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

Sparwood, BC, Canada
  • Lodge4600 sqft
  • Bedrooms6
  • Sleeps12
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

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 fly rods or skis, camera, hiking boots and even your horses!

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.

We can arrange Grizzly bear viewing and horseback fly fly fishing trips to alpine lakes and pristine tributaries that seldom get fished, in valleys with no roads...along with mountain lion, wolf and linx hunting for the more adventurous...

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.


jason trochessett

Member Since 2014
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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.


    • Internet
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 4
        1 double, 1 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 5
        1 bunk bed
      • Bedroom 6
        1 bunk bed
      • 6 bedrooms with 10 beds including one trundle


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, tub
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, shower
      • 3 bathrooms

      Location Type

        • Mountain View
          Awe inspiring mountain views surround the property.
        • Waterfront
          Bordered by the Elk River, with a spring creek and a spring fed pond, Elk River Lodge is fly fishing nirvana. World class dry fly fishing for native cutthroat trout all to yourself.


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      Large great room perfect for big gatherings, custom bar, wood stove, comfortable seating
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Natural gas, electric and wood stove
                    • Internet
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Fireplace
                    • Parking
                      Plenty of room for horse trailers, snow mobiles, etc.
                    • Telephone
                      Use cell service
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wood Stove
                      New top of the line Swedish wood stove with glass front


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                          Included brand new
                        • Kitchen
                          Beautiful magazine quality kitchen!
                        • Microwave
                          Brand new
                        • Oven
                          Included brand new
                        • Refrigerator
                          Brand new
                        • Stove
                          Natural gas, antique appearance, brand new
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Large dining room and table serves 12 easily!
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 12 people


                                • Books
                                  Book shelves loaded with local history, guide and cook books
                                • DVD Player
                                • Foosball
                                • Game Room
                                  The hay loft in the barn is the ultimate game room!
                                • Games
                                  Lots of games
                                • Music Library
                                  Record player with antique records
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                • Toys
                                  We have lots of games...foozball, board games, bean bag toss...
                                • Video Library


                                    • Balcony
                                      Three balconies!
                                    • Bicycles
                                      We have two mountain bikes available for guests.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Golf
                                      Close by in Kananaskis country and multiple other golf courses in the mountains!
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Put in upstream and kayak or canoe straight to the lodge!
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Top of the line grill with rotisserie, ideal to put something on and slow cook all day while you enjoy the mountains
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                      World class skiing at the Fernie Alpine resort only 25 miles away and cross country skiing straight from the lodge. For most adventuresome, heliskiing can be arranged.


                                        • 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

                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • cross country skiing
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • hunting
                                                        • equestrian events
                                                        • 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.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              44 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              words can not describe the beauty of this place

                                                              Lachlan M.

                                                              we rented the property in March for a getaway. and the place is nothing if not exquisite from the beautiful mountain views drinking your morning coffee to relaxing in the hot tub durring a blizzard, or hearing the sounds of the mountain late at night. it was truly remarkable and cannot wait to return

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Being able to stand in our meadows, with mountains all around, river and spring creeks flowing by, and not another home or building in sight...to see herds of elk, deer and more wildlife on a daily basis...to feel like you're stepping back in time due to the historic feel of the lodge and barn, while still having the best comforts of home...a crackling fire, exquisite beds, views from every room...you said it best Lachlan, words cannot describe it. Thanks for sharing your experience.

                                                              Best place we’ve ever stayed!

                                                              Michelle F.

                                                              We want to start by saying, we have been fortunate enough to travel quite a bit and this is by far the nicest place we have EVER been. This is far more than an accommodation, it is an experience. If you are looking for something to really show you the lifestyle and surroundings of Fernie, you’ve come to the right place. The ranch itself is one of a kind with custom built beautiful furniture and the interior is well cared for and maintained. It offers beautiful spanning views from the breakfast bar, and the ultimate peaceful setting from the hot tub! The 6 bedrooms are incredible, very beautiful and give you a true wilderness vacation. The true experience part of staying here is all of the wildlife that come through the back pasture. It was unreal to see the animals so close, yet in their natural habitat. It is so relaxing here, we can’t paint the picture enough.

                                                              Jason the owner, and Bill the property manager are both extremely easy to get along with and very accommodating. We loved dealing with both of them!

                                                              It is truly one of a kind location, which is why we have decided to come back for our honeymoon! The Romance this place puts off is extremely special! The place is also large enough to bring a few special guests with us to thank them for the wedding help, and we are looking forward to not only thanking them with a fun accommodation, but a truly unique experience that they will also remember for the rest of their lives.

                                                              We would recommend this 90 acre ranch for anyone looking to unwind, experience the true outdoors, a romantic getaway, a family reunion, or anyone looking to make memories that will last a life time. We cannot say enough about it.

                                                              Can’t wait to go back for the honeymoon next year!!!! Thank you Bill and Jason!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              The wildlife that surrounds our property is truly something special and very rare...something most people never see even in a national park. To see a few elk with a bunch of cars on the side of the road is one thing. To see herds in their natural habitat grazing across the meadow each day is something else, a daily occurrence in our lodge...it's the most beautiful thing most people ever see...especially in the comfort, privacy and history of a lodge thats been there since native people still roamed free...

                                                              Not to mention the incredible dry fly fishing and world class skiing!!!

                                                              Thank you Michelle for capturing the unique experience of our lodge so well.

                                                              Another Relaxing Getaway

                                                              Chris D.

                                                              This was our fourth year staying here and we love it more each time. The relaxing atmosphere and cozy dwellings make it feel like a home away from home. We love to watch the Elk pass through the Valley morning and night through the large kitchen window or while sitting in the hot tub. Although the activities on the Ranch and in the area are endless, we had a wonderful time snowshoeing and taking in the scenery. This will always be a favourite of ours and will certainly be back in the future. - The Dumont Family

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Our vision from the beginning was to share this incredible inspiring place with families like yours...create memories families and friends will always cherish.

                                                              We still have lots in store going forward to make it even better and couldn't do it without you. Thank you so much for coming back Four Years in a Row!!! and sharing your experience. It means a lot to us.

                                                              Returning to “The Ranch” for family fun!

                                                              Barry S.

                                                              Watching a flowing creek and Elk herds over coffee in the kitchen is a favourite peaceful time. Lots of room in this beautiful ranch style lodge. Family time over games, food, the hot tub and the horses are some of our favourite things.

                                                              Highly recommend this peaceful eden. Just a short distance to the mountain makes it a perfect get away.

                                                              Franki S

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              We appreciate you returning each year. We strive to make it the absolute best for families like yours and couldn't do it without loyal returning guests like you.

                                                              Winter Wonderland

                                                              Arnie O.Calgary, Alberta

                                                              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)

                                                              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.

                                                              Beautiful and perfect setting for a retreat

                                                              Helena B.

                                                              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.

                                                              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!


                                                              Sparwood, BC, Canada

                                                              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

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                                                              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.

                                                              44 Reviews
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