Marie Birkbeck

Marie Birkbeck

Marie began her career in the Hospitality industry at the age of 14 as a dishwasher in an all-night truck stop/diner in small town rural Alberta.

From there she advanced to waitress and short order cook, and over the years filled almost every position in the kitchen, eventually having her own successful catering company for several years.

In 1993 Marie graduated from the Hospitality and Tourism program in Red Deer College, but entry level wages just don’t pay the bills, so it was not long before she went to work as Head Cook on the drilling rigs in northern Alberta and British Columbia, running her own little restaurant one week at a time. 

After twelve years of living out of suitcase and away from home, Marie was on the lookout for a viable option that would allow her to stay at home, continue her passion for cooking and meeting people, so opening a Bed & Breakfast was a natural transition.

In 2007, Marie and her son Byron purchased an existing Bed & Breakfast in the old RCMP Barracks in Valemount and after several months of extensive renovations the Jailhouse Bed & Breakfast officially opened on Jan 1, 2008.

She is very active in the community and has been a contributor to the Valley Sentinel for many years.