Retallack during the summertime is very much like a sanctuary – quiet, cool, breezy, comfortable, cozy. It is, quite possibly, the pure definition of relaxation. There are no timelines, no deadlines and no rush. It is a wonderful place to come back to after a day of hiking or mountain biking through the mountains. It is also a great place to read away the day or go exploring through the old growth forests that surround the lodge.
Indulge in a quick dip in the crispy cool Kaslo river followed by a dash to the sauna! Whatever your idea of relaxation is, we have a place for it and we would love to share our space with you.
The varied terrain and ecological diversity of the Kootenay region provides incredible hiking opportunities for enthusiasts of all experience and ability levels. Hikers experience spectacular mountain views, wildflower alpine meadows, old-growth forests, wild rivers, and thunderous waterfalls, while traversing the unspoiled wilderness of southeastern British Columbia.
Numerous community trails, often suitable for both hiking and mountain biking, complement the vast network of national and provincial park trails throughout the Kootenay Rockies region. The Silvery Slocan area, comprising New Denver, Silverton, Sandon, and Slocan Lake, feature abandoned rail grade trails, great for exploring the rich railroad and mining heritage of the area. Galena Trail in the Slocan Valley, with bridges, trail signage, and a cable-car ride over Carpenter Creek is a perfect outing for families.
Retallack’s Old Growth Cedar Trail
Walk amongst the Ancient Giants and experience the beauty of British Columbia’s inland rainforests located just below Retallack Lodge. The Ancient Cedar Trail features 600-800 year old cedars and is a quick 45 minute loop bordering the Kaslo River. This forest was a site location for the film “Snow Falling on Cedars” in 1999.
Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park
Kokanee Glacer Provincial Park, one of BC’s oldest, is a panorama of mountain peaks, snowfields and glacial lakes. Five access roads lead to trailheads in the central area of the park. One of the park’s popular trails is the Gibson Lake Loop Trail, an easy, 2.5km/1.6mi hike around Gibson Lake with great mountain views and good fishing.Those looking for a more challenging route can attempt the intermediate level Enterprise Creek Trail. The hike is 10.2km/6.3mi and takes about five hours one-way en route to the Slocan Chief Cabin and Kokanee Glacier Cabins, built in 1896 and 2001 respectively. The park offers amenities at several sites, and the opening of trails depends on the snowpack. Depending on which access point you use, the distance from Retallack Lodge could be anywhere from a 10-45 minute drive.
Valhalla Provincial Park
The park touches most of the western shoreline of Slocan Lake, and encompasses most of the Valhalla Range of the Selkirk Mountains. Highlights include the New Denver Glacier in the north, an impressive group of mountain spires in the south, and a chain of sub-alpine lakes, forests, beaches, rivers and many cascades and waterfalls. Several Aboriginal pictographs (rock paintings) along the lakeshore can be viewed by boat. Again, depending upon which access point you choose, the distance from Retallack Lodge could be anywhere from 25 minute to 1 hour.