by Candyce H. Stapen
Num-Ti-Jah, built by Jimmy Simpson, one of the region’s early guides, dates to the 1920s. Several expansions later, the log lodge has 25 rooms, but still retains its rustic funkiness. There are large stone fireplaces, mounted moose heads on the walls and simple (often small) rooms. A few can accommodate two adults and a child. Block out the parking lot that fronts gorgeous Bow Lake so that you can enjoy the water’s from the lodge.
Our Editor Loves
- Gorgeous views of Bow Lake
- Onsite family dining
- Seasonal activities for families
The best thing about the Num-Ti-Jah lodge is the location. This lodge is situated just off Hwy 93 on the shore of Bow Lake, a stunningly beautiful lake with hiking trails to the headwaters of the Bow River. The lodge itself is "rustic" to be sure, so don't expect a Fairmont property. Our room was merely comfortable, but that's not why we stayed here; we stayed for the beautiful location.
The dining experience was a bit quirky and wildly expensive. I had an elk burger, which was fine. My friend had a chicken and gravy dinner that was also fine, but the presentation was weird. The salad was served on a flat rock! Not kidding - a flat piece of stone. The chicken was served on a regular plate, but on top of a slab of cornbread and cole slaw, which had absorbed the gravy from the chicken. Again, it was fine, but weirdly glopped together.
I don't want to make this sound like a negative review; I will stay here again. Temper your expectations and you will enjoy yourselves.
room dingy i ordered leek and potato soup which had not been heated. i sent it back and it was ok. i ordered fried chicken which was raw in the middle, a clear health risk. They then bought an overcooked burger which was at least edible. they did not charge for dinner. reception staff were courteous. we had booked for 2 nights but left early. they did not refund the lost night even though they knew what had happened.