In backcountry vacations, getting away from the crowd is what it's all about. Our limit of 7 to 8 guests at a time enhances the experience at the Lodge and while skiing, snowboarding, or hiking. CAC's guest groups are half the industry average of 14 (some are as high as 25). Each guest at CAC enjoys a uniquely private ambiance, whether as part of a group reserving the entire lodge, or joining other guests.
Our Lodge is in an ultra remote location accessed only by a 30 minute helicopter flight, with no access road. Our remoteness is twice the industry average, where flights average 8 to 15 minutes, and where there is often road access.
When guests arrive at our Lodge, they are quickly enthralled by the surreal experience of being so remote, with so few people.
While the helicopter's primary role is to provide access to the Lodge, a helicopter ride of 30 minutes is a bonus experience in itself. With such a long flight, the array of mountain and glacier vistas are endless, including iconic names like Mount Robson, The Ramparts, and northern Columbia Icefields. More than 10 major valleys and rivers are crossed, including the historic Canoe River, Columbia River, and Fraser River. Have your camera ready!
Get Ready for the Adventure of a lifetime!
In winter at Mallard Mountain Lodge we offer back-country ski and snowboard touring. Explore the deep powder of the remote peaks and valleys surrounding Mallard Mountain Lodge. There is a huge variety of terrain from incredible tree skiing up to high alpine, steep to gentle, long to short, fall line to varied, and aspects in all directions. We ski and snowboard in an elevation range between 2,520 meters (8,391 ft) at the highest point and 1,640 meters (5,461 ft) at the lowest point – a total elevation range of 880 meters (2,930 ft).
Although weather & snow quality can never be guaranteed, one of the important reasons we chose this area was its snow. First, we are located northerly, which gives us cooler temperatures. Second, we are uniquely located at the convergence of warm & moist Pacific air moving easterly towards us & cold air masses that hover over the iconic Columbia Icefields glaciers array that is just to the south of us, and this convergence creates the snow we all desire. Given those unique characteristics, in prior years when other Lodge locations have been impacted by El Niño, we have had great skiing all season.
In general, guests should be intermediate to strong skiers or snowboarders. Guests booking the entire lodge as a group can be of any ability.
In summer at Mallard Mountain Lodge we offer daily hiking excursions in one of the most spectacular areas of the Canadian Rockies. There are innumerable creeks, lakes, waterfalls, meadows, wild flowers, intriguing rock formations, high ridges, cols, & glaciers to view, reach and enjoy in the mountains and valleys surrounding Mallard Mountain Lodge. Most hiking is at Lodge elevation of 1,900 meters and higher up to 2,520 meters.
When demand is sufficient, we plan to add llamas to the hiking experience. Imagine hiking the remote Rocky Mountain peaks with no backpacks. Llama trekking is the ultimate “Sherpa” experience, with llamas carrying your load. Llamas have been working with the indigenous people of the Andes for millennia and are perfectly adapted for high alpine trekking. It is a unique experience to hike with these ”speechless friends” who are amiable, intelligent, and easy to handle.
In general, guests should be intermediate to strong hikers. Guests booking the entire lodge as a group can be of any ability.
We offer All-Inclusive, Self-Catered, Self-Guided, Self-Catered/Self-Guided & Custom packages, all available for visits of 7, 4, & 3 nights (& custom length).
The following are details of each package.
Every package includes:
All-Inclusive Packages, Winter & Summer, for maximum of 8 guests at a time.
Self-Catered Packages, Winter & Summer, for maximum of 8 guests at a time
Self-Guided Packages, Winter & Summer, for maximum of 8 guests at a time (including guide)
Self-Catered/Self-Guided Packages, Winter & Summer, for maximum of 8 guests at a time (including guide)
Not included in any package are
Nights at the Lodge.
These options are available for all packages.
We can arrange custom packages of many different configurations, including the following:
Contact us for the custom package you wish.