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Architectural Gem of Jasper National Park Sparkles Again.

Restored Maligne Lake Chalet will re-open its doors on August 13th, 2011

Jasper, AB, July 21, 2011 – After undergoing caring rejuvenation for two years, the Maligne Lake Chalet is finally ready to welcome visitors again. On August 13th Tracy Thiessen, Executive Director of Mountain Parks, Parks Canada Agency, will officiate the grand re-opening celebration.


“This will be an important day and a special moment for Jasper National Park,” says Pat Crowley, General Manager of Maligne Lake Tours. “The Maligne Lake Chalet is an essential piece of Jasper’s human history and allows visitors from all over the world to learn about the legacy and history of the first adventurers to this area.”


Masterfully rejuvenated by Floyd Coleman and decorated by Johanne Roy of Ambiance Design, the Chalet’s historical flare has been brought to the forefront, offering guests a glimpse into the past with features like original furnishings, hand-chinked logs, and a period-style Washhouse.


The complex is comprised of the Chalet, a Guest House, a Washhouse and Cache situated on a picturesque high knoll overlooking Maligne Lake. It is characteristic of what has come to be known as Rocky Mountain architecture and evokes an era during which adventurous, well-heeled travelers braved a two day trek to reach this coveted wilderness retreat.


The complex originally formed the base of Fred Brewster’s Rocky Mountain Camps at Maligne Lake. “In its heyday, the Maligne Lake facility rivalled Jasper Park Lodge as the largest and most luxurious accommodation in Jasper National Park,” says Crowley. “We undertook the re-habilitation project with the intention of making the complex’s interpretive messages new and accessible again.”

When this architectural gem re-opens, it will offer a private and unparalleled setting for weddings, small meetings, special events and family reunions. Constructed primarily of Lodgepole pine, the rustic Chalet features a stone fireplace, hardwood floors and a wraparound veranda, and can accommodate groups of up to eighty people.


The restored buildings and the stories they hold will not only enhance the visitor experience at Maligne Lake, but visitors will be able to learn about the culture and history of the recreational development of Jasper National Park.


About Maligne Lake
Maligne Lake is the longest and deepest lake in the Rockies and the second largest glacier-fed lake in the world. It is the home of Spirit Island, possibly the most photographed vista in the Canadian Rockies. Maligne Tours Ltd. has been operator of the visitor services at Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park for over 60 years. For more information please visit or call 780-852-3370.

About Tourism Jasper
Tourism Jasper is the destination marketing organization for Jasper, Alberta. For more information please visit

 For more information contact:
Anastasia Martin Stilwell     
Media & Public Relations  
Tourism Jasper   
780.852.3858 ext. 4

Pat Crowley   
General Manager   
Maligne Tours Ltd.

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