This rustic hostel is situated near Athabasca Falls. This was the worst hostel I stay on the trip (July 2005). The cabins weren't clean and also the communal cabin dorm we slept in. On top of this there was no running water and the nearest place where we could shower was at the Jasper Aquatic Centre! I developed dust allergies from staying in this hostel and had to receive medical attention!
As much as I welcomed a spirit of adventure, I didn't appreciate the dirty cabins and the lack of conveniences (more so than the other rustic hostels). I personally wouldn't recommend this hostel and there are other hostels including nicer rustic ones in the area one can stay in.
You certainly need a spirit of adventure to stay in this hostel.
We had a little trouble finding Patricia Lake Bungalows, even with our GPS. However, once we were there, we were greeted warmly and got into our bungalow right away. We were given a bungalow that had a view of Patricia Lake. The lake is beautiful and the grounds around it are lovely. They have a dock for boats and paddle boats that can be rented. There is also a great walking trail around the entire lake. There is a beautiful view of mountains from the lake.
Our bungalow had a combo livingroom - kitchen, a bathroom and a bedroom. It was clean and well supplied with kitchen items. The towels and washclothes were fine. There is a place to grill meat, seafood, etc. There is also a pit area for fires in the evening. It was quite chilly while we were there so we enjoyed the fireplace in our bungalow. There were only about 4 stations on the television and there is no telephone. Coffee was provided to get us started in the morning. There is a good hot tub and laundry by the office. They can help set up horse back riding in the office.
There are quite a few larger units to rent for large groups and families.
Prices are very expensive in Jasper and we were there on the weekend so we had to pay more for a weekend rate. Even at that, we had one of the best priced places in Jasper.
If you have a desire to see the stars at night and enjoy hearing the outdoor sounds, then this is a very good choice for lodging in a national park.
This was an opportunity to be away from busy streets and street lights. We enjoyed the quiet of the lake and the area. We shopped for a few grocery items for our breakfast and felt quite relaxed getting up and enjoying leisurely mornings without getting dressed to eat in a restaurant.
We had a suite with two bedrooms and a parlor etc. It was the only one available and suited us fine as we were 4 adults and a child.
It was at the top left corner of the building.
We had a huge balcony with a great view of the mountains
$55 (CAN) per night for the queen. One of the cheaper B&Bs we found listed on the net.
B&B owner is very pleasant, easy-going lady. House is cute, the queen bed we had was comfy, the room cozy. There are two more rooms, one with a double, the other with two singles. Shared bath. Sitting area with T.V. and small fridge where you can put a few things. Breakfast is so-so, not huge, but enough. Coffee was weak. There are many more B&B's in the area, if you get there and she has no vacancy.
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