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The "Ludtke" Cottage

Need a break from the fast lane in life? Want to get a piece of mind rest?

Than our “Ludtke” cottage is your place to be.

Settled in beautiful wilderness, overlooking the meadow and Battle Mountain you find the privacy you need. This heritage cottage (upgraded to modern comfort) is build by the first family that settled into this valley in the early 1930’s. It’s the oldest cottage in the area that’s still welcomes guests.

If you want to be part of history and like to get a bit of the feeling these first residents had, we can offer you a cozy place to relax. The cottage has a separate bedroom with a queen bed and a room with two twin beds. The sofa can be turned in a full bed. The kitchen is equipped with electric stove and oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, coffee maker, electric kettle,… A modern shower, toilet and hairdryer are found in the bathroom.

We provide all towels, bedlinen and kitchen supplies. Gas BBQ for dinning on the deck.

Stepping back in time means, no telephone, no TV or radio and no wifi….are you up to that challenge?

You are welcome to bring your pet on your family holiday, an additional fee can be charged.

The Ludtke Cottage is self-catering. Supplies can be purchased in Clearwater village.

Ludtke Cottage Rates
Minimum stay of 3 nights only. $175.00/night for a double occupancy.
Extra persons are $10.00/night/person. Max. occupancy of 6 persons (4 adults-2 children)
Special offer weekly rate: $1100/week/7 nights for a double occupancy.
Longer stays: special rates on request.

Rates are in Canadian Dollars and without the applicable taxes.

About the Ludtke Family, 

After another bad farm year, Gus Ludtke decided to leave North Dakota and move to Canada. Together with his two boys Fred (13) and Laurence (9) he started his journey in two covered wagons in May 1923. After two months and 2000 km they reached Upper Clearwater. They started to build a homestead and in September the rest of the family arrived by train. Mother Berta, Alice, Charlie and Robert. Only 11 people lived here in those days, all bachelors so they became the first "real" family up the valley.

Together with trapping (furs), the farm did well. They even brought the first milk cow into the valley…Life looked good,….until July 16, 1926,…the date of the great forest fire. Most Valley residents, including the Ludtkes, lost their home and all their belongings in the fire…

The next year Berta died, followed by 11 year old Robert in 1930, and in 1934, at age 66, Gus died….

Charlie stayed at the original homestead, Laurence moved near to Trout Creek, Alice married John Ray and Fred decided to build his own farm at the end of Corral Road…..

For the history of this valley this family was one of the most important pillars…

This historical information is found in the book “Exploring Wells Gray Park”, written by Roland Neave.


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