Iconic Fairmont Banff and Jasper hotels have temporarily closed

Apr 9 2020, 11:54 am

Three renowned hotels in the Canadian Rockies are temporarily closing their doors Friday because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Fairmont Banff Springs, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge are ceasing operations as of noon on Friday, April 10. The closure means guests will no longer be able to stay overnight.

“This certainly isn’t goodbye, it’s farewell for now,” the hotel chain said in a statement.

“As we navigate through these times of change and uncertainty, we do so with the safety of both our loyal and valued guests and employees as our highest priority,” it continued, adding it’s helping local authorities to halt coronavirus spread.


The Chateau Lake Louise and the Fairmont Banff Springs are hotels that resemble castles nestled in Banff National Park. The Jasper Park Lodge lies just north in Jasper National Park on the shores of a glacier-fed lake.

National parks across Canada have already closed their facilities and blocked vehicle access, so guests wishing to stay at the high-end hotels would have had a hard time getting there.

The Fairmont says they want to welcome guests back as soon as it’s safe to do so.

The closures come as federal and provincial leaders urge people to forgo travel plans over the Easter long weekend and stay home.