Archive for the ‘Glacier Park Activities’ Category

Night of Lights

December 7th, 2012 by teresa

Night of Lights – December 7th

Get in the Christmas spirit with Columbia Falls ‘Night of Lights’ Christmas event.  For full details visit the Chamber website at:

Downtown Columbia Falls – Parade at 6:30 p.m.
Judging for floats begins at 5:30 p.m.

Santa will be at North Valley Avalanche Room – 235 Nucleus Ave following the parade.

Craft Vendors – NVH Teakettle Community Room – Starting at 5:00 p.m.

Children’s Holiday Village – Marantette Park – will be lighted through the holiday season! New displays this year!

Senior Citizen’s Center Craft Fair with Soup Supper – 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Happy Holidays!


Bear Spray Honor System

October 15th, 2012 by teresa

Our guests love to tell us about the wildlife they see whilst visiting Glacier National Park.  It is often a highlight of their stay and we LOVE to hear how you are enjoying our backyard!  However, please be sensible. Caution is advised whilst exploring the area as these are wild animals and can behave unpredictably.  Always pay attention to advice from Park Rangers and take good care out there!

Most animals will naturally avoid contact with humans – but some of our guests like to be prepared and choose to carry bear spray, especially when hiking in the more remote areas.

For our guests benefit, we follow an honor system with our bear spray.  We have many canisters of bear spray at front desk available to our guests free of charge.  This saves anywhere from $35.00 to $50.00 due to the fact that there is no need to purchase.

Don’t forget to pay it forward and let us have any remaining bear spray for the next guests to benefit.


The Peace Pole Project

May 4th, 2012 by teresa

Here at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins, we are proud to include ourselves in the Peace Pole Project.   A Peace Pole is a handcrafted monument displaying the message  ‘May Peace Prevail On Earth’ in a variety of different languages.

From its beginnings in 1955 Japan, Masahisa Goi dedicated his life to spreading the message conveyed on the peace poles and today there are tens of thousands of poles in more than 180 countries throughout the world.  There are peace poles located at the Pyramids of Giza, at the magnetic North Pole and at Hiroshima, Japan.

The peace pole at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins was inaugurated in September 2010 in recognition of the 100 year anniversary of Glacier National Park which is also celebrated as the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

10% off raft trips

April 30th, 2012 by teresa

Guests of the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins staying during June 2012 can claim 10% discount on rafting trips with the Great Northern Whitewater Raft and Resort.  To claim your discount make your booking with Great Northern stating that you are guests of the lodge.  Here is some info on the raft trips they provide, courtesy of their website at:

‘The high mountain peaks of Montana’s Glacier Country accumulate large amounts of snow each winter, which supply an abundance of water for the three forks of the Flathead River. Every spring folks from around the world begin to arrive around May, to enjoy the mountains, valleys and rivers, eager to test their skill and to challenge the whitewater of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.

Great Northern Whitewater runs a fleet of High side self-bailer rafts ranging from 12′ to 16′ in length. Rafts accommodate 6-10 people. Most of the trips are paddleboat guided. Oar-guided trips are also available.

Nicolas and Victoria Lee would like to personally invite you and your family to join us this summer as Great Northern Resort celebrates over 30 years of whitewater rafting.

Through the years, over a quarter million guests from around the world have floated with us. Let us help you to select a white water rafting trip that bests suits your needs.

Now it’s your turn for the thrill of a lifetime!
These trips happen regularly between the dates of May Through Sept seven days a week.

We provide:
Type V Approved lifejackets, complete rain suits for adults and children, professional guides on every trip, delicious meals on specified trips and round-trip transportation are provided from our parking area. Please lock your belongings in your car and leave your keys with our office staff. We rent wetsuits and booties. Booties are $2.50 for 1/2-day trips or $5.00 for full day. Wetsuits are $7.00 for 1/2 day and $10.00 full day and include the booties. For all whitewater trips prior to July 1st, wetsuits are mandatory at no cost. We recommend wearing synthetic fabrics (not cotton) with wetsuits and rainwear on cold days. We provide changing rooms for your convenience. We go rain or shine!

You supply:
You supply swimsuit, shorts & shoes that you don’t mind getting wet, or you may rent our booties. Footwear must be worn on the river. No flip-flops or slip-ons. Sandals are available in our retail store. A suggested packing list will be sent for overnight trips. Please notify your guide if you are taking personal medication or have medical conditions that we should be aware of.

Great Northern Resort Raft Trips – Reservations and Cancellation Policy: All reservations should be made in advance and a 50% deposit is required at that time by credit card to guarantee your space. Overnight and group trips require the balance in full 45 days prior to departure. We encourage you to call and re-confirm your reservation numbers, date, and time at least 3 days in advance. All cancellations must be made with a Reservations Manager. In the event of a cancellation on overnight trips or on any promo related trips, a partial refund of 25% will be given with notice of 46 days or more. Cancellations for all other daily river trips require 24 hour notice for a full refund. We reserve the right to cancel trips due to weather, river levels (too high or too low), or insufficient numbers of people (4 min.). Full refunds will be made for these reasons. Please arrive 45 minutes prior to departure.’





Multi-night savings

April 17th, 2012 by teresa

Book a stay in any of our Family Cabins for three nights or more via our website and receive 10% off your lodging.

