The lodge life in northern Canada

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The lodge life in northern Canada
Q: Several months ago you had an article in Outside about a lodge way up north in Canada. I think it was in the Northwest Territories. I'm looking to take a trip way north in either Canada or Alaska, and I'm wondering if you could jog my memory about the name or phone number of that lodge. Thanks.

John Lawson
Florissant, CO
[email protected]

The Highland Glen Lodge in the B.C. wilderness
A: You must be thinking of Highland Glen Lodge (September 1993 issue) in British Columbia. If you're making the long slog northward along the Alaska Highway en route to Whitehorse, Yukon, you won't want to miss this pit stop.

Settle into a one-room cabin by the shores of Muncho Lake or a hotel-style room in the main lodge and then prepare to spend long days outside--hiking 15 miles of trails in the Sentinel Range to the west or the Terminal Range to the east or fishing for northern pike, arctic grayling, and 35-pound char in the turquoise lake. If you're into wildlife, hang around the nearby salt licks for a glimpse of moose and caribou, or head 30 miles north of the lodge to Liard Hot Springs for a long soak in 118-degree, orchid-lined ponds.

The lodge dishes up outrageous dinners, usually a Swiss recipe served with strudel or fresh-baked bread. If you're not deep into food coma by the time desert's over, swing by the sauna before cranking up the heater and crawling into your wood-frame bed. Highland Glens' owners also run floatplane excursions from the lodge to remote backcountry lakes in the Kwadacha Wilderness and Muncho Lake Provincial Park. If you've got the time and the cash, splurge and charter a plane for about $600 round-trip per person for four people and spend several days hiking, paddling, and camping in the remote B.C. wilderness.

Highland Glen Lodge is 150 miles northwest of Fort Nelson and 460 miles southeast of Whitehorse, at about mile 462 on the Alaska Highway. Skip the books-on-tape--you won't need them. Sheep jams, blind curves, and stark views of the northern Rockies keep the driving interesting. Rates start about $40 for cabin with bed and bath. For more information, contact 604-774-2909 year-round to make reservations.

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