First I’d like to start off by stating – I’m not a paid employee, nor am I a family member. Although, subsequent to my enjoyable experiences with the David Thompson Resort and their gracious staff, I honestly feel like a friend of the family now!
My family and I have actually celebrated 3 memorable, monumental family events at the DTR and I am embarrassed to say, that this is my 1st time to write a review. Sadly, we seem to be living in a time where people take the time to complain, rather than to compliment. This is very unfortunate, as many people can be swayed by negative comments or opinions, when they truly ought to experience and decide on their own.
In my opinion, the DTR is unknown to too many! Located between Jasper and Banff nestled in the Rocky Mountains, on highway 11. The views surrounding the resort are majestic to say the least and are well worth your traveled miles, alone! If you are looking for a hoity-toity, pretentious resort - then stay in the big city! However, if you are looking to create some great family memories, or a wonderful experience with nature, at its rustic finest (don’t worry, they have running water and flush toilets!) along with, good old down to earth customer service - then you really ought to stop by!
Amongst the last 3 years, we’ve celebrated my in-laws 50th Wedding Anniversary, a commemorative memorial and a family reunion for my other side of the family. It is a combination of things, which keeps us coming back! I’ll focus my review on our most recent event held at the DTR, our family reunion that took place over the August long weekend, 2010.
In the beginning of planning my family’s reunion, one of the main reasons I chose this beautiful location, was for their wide range of accommodation options. Whether your budget or desires suit a room in the motel, a stay at one of their quaint cozy cabins, or perhaps you’d like to stay in an RV but don’t have one (or perhaps don’t wish to foot the big fuel bill, to pull it) you can opt for renting an onsite RV, or pitch your own tent or RV in one of the many clean and very well maintained, treed sites – there is something to meet everyone’s requirements. They also have 2 separate, spacious private group areas, which provide the perfect set up for a special event!
What I like best is, that the DTR has not been spoiled by over commercialism and yet it still has all that one could need or hope for! To mention a few - an onsite restaurant, liquor and convenience store, fuel (with a discount!) mini golf along with two extraordinary parks for the kids, and a fabulous gift shop, stocked with unique items for mom to browse! Plus the DTR has the greatest idea around! A unique outdoor family pub, complete with an ‘old school’ kids park right out front! This park quickly becomes every kid’s and parent’s favourite! Amongst the normal playground equipment, they have locally made horse tire swings, and both my kids personal favourites – a stationary old boat and quad! We thoroughly enjoy our time spent at the comfortable family pub, relaxing, socializing with family, friends and personable owners Wendy and Ron. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a cold beer or a hot Cowboy Breakfast, while watching your kids safely play?! We can personally recommend the Cowboy Breakfast, complete with Ron’s special baked beans and exceptional campfire coffee!
Throughout the reunion, we utilized the resort to its fullest – right down to the beautiful, tranquil grassy area located just behind the motel. This wide-ranging resort, worked out perfectly for our reunion!
The efforts, which all the staff made to look after our event and our guests, were impeccable! For example, Kelly (DTR’s Event Manager) took time from her own dinner break, to take our reunion group photo! This may not sound like much to some, but to those who have ever attempted to photograph 59 family members… then you know it involves absolute chaos and more than just a couple minutes! That is what I consider to be over and above, customer service!
The staffs’ promptness and seamless execution of all of our provided meals, along with any site maintenance and special requests was outstanding! They were all very respectful of our privacy and took care of things without us even noticing! It truly felt like the group area was OUR private space, opposed to US being in THEIR private space!
Upon completion of our successful reunion, I wasn’t surprised with ANY additional, unforeseen costs added to the final bill. Coming from the reunion planner with a very fixed budget, this was very much appreciated! The total bill for catering etc. was by far, more than fair in my opinion!
Working with the DTR throughout the past year, planning our family reunion together really was a pleasurable experience! Their flexibility and eagerness to make our event such a huge success and a memorable one, is truly appreciated! Not only will my family continue to return, but we will also continue to spread the ‘positive’ word of the David Thompson Resort! I believe all 59 people who attended our family reunion will be doing the same, seeing as I continue to receive their compliments, on a job well done! A huge thank you goes out to Kelly, Ron, Wendy, Holly and the rest of the DTR crew, for making this year’s family reunion so terrific, as well as for contributing to our previous times spent at the resort! THANK YOU!!!
- Also Known As:
- David Thompson Hotel Nordegg
- David Thompson Resort Nordegg, Alberta