Banff Springs Hotel Staff Reunion
Rick Hall. Public Spaces,
Johanne Tummon – Staff
Kitchens/Conservatory – 1972.
Arrived in the fall of 1972 from Kitchener,
ON with Debbie Nowak and first time away from home. We took the train all the
way from Ontario. Arrived at the Grand Lobby with our trunks.
in the Staff Kitchen manning the industrial toaster that spit out 8 pieces of
toast at a time. Almost lost my thumb slicing tomatoes on the big meat slicer
machine then worked as a Still Room Girl chopping all the ingredients for the
big salad buffets; the makings for Caesar salads that were made with grand
flourish at the guest’s table with big wooden bowls along with Cherry’s
Jubilee and Steak Tartar. Crazy kitchen staff, mostly German and Swiss at that
time. Verena was the Head of the Still Room. Laura Hicks worked the Room Service
cage. John Malton worked for the head chef I think. We would always try to get
into the dessert cooler (room) for chocolate éclairs. Remember the massive dish
washing machine with the dishes scalding hot coming out the other end and
burning the guy’s hands. Not to mention the guy who washed all those huge pots
became the Assistant Gardener in the Conservatory. Mostly I wandered the halls
watering flowers and working in the Conservatory with that amazing view of the
Bow River. Rode the elevator with my friend Stephanie who was the Elevator
Operator. Manually operated at that time. Her friend Petrof was the resident
pianist in the Mount Stephen Hall. Also worked the Rob Roy room (bar) as a
waitress in those ridiculously short kilts!
own room in the Annex. A Bear walked by my window the first day there. Winter
was a quieter season. I believe this was the first year they opened up all the
floors in the hotel to accommodate the growing ski business! Remember that scary
tunnel that went underground to the hotel past the carpentry shop and laundry?
Past Rocky, the Security Guard.
days off we could take the bus from the front of the hotel that would take us to
the bottom of Sunshine Village, then another bus up the mountain. $60.00 for the
season as long as you didn’t ski on w/e’s or holidays. Always sunny there
skiing above the clouds.
Made so many friends, such good times - Marg and Bob Nihill, Linda Kearns, Teresa, Buzz, Julie, Maureen ….