of the Auberge Parkers' Lodge
The history of the Parkers Lodge goes back to more than 60
years. In 1944, an accountant named James Parker bought a piece
of land in Val-David to settle his family and receive his friends.
Soon friends of his friends would also be welcomed. The modest house
rapidly expanded and in 1948, Mr. Parker launched out into the hotel
Among his first clients, worthy of mention, is the famous Jack Rabbit
whose real name is Herman Smith-Johannsen. In 1928, Jack Rabbit
settled in the Province of Quebec. Of Norwegian descent origin,
winter was his passion as was cross-country skiing (he cross-country
skied some time before passing away at more than hundred and eleven
years old). We owe Jack Rabbit the existence of the Laurentian cross-country
This charming country inn has four floors, in addition to a small
cottage on the side of Lake Paquin, that is to say sixteen rooms,
most of them with bathroom. The ground floor has a huge double room,
which is used as a meeting room, poolroom or table tennis. It can
also be used as a dance hall, depending on the wishes and moods
of the clients.
On the first floor, you will find the television room, the smoking
area, the dining room and two bedrooms. The walls of the second
floor have country style wallpaper and each of the 10 bedroom doors
have Canadian and Provincial territories coat of arms. On the third
floor, four huge rooms complete the lodging area.
The families can reserve adjoining rooms drawn together by a common
bathroom. From top to bottom, you will find antiques here and there,
which collectors would not disregard. The small cottage, with fireplace,
leads out on a large terrace on the top of a boat hangar, with an
outlook on a small sympathetic and peaceful lake.
At Parkers Lodge, you just have to go outside, put on your
cross-country skis and softly ski to the Paquin Lake, from which
you have access to the Western trail.
The new owners priority, a warm atmosphere in all its simplicity.
They are close to their customers that our hosts prefer to call
guests: "I find that the word customer has an impersonal ring
to it, that is why for us we open our doors to what we call our
guests. A home away from home!" says France.