Helpful Information for Personal Pilgrimages
Please also refer to the Sacred Sites webpage
(See link below)
For those using public transportation to visit these Sacred sites there are companies that provide a shuttle bus service to and from the Calgary International Airport and will pick up and drop off at Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise, and Emerald Lake.
Check out the following websites for further information and timetables:
1) HOLY OF HOLIES – Giant Steps, Paradise Valley, Banff National Park
This sacred site is located between Moraine Lake and Lake Louise, so the same accommodation options apply as for 2) and 3) below.
There is a backcountry campsite in the area of the Giant Steps at the far end of Paradise Valley. Permits and information available at Parks Centre in Lake Louise.
2) ABODE OF THE ANGELS – Moraine Lake, Banff National Park
1. MORAINE LAKE LODGE
Located at Moraine Lake, and only fifteen minutes from Lake Louise, this small luxury hotel is a sanctuary suited to all your needs. Rooms offer a rustic elegance with luxury, comfort, wood burning fireplaces and boutique hotel charm. Relax by the fire in the library, awaken your senses with mountain fresh air or daily walks along the lakeshore. Award winning restaurant offers an awe- inspiring setting overlooking Moraine Lake, perfect for a romantic dinner for two.
Toll Free: 1-877-522-2777
Phone: (403) 522-3733
PO Box 70
Lake Louise, AB
3) CHALICE OF FAITH – Lake Louise, Banff National Park
1. FAIRMONT CHATEAU LAKE LOUISE
Located in the heart of pristine Banff National Park, and within a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise resort hotel is recognized globally for progressive environmental stewardship and responsible tourism, values at the heart of this historic resort.
111 Lake Louise Drive
Lake Louise, AB
2. DEER LODGE
Much of the original hand hewn log structure and decor of Deer Lodge are still in place. Many of the architectural features from the original building have been restored. All rooms have feather comforters and most are furnished with antiques from the era.
Toll free: 800-661-1595
P.O. Box 100
Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
3. LAKE LOUISE CAMPGROUND (Parks Canada)
A forested site next to the Bow River. The campground is 1 km from the Village of Lake Louise and 4 km from the lake. Hiking and bicycling trails.
Campsite reservations are available on April 2, 2010. To make a reservation, please visit the 24-hour Internet service at www.pccamping.ca or dial toll free 1.877.737.3783 (1.877.RESERVE) (7:00 AM to 7:00 PM), TTY: 1.866.787.6221.
In early spring (April/May) and late fall (October/November), tents and soft-sided trailers are not permitted in the Lake Louise Campground to help protect both people and bears.
The Lake Louise Campground: electric fence update
Interpretive programs offered at campground theatre throughout the summer
Campsite is left at the first 4-way stop off the highway, in the townsite.
4) SANCTUARY OF TWIN FLAMES – Lake O’Hara, Yoho National Park
Access to the Lake O’Hara area is restricted, and all summer guests must take the lodge’s shuttle bus; no private vehicles are allowed into the area.
There are three options for Temple visitors wishing to stay at Lake O’Hara. It is possible to get the shuttle bus in and out in a day, however this wouldn’t leave much time to hike and really enjoy this amazing place. To really get the full benefit of a visit at least an overnight stay is highly recommended. (See below)
1. LAKE O'HARA LODGE
The most luxurious accommodation available is the Lake O’Hara Lodge, one of the most delightful and well appointed backcountry lodges in the Rockies. Guests are accommodated in the main lodge and in outlying cabins. The lodge opens for summer on the 19th June until the end of September.
Phone: 250-343-6418 (in season – June 18th to October 10th)
Phone: 403-678-4110 (off season)
Lake O’Hara Lodge
Lake Louise, AB
2. LAKE O'HARA CAMPGROUND
For those wanting a more "back to nature" experience there is the Lake O’Hara Campground operated by Parks Canada and offering 30 sites. It is located 0.6km north of the lake on the west side of the O’Hara access road. Despite the fact that few people hike the access road in, a Wilderness Pass is required to stay here as it operates the same as any backcountry campground. One small tent is allowed per site and only two sites can be occupied by a group (no more than six people in a group). The majority of campers reserve sites for the campground up to three months prior to their visit by calling Parks Canada’s Lake O’Hara reservation line (403-343-6433). A reservation fee is charged in addition to the cost of the Wilderness Pass and bus service to the campground (all fees payable by VISA or MasterCard when you make the reservation).
Three to five sites are kept open for those who have not reserved in advance. These are available by showing up in person at the Parks Canada Visitor Centre in Field on the day prior to your trip. Sites are allocated on a first come first served basis, and there is often a line up at the door long before the centre opens.
3. HISTORIC ELIZABETH PARKER HUT
The Elizabeth Parker Hut accommodates 24 people in a rustic dorm style hut located in the Alpine Meadow 0.7km west of Le Relais by trail.
For info and booking the Elizabeth Parker Hut contact:
The Alpine Club of Canada
Phone: 403 678 3200
Fax: 403 678 3224
P.O. Box 8040, Indian Flats Road
Le Relais is a log hut where guests can purchase beverages, snacks and area trail maps and publications about the area. It is located across the access road from the lakeside warden’s cabin at the northwest corner of the lake. It also serves as a shelter and bus stop for day hikers traveling to and from the area. It is also a good place to visit for current trail conditions.
A limited number of spots are available for people wishing to visit Lake O'Hara for the day. Call Parks Canada 250-343-6433 for more information on bus schedules and rates.
5) PEAK OF INITIATION – Michael Peak, Yoho National Park
Michael Peak is situated on the President Range on the North end of a saddle between the Yoho Valley and Emerald Lake. It can be accessed by either the Yoho Valley side, starting at the trailhead near the Hostel or via the far end of Emerald Lake on the other side of the range. Either of these starting points offer a number of accommodation options.
1. EMERALD LAKE LODGE
Built of hand-hewn timber and featuring massive stone fireplaces, the Lodge includes a formal dining room, quiet reading and sitting rooms, conference facilities and a games room. The lounge is enhanced by an oak bar salvaged from an 1890's Yukon saloon. From upper or lower large verandahs, the visions nature presents are as fresh and breath-taking as ever. As in the past, Emerald Lake proudly welcomes those in search of the extraordinary. The historical lodge offers a true escape from the hectic pace of modern life.
Lodge Manager: Allison Fraser
Toll free: 800-663-6336
P.O. Box 10
Field, BC, Canada
2. CATHEDRAL MOUNTAIN LODGE
The new lodge and authentic log cabins are nestled in the trees at the edge of the glacier-fed Kicking Horse River, offering Canadian Rockies accommodation at its finest. The cabins are perfectly appointed to create an oasis of luxury. Warm yourself by the wood-burning stone fireplace. Indulge in a leisurely bath in the soaker tub. Ponder the serenity of the wilderness while sitting on your large private deck.
There is no television or telephone to disrupt your mountain escape. Your purpose is to replenish and revive - because tomorrow you hike, climb, raft, canoe, bike, golf, fish and horseback ride. Share your Canadian Rockies experience with your pet, in one of our select Mountain View Log Cabins. Close to the attractions and activities of Yoho, Banff, Jasper and Kootenay National Park, there is so much to do!
Phone: (250) 343-6442
Fax: (250) 343-6424
Toll Free: 1-866-619-6442
PO Box 40
Field, BC, Canada
3. WHISKEY JACK HOSTEL
This unique hostel is situated 1km South of Takkakaw Falls and is an International Hostel Association hostel.
On Yoho Valley Road, near Takakkaw Falls
Field, British Columbia
To Book: Highly recommended during the busy summer season
Hostelling International – Canada Southern Alberta Region,
#203, 1414 Kensington Road N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 3P9
4. TAKKAKAW FALLS CAMPGROUND
This Campground is located near Takakkaw Falls at the end of the Yoho Valley Road. The actual campground is a short walk from the parking lot and provides tent camping only. This is an excellent place to use as a base for back country hiking and camping.
Access: June 18 - Sept 30 (35 sites)
Reservations for back country camp sites can be made up to 3 months in advance. It is also necessary to purchase a wilderness pass in order to camp in Yoho's back country. To purchase a wilderness pass and make a reservation phone Parks Canada at
250-343-6783 or stop off at the information center located in Field.
(First come first served)
5. TWIN FALLS CHALET
Although not quite on the hiking route for Michaels Peak, temple trekkers may like to extend their hike into Twin Falls Chalet which is a National Historic Site, and provides accommodation and meals for a limited number of overnight guests throughout the summer. Hikers can also drop in for afternoon tea. It is a beautiful spot to relax and soak up nature, being situated at the base of Twin Falls itself. It is open from late June to early autumn.
Twin Falls Chalet
PO Box 23009, Connaught P.O.
6) CRYSTALLINE MATRIX OF THE CHRISTOS ESSENCE
Athabasca Glacier & Columbia Icefields, Jasper National Park
Brewsters run their Ice-Coach onto the glacier until the end of October. Check out www.brewsters.com for more information.
Also worth looking at is
7) BEACON OF THE ARCHANGELIC RAY
Mount Assiniboine, Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park
The shortest trail to Mount Assiniboine is 23.5km via the Spray Lakes Reservoir up the Bryant Creek trail. However there is a helicopter service which will take you into Assiniboine should you wish to avoid the long hike altogether, or perhaps hike one-way only. There is also a service where you can get your gear flown in to allow you to hike with only a light day pack which will make things a little easier. Helicopter flight details are given below.
Three options exist for visitors, depending upon your level of comfort and bank balance! Most people wishing to stay overnight in the park either stay at Mount Assiniboine Lodge; B.C. Park’s Naiset Cabin or Lake Magog Campground.
1. MOUNT ASSINIBOINE LODGE
The most luxurious option is Assiniboine Lodge, where you will be served gourmet meals and enjoy the comfort of goose down duvets!
Built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1928 Mount Assiniboine Lodge is rustic and comfortable with space for 30 guests per night. It sits at 7,200 feet (2,180 meters).
Their summer season is from June 17th - October 20th 2005.
The rates include lodging, all meals and a hiking guide service (although don’t expect the guide to be at all knowledgeable about the spiritual realms, most are not tuned into this at all and will more than likely just give you a funny look! But if you don’t feel OK about hiking around on your own s/he will keep you safe while you explore.)
They have six rooms sleeping two people per room in the main lodge, six one room log cabins near the main lodge and four private cabins for two people, and two shared cabins for 3-5 people.
They have a minimum stay of 2 nights and all stays are based around helicopter flight days. 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7-night stay options are available. Helicopter flight details follow accommodation options (see below).
Hosts: Sepp & Barb Renner
Tel: (403) 678 2883
Office and Reservations Manager – Sandy Wing
Open 8am to 2pm Mon – Fri Mountain Time
Fax: (403) 678 4877
Box 8128, Canmore, AB
2. NAISET HUT
Situated about 5 minutes walk from the Lodge, the Naiset Hut provides basic facilities, with wooden bunks and mattresses only. You have to bring your own primus stoves and cooking equipment, and sleeping bags etc.
In summer advance reservations are recommended.
To make reservations call:
(403) 678 2883) Sandy Wing
8am to 2pm Mon – Fri. Fax: (403) 678 4877
LAKE MAGOG & OG CAMPGROUNDS
The campgrounds operate on a first come first served basis in summer with a self registration system. You cannot make a reservation for Magog or Og camgrounds, but there is always space available at this park campground during summer.
3. LAKE MAGOG CAMPGROUND
Lake Magog is at the base of Mount Assiniboine, lying in a basin at 2165m directly beneath the mountain’s North face and enjoys a vast meadowland scattered with stands of alpine fir and larch along its shores.
25 sites with gravel pads, no picnic tables. It has two outhouses, a water tap, and metal storage boxes for food. You will need to bring a primus stove for cooking as no open fires are permitted in the core of the park. You are required to pack out all your garbage.
4. LAKE OG CAMPGROUND
This site has one outhouse and a metal storage box for food. The water source is Lake Og so water purifying equipment is recommended (iodine tablets or water filter) as well as a stove. Pack out all your garbage.
Both Lake Magog and Og campgrounds are $5.00 per person per night (GST included)
5. GROUP CAMPING at O'BRIEN'S MEADOWS
(by reservation)- minimum of 15 or more people-
Contact Assiniboine Lodge for reservation information (403) 678-2883. Cost: $5.00 per person/per night. O'Brien's Meadows is also a horse camp for small parties. Visitors with horses are required to have a Permit in advance from the Ministry of Environment
(B.C. Parks -call 250 489-8540).
Helicopter Flight Information:
For those staying at Mount Assiniboine Lodge the helicopter rates are $110.00 Cdn per person one way from Mount Shark Heliport (plus 7% GST).
Flights leave Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1pm Mountain Daylight Time.
On long weekends flight days are on Fridays and Mondays instead (first Monday in August, first weekend in September-Labor Day, and Thanksgiving in October).
If you just want your gear flown in it costs $1.50 per pound each way. You would need to drop your gear off at Alpine Helicopters in Canmore before 9am that day.
For those wishing to stay at the Naiset Huts or either of the campgrounds the helicopter rates are slightly more at $128.40 per person each way (but this includes 7% GST). Summer helicopter reservations are from June 17th to October 10th for the Naiset Huts and from 18th June to 3rd October for the campgrounds and leave on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:30am from Mount Shark Heliport. There is a 40 lbs per person weight limit. Overweight charges are $1.50 per pound. Flights should be booked at least 2 weeks in advance. Last minute bookings are on a space available basis only.
To get gear flown out from Assiniboine Lodge you will need to drop it off at the Lodge before 10am on the flight day and put a tag on it with your name. You can pay at Assiniboine Lodge using visa, MasterCard or cash, no personal checks accepted. Your gear will be flown to Alpine Helicopters base in Canmore where it will be stored in a bin by the grey building at Alpine Helicopters. You can pick up your gear between 2:30pm and 6:45pm in summer. The bin is locked at night so if you are too late you will have to wait until the next morning to collect it.
For helicopter flight reservations: - Tel: (403) 678 2883 Sandy Wing
8am to 2pm Monday to Friday Fax: (403) 678 4877
Directions to Mount Shark Heliport:
The Mount Shark Heliport is located 41:3 km West of Canmore, about 1 hours drive from Canmore.
Drive west through the town of Canmore following the Spray Lakes signs and Canmore Nordic Centre signs. Drive past Canmore Nordic Centre up a steep hill on the Smith-Dorrien Road in Kananaskis Country. This is a good gravel road. You will be on the left side of Spray lakes. At 34.4km you will see the Buller Mountain sign. Down the road is Mount Shark/ Engadine Lodge (you will see a bridge on your right before the turn off). Turn right at Engadine Lodge sign and drive 5km to the Mount Shark Heliport (on your left). Park your car in the parking lot. Do not leave money or credit cards in your car. You will need to carry your bags 200m down the road to the helicopter landing pad (north of the parking lots).
Info on Hiking Trails and Maps:
This gives a detailed map of the area with trail descriptions for: - the Bryant creek – Assiniboine Pass route; the Sunshine Village – Citadel Pass – Mount Assiniboine route; and Wonderpass.
8) ESSENCE OF LOVE – Lake Oesa, Yoho National Park
The trail to Lake Oesa starts at Lake O’Hara so all the information on Lake O’Hara is relevant for this Sacred Site as well.
9) GATHERING PLACE of PRAISE and CELEBRATION
Labyrinth, Blaeberry Valley, near Golden, B.C.
The labyrinth is located in the beautiful Blaeberry Valley 20 minutes north of the town of Golden, B.C.
Local maps of the Blaeberry area are available at the Visitor Centre in Golden. Directions can be obtained from Quantum Leaps Lodge, which is situated adjacent to the Labyrinth. (See below)
1. QUANTUM LEAPS LODGE
A beautiful place of solitude and peace to stay at while visiting this sacred site is Quantum Leaps Lodge. They offer a unique, secluded riverside retreat with accommodations in their Lodge and cabins, or for a more traditional experience back-to-nature, their Tipis.
Hosts: Brian Olynek and Annette Boelman
Toll Free: 1-800-716-2494
2119 Blaeberry Road,
2. ON THE CARIBOU HOSTEL
Continuing a tradition of friendly welcomes and comfortable stays, the new owners of Caribou Hostel are ready to help you enjoy the outdoors. Guests can stay in the hostel or the private apartment. The hostel can also be used for group retreats or family gatherings.
Your Hosts: Eric Feddes and Krista Polley
1401 Adolph Johnson Road