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Fairmont Hotel Macdonald celebrates Canada's 150th Anniversary with Historic Activities

Hotel Macdonald
Publish Date: 08-Jun-2017

Edmonton, Alberta Thursday, June 08, 2017

Since 1915, Fairmont Hotel Macdonald has been the place to be for every special season; the charm and classic elegance have made the hotel the heart and soul of Edmonton, now and forever. This iconic landmark was conceived to be a part of the new railway system and set high on the hillside to welcome newcomers to Edmonton.  This year, in honour of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the hotel introduces a six-day calendar of events to welcome the travelers, newcomers, and locals.

“We are proud to be Canadian and even more proud to have been host to numerous iconic events in Canada’s history, including: Edward, Prince of Wales in 1919, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1939, Princess Elizabeth in 1951, then again as Queen Elizabeth II in 2005,” said Garrett Turta, general manager. Guests have turned moments into memories being surrounded by authentic Canadian touches such as the Confederation Lounge’s Fathers of Confederation Mural. “Challener’s mural is an irreplaceable historical artifact that people truly enjoy coming to see and learning the history behind it.”

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald will celebrate being Edmontonians while it celebrates Canada’s milestone. Hotel Macdonald has been a key piece of Edmonton’s past, and being the city’s first official designated heritage building, it will open its doors wide to welcome the world. 

The official series of celebrations will begin on Thursday, June 29, and carry through until Tuesday, July 4. “We created a variety of activities and experiences to encourage everyone to make this milestone memorable and enjoy activities such as: a honeybee educational night, a local artisan marketplace, a special Sunday brunch, and a heritage-inspired dinner menu for the finale,” said, Joslyn Black, communications manager. “We take great pride in the memories made here, and we look forward to a busy summer season as we welcome both locals and visitors in this exciting year which will go down in history! We’ve thoroughly enjoyed this change to tie-in our roots while we continue to elevate our events and guest experiences in a whole new way!”

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About Fairmont

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations worldwide, providing travelers with memorable travel experiences, thoughtful and attentive service and luxury hotels that are truly unforgettable. Each Fairmont property reflects the locale’s energy, culture and history through locally inspired cuisine, spirited bars and lounges and distinctive design and decor. With more than 70 hotels globally, and many more in development, the Fairmont collection boasts some of the most iconic and distinctive hotels in the world. This extraordinary collection includes The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Dubai’s Fairmont The Palm, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Fairmont is part of AccorHotels, a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,100 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 3000 of the finest private homes around the globe. For more information or reservations, please visit fairmont.com.

About Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald has long been known as the most elegant hotel in Edmonton and is lovingly referred to as 'The Mac.' After four years of construction, the Hotel, named after Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, opened its doors on July 05, 1915 and was destined to become the centre of Edmonton's social life. Situated high on the bank overlooking the North Saskatchewan River valley, the seven-story Grand Trunk Pacific Hotel (faced with Indiana limestone and roofed with copper) was built and furnished at a cost of about $2,250,000 (over $35 million today). The characteristic Chateau style, an adaptation of French 16th Century castles, was first brought to Canada in 1892. After more than half a century of glamour, Fairmont Hotel Macdonald closed its doors in 1983 after the Universiade Games, as it had fallen into a state of disrepair.  On January 08, 1985, the City of Edmonton designated the Hotel as a Municipal Heritage Resource (and thereby saving it from the wrecking ball) and was the first building in Edmonton to receive this special designation. Five heritage areas are included in the designation:  The building exterior, The Confederation Lounge, the Lobby, the Wedgwood Room, and the Empire Ballroom.