Canmore, Alta., The Malcolm Hotel and Event Centre, located in Spring Creek, the heart of Canmore, held its Grand Opening Gala on Saturday, November 3. It is the first four-star luxury hotel in Canmore and the first of three hotels being built in the Spring Creek community just off Main Street.

The luxury hotel literally rolled out the red carpet for its black-tie guests, who were piped into the grand lobby where they experienced an unveiling of the new portrait of King Malcolm III of Scotland, a hotel tour that featured caviar, smoked salmon, scotch-tasting, champagne and an evening Ceilidh, with black tie and kits, tartans, Highland dancers, contortionists and the Johnny McCuaig Band.

Photo caption: Portrait of King Malcolm III of Scotland unveiled during the Bagpiper’s Toast at the Grand Opening Gala of the Malcolm Hotel. (l-r: King Malcolm III, Jim Muir, president of Clique Hotels and Resorts and operator of the Malcolm Hotel, Frank Kernick, owner of Spring Creek and the Malcolm Hotel,  Muriel Davidson, Canmore Highland Games bagpiper.)
Photo credit: submitted by the Malcolm Hotel
**Contact dHz Media for other high res photos from the Gala.

“This is a pretty special moment,” says Frank Kernick, developer of Spring Creek, Canmore, who built and owns the hotel, “Canmore was named by an employee of Canadian Pacific Railway in 1884. CPR was the first in Canada to build luxury mountain hotels in the Canadian Rockies and now in 2018, Spring Creek is bringing the first four-star luxury hotel to Canmore.”

The Canmore name originates from a town on the northwest shores of Scotland named after King Malcom III of Scotland who reigned from 1058 to 1093. Canmore is the anglicized version of “Ceann Mór” which is Gaelic for ‘Great Chief’ or ‘Head’ which was the King’s nickname.

When designing the Malcolm Hotel, the developer wanted to pay homage to the town’s unique history and legacy. The four-star luxury hotel’s ambience and design reflects the royal decadence and heritage of past Scottish kings while encompassing an authentic, contemporary mountain feel. Spring Creek’s professional in-house design team collaborated with award-winning Marshall Tittemore Architects (MTA) to design the hotel while highlighting the surrounding natural beauty. MTA’s portfolio includes Banff Aspen Lodge and Sunshine Terraces at Sunshine Village.

The Malcolm Hotel is located in Spring Creek, Canmore and bordered between two natural-flowing creeks and minutes from Main Street. Guests at The Malcolm Hotel enjoy convenient access to downtown Canmore’s eclectic collection of restaurants, cafés, pubs, artisan galleries and boutique shops.

The hotel itself features 124 well-appointed rooms and suites, a fine-dining restaurant and lounge, and an 8,800-sq. ft. event space. It has 73 double queen rooms, 32 king rooms and 20 suites. Amenities include an elegant outdoor pool with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains from the second floor open-air mezzanine and fitness centre.

In addition to the Malcolm Hotel, the Spring Creek community is situated on 70 acres and includes condominium homes, villas, estate home sites, Origin at Spring Creek – an active living senior residence and luxury mountain lodges with vacation suites. It recently launched its sixth mountain lodge and fourth residential project, the Jack Pine Lodge, named after the developer’s father, Jack Kernick.

Developer Frank Kernick and his family have called Canmore home for three generations. Once a dairy farm and livery, the Spring Creek lands have been part of the Kernick family since 1927. In the 1950s, the family created Restwell, a popular campground, part of which operates today.

The Malcolm Hotel was developed by Spring Creek, and is operated by Canmore specialist Clique Hospitality Management. Clique Hotels & Resorts was founded by Jim Muir, a Canmore resident and hotel consultant. It now operates five lodges in Canmore and two hotels in Calgary. Clique properties have all enjoyed number one rankings on TripAdvisor and continue to be the best performing hotels in the Canmore market.

