Contact Name: Kimberly McDonald, RE/MAX Real Estate Central Alberta
Location: The lodge is located off Hwy 11 at Cline River, in what is known as Bighorn Country, 30 minutes from the world-renowned Icefields Parkway and about half-way between the two major tourist towns of the Rocky Mountains: Banff and Jasper.
Contact Details: Email: [email protected] Direct Phone: 1 (403) 846-6654 Office Phone: 1 (403) 844-3030
Asking Price: $1,350,000 CAD
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- 2,880 sf basement. 10’ ceiling, includes a rec room, storage room, boiler room, compost toilet, ash drop compartments for wood burning appliances. 70% is unfinished but prepared for a laundry area and workshop or potential other uses.
- Ground floor 2,880 sf, incorporates a small airlock at main entrance, kitchen, library, sitting room, dining area with access to sunroom and deck, a barrier free guest room w. ensuite bath, office / reception area, master bedroom behind office with ensuite bath and walk in closet. A contraflow masonry storage wood heater is centered in the hallway / dining area.
- Upper floor 2,520 sf, 5 guest rooms, each with ensuite bathroom (shower or tub/shower), a large landing area, laundry room which could be converted into an extra bedroom by moving the laundry area into the basement.
This is a duplex cabin 924 sqft with two separate rental units, each including a bathroom with shower and open area with kitchen, sleeping area, sitting / dining area with airtight woodstove. 6” framed walls on slab on grade foundation with hydronic infloor heat throughout.
Garage and technical rooms with a larger rental unit on the upper floor for a total of 1,760 sqft. 6” framed walls on slab on grade foundation. 3 flat plate solar hot water collectors mounted on the outside and 4 PV arrays totalling 6kW capacity on the roof. Ground floor includes two car garage, workshop, generator / boiler room and power / water supply. Generator power and water supply are for the entire development whereas the boiler / hot water tank supply the cottage and utility building. Upper floor is an 880 sqft two-bedroom rental apartment with kitchen, bathroom w. shower, sitting / dining area and an airtight wood stove. Heating is with baseboard radiators.
Aurum Lodge is a unique, award winning eco-tourism lodge that provides the perfect setting for an extended, yet comfortable, wilderness retreat. Ideal for individual travelers, couples and small special interest groups.
Aurum Lodge was the recipient of the first ever Alberta Tourism Award for Sustainable Tourism. Overlooking the turquoise waters of Abraham Lake, surrounded by mountains and forests, the lodge could suit a variety of potential business models.
With no tourism infrastructure / development currently foreseen or allowed between Lake Louise, Jasper and Nordegg, other than in the existing development nodes along Hwy 11, any buyer taking over Aurum Lodge will secure what is arguably one of the best locations for low-impact, sustainable tourism development in the region.
In its existing form, the business is suitable for a family wishing to manage / operate a small, year-round, sustainable tourist accommodation with easy road access. Alternatively, the size and topography of the lease can accommodate extra rental units if a buyer wishes to expand on current offering.
The current lease runs to January 2047. It does not allow for residential / secondary residence as the area is zoned tourism / commercial recreation.
Land & Location
The lodge is situated upon a 29.5 acre parcel of land leased from the province of Alberta. The area is extremely scenic and has views over Lake Abraham to the mountain ranges to the north and southeast and sits at the foot of Mt. Stelfox, which rises dramatically to the west.
The lodge is located in the Bighorn Wildland. The Bighorn Wildland is a largely intact and relatively pristine 4000km2 area of rolling slopes, mountain peaks, and meadows. Included among the primary attractions to the area is that it is clean, quiet, undeveloped, and wild. This magnificent wilderness provides a place where it is possible to escape from hectic city life.
Reason For Selling/Transition
Current owners are preparing for retirement. The owners will facilitate a smooth transition and provide training and assistance as required by the new owners.
The sale is for the company (shares) rather than assets only (buildings / contents), so no transfer of / amendment to the current lease is required (unless purpose and / or size of the development were to change). Vendor financing is not available.