In our Winter 2013 issue of American Road Magazine we wandered a bit north of our theme area of Washington State into the Canadian Rockies for the subject of our Memory Motel Column. Tucked in the foothills of the craggy grandeur of British Columbia near the town of Ainsworth Springs stands the Mermaid Lodge and Motel. Not quite the image that would seem to go with a town that grew up in the rough and tumble of the Canadian Gold Rush.
In part one of our interviews with Marsh Gillies, the current innkeeper along with her husband, we will find out about the fascinating history of an area of the Canadian Rockies that has been a gathering place for millennia due to its healing waters. In parts 2 and 3 Marsha will share the colorful history of the Lodge itself and her family’s overcoming tragedy to maintain it. Don’t miss any of these installments!
Today’s interview is brought to you by the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway--Where the Mother Road Begins. From famous road-side restaurants to hidden gems, Route 66 in Illinois offers a journey back in time.
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