Preceding 2003, the property had been closed for six years while the past owners contemplated a large redevelopment project.  The closure magnified the required restoration project and the marketing required to raise awareness of the rebirth of the operation.

Kim and Steve’s  vision to respectfully preserve the historic charm of 1922 buildings while adding some elegance and contemporary comforts was realized after a few months of hard work and capital investment on their part and a few friends who became company shareholders.

Their early challenges did not end there.  Shortly after the grand re-opening, lightening started a fire in nearby Kootenay National Park.  It raged on for weeks culminating in one of the largest wildfires in the Canadian Rockies burning 17,000 Hectares. 

Kim reflected on that period: 

“The smoke was so thick on our site it was setting off smoke detectors in the guest cabins. We were forced to close for 28 days during our first peak summer season. That loss contributed to the delay of the introduction of winter operation to 2004/05. When that first year of winter operation was upon us, we were hit with record low temperatures. The water pump in the well failed on Christmas Eve and our main generator failed New Year’s Eve. Guests enjoyed their four course elegant meal donning their ski jackets and toques. Their overnight stay in our cozy restored cabins was transformed into a winter camping experience. Thus began our introduction of the ‘new and improved’ Storm Mountain experience. It was memorable!”

Today, Storm Mountain Lodge is an iconic example of our National Park history and Canadian heritage.  The business is now known for one of the best dining experiences in Banff National Park and for its charming historic cabins equipped with rock fireplaces, antique soaker tubs and elegant down duvets draped over Steve’s hand crafted log beds.

The couple insist on providing guests with an authentic Canadian experience while visiting Banff National Park.  The wine list, farm fresh organic food products, gifts, books and music are all distinctly Canadian.

Kim and Steve continue to be very involved in the family run operation.  The oldest of their three children Cael, now manages the day to day operation while their younger teens Chad and Hayley help between school periods.

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