Culture and history

Maligne Lake Chalet and Guest House National Historic Site

The Maligne Lake Chalet and Guest House were built between 1927 and 1941 by renowned Jasper outfitter and guide Fred Brewster with the support of Canadian National Railways. His camp provided comfortable backcountry tourist accommodations at a time when access to such remote settings was by foot or horseback.

The Maligne Lake Chalet’s rustic design is a notable example of the dominant Rocky Mountain architectural trend with its peeled log construction, hipped roof and exposed log detailing. The buildings are typical of interwar architecture in the Rocky Mountain parks and were designed to foster authentic wilderness experiences as an escape from bustling modern life.

The Maligne Lake Chalet and Guest House was designated a national historic site by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada in 2014. The Chalet is commercially operated by lessee Pursuit as a venue for special events.

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