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The first Sawridge enterprise was the construction of a hotel in 1972 in Slave Lake, Alberta

History


The Sawridge Group of Companies was founded by the Sawridge Cree First Nation of Slave Lake, Alberta. The first enterprise was the construction of a hotel at Sawridge’s ancestral home, Slave Lake, in 1972. Ten years later in 1982, a parcel of land was acquired from Parks Canada and the tradition continued with the construction of a second hotel in Jasper National Park; Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre Jasper. 

Today, the Sawridge Group of Companies consists of various real estate holdings, land developments, retail and service businesses and an additional four hotels, namely Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre Fort McMurray, Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre Peace River, Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre Edmonton South and our newest property Best Western Plus Sawridge Suites located in Fort McMurray.

With 40 years of success in the  hospitality sector, Sawridge has gained valuable industry experience and has developed a strong team of management and supervisory personnel. Our properties offer guests the comfort and warmth esteemed and valued by the native culture. With décor presented in local woods and stone, accented with indigenous art and fireplaces, our properties welcome guests with a level of hospitality that transcends the centuries. Our hotels are natural, clean and demonstrate respect for the environment, each participating in the Green Key Rating Program. Instilled in our work is a tradition of respect, fairness and a commitment to exceptional value for our customers.

Accolades

We stay true to the Sawridge brand by offering unequalled hospitality, a respect for people and the environment; and exceptional service to all of our business partners and guests. 

From management awards to environmental awards, the Sawridge brand has received a great deal of recognition in the Alberta market. Below you will find a list of the latest accolades we have been honoured to receive.

  • 2016 Housekeeping Award, Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association
  • Awards of Excellence 2016, Trip Advisor
  • 2016 Employer of Choice, Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association
  • 2016 Star Quality Accommodations, Hotel Association of Canada (3 or 4 Star)
  • 2013 National Philanthropy Day Award, Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • 2012 Humanitarian Award, Hotel Association of Canada
  • Eagle Feather Award 2012, Alberta Chambers of Commerce
  • Finalist, Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies
  • 2012 Top 50 Award, Hotelier Magazine