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Planning your trip to Talus Lodge in 2022

There is no wi-fi or cell phone service at Talus Lodge. There is electricity, solar/gravity powered hot showers and a wood stove for heat at Talus Lodge. Non-flush toilets are located in a separate building as well as the wash house (i.e. they are not within the main lodge building).

You are required to hike in and out with all the personal gear required for your stay. All meals are provided at Talus Lodge including lunch on your arrival and departure day. Be sure to bring a full water bottle. Some dietary allergies/restrictions will be accommodated, however, please bring your own bread, baking and dairy substitutes.

A recommended gratuity for “very good service” is $150 but it is at the discretion of each hiker to decide the amount of their gratuity.

Wine and beer is available for purchase at the lodge. You are welcome to bring your own alcoholic spirits (no glass containers please).

Hikers can use a credit card for expenses or gratuities (present your card at the lodge to the staff).

Skyline Hikers will have pins and crests for sale at Talus Lodge at $5 each. Cash only please.

In the case of emergencies, the Talus Lodge office in Canmore is on-call from 8:30 am- 9:00 pm. The number is 1-403 609 0482.

What to bring to Talus Lodge in 2022


  • Hiking boots
  • Backpack (30 litre). If you can’t fit your gear into a 30 L pack, you have too much stuff.
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and lip protection
  • Picnic lunch is provided on arrival and departure day but you will have to carry it.
  • Filled water bottle
  • Tea thermos (optional)
  • Blister and foot care kit
  • Bear spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Poles (optional)


  • Base layer top
  • Base layer bottoms (long underwear/tights)
  • Waterproof pants
  • Waterproof and breathable jacket
  • Soft shell jacket
  • Thin wind shirt or jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Down or insulated jacket
  • Hiking socks
  • Warm hat
  • Sun safety hat
  • Gloves/mitts
  • Scarf/neckwarmer/Buff 


  • Comfortable lodge clothing
  • Slippers or indoor lodge shoes
  • Personal toiletries
  • Face mask
  • Camera and battery charger
  • Extra batteries
  • Headlamp
  • Lunch bag/container
  • A good read
  • Diet restrictions/allergens: Please bring your own bread, baking and dairy substitutes.
  • Alcoholic spirits

*Drones/UAV’s are not permitted at Talus.


  • Wine and beer is available for purchase at the lodge.
  • Rocky Mountain Soap Company products (Shampoo, Conditioner and Body wash).
  • Sheets, down duvets, pillows and towels.
  • A fleet of yak tracks just in case the trail is icy
  • Two guitars, ukulele and song books


  • Skyline music and songbooks
  • Pins and crests for sale ($5 each, cash only)


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