Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to our FAQ page. Now that you have booked your accommodations in Golden, BC you may have a question or two. Read through all of the information and then if you still have a question do not hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we are very happy to help you out.
Q: Where are you located
A: We are located in the heart of the Blaeberry Valley, 17 km NW of Golden, BC. The Canadian Rockies surround us to the North and East and our view is of the Purcell Mountains to the South and West. See our Directions to Quantum Leaps page to get exact directions to our Retreat Centre. This corner of British Columbia is on Mountain Standard Time (same time as Calgary). The time zone change is about 45km to the West of us.
Q: How many acres of land do you have
A: We are on 11 acres of Riverside property. Our property line to the South is just a few metres from the South Point House. To the West our property line is the Blaeberry River. River land is considered crown land so you may go hiking along the river, see other hikers, and horseback riders going by. To the North we are bordered by Wydeen Creek and 5 acres of crown land. And to the East, our border is the Blaeberry Road.
Q: Are you a “Green”, environmentally friendly Retreat Centre
A: We are a member of environmentallyfriendlyhotels.com. We live in harmony with Mother Earth at Quantum Leaps Retreats. We reduce our impact as much as possible by reducing our garbage, recycling, using only biodegradable, natural cleaning products, and purchasing recycled paper products i.e toilet paper, tissue, paper towels. PLEASE DO NOT bring styrofoam plates, plastic utensils etc. There are dishes and everything here for you to use. We save energy (indoor/outdoor clotheslines) and provide energy alternatives where we can. We buy organically and locally grown groceries as much as possible and we have our own garden in the summer. We support organizations that are advocates for the earth i.e. Greenpeace, Wildsight. You are a part of this Earth and your actions define what will happen to our planet earth. And we support non-motorized recreation only. So no snowmobiles or ATV’s allowed on the property.
Q: Is the hot tub and sauna available to everyone
A: These two amenities are available to groups renting the Whole Main Lodge (who rent the whole building) all the time. For upper lodge guests, cliff house, and cottage guests, you are welcome to use the hot tub between the hours of 9am and 9pm. If you book a massage then you are welcome to come and use the hot tub before your massage. For teepee and river room guests (unless part of a workshop) you are welcome to use the hot tub if you book a massage with us. The sauna is only available to Main Lodge or Lower Lodge guests.
Q: Are you pet friendly
A: We allow, by permission only, friendly and well behaved dogs on site. Due to bad experiences in the past, we now have banned Pitbulls, Dobermans, Rottweilers, etc. The fee is $25/night/dog and you must comply to our Pet Policies. Please read this document . Our 30 or so chickens run loose during the day and so we ask that your dogs be kept on leash at all times around the property. Besides the Chickens, there are deer, snowshoe hare, and bears etc that come through the property. Down at the River it is safe to let them run free though be conscious of the Wildlife. We have had cats and even a Rabbit stay with us. The fee then is $10/night. All money collected goes to World Vision.
Q: Is the water safe to drink
A: We are privileged to have excellent drinking water. Our well is located on the river flats below the lodge and the water is siphoned from the river. The Blaeberry River’s source is the Freshfield Icefield and the Mummery Glacier which is only 40km upstream from us. The water is excellent with no added chemicals. PLEASE…there is no need to bring bottled water! Just bring empty bottles to fill up your bottles.
Q: Where are the chickens and how many dozen eggs do we get
A: The chicken coop is located just to the north of the lodge, behind the greenhouse. We have heritage breeds only. There is no rooster to wake you up in the morning. If you or your children wish to bring your compost or collect the eggs in the morning, then we welcome you to do so. When you arrive there will be 1 dozen eggs in your fridge. If you have a large group or are staying for an extended period of time, please ask us for more when you run out. If you wish to take some home with you, you can buy them for $5/dozen. Enjoy!
Q: Are there laundry facilities on site
A: We have a washer and dryer located in the Lower Lodge and a washer only in the summer at the Cliff House. Please no laundry on changeover days for the bedding and towels need to get down for our next guests. If there are no lodge guests and you are staying in the cottages, please ask us and we will arrange for you to use the laundry. It is $2 / wash and $2 for the dryer but we ask you not to use the dryer but use our marvellous outside clothesline or our inside clothes racks to dry your clothes. There is also a laundromat 4km down the road on Oberg Johnson Rd. at Blaeberry Valley Enterprises.
Q: Where is the Labyrinth
A: The labyrinth is located on the North side of our property on the alluvial fan of Wydeen creek (crown land). You can access it from a trail behind the teepee or from Blaeberry Road (where it crosses over the creek). Walk down towards the river and right when the creek starts forming its alluvial fan, walk to the left.
Q: Do you serve meals
A: We only serve meals during organized, group Retreats. Each accommodations has their own full serviced kitchen and we provide everyone with fresh eggs from our chickens.
Q: Is there phone or internet available
A: For guests in the Main Lodge and the South Point Cottage, there is a phone available. The number is 250-344-2142. This phone is for local calls only. If you need to make long distance calls, a calling card is required. For Teepee, River Room, Cliff House, and North Point Cottage guests, there is an emergency phone available in the office. For anyone trying to contact you please have them call 250-344-2114.
We have Wireless internet available from 7am to 10pm MST up at the office or in your building. We only ask you check emails and do only casual web browsing i.e weather forecast, travel info etc. Some cell phones, depending on the server, do work on Quantum Leaps property.
Q: Can we consume alcohol and smoke while visiting
A: Our vision here at Quantum Leaps Retreats is to create a quiet and peaceful retreat setting for all our guests. In compliance with that vision we ask that you maintain peace and quiet by keeping the noise level down (music, voices, dogs, etc). And we ask that you leave your hard alcohol behind (wine and beer only in moderation). And absolutely no smoking/no smokers on property.
Q: Is the river swim-able and what about those mud-baths
A: There is nothing better than heading down to the river on a hot summers day and taking a mud bath! The creek that is just to the north of us provides us with the most amazing clay and deep pools of mud. Cover yourself up, sit in the sun and then….. well this is when it becomes personal preferences…I prefer to rinse off in the comfort of a warm outside shower located between the teepees. Other folks like to rinse off in the Glacier coolness of the Blaeberry River YIKES! Remember the river was only a short time before a “glacier”. So this means that it is cold! All activities that you take part in by the river is taken at your own risk. It is public land. Please do not though go back to your lodge or cottage to rinse off. The clay clogs up the pipes. ENJOY!
Q: And finally the question everyone wished to know… What about BEARS
A: We are fortunate enough to live in a country and region of that country that still has wild creatures. From coyotes, fox, elk, moose, lynx, and deer to mountain lions, grizzly and black bear these four legged creatures are some that you may see while visiting with us. In the 10 years I have lived in the mountains I have yet to see a mountain lion. Some sightings are rare and you will be very lucky to see one. Bears have been known to walk through our property. When hiking around, please simply be aware of your surroundings and make noise when you are hiking. For our teepee guests, information about bears is posted in your teepees/at the kitchen and if you have any other questions, please ask.