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HISTORY

The McIntosh Family and The Windermere Valley


From 1946 to 1950 Duncan, Douglas’ father and his brother-in-law Danny, were successful owner/ operators of the Big Bend Hotel in Golden, B.C., which still exists today.

Duncan, Dorothy and family relocated to the Bowness area of Calgary where he and Dorothy owned and operated the Bow Theatre. In 1952 they moved to Radium Hot Springs and purchased the original C.P.R. Lodge and Bungalows.

For the next fifteen years the McIntosh family operated this popular vacation spot overlooking the Radium Hot Springs pools. In 1964 the bungalows were relocated to Fairmont Hot Springs and at that time construction began on the new Radium Hot Springs Lodge. In 1965, with Premier W.A.C. Bennett in attendance, the Lodge was opened and it was at this time Doug came to work for his parents.

It was during this period that Duncan took up serious flying and with the assistance of his sons Doug and Bruce and others, built the Radium airport (jokingly called the Radium International).

As Radium continued to expand it became evident to Duncan that other attractions were necessary. This resulted in the building, with partner Steve Capowski, of the Radium Drive Inn theatre.

In 1969, along with several other businessmen in the valley, the McIntosh’s purchased shares in the newly expanding Panorama ski area where Doug served as a Director. During this exciting period the first ski packages were developed between Radium Lodge and Panorama and many people in the Valley, such as Roger Madson worked towards the creation of winter business in the Valley. Doug and Bruce, working with Roger Madson’s company and Hans Gmoser Canadian Mountain Holidays, were successful in creating ski packages for glacier skiing in the Purcell Mountains. Roger later moved this operation to Panorama, where it successfully operates today as R.K. Heli-skiing.

In 1972 Doug and Bruce purchased Radium Hot Springs Golf and Country Club (a small nine hole golf course) and assembled additional surrounding land to start construction on a first class destination resort, as well a two residential subdivisions and two condominium developments.

1979 saw the completion of the new eighteen hole golf course and clubhouse facilities as well as thirty condominiums, clubhouse and related facilities. Radium Hot Springs Lodge was sold at this time, with a year round occupancy rating of 89%.

September 1982 was the official opening of the fully completed Radium Resort featuring:

bulletRadium Inn
bulletPro Shop
bulletDining room and cocktail lounge
bulletConvention facilities
bulletSports complex with racquet courts, swimming pool, hot tub, fitness room
bulletTennis courts

During this period the Resort prospered, catering to business from the Pacific Northwest and markets from all over North America, including international visitors. Golf holiday packages were introduced at this time and contributed greatly to the overall success of the Resort.

In October 1989 Douglas sold the Resort to Chotokan, a Japanese hotel group.

During his thirty years in the hospitality business Douglas’s Industry credentials include:

bulletPresident-SMAC,
Ski Marketing Advisory Council of British Columbia
bulletPresident-TIABC,
Tourist Industry Association of British Columbia
bulletElected founding President-BCRMVA, Tourism Rockies

Douglas still serves on the current board of Kootenay Rockies. Currently he is a Director of Lake Windermere Pointe, a development being built on the shores of Lake Windermere and President of the Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce.

 

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DOUGLAS D. McINTOSH
President, Chattan Holdings Ltd.
Box 9, Radium Hot Springs
British Columbia, Canada V0A 1M0

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(250) 347-6464
(250) 347-6565
doug@chattan.com