On August 21st, 2012, long-time patrons were saddened to hear that their well-loved restaurant had been consumed by fire. The popular stop between Calgary and Banff held a special place in the memories of many travelers. Being a high profile site along the Trans-Canada Highway, the Chiniki Band of the Stoney Nakoda Nation sought to immediately redevelop the facility, enhancing its services while holding to the character of the iconic landmark.
The octagonal lodge concept was proposed by the developer, Tim Davidson. The 360-degree dining room affords the customers exceptional Rocky Mountain views while maximizing the beautiful ambiance of the foothills. The timber, log, and rundlestone reflect the Canadiana style as well as the vernacular of the Stoney Nakoda Nation. The timeless structure is designed to be fire resistant; the interior specifications are for highly durable finishes.
The new Chiniki Village is a well received solution for the future of the site. The design embraces the challenge of applying a rustic feel to a modern commercial facility. The bold roofline serves to maximize its visibility from the highway - the new Chiniki Village will continue to draw traffic with its unique products and services.