- Num-Ti-Jah Lodge, which is named after the Stoney word for Pine Marten (a common creature in the Rockies), is a seasonal getaway from the crowds. It is open from May to October, annually. Built on Bow Lake, which is an often neglected lake by tourists, this hotel is a historic place with owners who know the stories of the area better than anybody else. The Simpson family, descendants of the legendary Jimmy Simpson, who arrived at Bow Lake in 1898, still are involved with the lodge. Jimmy Jr. is the resident expert at telling the old stories of his father's exploits. In 1937, the Banff-Jasper Highway opened, allowing the lodge to expand, eventually, to 16 rooms. Before then, guests had to arrive by horseback. But, now it is easily accessible. Not much has changed at Num-Ti-Jah since the last major renovation in 1950. The stone and log hotel is still just as charming as ever. At Num-Ti-Jah, they embrace the simple life: A roof over your head, a warm blanket and shower, hearty meals. There's no need for electronic clutter out here. The views of the mountains, glaciers, and Bow Lake are more than enough. Guests meals are prepared in the Elkhorn Dining Room, which is on-site and serves local, fresh, organic produce by candlelight. This is truly a unique spot in Alberta.
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