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Delta Bessborough


Delta Bessborough Historical Timelines


  • 1930 –February, Excavation work began on the hotel site
  • 1931 –May 30, the name of the Hotel, “Bessborough”, was announced by Walter Pratt
  • 1932 –Earl of Bessborough, Sir Vere Brabazon Ponsonby, Governor General of Canada, and Countess Bessborough visited the unfinished Bessborough Hotel
  • 1933 –Construction was completed
  • 1935 –December 10, Bessborough officially opened – First guest, Horace Stovin registered
  • 1954 –August, Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Geoffrey Fisher visited the Bessborough
  • 1959 –First interior decorating alterations were completed.
  • 1963 –A mixed beverage room accommodating 90 persons and an outdoor swimming pool were created
  • 1966 –All guest rooms were redecorated and air-conditioning installed
  • 1970 –April, the Bessborough was presented an award for outstanding courtesy, cooperation and service
  • 1971 –Main registration desk was moved from mezzanine level downstairs to present location
  • 1973 –Brothers Donald, David, and Marc Baltzan purchased the Bessborough
  • 1975 –7th-8th floors converted to office space
  • 1980 –New main kitchen constructed and indoor swimming pool/recreational complex built
  • 1989 –November, Delta Hotels purchase the Bessborough
  • 1990 –Renovations valued around $7 million with an addition of a ballroom, the “William Pascoe Room”
  • 1998 –Legacy Hotels Real Estate Investment Trust, with majority ownership by Canadian Pacific Hotels, purchases The Delta Bessborough
  • 1999 –$10,000,000 restoration of the historic Delta Bessborough Hotel returning it to its renowned elegance
  • 2000 –Hotel unveils Historic Gallery and Stovin’s Lounge on December 10th and 1500 people attend open house celebrating the hotel’s 65th anniversary
  • 2008 – Delta Hotels and the Delta Bessborough purchased by bcIMC and a $1.5 million lobby and lounge renovation is undertaken
  • 2010 – December 10th hotel celebrates 75th anniversary with open house and gala dinner
  • 2012  –$6.5 Million guestroom and corridor renovation takes place, first stage of $20 Million capital investment