Maligne Lake Chalet in Jasper Designated National Historic Site

March 05, 2015
by Maligne Tours

The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (NHSMB) have now added the Maligne Lake Chalet and Guest House to the illustrious, though short, list of National Historic Sites in Jasper National Park. The recent determination by the NHSMB that the Maligne Lake buildings are of national significance rests in the prominent role played by these log structures in the national parks of Canada and too, are illustrative of the central role of outfitters, guides and the competing interests of the railways in park development.

These rustic buildings were originally constructed by Jasper’s premier Guide and Outfitter, Fred Brewster and the Canadian National Railway in 1927. In their heyday the two buildings were surrounded by tents and hard-roofed guest cabins. This backcountry lodge rivalled the Jasper Park Lodge as the largest and most luxurious park accommodation. The architectural form of the lodge as well as its function are classic examples of the golden era of National Parks.

In 2011, Maligne Tours Ltd., the tourism operator at Maligne Lake, ended the 43 year dereliction of these buildings with a million dollar rehabilitation that carefully restored the structures to their former glory. Once again accessible to the public, the site, through its showcasing of National Park Culture and Built Heritage does much to establish a strong sense of place for visitors to Jasper National Park.

Having long been the champion of these buildings, Maligne Tours Ltd. is responsible for this recent nomination to the NHSMB and is therefore enormously pleased with the board’s recognition of the site’s importance.

Afternoon Tea is served at the Maligne Lake Chalet each afternoon throughout the summer months while the entire site may be booked for weddings or special events during the same time season. For more information on the property and other operations by Maligne Tours, please visit www.malignelake.com


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