every day) has become a tradition and a love for my family.

Lyons family

  • Review Submitted: Feb 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Mike. Sharing our ranch with large families like yours, so you can make memories together in this beautiful place is a dream come for us too. Seeing herds of elk and deer every day and the incredible scenery are what drew us to this place also...in addition to the fishing! We have more improvements coming this spring to make it even better for next year. We couldn't do it without loyal guests like you.
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Calgary, Alberta

A little piece of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

We spent 5 wonderful days at the ranch with our family of 9 and everyone agreed this was by far the best winter getaway since we began this special outing eight years ago. We all loved the rustic feel to the beautifully finished place and with so much room we never once felt crowded. The dining room was perfect for our gang and still had plenty of room for more. The games room was another focal point for us.....playing various card and board games in front of a warm fire.

The kitchen was very well equipped and we just loved the look of the period fridge and stove. The oven turned out a perfect 12 lb prime rib roast...yumm. The large hot tub was a popular attraction after a day of skiing at Fernie or snowshoeing around the acreage.

The bedrooms were spacious and the beds were very comfortable and cozy. Nothing is better than a great sleep after a full day of being outdoors, or just relaxing with a good book.

We will definitely be requesting to return again next winter.

Arnie and family from Calgary, AB

  • Review Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Arnie, Sharing our place with families like yours is what makes it all worthwhile. We have some surprising improvements coming to make it even better for next year! We look forward to having you come back. Happy New Year! Jason
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Incredible secluded escape

  • 5 of 5

We had our thanksgiving weekend (CDN) and got married at this place! It is one of the gems of the area. Incredible wilderness surrounds the ranch. Easy access to the elk river for fishing and scenery. Awesome house with really nice hand crafted cabinets and amenities. We loved sitting in the big leather chairs by the fireplace. I bet we saw 100 elk walk by the house!! Jason was a great host and Bill helped us truly feel comfortable and enjoy our stay. This is one of the good ones.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Congratulations on your wedding...it really is a romantic place. I got engaged their myself. It's hard to imagine a more inspiring place that creates memories and brings people together. I understand you got married in the barn! Thanks so much for sharing your experience. We look forward to some pictures and seeing you again! For others...we're very selective about wedding parties!
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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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday lodge in the Sparwood, British Columbia

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
15 Oct 2017 - 17 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
18 Dec 2017 - 8 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £30.68 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £184.08
Cleaning fee £153.4 + 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 for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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