Jasper Park Lodge
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|Jasper Park Lodge|
Jasper Park Lodge, Alberta, Canada
|Location||Jasper, Alberta, Canada|
|Owner||Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System|
|Management||Fairmont Hotels and Resorts|
|Number of rooms||446|
|Number of restaurants||5|
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (locally known as "JPL" or "the Lodge" ) is situated on the shores of Lac Beauvert. As Jasper's only year-round full-service resort, it has onsite and offsite activities including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and canoeing. It has an 18-hole golf course designed by Stanley Thompson. Winter at the Lodge is outdoor oriented – cross country skiing, horse-drawn wagon rides, snowshoeing, and outdoor ice skating on Lake Mildred. The Lodge was named Fairmont's Environmental Hotel of the Year for its 2009 eco contributions.
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; 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.
Many celebrities have stayed at the iconic Canadian hotel, 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 Phillip 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 while keeping the rustic mountain charm. ORSO Trattoria, the hotel's first Italian restaurant, was also added to the dining options, which include Moose's Nook Chophouse, Emerald Lounge & Patio, Thompson's Terrace (golf course) and Oka Sushi.
- Hotel History
- "July 15, 1952: Blaze destroys Jasper Park Lodge". Edmonton Journal. Postmedia Network. 2012-07-15. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
- Constantineau, Bruce. "Pension plan buys 7 Fairmont hotels for about $1.5b,", Vancouver Sun. October 3, 2006.