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Recent Sightings and what's new at Aurum

What happened, what is going on, what to expect...

Reduced operation due to Covid-19

We are currently only offering our self-contained vacation rentals  (two units in the cottage and the two-bedroom loft apartment). These units allow for guests to ensure physical distancing, which can be more difficult in the lodge. We do have a two night minimum stay policy and you will need to prepare your own meals. For your safety,  we ensure an empty night between guests, plus extra disinfection.
June was peak flower season and the delayed spring this year resulted in spring and summer flowers blooming at the same time.
Our showy wood lilies are among our favourites.

October 24 2020

The transition from fall to early winter happened fast over the past two weeks but, as we like to say: there are 1001 reasons for this place of all seasons... Every day you step outside, nature presents you with another surprise like this gem of a frozen bush on the shores of Abraham Lake. Lake levels have started to drop, but it will be another two months before ice will form on the main body (sheltered areas and shallow bays may freeze earlier). At this time of year, the mist coming off the surface and the ever changing colour of the water make for extra interest.

October 10 2020

Happy Thanksgiving and a big thank you to all our guests who visited us this past summer. We hope you enjoyed your stay.
We are now at the tail end of summer and fall season. Despite frequent strong winds, the lack of rain, snow or frost over the past few weeks did keep leaves on aspen trees for longer, resulting in some amazing fall colour displays all along the lake, Hwy 11 and the Icefields Parkway.  One more week and then we look forward to our "fire and ice" season, which often produces colourful sunrises, beautiful ice formations along waters edge and a clear, star spangled night sky.

September 20 2020

2020 is shaping up to be one of the best fall colour seasons in a long time. With no frost in the area so far and mild days / cool nights  there may actually be more of a peak than we have seen the past few years. Unfortunately, it is very dry and the views are often marred by smoke and haze from distant wildfires. Catastrophic weather events are becoming worse every year as a result of climate change. A reminder that more action is required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Energy conservation is key and easy to achieve! To do our part, at Aurum Lodge we have reduced fossil fuel consumption by around 80% (compared to traditionally designed, built and managed properties). 

September 4 2020

Setting moon plus sunrise on Elliot Peak makes for a beautiful start of the day.
We are now entering the season for "sky-lovers": clearer nights, colourful sunsets and sunrises, winds producing interesting cloud formations, meteor showers, milky way and hopefully a few more aurora borealis displays than we saw over the last 12 months.
According to the calendar it is still summer, however, nature tells us that we are into fall / autumn already: foliage turning colour, cooler nights, migrating birds, including our humming birds, moving south.
One of our favourite seasons is about to begin.

August 25 2020

Abraham Lake is within a few feet of the high water mark and generally the most picturesque at this time of year. Coarser sediment from the spring run-off has settled and only the very fine rock flower out of the glacial streams remains suspended. This is what gives some of our lakes their awesome turquoise colour.
A reminder to all area visitors, that this is a LARGE lake and dangerous for boating, swimming and all kinds of dinky inflatables. It is very cold, windy and strong waves can produce ocean like swells in no time. Numerous people had to be rescued this past season.

August 1 2020

Mountain weather is often more variable than in the plains and can change rapidly. In summer this often means storms towards the evenings which can generate extreme winds (and waves on Abraham Lake), downpours causing flash floods and massive lightning. Visitors are well advised to keep an eye on approaching storms and move to sheltered locations. A lightning strike as shown here on the flanks of Mt Elliot embodies enough energy to power our entire facility for three to four months! Note: image was taken through a lodge window as this would not be a good time to set up a tripod outside...

July 2 2020
Naturalist guided tours

There are many activities you can enjoy in the Canadian Rockies. Some of them on your own, some just for the sake of being active, some because you might like the idea of combining physical activity with learning more about our natural environment, mountain ecology, species diversity, geology or glaciology..., Two highly recommended guided naturalist tours which are fun and educational are the Athabasca Glacier Ice Walks and Great Divide Nature Interpretation.