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New lodge, new cabins at Toad River

Toad River Lodge at Mile 422 of the Alaska Highway is looking better than ever these days, with a complete rebuild finished earlier this year featuring a brand new lodge, new cabins, a full service garage, patio deck, and more.
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Toad River Lodge co-owner Matthew Roy says the newly-rebuilt lodge has been well received by travellers. More cabins are under construction.

Toad River Lodge at Mile 422 of the Alaska Highway is looking better than ever these days, with a complete rebuild finished earlier this year featuring a brand new lodge, cabins, full service garage, patio deck, and more.

The lodge has been in operation since 1945, and in the good care of owners and business partners Matthew Roy and Darrel Stevens since 1999. The two grew up on neighbouring farms in Edson, Alberta. 

ToadRiverLodgeThe newly built Toad River lodge. . By Matt Preprost

Roy says the lodge was a much-needed change from careers in coal mining, operating heavy equipment. 

“Really, I just threw a dart at the map, but I knew I wanted to try something new,” said Roy, with a laugh. “We were tired of what we were doing.” 

ToadRiverCabinsNew cabins under construction at Toad River Lodge. By Matt Preprost

The choice to run the lodge hasn’t been without its struggles, but well worth it so far, he said.

“There’s some naivety and stupidity in that, the willingness to work 24-7,” Roy said. “You don’t get your five days a week, or any long weekends, you’re working twice as hard.”

ToadRiver-ReflectionLakeA serene summer scene on Reflection Lake at Toad River lodge. By Matt Preprost

One feature missing in the new lodge is the ceiling lined with hats, placed by travelers heading up the highway.

Roy says it wouldn’t have been allowed in the new lodge under health inspection codes, but understands how well loved the collection was by visitors.  

“It was pretty cool to see, people brought hats from everywhere,” he said.

Jared-Jonah-GossenJared and Jonah Gossen took a well-needed rest at the new Toad River Lodge on their travels north up the Alaska Highway. . By Tom Summer

Tom Summer, Alaska Highway News, Local Journalism Initiative. Email Tom at tsummer@ahnfsj.ca