To check availability and claim your discount click here!

Free Entrance to Glacier National Park

April 17th, 2012 by teresa

Entrance fees to Glacier National Park and the nearly 400 National Park Sites across the country will be waived during National Park Week, April 21-29.

Everyone, specifically families, are encouraged to take advantage of the free entrance to get outside and explore or just “take in” the natural beauty of the park. Glacier National Park Superintendent Chas Cartwright said, “This annual celebration is a great opportunity to experience spring at the park and view the many birds that migrate to or through the park at this time of year.”

Currently, the Going-to-the-Sun Road is open to motorized traffic from the West Entrance to Lake McDonald Lodge and from the St. Mary Entrance to Rising Sun. Hiker/biker access is available for 5.5 miles from the Lake McDonald Gate to Avalanche while the road plow is working. This weekend, April 21-22, no restrictions are anticipated for hiker/biker access on the west side or east side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road. The Camas Road is open and the Two Medicine Road on the east side is currently open to Running Eagle Falls.

Weather conditions in the park can vary greatly from local valley locations, and road status can change depending on weather conditions and snow plowing activities. Park visitors are highly encouraged to plan ahead and visit the park’s website at, or contact the park at 406-888-7800 for updated road conditions, plowing status and weather conditions. Visitors may also visit the park’s Facebook page to stay connected with the park.

Additional entrance fee-free dates during the year will be June 9 (Get Outdoors Day), September 29 (National Public Lands Day), and November 10 to 12 (Veterans Day weekend).

An annual Glacier National Park pass for unlimited access to the park for one year from time of purchase of the pass is available for $35. Other passes with America the Beautiful- The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Program are also available. US citizens 62 years of age and older may purchase a lifetime pass for $10, and citizens with a permanent disability may obtain a free lifetime pass. An annual pass available for $80 allows free entrance to federally operated recreation sites across the county, including many National Park Service, US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management sites. For more information or to purchase a pass, please contact the park at 406-888-7800 . Any of the annual passes may also be obtained from the West Entrance Station during the weekend, 8 am to 4:30 p.m. or at the Headquarters Building, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Gateway to Glacier – Bike Trail

April 12th, 2012 by teresa

Winter Events – Cabin Fever Days

January 19th, 2012 by HTL

Martin City’s Cabin Fever Days – home of the world famous Bar Stool Races and fabulous fun times right on our doorstep.  The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins is proud to support the Cabin Fever Days weekend, the proceeds of which go to local charities.  Events are held a short walk from your accommodation with us and include: turtle races; snowshoe softball and arm-wrestling(sponsored by the American Armsports Association).  The emphasis here is on fun!  Troublemakers will be thrown in ‘jail’ , so be sure to purchase your ‘get out of jail’ buttons for any likely members of your party!

Plenty of vendors will ensure you get a taste of local flavors and, with a jam-packed schedule of events, you are sure to find something to entertain all the family.

Make great memories of your stay with us – don’t forget to share the photos with us!

Free Entrance Days. Hiking in Glacier National Park.

November 11th, 2011 by HTL

Veteran’s Day brings free entrance to Glacier National Park for the whole weekend of November 11-13.  A fantastic opportunity to explore the trails before the snow falls.

Glacier has more than 740 miles of trails so you are sure to find something to meet your needs whether seeking summit views, wildlife watching or a gentle stroll that gets you out and active.

Looking for an easy route to include the kids?  Visit The Best Easy Hikes in Glacier for some suggestions.  Our tip at the lodge is Avalanche Lake.  Even our youngest, at three years of age, made this with only a little help!

Stroller or wheelchair?  No problem.  Trail of the Cedars is fully accessible and offers an up close and personal encounter with rushing water at the Avalanche Gorge, mighty red cedar trees and the forest floor.  Highly recommended!

Rumour has it that every day spent at Fifty Mountain Pass will add a year to your life.  Check it out via the North Circle Route, voted ‘Best Alpine Hike’ by National Parks Hall of Fame.

Whatever route you choose, please be prepared!  Dress sensibly, hydrate and ensure that you hike with a partner or leave a detailed itinerary (if you must hike alone). Be sure to check in with Park Visitor Centers to ensure you have up to date information on trail accessibility, weather advisories and other relevant information.


Glacier National Park Restaurants

June 28th, 2011 by HTL


The Trapline

Named in honor of the locally historic reference of “running the trap line” or the practice of frequenting the numerous bars that sprung up during the boom town Hungry Horse dam building days of the 1950’s, the café features many of the hearty meals favored by the locals of the day with plenty of variety that will surely please anyone. From breakfast, which is served all day, to dinner and dessert, patrons have come to love the extra care and attention we give to preparing each meal. The dining room offers a variety of seating options from the traditional café counter to accommodations for larger groups. For the more technically inclined, the café provides high-speed WIFI. And, for those desiring to enjoy our meals at home or on the go, take-out is available for the entire menu. During the off-season, the café is available during the week and late afternoons on weekends for birthday parties, baby showers, anniversaries, meetings, gatherings or etc.

Summer hours are 7:00 am to 7:00 pm daily.

Winter hours are Wednesday to Sunday 7:30 am to 2:00 pm.