William Watson Lodge

At least every second year the event is held at William Watson Lodge in Alberta. The Lodge is run by the William Watson Lodge Society. Transportation from the Calgary airport was arranged by the local chapter of Sons of Norway for of out of province guests. Please note that this was offered and arranged by SON and is not guaranteed to continue. We reserve a comfortable coach to transport any attendees who require transportation from Calgary to the Lodge for a small fee. As there is no ski rental available at the Lodge, arrangements to rent ski equipment must be done from either Calgary or Canmore.

William Watson Lodge is a barrier-free, wilderness lodging for persons with disabilities. It is situated in beautiful Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta, overlooking Lower Kananaskis Lake. The goal of this facility is to connect people of all abilities, all ages and all cultures to recreational opportunities in nature. The accessibility of the facility makes everyone feel at home. Ski for Light ski tracks are arranged with two parallel sets of tracks to allow the skier and guide to ski side by side. We have a well maintained course used for the races in the Elkwood Campground. We are also able to enjoy all of the trails of Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. The park is home to some of the best nordic skiing in Western Canada. There is an extensive trail system with over 75km of mostly beginner to intermediate trails.

Cabins vary in size with 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms and you can request who to share with. Participants are required to bring their own toiletries, towels and sleeping bags. A limited supply of sleeping bags are available for rent from Ski for Light. Although the cabins have fully equipped kitchens, delicious healthy meals are taken together in the Main Lodge dining area. These are catered by a local company which is responsive to dietary restrictions and requirements.

The fully equipped cabins have lots of space for lounging around with friends new and old, when you're not on the tracks. Impromptu socials and singalongs always happen, accompanied by some very talented guitar playing skiers in the cabins. It is a short walk from each cabin to the Lodge and between cabins, the paths are well marked and always cleared of snow. In the Lodge there is a large fireplace surrounded by comfy couches where folks can warm up or participate in story telling. Cards and a large selection of board games, some in braille, are available. Every evening there is a social activity, including an interactive presentation from Parks Canada, Roger's famous Quiz Night, an entertaining fund raising Auction and the awards Banquet night.

Please be aware that William Watson Lodge is remote enough to not have any cell (mobile) coverage, no internet, no radio, no TV and no store. A fairly expensive pay phone is available at the Lodge. Family and friends can leave messages for skiers and guides by calling the Lodge at 403-591-7227, these are put on a board in the lodge.