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The Fairmont Empress Hotel (“The Empress”) Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

The Fairmont Empress Hotel (“The Empress”) Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

By     Aug 25th, 2014
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Build between 1904-1908, The Fairmont Express (“The Empress”) is Victoria, British Columbia’s most famous and oldest hotel, officially opening on January 20, 1908. Designed by architect, Francis Rattenbury, this chateau style hotel served as a terminus hotel for Canadian Pacific Steamship line. By the mid-to-late 1920’s Victoria was a popular tourist destination which attracted royalty and movie stars. Rumor has it, Shirley Temple, her parents and bodyguards stayed here because of kidnapping threats in California.

Over the years, The Empress began to fade, some felt it needed to be torn down. Thankfully others saw it as a Victoria landmark and $4 million was spent to refurbish The Empress in June 1966. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1981 and in 1989, $45 million was spent renovating guest rooms, health club and indoor pool.

The Fairmont Empress Hotel

Adding to the charm of this beautiful old hotel is the Victorian Tea Service which serves more than 800 guests daily!

There are approximately 900 squares of slate on this roof! Our North Country Unfading Black (20” x 10” x ¼) has been supplied over the years for various repair work and restoration.

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Sheena Owen

Sheena Owen began working for North Country Slate on October 12, 1999. As the Sales Coordinator, Sheena’s day to day duties include providing customer service, new business development, inside sales, handling all cross-border customs issues/documentation, arranging shipments, health and safety representation and social media marketing. Sheena graduated from the University of Guelph in 1992 with a BA in English and Drama and in 1995 graduated with a Diploma in Radio and Television Broadcasting from Centennial College. Sheena’s first job was the Producer’s Assistant for TV shows including Robocop, F/X The Series and Nikita. She went on to becoming an Assistant Manager at Eddie Bauer. In her spare time, Sheena enjoys traveling, gardening, volunteering at her local soccer club and cheering on her kids at their sporting events.

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