American Road Trip Talk

Rocky Mountain Mermaid, Part 1

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 who is the current innkeeper along with her husband we will find out about the fascinating history of an area of the Rockies that has been a gathering place for millennia due to its healing waters. In part 2 and 3 Marsha will share the colorful history of the Lodge itself and her family’s overcoming tragedy to maintain it.