A Lost Love
Everyday Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge yields unforgettable memories that last a lifetime, however some memories stay with us forever. It is said that a young maiden’s soul waits forever in the main dining room as she waits for her lost love to return from an expedition that he never came back from. Her figure can be seen in this image. A harmless reminder that love lives on forever.
A Ruin Rebuilt and Reborn
As we reminisce in the triumphs of the Jasper Park Lodge we can’t help but also remember the times our legacy was tried by inconceivable events. July 15th, 1952 the resilience of the Main Lodge was put to the ultimate test when a spectacular fire arose and destroyed the entire building. 580 guests and 500 employees escaped unscathed with only one injured, Len P. Peters, in heroic efforts to ensure all guests and employees had escaped from the lodge which had become a sea of flames in minutes.
The fire was discovered by an unidentified person in the evening. 200 guests had just started dancing to the music of the Len Hopkins orchestra when a guest ran into the ballroom to warn of the fire. At the same moment, the dancing guests and the musicians saw flames sweeping down the ballroom floor. The fire, which caused $1-million damage, broke out in a small checkroom while guests danced in the main ballroom of the 30-year-old main lodge. The 30 “luxurious” cabins/bungalows that fanned out from the lodge and housed most of the guests, were undamaged. But the loss of the eight bedrooms in the main lodge left 20 guests to sleep in a Canadian National Railways railcar. The resort, which was owned at the time by the railway, was also left without kitchen and dining services, so guests were sent to Edmonton on a special train the next day. The lodge continued to operate for the rest of the season with the available facilities in the staff building. In astonishing efforts the lodge was rebuilt to full capacity only a year later and remains standing strong and proud for the last 70 years.