We stayed five days in the grey cabin and had plenty of room for two adults and one fifteen year old. We would choose this cabin again for its privacy, its view and its proximity to the horses, so soothing to hear them whinnying at night. We also loved the distant rumbling of the trains at night. Old Entrance is a special place, a mix of solitude and easy proximity to Jasper National Park, as well as Miette Hot Springs and the Beaver Boardwalk, which should not be missed. The very best part were the wonderful Canadians that we met there. Heather and Karen from Edmonton, thank you for your tips, fun conversations and friendship. We treasure the Canadian flag you gifted us. Annie, you made the best rhubarb cobbler and have the best dog, Jo-Jo and it was a pleasure to meet you. Thank you to Mary who was so kind to our fifteen year old on the trail rides and who makes it all possible. This is a very special place.
We visited this property for a family gathering and unfortunately didn't find the staff very hospitable nor accommodating. We were greeted with a list of rules that seemed a little excessive including take off your shoes ( which we were reminded to do), doors locked at 11 pm, don't feed the dog etc. The two bedroom suite in the basement is separated from the upstairs by a curtain, and the staff come into the suite to access storage. One couple in our group stayed in the teepee. Unfortunately it was raining when they arrived and the beds were covered in tarps and a bucket to catch rain in the centre of the teepee. They were unable to get a fire started in the wood furnace all weekend. They did not enjoy their stay. Notwithstanding, some of the cabins are well appointed, rustic and cute...some with plumbing and others without. There is also a riding stable on site so you can book horseback rides. Bookings for both the horseback riding and breakfasts are required in advance.
Three of us booked a teepee for one night here. When we arrived they had set the fire for us in the stove to warm things up. The beds were comfortable and we stayed dry even though it rained a little. Firepits, axes, chairs, picnic tables, and propane BBQs are outside of every teepee and wood is provided for $10. We burned half the wood and got charged only $5. As I mentioned earlier there is a wood stove in the teepee that provides enough heat to keep things warm inside. There are flush toilets and showers close by. Plenty of space between the teepees so you get privacy, but we where the only people there so that didn't matter much. We brought our own bedding, and didn't use the showers. If you don't bring bedding or towels they will provide some for you, I don't remember if there is a fee or not for this. My only complaint would be the trains across the river, but I'm a pretty light sleeper and it didn't wake me up.
If you've never stayed in a teepee or enjoy the idea of camping but don't want to sleep in a tent I'd highly recommend this. It's not a hotel room, but this is definitely comfort camping at it's best.
This is a bit of a ranch, and they have horses. When you arrive the gate may be closed, you can open it and pull your car through, but make sure you leave it how you originally found it (open/closed). While we where there we saw them shoeing one of the horses as well.
We went during the off season, but throughout summer I think they offer breakfast. The town of Hinton is a short drive so you don't have to stress too much if you forget to bring the hot dog buns. Also, while in the area I'd recommend checking out the Beaver Boardwalk in Hinton. It's a huge beaver dam with over 3km of boardwalk built through the area. If you'd like a chance to see beavers head there late evening before the sun goes down (they're nocturnal) and you might see some working away.
We just got back from a 3night, family vacation at Old Entrance B&B after our "usual spot" in Jasper was booked up. We sure are glad it was, because this place captured our hearts and will be our go-to when visiting the Rockies.
We were in the Grey Cabin, which suited our family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids under 8) perfectly. The bedroom had a closing door to allow for some privacy, while the main room had 2 futons for both kids to sleep on.
Kitchen was basic, but well equipped with stove, microwave, full fridge etc. Bathroom, again basic and older, had everything one would need including shower and bathtub.
The covered, large deck was perfect, overlooking the grassy play areas, river and trampoline, which our kids couldn't get enough of. BIG bonus was having our own, private fire pit.
The resident yellow Lab Sargeant was always a welcome sight, doing his rounds and saying "hello" to the guests with his big smile and waggly tail!!
The horses were one of the highlights. My kids loved rubbing their noses and giving them carrots. It was just a magical sight seeing them roam freely amongst the cabins, grazing and just being beautiful.
Carol and Mary were great hosts, even offering to extend whatever help they could when we ended up with a flat tire on the side of the highway.
Breakfast was a big bonus as well!
The riverfront is just so beautiful, and you don't want to miss out kicking back in one of the hammocks in that area for a siesta.
All in all, if you are looking for the Four Season's, this is not your place. If you are comfortable with a cozy, clean, older basic cabin, with all the amenities one could need, privacy, natural beauty and peace, this will do it for you.
This is where we will be lodging the next time we visit the Rockies.
Thank you Mary and Carol!
My girlfriend and I visited Carol & Mary's great cabin accommodations in the off-season, and it was a great time.
Carol & Mary do a great job of making sure you have what you need, but leaving you to enjoy your own private time.
We were in the grey cabin, which was well-appointed, quaint, and comfortable. We cooked our own dinner the first night, and appreciated the use of our own bbq on the deck, as well as what was provided for use as far as dishes, pans and cutlery in the kitchen.
The bed was comfortable, albeit a tiny bit firm, with plenty of extra blankets if we needed them. The living room had a lovely gas freestanding "woodstove" which was easy to use and provided ample heat throughout the cabin. We enjoyed a lot of time curled up together on the futon "loveseat" in front of the fire in the evenings.
The scenery was amazing and it was really neat that they had the horses out grazing in the yard once in a while. We loved sitting on the porch overlooking the property, river and mountains, drinking our wine and chatting.
Our stay was the perfect mix of tranquility, value for our money, convenience, and accessibility to our day trip and dinner in Jasper one of the days we were in the area.
We will most definitely be back. Thank you again !