Let the mountains move you in Valemount, a quiet mountain town in British Columbia’s North Thompson Valley in the Thompson-Okanagan Region.
Planning Your Next Backcountry Cabin Stay In Valemount
There’s nothing quite like star-filled evenings followed by waking to the sounds of birds happily chirping away. Then stepping outside to feel that crisp morning air sweep past. To escape the sounds and stresses of day to day life and be brought back to a simple lifestyle.
Days are spent lazing by the creek watching butterflies and bees flit from flower to flower. Rays of light peeking through the trees and grazing the forest floor. Meadows bathing in the warm afternoon sun. The sounds of gentle streams rolling past and calming my soul.
Collecting water is reminiscent of a time before modern infrastructure was created. Kids filling cups and pots and bringing them back to use for cooking and cleaning.
The surrounding mountain tops cradle me, allowing my mind to unravel and momentarily elevating myself from the world below. Things that seemed of utmost importance drift away with the soft breeze and are replaced with simple joys. What once seemed like impossible peaks are now achievable strolls.
Guided by the light trodden paths and well-worn ribbons to protect the alpine, there are so many hiking options from our temporary home. A summit here, a ridge walk there.
Back at the cabin a plethora of card games await our return. Meals are hearty and a highly anticipated part of the day. Tiny pieces of paper await our drawings, cups are overflowing, and the cabin’s fireplace ensures we are warm and cozy.
As darkness sets in our eyes grow heavier with each passing hour and I find myself tucking in for a long, well-deserved sleep. With morning comes the promise of coffee and a brand new day.
Spring is a fantastic time to research summer/winter cabin trips. Cabins offer the perfect balance between camping and comfort, and Valemount has many within its vicinity. Some are helicopter access only, others are hike-in. There are private lodges such as Mallard Mountain Lodge, Dave Henry Lodge, Swift Mountain Lodge, and Hermit Thrush.
Please analyze the length and elevation gain of each hike to ensure it is the right fit for you. Work up to longer distance hikes with daily walks. Some cabins are fully catered, and some are self-guided. If visiting a self-guided cabin- basic backcountry skills are recommended (bear safety, fire starting skills, basic first aid, etc). There are some great resources on the internet about how to pack for a backcountry trip.