Room at the Inn

Historic Hotels of British Columbia’s Southern Interior

By (author): Glen A. Mofford
Foreword by: Greg Nesteroff
ISBN 9781772034233
Softcover | