The lodge location
Our lodge is situated close to the eastern boundary of Willmore Wilderness Park, a wilderness reserve that encompassess the northern Rockies directly north of Banff and Jasper National Park (highway map of Alberta). Located 24 km north of the town of Grande Cache, just getting to the lodge is part of the experience! (area map) You will travel down gravel roads, hike up a trail, and even cross a suspension bridge to get to the cabins.
Remember, we are isolated... Sheep Creek Lodge is off the grid. We rely on ourselves for everything. We do not have phones, television, convenience stores, fax machines or computers at the lodge nor do we want these things. Our water supply is gravity fed, our toilets are either chemical, composting, or outhouses. See Cabins & Lodge page for more details about the on-site facilities. Each guest is required to sign an Assumption of Risk Agreement.
How to Get There
Travelling north on Hwy 40 from Grande Cache, you will travel 8 km on paved highway, then head onto gravel for an additional 14 km (road map). An escort (you follow us in your car) is available if you book ahead, but only once per day. Please inquire when you place your reservation.
The road into the lodge is gravel, bumpy and does have some ruts. Many of our guests do arrive in small cars and experience few difficulties, but if the area has experienced lots of rain, you may want to inquire about current road conditions.
From the parking area, you will walk about 400 metres to the Sheep Creek and then across a short suspension foot-bridge. If you provide an accurate arrival time, staff will meet you at the parking area and assist in moving your luggage to the lodge. Most guests bring far more gear than is required. The cabins are fully equipped with most of the necessities so please See a list of what to bring and save us all some extra work! It takes about 30 minutes to drive to the lodge from Grande Cache, and another 15-30 minutes to move your gear in.
Independent Arrival... if you cannot provide an accurate arrival time or experience delays, staff will not meet you at the parking area. However, the trail is marked with a sign. Please make your way to the lodge. If staff are not on-site, they will return before the end of the day. See a facility map, and be sure to note which cabin you are reserved in.
You will feel as if you have slipped back in time as you step through the door. Built by hand, the cabins are reminiscent of days gone b y. Simple, sturdy furniture acccented by rustic decor. The sense of warmth is tangible. In each cabin you will fin a food prep area, living/eating space, bedroom and front deck.
Sheep Creek Back Country Lodge