Vagabond Lodge Bed and Breakfast Review

Just when I think it can’t get any better, I stay in yet another amazing bed and breakfast.  I recently visited this wonderful ski area called, “Kicking Horse,” which is just above the Golden, B.C. area.  I stayed at the Vagabond Lodge, which is really a quintessential lodge to me.  So many places call themselves, “lodges,” however the Vagabond really feels like one—tons of solid timbers with hardwood floors and western décor.  Each of the rooms is similarly decorated, but wonderfully appointed…including feather beds, down pillows/comforters and radiant floor heat.   My room even had its own private deck with a loft that included an additional bed and seating area.

The common areas of the lodge are quite expansive and luxurious with tons of seating, both inside and out.  You can find a little nook to read, enjoy company on a comfy couch by the fireplace, or lay in a hammock on the deck and take-in the majestic views.

There are ten rooms at the Vagabond Mountain Lodge and none have phones (however there is cell service), nor TVs, which I found to be just fine.  If you’re in a mountain retreat like this, there is plenty to do to entertain yourself—besides, it’s kind of nice to force oneself to relax and just enjoy the surroundings.  And, why watch television when you can watch flames flicker in a fireplace while visiting with guests.

There is a common area with a T.V. if you feel the need, as well as wi-fi, so you could entertain yourself on your computer too.  The main floor has lots to do…you can play a game of chess or other board game, or gather at the bar, which is a huge hand-cut split log and a great gathering area for guests after a long day on the slopes or river-rafting trip.  In case you didn’t bring your computer and you need to check your email or get directions to your next destination, The Vagabond provides a courtesy computer for your convenience.

I stayed at the Vagabond B&B during the summer, but it seems to me that the lodge is close enough to the ski area that all you have to do is put your skis on and trek on over—no driving required.  Also, during ski season, the Vagabond Lodge Bed and Breakfast will include lunch with your two-night stay.  Speaking of breakfast, the Vagabond provides a hearty continental-style breakfast, often with an egg dish or pancakes, along with fresh fruit, muffins, cereal, yogurt, etc.

While in the Kicking Horse area there is so much to see and do…of course there is the skiing and water-rafting, but there are also tons of hiking trails; lakes, rivers and streams to fish; a bear refuge in which you can get up-close to a grizzly; ride the challenging mountain bike park; take the gondola to the top of Kicking Horse for outstanding views and an amazing restaurant that seems to be as high as the clouds.  Or, if none of that is adventurous enough for ya, how about Heli_Paragliding?

To see more of the Lodge, click pictures of Vagabond Lodge Bed and Breakfast.

Mike Shubic

Mike Shubic is a seasoned road trip travel video blogger, traversing the byways of the world looking for those hidden gems of the road. From unique destinations, unexpected discoveries, creative cuisine, intriguing inns to exciting attractions…the road is his page. The experiences are his ink. And every 300 miles, a new chapter begins. Whether you live vicariously or by example, Mike will do the exploring so you can have an adventure.


  1. Mike,

    I’m surprised that you would think that there would be not many B & B’s in a place like Toronto. Toronto currently has 116 bed and breakfasts listed with Trip Advisor and Toronto is also home to our boat bed & breakfast in downtown Toronto.

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