“Canmore is a very popular tourist destination and lodging is often sold out. The Malcolm Hotel helps to meet demand while providing a luxury option,” says Jim Muir, president, Clique Hotels and Resorts. “Combining luxury with Clique Hotels focus on guest satisfaction creates an attractive destination. Book early to avoid disappointment.”

Tourism is a key economic driver in Alberta and the new hotel is already generating economic benefits as it meets the needs of an increasing number of tourists visiting the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The Malcolm Hotel is expected to staff more than 60 full-time and part-time employees, annually generating over $3.2 million in new salary and benefits. In addition to providing new job opportunities for locals the hotel will contribute to the number of tourism dollars spent in Canmore.

According to the Canmore Business and Tourism’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, the 2020 target for the tourism sector is an annual visitor spend of $400 million (up from $278 million in 2012). Tourism in Alberta accounts for 54% of all visitors to Canada, taking in $8 billion annually while supporting over 19,000 businesses and employing more than 127,000 people.

At the Grand Opening Gala, the Malcolm Hotel unveiled a large-scale portrait of King Malcolm III which it commissioned from Artist Charles Malinsky, who specializes in black and white figure representation. The portrait took five months to complete due to the research required to ensure the accuracy of clothing and weaponry.

“In the portrait, I wanted King Malcolm to be in his mid to late 40s at the peak of his physical prowess. In the image, he is defiant, confident, and has battle scars,” says Charles Malinsky. “I only work in black-and-white, as a medium for painting but I wanted to capture a historical aspect and introduced sepia tones to give the portrait depth and richness. The end result is a very dramatic and powerful expression of King Malcolm.”

The Malcolm Hotel is now open and taking reservations for overnight stays, weddings and conferences. It currently has Book Early and Putting on the Polish promotions offering 20 and 30 per cent discounts when booking a stay. Interested parties should go to for more details.

Online Media kit (background, fact sheet, photos) here.


Washington, DC – November 1, 2018, Historic Hotels of America® and Historic Hotels Worldwide® are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Awards of Excellence. Recipients were honored at a special ceremony and gala at The Broadmoor (1918) in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Thursday, November 1. Awards were presented before an audience of more than 200 industry leaders, owners, senior management, and representatives of the finest historic hotels from across America and from around the world. Honors were given in multiple categories ranging from Hotelier of the Year and Hotel Historian of the Year to Best Historic Resort, Historic Hotelier of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, and others.

Each year, these Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence honor, encourage, and recognize the most exemplary historic hotels, hoteliers, and leadership practices. The Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence are presented to historic hotels and hoteliers demonstrating innovative leadership, stewardship, and contribution to furthering the recognition, preservation, and celebration of these preeminent historic hotels and their histories.

From more than 200 nominees, the following Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide hotels and hoteliers were honored with these prestigious annual awards for 2018:

Historic Hotels of America New Member of the Year

The Statler (1956) Dallas, Texas

Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel

The Otesaga Hotel and Cooper Inn (1909) Cooperstown, New York 

Sustainability Champion

La Fonda (1922) Santa Fe, New Mexico

Best Small Historic Inn/Hotel (Under 75 Guestrooms)

Benbow Inn (1926) Garberville, California

Best Historic Hotel (76-200 Guestrooms)

Beekman Arms and Delamater Inn (1766) Rhinebeck, New York

Best Historic Hotel (201-400 Guestrooms)

The Brown Hotel (1923) Louisville, Kentucky

Best Historic Hotel (Over 400 Guestrooms)

Hotel Captain Cook (1964) Anchorage, Alaska

Best City Center Historic Hotel

The Jefferson Hotel (1895) Richmond, Virginia

Best Historic Resort

The Hotel Hershey® (1933) Hershey, Pennsylvania

Best Historic Restaurant

Woods Restaurant at Grand Hotel (1887) Mackinac Island, Michigan


Hotel Historian of the Year

Teresa Porter at Benbow Inn (1926) Garberville, California 

Ambassador of the Year (Quarter Century of Service)

