to Alberta's famous doors of hospitality
of my first assignments while handling the
Advertising and Public Relations for the Cross
family's Calgary Brewing & Malting Company, was
a series of newspaper features on the company's
chain of country hotels. We called the series "
Alberta's Famous Doors of Hospitality." This labour
of love gave me an early appreciation for the value
of a hotelier to the community. It was an
opportunity to count many hoteliers among my inner
circle of friends.
Both of my
sons have been in the hotel industry for most of
their careers. That says a lot about the industry
as a stable working environment.
many years in the Alberta media, traveling
throughout the province, I knew and worked with
many Alberta hoteliers, such as Mortie Milner, Sam
Switzer and Homer Mears.
above, along with the famous Chateau Lake Louise
and Waterton Lakes Lodge, is a scene of Edmonton's
North Saskatchewan River Valley, site of One
Thornton Court the first hotel on our list. It is
located next to the"Hotel Macdonald," where we've
stayed many times.
worked closely with the Alberta Hotel Association
and launched new properties for Sheraton, Holiday
Inns, Travelodge, Inns Canada, and Wayfare Inns in
Edmonton's One Thornton
spring following our participation at the
Yellowhead Trans Canada Highway Association's 56th
Annual Convention in Sherwood Park on the heels of
a hectic month overseas, we needed some quiet time
for rest and relaxation in Edmonton. A friend
recommended Thornton Court, and it was love at
The spacious guest room off the main lobby and the
wide open layout of dining area and patio won my
heart immediately. So did the view (see river
valley scene in above photo sequence) .The room
itself was another wonderful surprise and so was
the reasonable price. True value in these days when
that principle is not always the norm. We enjoyed
the hotel so much, I suggested that we stay an
extra two days.
what the listing says, and every word is true. "An
inspired conversion of Edmonton's landmark federal
building named in honor of Sir Henry Thornton,
president of Canadian National Railway. With
commanding views of the river valley, centrally
located in downtown Edmonton's arts and
entertainment district. Casual Riverside Luxury.
Bringing you the most modern of conveniences.
Unique in design, unparalleled in service."
Toll Free 1·877·588·9988
One Thornton Court
Edmonton, AB, T5J 2E7
Phone: 780 423 9999, Fax: 780 423 9998
famous Banff Springs
was, and still remains, a favorite retreat of mine.
Its magnificent and challenging golf course, where
you tee off over the Bow River, is a story on its
own. I stayed
up most of the night on my first stay, playing and
replaying my first tee off drive over and over
again in my mind. I will never forget my many
conversations with a bandleader Louis Trono, a
walking encyclopedia, who has been part of Banff
Springs history since the glory days of the 30s.
It was a time when
Hollywood stars and the world's hoi poloi made the
'springs' their favorite retreat. We will share
some interesting moments in days to come, and
believe you'll like our recommendations. I heard
recently that Louis, who is over 90, is still going
strong with his dance band, so I look forward to
sharing some moments with him again
ph. 606.681.0718 or fax (604) 681-6595.
Best Western Sherwood Park
and Conference Centre
hotel for the Yellowhead Trans Canada Highway
Association's 56th Annual Convention in 2002.
The new Best
Western Sherwood Park Hotel and Conference Center
is spacious and cnvenient to several shopping
centres. It is accessed by an underground heated
walkway to Millennium Place, one of Canada's finest
recreation and sports complexes. Skating and hockey
rinks, soccer fields, a 235-meter track, pool, wave
pool, sauna, complete fitness center all under one
roof. The hotel has conference banquet facilities
for up to 1000 guests.
Sherwood Park AB T8A 3X3