Accommodation overview/ Rates


Charlie Wise Homestead

The original Charlie Wise Homestead from circa 1918. Has it’s own kitchen facilities and fireplace, one master bedroom with a queen size bed and a full size bed and a hide-a-bed couch in the living room. Special arrangements can be made during winter months.
Occupancy 2-6 people, a 50% nonrefundable deposit is required. $80 + 7% tax a weeknight for up to 4 people, add $10 each additional person. Add $5 for Friday and Saturday nights and for single weekend night. Weekly $530 + 7% tax.

Here is what the owner of the place, John Frederick, writes:

Charlie Wise was a Canadian who led a rough, wild life. About 1918 Charlie’s baby girl swallowed a pin or button during the winter so Charlie carried the baby in his arms to a doctor. In those days it took two days to travel to Columbia Falls and probably longer if there was snow.. By the time he arrived in Columbia Falls, the baby died. When he returned home his wife had died of influenza.

Some time later he rented the house to Ralph Thayer who laid out most of the Forest Service trails in the North Fork. Across the road was a log school house at the time. One of the students told me some time ago that Thayer’s wife burnt the school down because “she didn’t like us kids around.” An archaeological dig a few years ago confirmed that it was burnt down with everything still inside.

During the severe flooding of 1964 Charlie Wise opened the doors of his not very fancy house in Canada  along the bank of our North Fork of the Flathead River, a short distance past the border, to clean his home. He died later the same year in Canada at 88 years old while guarding an old well site up there. Our friend Larry Wilson found him dead on the bridge and covered him with a blanket. Some thirty years later Charlie’s long-lived girlfriend told me she should have married him. She said, “What a man.”

Square Peg North Cabin

The North Cabin has a more modern feel and offers full kitchen facilities and a fireplace. The master bedroom downstairs has a full size bed and there are two beds in the loft upstairs and a hide-a-bed couch in the living room. Only available May trough September.
Occupancy 2-8 people, a 50% nonrefundable deposit is required. $80 + 7% tax a weeknight for up to 4 people, add $10 each additional person. Add $5 for Friday and Saturday nights and for single weekend night. Weekly $530 + 7% tax.

 


Goat Chalet

It is called the goat chalet because, as the story goes, John used to house a couple of goats in there at one point, but today it is my most favored rental cabin at the hostel. It has a queen bed, a potbelly stove for heat and a small table with two chairs.
$50 + 7% tax a night for a weeknight for two. Add $5 a night for Friday and Saturday nights. Weekly $320 + 7% tax.

The Goat Chalet can also be rented in the winter for $100 +7% tax a night- make special arrangements!

 


Klondike Kate’s

Klondike Kate’s has a queen bed and a full futon couch to make you comfortable, a table with two chairs and a propane stove for heat makes it a little less challenging for some of you.
$50 + 7% tax a weeknight for two, occupancy 2-4 adults (add $20 for each additional person). Add $5 a night for Friday and Saturday nights. Children up to three years are free, from four to eleven 50%, twelve up full price. Weekly $320 + 7% tax.

Not available in winter!

 


Couple’s Room

The couple’s room is actually a rather tiny room with a double bed and a small shelf, just enough to get some good night’s rest. We call it the den because it does not have a window and is pitch dark because of that.
$45+ 7% tax a night, occupancy 2 adults. Add $5 a night for Friday and Saturday nights.

$90+7% tax in winter a night- make special arrangements!


Family Room

The family room has a full size bed and three twin bed bunks, which means plenty of room for a couple or a small family upstairs!
$50 + 7% tax a weeknight for two, occupancy 2-5 adults (add $20 for each additional person). Add $5 a night for Friday and Saturday nights. Children up to three years are free, from four to eleven 50%, twelve up full price.

$90+7% tax for two, $45 each additional adult a night- make special arrangements!


White Tipi

For a little more plush camping we have a white tipi available that has a double bed, room for a cot and some outdoor carpets for a  floor and lets you experience all the night sounds. A small fire is possible if we’re not in the middle of a forest fire season.
Only available in July and August. $50 + 7% tax a night, occupancy 2-6 adults (add $15 for each additional person) Add $5 a night for Friday and Saturday nights. Children up to three years are free, from four to eleven 50%, twelve up full price.

 


Tan Tipi

For a little more plush camping we have a tan colored tipi available that has a double bed, room for a cot and a fabric floor and lets you experience all the night sounds. A small fire is possible if we’re not in the middle of a forest fire season.
Only available in July and August. $50 + 7% tax a night, occupancy 2-6 adults (add $15 for each additional person). Add $5 a night for Friday and Saturday nights. Children up to three years are free, from four to eleven 50%, twelve up full price.

 


Green Zucchini

Another small little gem for the financially challenged is the “green zucchini” or commonly called pickle. A homemade trailer from the ’50s that barely survived the ’95 flood, has drafty windows, no heat and a bed just barely big enough for two. It has been my home for many summers during my early years and it still enamors the occasional visitor.
Available in summer months only. $45 + 7% tax a night, occupancy 2 adults. Add $5 a night for Friday and Saturday nights.

Not available in winter!


 

L’Aubergine, The Eggplant

Another small little vegetable in the backyard for those of us who are into trailers. It has a queen bed that’s a bit elevated over the main floor. A sink to brush your teeth and a little propane stove to heat up a cup of coffee! Please don’t cook in it mind the bears! A table with a bench( that converts in another small bed) and a propane light make it really “posh”!

Available in summer months only. $50 + 7% tax a night, occupancy 2 adults. Add $5 a night for Friday and Saturday nights and another $5 during High Season.

Not available in winter!


Mixed Dorm

Accommodation include four bunks downstairs, a bunk-room upstairs with six beds and three bunk-beds in the hallway upstairs for those really busy nights ;)
$25 a night per person. ( $22 Low Season)

$45 in winter per person per night- make special arrangements!


hostel front yardCamping

You set up your own tent and still have access to all amenities.
$15 + 7% per person. Children up to three years are free, from four to eleven 50%, twelve up full price.

 


The Inn:

Summer Season: May through October ( High Season: July and August)
Before Memorial Day and after Labor Day we are open by reservation only.
November through April make special arrangements!
pets: $10 + 7% tax
towel or bedding: $5+ 7% tax per person

Check in between 5:30 PM and 10 PM Please let us know if you need an early or late check-in!


Check out before 10 AM Please, leave room or cabin as you found it.


Reservations:

Reservations can be made online, by phone or by email. If you leave me a phone or email message please allow extra time. The online reservation system is the most up-to-date information. Reservations are required in the off-season and advised in summer. For reservations a Credit Card is required, the North Fork Hostel accepts American Express, Visa, Mastercard and Discover.

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Deposit and Cancellation Policy:

A one night non-refundable is required for all reservations. There are no extra charges if the reservation has to be canceled up to one week before arrival- after that the full amount of the reservation might be due (up to our discretion). No shows and early departures owe the full amount. A cleaning fee is charged if the cabin is not left as found. Thank you for your cooperation.


Directions:

The North Fork Hostel & Inn is located on the western edge of Glacier National Park, 1/4 mile (1/2 kilometer) southeast of the Polebridge Mercantile at the end of Beaver Drive (follow the signs). Taking Camas Creek Road through Glacier Park avoids a rough section of the North Fork Road. The North Fork Road north from Columbia Falls to Polebridge is route 486, a gravel road with sections of pavement. Try to arrive during daytime to appreciate the views and to locate the North Fork Hostel & Inn easily.
The Square Peg Ranch is about 500 yards north of the Polebridge intersections on the left side, but stop at the hostel first and pick up your key.

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