Ann Alba at The Broadmoor (1918) Colorado Springs, Colorado

Best Historic Hotels Worldwide Hotel in Europe

Domus Renier Boutique Hotel (1608) Chania, Greece

Best Historic Hotels Worldwide Hotel in Asia/Pacific

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (1901) Hanoi, Vietnam

 Best Historic Hotels Worldwide Hotel in the Americas

The Omni King Edward Hotel (1903) Toronto, Canada

2018 Historian of the Year

Luke Barr

Celebrated New York Times bestselling author of Ritz & Escoffier: The Hotelier, the Chef & the Rise of the Leisure Class; and Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste

Steward of History and Historic Preservation

Herbert V. Kohler, Jr. at The American Club (1918) Kohler, Wisconsin

Legendary Family Historic Hoteliers of the Year

The Beach family at Basin Harbor Club (1886) Vergennes, Vermont

Historic Hotelier of the Year

David Tamulevich at Portland Regency Hotel & Spa (1895) Portland, Maine

Lifetime Achievement Award

Ken Price, at Palmer House®, a Hilton Hotel (1871) Chicago, Illinois

“Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence.  These 2018 winners represent more than 400 years of history and include the finest legendary and iconic historic hotels from across the United States of America and from around the world,” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “We are delighted to recognize these magnificent historic hotels and their historic hoteliers for their dedication, passion, stewardship, and leadership in preserving these treasures and their stories for future generations of travelers.”

Award recipients are selected from nominees received from historic hotels, historic preservation supporters, prior award recipients, and leadership from Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. As official programs of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide provide the recognition to travelers, civic leaders, and the global cultural, heritage, and historic travel market that member hotels are among the finest historic hotels across America and around the world. The Historic Hotels Annual Awards of Excellence program recognizes the pinnacle of this distinct group of nominees in a range of categories. 


DENVER (October 30, 2018)RLH Corporation(NYSE:RLH) announced today the debut of its integrated Apple TV solution at Hotel RL, creating a central hub for hotel guests. Moving beyond just providing cable television, the new solution provides enhanced digital experiences such as: ordering from the hotel restaurant, streaming content, interacting with concierge services, and finding locally-curated recommendations. The Apple TV solution connects Hotel RL guests to the hotel and the city they are visiting.

RLH Corporation paired Apple TV hardware with programming, software, and services from Jamf and Monscierge to create a cutting-edge solution empowering a fully integrated and personalized hotel service experience for travelers. When a guest checks in and the Apple TV is powered on, all configurations, settings and apps deploy automatically without the need for any manual configuration. Guests don’t have to go through all the setup screens and can enjoy its benefits instantaneously. 

“Hotel RL guests expect a unique, yet personalized guest experience when staying at our hotels,” said RLH Corporation Chief Information Officer John Edwards. “With Monscierge and Jamf’s support, we are able to create a solution that allows our hotels to connect directly with our guests through our mobile application, provide customized streaming services through Apple TV, and improve guest services by enabling digital staff communication.”

The integrated Apple TV solution is currently available at Hotel RL Baltimore and is planned to be rolled out to other Hotel RL locations beginning early next year.

“We are always looking for new ways to improve our guests’ experience at our hotels,” continued Edwards. “By combining the power of Moncierge and Jamf with Apple TV we are now able to offer our guests a digital entertainment experience similar to what they might have at home, while adding unique solutions that keep our guests connected with our hotels and explore the local culture of the city they are visiting.”

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LAKE LOUISE, ALBERTA, Canada - Sharc International Systems Inc.  (CSE: SHRC) (FSE: IWIA) (OTCQB: INTWF) ("SHARC" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that Lake Louise Inn (the “Inn”), managed by Atlific Hotels, is furthering its commitment to sustainability and maintaining the integrity of Alberta’s resources by being the first hotel property in the world to employ a SHARC™ Energy System’s Piranha T10 system.

The technology has been used for other domestic environmental initiatives, but this is the first time the waste water heat recovery system has been used to improve energy consumption in a hotel.  Waste water is an inexhaustible energy source that is widely unused and has a high thermal potential. 

