The old Lakeland Hotel - which has now been renamed 'Tweedsmuir Hotel' - is expected to open its doors in the spring of 2017. 

The old Lakeland Hotel - which has now been renamed 'Tweedsmuir Hotel' - is expected to open its doors in the spring of 2017. 

Lakeland Hotel to reopen in spring 

Once completed, the hotel will create 15 new jobs in Burns Lake

The old Lakeland Hotel – which has now been renamed ‘Tweedsmuir Hotel’ – is expected to open its doors in the spring of 2017.

Skin Tyee First Nation (STFN) purchased the hotel and announced major renovations and upgrades in 2015. Although the original plan was to reopen the hotel in the fall of 2016, plans changed after a few setbacks, explained Adele Gooding, STFN’s general manager.

The new hotel will create approximately 15 jobs once it is completed. Positions needed will include cooks, housekeepers, front desk attendants, bartenders, maintenance workers, restaurant manager and general manager.

Gooding said that so far STFN has been focused on hiring locally.

“Initially we tried to hire two individuals from each of our six local First Nations,” she said. “Although some nations are not represented anymore, that’s how it started out.”

“We’ve been trying to keep our dollars here in town instead of [hiring] a large contractor,” she continued. “It’s been a really good experience for everybody involved.”

“It’s amazing the talent and the expertise here in Burns Lake and the Lakes District,” she added.

The old Lakeland Hotel was once considered people’s favourite breakfast place. The STFN took this into consideration when they planned a new restaurant with a breakfast theme. The new hotel will also have a sports pub and grill with a stage for performances of local musicians.

In addition, the hotel will have a convention centre that can host events for up to 150 people, an interpretive centre, and a gift shop where local First Nations artists will be able to display and sell their artwork.

“We’re trying to incorporate the Indigenous and pioneer theme,” explained Gooding. “We’re looking at marketing the Aboriginal experience through Aboriginal tourism.”

“We also wanted to keep a lot of the old aspect of the hotel,” she added.

The new hotel will have 23 rooms with soundproof windows. Some of the rooms will be themed and have hot tubs, and one of the rooms will be for people with physical disabilities.

In addition, the building will have a new fire suppression system and its mechanical and electrical systems will be replaced.

Over the next few months, STFN will start a contest to choose the hotel’s new logo.

People interested in working for the hotel can send an e-mail to Adele Gooding at gm@skintyeenation.ca.

 

Just Posted

Grad 2021 parade through the village. (Priyanka Ketkar photo/Lakes District News)
VIDEO: LDSS graduation 2021 parade in Burns Lake

Lakes District Secondary School (LDSS) in Burns Lake had a graduation parade… Continue reading

First farmer's market Burns Lake 2021. (Priyanka Ketkar photo/Lakes District News)
Community Market 2021 begins in Burns Lake

Burns Lake & District Chamber of Commerce’s community market, which has received… Continue reading

Garden woodchips. (Priyanka Ketkar photo/Lakes District News)
Greenhouse progress in Burns Lake

The Burns Lake Community Garden have a huge pile of woodchips, rough… Continue reading

The Beacon Theatre roof project will ensure the theatre’s roof can handle the snow loads and stay open during winter months. (Priyanka Ketkar photo/Lakes District News)
Roof replacement for Beacon Theatre begins

Theatre to remain closed until August

A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

Police are asking for public assistance in locating Anthony Graham who has been charged with the murders of Kamloops brothers Carlo and Erick Fryer. (RCMP photo)
2 charged, suspect at large in killings of B.C. brothers linked to gang activity: RCMP

Kamloops brothers Erick and Carlo Fryer were found deceased in May on a remote Okanagan road

Albert Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney unveil an opening sign after speaking about the Open for Summer Plan and next steps in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta 1st province in Canada to lift all COVID-19 public health restrictions

70.2% of eligible citizens 12 and older in the province have received a dose of the vaccine

Fraser Health registered nurse Ramn Manan draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Honour our fathers’ with COVID-19 vaccine protection, B.C. urges

109 new cases Friday, 75 per cent of 12 and up immunized

(Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Trutch Avenue in Chilliwack to be renamed to remove racist taint

New name to have Indigenous significance as Chilliwack takes new step toward reconciliation

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen during a joint news conference following the EU-Canada Summit, in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday June 15, 2021. Trudeau says Canada is on track now to have 68 million doses delivered by the end of July, which is more than enough to fully vaccinate all 33.2 million Canadians over the age of 12. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vaccine deliveries enough to fully vaccinate all eligible Canadians by end of July

Three in four eligible Canadians now have their first dose, nearly one in five fully vaccinated.

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, in Ottawa, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant grew in Canada this week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s public health agency reports spike in confirmed cases of Delta variant

More than 2,000 cases of the variant confirmed across all 10 provinces and in one territory

Bella Bella is on B.C.’s Central Coast, accessible only by air and ocean. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
B.C. provides $22 million for Heiltsuk development on Central Coast

Elders care home project, tourism, lumber mill supported

The federal government says it wants to ban most flavoured vaping products in a bid to reduce their appeal to youth. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Craig Mitchelldyer
Health Canada proposes ban on most vaping flavours it says appeal to youth

If implemented, the regulations would restrict all e-cigarette flavours except tobacco, mint and menthol

Most Read