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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.

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jason trochessett
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 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 Rockies

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.


Sparwood Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 10763 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Pets not allowed
  • 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 ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 3 bathrooms
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • 6 bedrooms with 10 beds including one trundle
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • 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:
  • 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 4.970588 based on 34 reviews

Tranquil beauty

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely loved this place, quite the gem hidden in the elk valley just North of Sparwood BC.

A mile off the main road you'd think you were in the middle of the wilderness with the view from the deck.

The property is very well maintained and has all the amenities you could think of, a real home away from home.

I spent 5 nights here recently with my grown children and grandchildren, they loved it, especially the deck and hot tub, plenty of space and lots of bedrooms to accommodate all.

I really appreciated the décor and ranch feel of the main building, fireplace inside and fire pit outside, didn't get to use the outside fire pit due to the fire ban in effect for BC but this didn't detract from the overall excellent experience.

I found the location quiet enough it felt like wilderness but close enough to local towns and attractions we could switch from remote to town in about 15 minutes.

Lots to do in the surrounding area and if you like fishing the elk river truly is a gem not to be missed.

I'd have no problem returning to this location and would recommend to anyone looking for something special beyond the standard condo located in a town.

The booking, check in and check out were seamless and handled very professionally,

Two thumbs up, go there, you'll love it.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well put. Thank you...the experience of having an entire ranch all to yourselves to roam and explore provides so much peace and tranquility as you mentioned and the fishing is the best due to the lack of pressure. There's no other place like it in the Elk Valley that provides so much space, especially for large groups like yours. We're continuing to make improvements constantly to make it the very best in the Canadian Rockies. We appreciate you staying very much and look forward to your return.
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Bainbridge Is, WA

Great location for family reunion

  • 5 of 5

For the second year, our family (6 adults, 6 children) gathered at this ranch for our annual get-together. It is an excellent location for us - large, well-equipped home, indoor and outdoor (with a great view) dining, fishing river at the edge of the property, groceries & liquor < 10 miles away, general shopping and mountain trails 20 miles away. My favorite spot is the porch with a large picnic table, hot tub, and views of horse pastures on the property in the foreground and mountains in the near distance. Good space for the kids to run & jump. Very peaceful!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Michael and Irene, We love having your whole family at the lodge each year. Thank you for your ideas on how to make it even better for everyone. We're listening and we appreciate you. Jason
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Almost First Class in all Respects

  • 5 of 5

There are just some minor tweaks that need to be made to put this place over the top. We left a list for Bill (who is top notch). Beautiful setting and a very nice house.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ron we've begun work on your helpful suggestions and sincerely thank you for caring enough to share your ideas and suggestions. This has been a work in progress for over 15 years and is the culmination of a lifelong dream...spending 7 years to restore the spring creek, restoring the historic barn, making it wildlife friendly, etc...we greatly appreciate opportunities to make our place even better and aim to make it the most memorable, beautiful place our guests ever experience. You'll be pleased when you return. Thanks again. Jason
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A bit of paradise!

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: 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.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: 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

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: 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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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.


Rates & Availability

Sparwood Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Oct 15 2017 - Dec 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 18 2017 - Jan 8 2018
3 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2018 - May 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2018 - Jun 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $199
Pet Fee $39.8
Damage Deposit $238.8

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 if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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