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Shovel Pass Lodge today!


All supplies and food are still brought up by pack horses. It takes 4 hours for the horses to reach the lodge, climbing over 3000 ft of steep terrain , each carrying pack boxes weighing between 60-70 pounds each. All ingredients we use in our menu have been carefully chosen to fit the horse transport limitation (weight, size). The Skyline Horses are very experienced and sure footed, you can thank them for carrying more than 200 dozen fresh eggs each summer.​

Shovel Pass Lodge

operated by Skyline Trail Rides, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Shovel Pass Backcountry lodge, the cabins

The lodge can accommodate up to 18 guests. Each cabin is equipped with wash stands with hot water delivered daily, propane heating and lighting, single or queen size log frame beds. No need to bring a sleeping bag, comforters.fresh linen are provided, however guests should bring their own wash towel.

Shovel Pass Backcountry Lodge in 1938.(Tent frames )


The original trail into Maligne Lake was built in 1911 from Wabasso Lake and over Shovel Pass. A tent camp was established along the trail that year, about 3 kilometers west of our present location. In 1921, a permanent camp was relocated higher up-valley below the alpine basin, making Shovel Pass Lodge Jasper National Park's oldest backcountry lodge. Originally operated as one of Fred Brewster's Rocky Mountain Camps, the facilities included a cookhouse and several tent frames for guest accommodation. This camp was one of the stops on a round trip horse excursion from Jasper to Maligne Lake.

Rebuilt in 1991 by the current owners, the facilities now include 7 guest cabins and a main log chalet with dining room and kitchen. 


Delicious home cooked meals are served in the main lodge. Fresh salads, ample meat and vegetable dishes along with delicious desserts ensure that even the biggest appetite will be satisfied. Please note that the facility is not licensed however, our packers will be happy to freight in any personal alcoholic beverages if they choose to use our freight service option.

Dinner is served at 6:30 pm daily, so plan to arrive on time, we, unfortunately, can't hold food in our small backcountry kitchen!