The Mermaid Lodge & Motel—Ainsworth Hot Springs, British Columbia

From its hillside vantage deep in the Canadian Rockies, the Mermaid overlooks a landscape rich in rugged beauty and history. Long before the lure of gold drew prospectors from the south, this area was celebrated for its natural spa.

To accommodate those travelers rushing north for fame and fortune, sheriff and government agent Henry Anderson built the original lodge in 1891. Five years later, a devastating fire wiped out every building in the settlement except the Mermaid.

The current complex includes the original lodge and modern motel units with all the comforts of home. With its long history, one thing is clear: The Mermaid Lodge & Motel has proven to be as hardy a survivor as the original pioneers who marched north to plunder nature’s wealth and were overcome by her charms.