The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took a well-deserved night off at the remote and rustic Skoki Lodge in Banff National Park after a busy week of touring Canada.
After much speculation as to where the newlyweds would spend their free time, it was disclosed that the couple spent the night at the secluded lodge located in Banff National Park. One of the private cabins at the lodge was recently upgraded. Until now, there was no electricity or running water in the cabins, but now one of the cabins has all the comforts of home.
For most visitors, the lodge is only accessible by an 11 Km hike from the Lake Louise area, however, Will and Kate were helicoptered in to the lodge.
“Visiting this part of the world, one cannot escape the significance of this landscape and the importance of preserving it forever,” says Julie Canning, president & CEO of Banff Lake Louise Tourism. “We’re confident the young royals will be equally touched by the uniqueness and hospitality of Skoki Lodge and Banff National Park”.
Skoki Lodge is a National Historic Site and was originally built in the early 1930’s to cater to ski-tourists. It was the first facility to cater to such clientele in Canada and possibly North America. A group of Banff residents built the structure and then formed the Ski Club of the Canadian Rockies to manage the operation.
Banff National Park, Canada’s first, is also a UNESCO World Site and plays host to over 3 million visitors annually and was just voted by Canada’s travel agents as Canada’s best domestic travel attraction.