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 up to 4 people, $100 + 7% tax ( for 2 people) a weeknight, add $20 for Friday and Saturday nights, $20 for each additional person and 3 nights minimum rental required! Pets are allowed for an additional fee.
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.”
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 up to 6 people, $100 + 7% tax ( for 4 people) a weeknight, add $20 for Friday and Saturday nights, $20 for each additional person and 3 nights minimum rental required! Pets are allowed for an additional fee.
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.
$70 + 7% tax a night for a weeknight for two. Add $10 a night for Friday and Saturday nights.
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.
$70 + 7% tax a weeknight for two, occupancy 2-4 adults (add $25 for each additional adult). Add $10 a night for Friday and Saturday nights.
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.
$60 + 7% tax a night, occupancy 2 adults. Add $10 a night for Friday and Saturday nights.
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!
$70 + 7% tax a weeknight for two, occupancy 2-5 adults (add $25 for each additional person). Add $10 a night for Friday and Saturday nights.
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. $60 + 7% tax a night, occupancy 2-6 adults (add $20 for each additional adult) Add $10 a night for Friday and Saturday nights. Please bring your own campfire wood if you are planning on a small fire in the 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. $60 + 7% tax a night, occupancy 2-6 adults (add $20 for each additional adult). Add $10 a night for Friday and Saturday nights. Please bring your own campfire wood if you are planning on a small fire in the tipi!
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. $60 + 7% tax a night, occupancy 2 adults. Add $10 a night for Friday and Saturday nights.
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
You set up your own tent and still have access to all amenities.
$20 + 7% a night per person.
Sheets and Towels
are normally not provided but are available (Ask for help) for a small charge (towel or sheets are $5 per person); Always use bedding or sleeping bags!
Summer Season: May 15 through September 15
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. The hostel closes between 10 AM and 5 PM
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 May and September and advised in summer. For reservations a Credit Card is required, the North Fork Hostel accepts American Express, Visa, Mastercard and Discover.
Cancellations must be made seven full days prior to 3:00 PM on the day of check in, a $5 service fee is applicable.
If the guest cancels less than 7 days in advance, the first night is non-refundable but the remaining nights will be 50% refunded.
A 200$ cleaning fee will be charged if room or cabin is not left as found.
Thank you for your cooperation.
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.