The Piranha system’s self-contained heat pump uses a proprietary direct expansion heat exchanger to extract thermal energy. In this application, it will collect hot water from the Lake Louise Inn’s laundry machines. Rather than draining into a sewer as is the currently accepted waste water practice, the heat energy in this water will be recovered. The water will act as a source for the heat pump, which will then be used to heat incoming cold water for future loads, drastically reducing energy requirements.

“This wonderful opportunity to put environmental stewardship to work in a practical way aids our conservation efforts with meaningful results,” said Gordon Johnson, Vice President Operations, Atlific Hotels.  “The serious reduction in water and energy use and greenhouse gas emissions will be of benefit to everyone who appreciates the importance of preserving Lake Louise’s natural resources, and certainly makes sense from a business perspective. It’s a win-win for all. “

 “When we first discussed this technology with Atlific Hotels, they knew instinctively that it would be a game-changer” said Lynn Mueller, CEO, SHARC Energy Systems. “The management team at Lake Louise Inn embraced the idea and is seeing immediate benefit. They are pioneers in reclaiming hotel laundry waste water, and we hope many other hotels will follow suit.” 

As a result, the installation of the Piranha system will provide the following benefits to the Inn:

Will reduce emissions by over 80 tonnes of CO2 each year, taking the equivalent of 17 cars off the road

  • Will reduce emissions by over 80 tonnes of CO2 each year, taking the equivalent of 17 cars off the road
  • Will reduce the laundry’s energy use by 85%
  • The savings from each 100 loads of laundry can provide energy for an additional 8 days

It is estimated that it will produce on average 17,000 L (4,500 gal) of hot water on a daily basis. As the Piranha runs on electricity, it will offset approximately 57,000 L (15,000 gal) of propane annually, significantly reducing the hotel’s carbon footprint.

“This system represents an impressive intersection of innovation, conservation and cost savings and makes good sense. I can’t think of a better place than in Banff National Park to implement this forward thinking, ecofriendly technology,” said Nuwan Eparatchy, General Manager, Lake Louise Inn. “I applaud the SHARC team for its genuine commitment to creating a greener tomorrow for all of us.” 

 The Piranha wastewater heat recovery system from SHARC Energy Systems Inc. is the first of its kind in the HVAC market and has redefined green building innovation.

Lake Louise Inn is one of Alberta’s most treasured Rocky Mountain resorts. This four-season property nestled amongst the soaring pines of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers spectacular mountain views amongst the ancient glaciers, deep valleys and meandering trails.


TORONTO (October 18, 2018)Atlific Hotels is delighted to name Gordon Johnson as its new Vice President Operations. Johnson who officially joined the team in his new role on September 10, 2018 will oversee all operational aspects of Atlific managed hotels across British Columbia and Alberta.  He will also work with the Atlific executive team to aid in the success of the company’s objectives and vision. 

“Gordon’s exemplary career in hospitality is the ideal match for Atlific’s commitment to excellent customer service and driving results for its owners,” said Robert Chartrand, Chief Executive Officer, Atlific Hotels. “We are thrilled to welcome him to the team.” 

Johnson brings with him over 30 years of management experience within the hospitality industry. While serving as Regional Vice President for Delta Vancouver Airport, he worked to earn his Bachelor in Hospitality Management from Vancouver Community College which he completed in 2009. Following completion of his degree, he became Regional Vice President and General Manager at Delta Burnaby Hotel & Conference Centre where he was responsible for eight managed Delta Hotels in British Columbia. Most recently, Johnson held the position of Vice President Operations for Revera Retirement, where he oversaw a portfolio of 47 residences operating across half a dozen health authorities in Western Canada, from Brampton, Ontario, to Victoria, British Columbia. In addition, Gordon has been a Chair on the boards of numerous associations, such as Tourism Vancouver, Tourism Calgary, Tourism Burnaby and Vancouver Hotel GM Association.  


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