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Driving to Lake Louise in the rain, Baker Creek was a lovely burst of colour for us and they let us check in early at 11am which was a refuge from the weather.
The location is somewhat inconvienient as it's at least 15 mins drive away from the village centre. But besides Lake Louise, you could also go trekking at Johnston Canyon.
We liked the small touches like the journal in each room so you read abt the experiences of others. As well as the information file which we poured over. We found the kitchenette area and cooking utensils very clean (you're suppose to clean it up before you leave). Didn't eat at the restaurant since the tripadvisor reviews weren't very positive. So we cooked our own dinner.
It's a very quiet area and absolutely pitch dark at night. You occasionally hear the sound of the train but they were no bother. A great place to relax.
Great place to stay
We stayed at the Baker Creek Chalets the night of Oct. 7, 2006 and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We loved the location, tucked away off the main highway, and the cabins are in a nice setting, with the swift-flowing river nearby. Cars are not allowed to park by the cabins, but you can drive up to them, load or unload, and then park in the parking lot up front. Our cabin was #16, and even though it was smaller than we thought it would be, it was nice and cozy and very charming. All cabins are well spaced and the place is very quiet. (The five of us enjoyed the nice fireplace and working on a puzzle that was in our cabin that night.) We made use of the kitchen for breakfast in the morning and it was well equipped with whatever utensils we needed. The sofa sleeper was the most comfortable we have ever experienced. As far as the infamous train, the tracks are further away than we thought they would be but the train does pass by more than twice in a night. It seemed a train passed by every two hours and while I won't say it was quiet, it's a loud roar, we didn't feel the sound was a problem. It never blows its horn as it passes and that is most important. We also ate at the Bistro on the property that evening and the food was excellent. I do agree with a previous poster that the portions are tiny and the price is high, but we had a very enjoyable dinner. We would definitely stay and eat at the Baker Creek Chalets again.
7 -17 Feb 07 Snowboarding Holiday
Party of 3(2 adults and a 16yr old daughter)
We stayed in Chalet 11
Beautiful peaceful location
First impression is quaint but the accommadation is very small. It was supposed to be capable of taking 6 but the 3 of us with all the clothing etc for a wintersports holiday found it too small. Very little hanging or storage space.
We were treated with complete indifference from the moment we arrived. Housekeeping was vey poor - our chalet was not swept during our stay. The refuse was not removed for 4 days. Towels were left on kitchen surface for us to hang up. Beds were made occasionally. Electrical cable from hairdryer dangled in the sink. Bathroom very small. Bath is no more than a large shower tray - no good to relax in after a hard day on the slopes!
One of the beds in the Loft was broken and unusable.
Steps to loft had no grips on the treads and would be dangerous for younger children.
On arrival after transatlantic flight late evening we found the welcome pack promised to be lacking, couple of packets of popcorn, 2 nutrigrain bars, the obligatory maple biscuits and half bottle of cheap sparkling wine, what we really needed was breakfast basics like bread, milk etc.
This place has the basics to be reasonable but the management is lacking.
Note: If you book with Crystal they provide a 'free car'. Look at the small print - In february you need a big 4 x 4 to drive down Bow Valley Parkway. We found it cheaper to rent direct from Alamo than upgrade thro' crystal.
Loved Baker Creek Chalets
We have just returned to New Zealand from our journey around the Rockies and our stay at Baker Creek chalets would have been the highlight of our accommodation during our 10 day trip. We booked a one bedroom lodge accommodation, our friends had a jazucci suite; both were fantastic. The rooms were nicely decorated with gas fireplaces, and we couldnt ask for more. The staff were extremely pleasant and helpful. We were pleased to spend two nights at Baker Creek and could easily have stayed longer and will be recommending these to friends. The riverside area with the swing seats and BBQs are great, we cooked a BBQ one night down by the river which was very pleasant. The train line is at the back of the property but does not interfere with the peace and tranquility of the accommodation. We'll be back one day, for sure.
A great off-season value!
My husband and I just returned from spending four nights at Baker Creek in one-bedroom loft chalet #15. We found our accomodation to be clean, charming, and a romantic hideaway for two.
The small kitchen was stocked with everything we needed to make our daily breakfasts and picnic lunches. The queen-sized bed on the main floor was comfortable and had several different pillows to choose from as well as spare blankets (although, with the heavy duvet, we never needed them). There was a full-sized bed and a twin in the upper loft area as well, but I suspect the chalet would get crowded for more than 3 or 4 guests. The bathroom was small but adequate for our needs. The wood burning stove in the living room was a lovely distraction in the evenings, after a long day spent hiking and exploring. And the front porch was a lovely place to savor a morning cup of coffee.
