The Malcolm Hotel and Conference Centre begins construction
Canmore, A.B.— For the first time in 20 years ground has broken on a new traditional hotel in Canmore, Alberta. With a ground breaking ceremony honouring Canmore’s Scottish heritage, Spring Creek celebrated the start of construction on its $37 million hotel and conference centre yesterday.
Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, The Malcom Hotel was named in honour of Malcolm, King of the Scots (1058-1093) the inspiration behind Canmore’s name. The Malcolm Hotel will reflect the pageantry, royalty, and heritage of past Scottish kings as well as Canmore’s own unique history and legacy.
The hotel was designed by award-winning Marshall Tittemore alongside Spring Creek’s in house design team whose objective is to create a luxury hotel with timber frame elements with a contemporary mountain feel. The hotel and conference centre are expected to be complete by late 2017.
“The Malcolm is part of the original Master Plan,” says Frank Kernick. “This is an exciting milestone for Spring Creek as our vision is turning into reality. In addition, the community benefits from much needed conference space to help the town develop its growing tourism industry.”
Spring Creek’s vision of The Malcolm includes an array of amenities; hot tubs, a fitness centre, and an elegant outdoor pool that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains from the second floor open-air mezzanine. A steakhouse restaurant and bar will be located in the hotel and will accommodate more than 175 people. The Malcolm will offer guests four-star service and hospitality.
The 124-room hotel and 6,500 sq. ft. of meeting and banquet space is part of the ongoing boom in Alberta’s tourism industry, with vacancy rates up 19 per cent in the last two years, and a soaring number of independent visitors in Banff National Park with 3.6 million visitors in 2015, and expected to increase this year.
The Mayor of Canmore, a representative for Blake Richards MP for Banff-Airdrie, as well as Andrew Nickerson from Tourism Canmore took part in celebrating the new project. The ground breaking ceremony featured the Rocky Mountain Highland Dancers and a Scottish bagpiper from the Canmore Highland Games which takes place on September 3rd and 4th.
“The Malcolm Hotel and Conference Centre brings a significant piece of the Spring Creek Mountain Village vision into reality. In referencing the historic connection to Scotland, The Malcolm reflects an important aspect of the character of Canmore, while helping to meet the growing demand for smaller conferences and events. Only a short walk to the downtown core, The Malcolm will quickly find itself as a cherished addition to our business community,” says Mayor John Borrowman.
Canmore has 12,300 permanent residents to date and 6,000 non-permanent residents, making it the largest community in the Alberta Rockies. According to the Canmore Business and Tourism’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, the 2020 target for the tourism sector is an annual visitor spend of $400 million (up from $278 million in 2012).
“With more Canadians looking to vacation within our borders, and more Americans taking advantage of the low Canadian Dollar, the Malcolm Hotel will help satisfy the growing demand for accommodation in the Rocky Mountains,” says Andrew Nickerson, president and CEO, Tourism Canmore.
It is expected that 2017 will be another record year for visitation, with Parks Canada’s announcement of free admission to National Parks in 2017 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation. With Canmore being the gateway into Banff this new project is a reflection of Alberta’s growing visitor economy.
“Tourism is an important industry for Alberta generating $8 billion in tourism revenues and supporting more than 127,000 jobs across the province,” said Shelley Grollmuss, vice president industry development at Travel Alberta. “The hotel and conference centre at Spring Creek is a significant investment into tourism which will help Alberta reach its goal of $10 billion in tourism revenue by 2020.”
In addition, Spring Creek is currently building the Creekstone Mountain Lodge, another project offering luxury condominiums. Many buyers are returning snowbirds who are cashing in US properties to return to Canada. Pricing for one-bedroom suites at Creekstone Mountain Lodge start at $329,000. Two-bedroom suites range between $579,000 and $899,000. Three-bedroom suites, with the added privacy of a den/family room, start at $989,000.
Photo Caption: left to right – Rocky Mountain Highland Dancers, Jason Ritchie for MP Blake Richards, Frank Kernick, developer, Spring Creek, Mayor John Borrowman, Andrew Nickerson, president and CEO, Canmore Tourism, Bill Marshall, architect, Muriel Davidson, bagpiper.
Photo credit: Spring Creek
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About Spring Creek
Spring Creek is a mountain neighbourhood comprised of homes for locals and vacationers of all ages, located within walking distance of downtown Canmore in the Canadian Rockies. Surrounded by mountain views, vast expanses of unspoiled wilderness and clear, glacier-fed rivers and streams, opportunities for outdoor adventure include world-class skiing, golf and fishing to hiking, biking and mountaineering.