Juniper Hotel
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The Juniper Hotel hugs the hillside below Mount Norquay, one short kilometer from the Town of Banff. Since its early days as the Timberline Inn, The Juniper has been famous for panoramic views. It boasts outstanding vistas of Rundle, Goat, and Sundance Mountain Ranges, as well as the Vermillion Lakes.

The hotel was designed and built in 1955. The long, low-rise structure, with its continuous clean lines and few decorative elements, evoked a visual connection to speed and technology. It was a perfect match for the influx of tourists arriving via the newly opened Trans-Canada Highway.

The 2003-2004 redesign returned the hotel to these modernist roots. The redesign also acknowledges some of earliest use of the site. There are architectural lines similar to the ancient pit dwellings that once stood on the same hillside in many interior details. Interpretive panels, artifacts, and art in the “Heritage Hallway” tell more of the story.

While some of the original building materials – asbestos for example – had to go, you’ll still find the same marble mosaic in the lobby. Other retained features include the local Rundlestone fireplaces in the lounge and some suites. These warm focal points date back to the hotel’s inception.

Conservation, then conversion: the solid dining room tables are made from wood recovered from an old airport hangar in Fort Macleod. The handsome, heavy bench in the lobby was once a beam in a Calgary warehouse. The thin slate tiles engraved with room numbers once shed rain on the roof of the staff quarters.

The Juniper Hotel is located within a known wildlife corridor. This is both privilege and responsibility. To better understand and respond to the wildlife in the area, we partnered with UTSB Research. Remote cameras monitored the slopes of Mount Norquay, rising behind the hotel. The behaviour these cameras captured have helped us to appropriately modify our human activity within the corridor.


Templar Architecture and Design

Landscape Architect

Scatliff + Miller + Murray

General Contractor

ResCom Inc.