"We’ve driven past a million times and always wanted to stay." is the comment we hear the most at the front desk of the Overlander Mountain Lodge. We actually have it - the drive - as a reason for staying at Overlander Mountain Lodge in our reservation system. It's true though, when you're driving Highway 16 to or from Jasper there is little time to slow down and see what is up on the hill by the gates to Jasper National Park.
For some though, that turn has been one they will never forget. One such person is Garth Griffiths. Garth and his wife Kathy got married at the lodge in the fall of 1971. They had their banquet and dance in the building where the Miette rooms are now. Hard to know at the time but 23 years later Garth would make that turn again - this time with his 20-year-old son and say, “ Look what I just bought...”
My exact words were “you’re kidding.” The place was a wreck. You couldn’t even go downstairs in the main lodge it was so dirty and dark. There were trophy animal heads all over the place, torn carpets, broken beds, a stone moose with a broken antler on the front lawn, a broken down chuck wagon at the front door and the kitchen was in shambles.
I thought he was crazy- the pictures explain why. I thought why would anyone ever want to stay here? Garth had a different idea though. He was able to see not what was but what could be - the big picture.
With that vision Garth and his wife Kathy got to working making it happen. After all their hard work, Overlander Mountain Lodge became a fantastic Rocky Mountain Getaway they were proud of.
So next time you're making your way to or from Jasper, take that turn and come visit us at the Lodge on the Hill by the Jasper National Park Gates.
Curious to see how the rooms have evolved? Check out our lodge rooms and vacation homes in the photo gallery.