Jasper Park Lodge

The Jasper Park Lodge opened in 1922[2] in Jasper, Alberta, Canada and is situated on the shores of Lac Beauvert.

Jasper Park Lodge
Jasper Park Lodge, Alberta, Canada
General information
LocationJasper, Alberta, Canada
Coordinates52°53′10″N 118°03′25″W
Opening1922
OwnerOntario Municipal Employees Retirement System[1]
ManagementFairmont Hotels and Resorts
Technical details
Floor count1
Other information
Number of rooms446
Number of restaurants5
Website
www.fairmont.com/jasper

History

The lodge had first been established in 1915 as a "Tent City," in association with the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, but by the 1920s the property was under the management of Canadian National Hotels. Eight bungalows were constructed in 1921, and work began on additional cabins and a main lodge building two years later. The main building, reputed to be the largest single-level log structure in the world, was destroyed by fire in 1952;[3] it was replaced by the current lodge, which was completed the following year. Jasper Park Lodge was sold to Canadian Pacific Hotels in 1988 and now operates as Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. In 2006, it was purchased by Oxford Properties, the real estate investment arm of Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS), but is operated by Fairmont Hotels.[4]

Many celebrities have stayed, including Bing Crosby and Marilyn Monroe. It is also a favoured spot of the Royal Family, with visits from King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1939 and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 2005.

A $6.7 million Fairmont spa was added to the Lodge in fall 2010. In 2015-16, a $16 million renovation to all rooms (Fairmont, Deluxe, Junior Suites and Lakefront Suites) was completed to modernize the decor. ORSO Trattoria, the hotel's first Italian restaurant, was also added to the dining options, which includes The Nook Chophouse, Emerald Lounge & Patio, Thompson's Terrace (golf course) and Oka Sushi.

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