Take the Guess work out of your vacation with answers to FAQs

A lot of time and thought goes into planning a getaway. Let us help you by answering any questions you may have. Here are the most frequently asked questions by our guests, if you still have questions, we’re here for you! Email any questions to and we will respond ASAP! We look forward to meeting you in person.

Rates: All rates are quoted in Canadian funds and do not include applicable taxes of 13% (5% gst & 8% room tax). Rates range during seasons. For exact rates use our Online Availability Calendar. Prices are based on double occupancy, 2 guests maximum allowed.  All major credit cards accepted.

  • Rooms with a View: Low $149 High $199
  • Moose’s Nook: Low $149 High $199
  • Cedar Point Cabin: Low $199 High $259
  • Riverside Cabin: Low $219 High $289

Open Seasonally: We open annually on May long weekend, which is approx mid-May. Closing date is immediately after Canadian Thanksgiving’s long weekend, which is approx mid-October. 

To make a reservation: Please Check Availability and Book Online. A credit card is required to reserve your room.

Reservation & Cancellation Policy: The first night rental is non-refundable and applied to your credit card at the time of booking. Balance owing on your reservation is due 14 days prior to arrival, and will also be applied to the same credit card. Cancellations and changes are accepted up to 14 days prior to arrival,  less the original non-refundable first night deposit. Please note that less than 14 days notice for cancellations or changes will result in forfeiture of all deposits.

Where are you located? Mountain River Lodge is located at Mount Robson Park, British Columbia. Bordering on the east side is Jasper National Park in the province of Alberta, with the town of Jasper found 90 km away on highway #16 east. We are 12 km east of the junction of highways #5 and #16. 20 minutes by car on highway #5 is our nearest town, Valemount, B.C. We are on the travel route taken by all visitors as they travel through the Rockies and onward to Vancouver or Calgary.

How far are you from:

  • Edmonton – 455 km
  • Calgary – 515 km
  • Banff – 380 km
  • Lake Louise – 320 km
  • Jasper – 90 km
  • Valemount – 35 km
  • Kamloops – 375 km
  • Vancouver – 700 km
  • Prince George – 300 km

Do I need a car? Yes, a car is definitely needed while here. Because we are in a quiet setting, away from civilization, having a car will allow you the freedom to explore the area and nearby attractions.

What are the roads like? All major highways and roads typically traveled by visitors are in good repair with paved surfaces. Highway and street signage, and a good road map will help you find your way around.

What will the weather be like? We experience 4 seasons here in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, sometimes all in one day! The weather can be a little bit unpredictable in the mountains, although we have come to expect snow in July at the Columbia Icefields! Hopefully summer will bring beautiful warm sunny days, with only the occasional much-needed rain shower. In general, no matter what the season, the mornings tend to be cooler, with the afternoons warming up, and cooling down again in the evenings.

What kind of clothes should I pack? We suggest you dress like an onion. Think layers of clothes; a T-shirt under a long-sleeved fleece, topped with a vest or a windbreaker. This allows you to remove clothing as the day warms up, and add on as the evening cools down. Don’t forget rain gear for those wetter days. A sturdy pair of shoes for trail walking, and a hat to keep off the sun and rain will come in handy.

Should I bring bug spray from home? Best to be purchased here in Canada, we personally use “Deep Woods OFF!”
Our over-sea’s guests find their stuff doesn’t work as well on the hardy Canadian mosquito, which requires its own solution. Please do not import pressurized spray canisters in your airline luggage.

Do you have air conditioning? Yes, provided by Mother Nature herself! The glacier river rushing past the front yard keeps the air temperature moderate. Nights tend to cool off considerably, and an open bedroom window will bring in the cool evening breeze.

Why stay at Mountain River Lodge? We offer warm hospitality in a beautiful home and setting. Your hosts have over 40 years of experience in hospitality and take pride in offering fabulous stays nestled near the base of the highest peak in the entire Canadian Rockies, plus we’re the closest lodging to Mt Robson Park.

What attractions are nearby? Our guests will enjoy the many activities and hiking trails available, conveniently located nearby. Whitewater Rafting, Horseback Riding, 4×4 ATV tours, guided Fishing, and family River Floats are all offered here. There is an abundance of walking trails to suit all types of outdoor enthusiasts, from the avid hiker to casual strollers. A few minutes by car will soon have you at the start of the famous Berg Lake Trail. Explore the picturesque alpine town of Jasper during the day, and visit the Jasper Tramway, Maligne Boat Tours, Mount Edith Cavell, and Miette Hot Springs. Visit our Area pages and Things to Do page for more details.

Where can we eat? A café at the Information Centre offers breakfast and lunch daily. Valemount is 20 minutes by car for dinner options, and if touring Jasper during the day, many restaurants can be found there.

Is there a time change? Yes. If you are arriving from Alberta, you will find a time change from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time at the BC/Alberta border. This means you will be 1 hour younger at our place! It can really work to your benefit if arriving from Jasper. It takes 1 hour to drive from Jasper to us, and with the 1 hour time change, you will arrive here at the same time you left Jasper. Huh? Really, just think about it for a moment.