The Glacier Park Lodge in Rogers Pass closed its doors after Parks Canada chose to end its lease agreement with the operators.
The 44-year-old hotel closed its doors at the end of September with little in the way of announcement or fanfare. There is no indication on the hotel’s website that it is closed and no one was answering the phone at the hotel.
Jacolyn Daniluck, the spokesperson for Parks Canada said the lease was terminated because the operators, Glacier Park Lodge Ltd., did not meet the terms and conditions of the lease.
Parks would not provide details, saying the conditions of the lease are confidential.
The lodge opened in 1968 with a 42-year-old lease that expired in 2010. Since then it has been extended on a month-to-month basis with the expectation the lessee would use this period to meet its lease condition, said Daniluck in an e-mail response to questions.
“This did not happen and Parks Canada will not renew the lease,” she wrote.
A promotional video of Glacier Park Lodge.
The hotel had mixed reviews online, with a 2.5 star rating on the website tripadvisor.ca. It was popular with backcountry skiers and hikers looking for a cheap place to stay right in Rogers Pass but others criticized it for being dated and dirty.
The future of the hotel is unclear. “Parks Canada will be taking the time to consider future options for the property and will initiate the proper public process for any future initiatives,” said Daniluck.
The closure has already forced some change of plans – the annual Canuck Splitfest, which has taken place at the lodge the past two years, switched its home base to the Hillcrest Hotel in Revelstoke for its 2013 event.
Daniluck said Parks Canada will provide visitors to Glacier National Park with information about other accommodation nearby.
The operators of the hotel could not be reached for comment.