Oct 5 - Government of Canada Commemorates the Maligne Lake Chalet and Guest House National Historic Site

Maligne Lake Chalet NHS-Front of chalet version
Maligne Lake Chalet NHS-Front of chalet version
Parks Canada-Lauren Beaton

Canada’s national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas enable Canadians to experience their rich and varied history in a special way and play a big part in the celebration of Canada 150. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, the Government of Canada invites Canadians to experience nature and learn more about our history.

On September 30th, Donna Zwicker, Alberta Member of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC), on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, commemorated the Maligne Lake Chalet and Guest House National Historic Site with the unveiling of a HSMBC plaque. A special ceremony was held at the site in Jasper National Park.

The Government of Canada is committed to connecting Canadians to the significant people, places and events that contributed to our country’s rich diverse heritage. Built in 1927 by Fred Brewster, a renowned guide and outfitter in Jasper, with the support of the Canadian National Railway, the Maligne Lake Chalet and Guest House provided comfortable backcountry tourist accommodations at a time when access to such remote settings was either by foot or by horseback. This early backcountry lodge also illustrates the role that guides and outfitters played in Jasper National Park’s development.
With their peeled log construction, hip roofs, and exposed log detailing, Maligne Lake Chalet and Guest House are typical of architecture prominent in the Rocky Mountain parks, and were designed to foster authentic wilderness experiences as an escape from bustling modern life. These rustic log buildings built using locally-available materials continue to evoke the early days of tourism in Jasper.

As part of the centennial of national historic sites, Parks Canada invites Canadians to be inspired and captivated by the stories of the people, places and events that shaped the Canada of today.