The grounds were well-maintained and the staff were all very friendly but not at all intrusive. We appreciated the picnic tables and adirondack chairs set out by the creek. And the train noise that many of the other reviewers seemed to fret about was never a big deal for us (its really just a low-rumble....never a whistle or screech to spoil the peace).
The location, just 10 minutes from Lake Louise, was ideal. Far enough from the bustle to give that sense of seclusion we craved, but close enough to the shops, restaurants, and activities so we didn't ever feel isolated.
Kudos to Baker Creek. We'll be back!
This is our second time staying at these cabins. They are beautiful cabins set in forest right next to baker creek. 10 minutes away from Lake Louise. A most peaceful place, with very friendly staff. The cabins themselves (we stayed in the loft cabin) are very roomy with a fireplace and kitchen. They are clean, well kept, with a nice porch to sit on and enjoy the peace.
Good location, great food....but not the cleanest accomodations!
Booked this accomodation on suggestion of friend. Location is good (albeit close to a rail road track....2a.m and 3 a.m. trains hurry by), next to Baker Creek. Facilities are well maintained and relatively new. Our suite though could have used a good cleaning. It appears the furniture hadn't been moved since the place was built. Secondly, there was a used condom wrapper on the floor between the bed and the night stand when we arrived. The staff and owners are very helpful and friendly. The on site restaurant had excellent food and a decent wine selection. Take your bug spray with you though because the bugs are EVERYWHERE at dusk, night time and dawn. It would have also been nice to have the ceiling fan located at least partly over the bed.
There are chairs/picnic tables all along the creek which runs along side the resort. It was a great place to hang out and watch for birds and wildlife.
All in all, we might choose to stay here again given the owners and staff. They made us feel very much at home. Just wish the room had been cleaner.....
A Piece of Heaven
We just completed a 2 week vacation in the Canadian Rockies. We started the trip with 5 nights at Baker Creek Chalets just outside Lake Louise. The setting was ideal. While only 10 miles south of Lake Louise, it was a world away from the Trans Canada highway, buses and crowds of tourists. It is an upscale and, therefore, pricey establishment, but worth every penny. The cabins are immaculate and with incredible amenities. Ours had wood fireplace, deck, gas grill and whirlpool bath. Decorations and small touches showed taste and perfectly matched the setting. Cabin faced the woods and although there are a dozen tightly sited cabins and 2 lodge buildings, we felt as if we were isolated. Excellent restaurant on site with talented chef (although he is leaving in the fall). Attentive and friendly staff. Wood and metal sculptures of bears and elk adorn the property in woodsy settings. Adirondack chairs scattered for reading or napping near the creek or just soaking in the mountain scenery. Easy accessibility to Banff, Lake Louise, the ski area and scores of hikes.
Highly recommended. Judging from the comments in cabin logbook, there were nothing but extremely satisfied visitors and many coming back for repeat visits.
I have just completed a 2 week vacation in the rockies with my wife and 15 year old son, staying in 5 log cabin resorts during our stay. Our 3 nights in Baker Creek was amongst our favourites.
Baker Creek is situated on the Bow Valley Parkway that runs between Lake Louise and Banff. This is much quieter than the Trans Canada Highway and in our experience offered a good opportunity for spotting wildlife. It is about a a 15 minute drive to Lake Louise and 45 minutes to Banff.
The chalets are located on a pleasant creek where two rivers meet. Whilst there is a railway running immediately behind the chalet trains are infrequent and in our case did not really effect our enjoyment.
The complex comprises a lodge and a I would guess around 20 attractive cabins. We stayed in one of the single bedroom loft chalets that offered good privacy having a separate bedroom n the ground floor and two beds in the loft area.
The chalets are well presented and furnished with a strong wildlife theme. The kitchen is well equipped including a 4 burner ring, an oven and microwave. There are no televisions in the chalets which for us was a big plus. Our chalet included a selection of games which occupied us in the evenings.We also had a real log fire which even in August was a useful addition. The maid service was regular and efficient and all our interactions with the staff were very friendly.
There is a bistro on site that offered first class food. We sampled breakfast and dinner both of which offered a good range and was well prepared and presented by very friendly staff. I would say however that I thought that the menu was pretty pricey.
There is plenty of activities and walking in the area. Myself and my son enjoyed a pleasant walk along the river from the chalet. There are several other walks along the Bow Valley Park Way. I would also particularly recommend the energetic but rewarding walk from Lake Louise to Lake Agnes. It is a good way to get away from the crowds around Lake Louise and your 1 1/2 hour climb is rewarded with a very beautiful lake and a tea house to enjoy a rest.
With the exception f the proximity of the railway that may trouble some I find it very difficult to pick fault with Baker Creek. All in all it offers good value for money and is a very relaxing place to stay.