Callaghan Country's Journeyman Lodge is a welcoming retreat in the backcountry. If you're up for a robust snowshoe trek to the lodge, your efforts will be well-rewarded with friendly hospitality, a warm fireplace, and incredible food for the duration of your stay. This is one big step up from staying in a rustic forest cabin in the middle of winter. Arrange your overnight stay in advance by contacting Callaghan Country at 877.938.0616 or by visiting the website.
The snowshoe route begins at the bustling Alexander Falls Ski Touring Centre, where skiers and snowshoers alike base their winter adventures. Most visitors will strap on their skis and head for the numerous ski trails accessible from the parking area, but few snowshoers will venture far into the forest. Start on the wide Mainline Trail and look for a sign for the Real Life Trail heading off to the left.
You'll experience solitude as you walk deeper and deeper into the snow-covered landscape. Real Life Trail continues to the Wild Spirit Trail and then Upper Wild Spirit. Each trail is marked with ratings for difficulty. Although there are a few black diamond sections, these are not too difficult on snowshoes. Most of the route follows gently rolling hills, and you'll hardly notice the elevation change.
Along either side of the trail, old-growth cedar trees reach for the sky. The trail also crosses several streams with picturesque cascades tumbling down to lower ground. Watch for "Caution" signs that mark upcoming bridges and terrain changes. As you approach the lodge, pieces of high mountain ridges will suddenly come into view.
Keep in mind that the multi-use trails are groomed for skiers. Avoid walking in ski tracks and follow all posted rules. Dogs are not permitted on Upper Wild Spirit, but if you're taking a shorter walk, dogs are allowed on Mainline, Real Life and Wild Spirit. Whether you're checking in to the lodge or just going for a day hike, check in to the Access Callaghan ski shop and information center for updated conditions, snowshoe rentals, and recommended routes.
Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.
Journeyman Lodge is a full-service backcountry chalet set deep in the heart of Whistler’s Callaghan wilderness, 13.5 kilometres (8.4 miles) from the nearest road. Boasting genuine hospitality, deluxe meals, and 12,000 hectares of non-motorized alpine terrain, Journeyman Lodge provides comfortable accommodation for up to 24 people (15 singles) in eight private rooms with a range of amenities and adventures.
Spend the days exploring untracked Coast Mountain powder on skis or snowboard, then unwind in the handcrafted Scandinavian wood-fired sauna or in the Games Lounge. Journeyman Lodge offers everything from professionally guided adventure packages to self-propelled wilderness quests to quiet weekends of reflection and solitude.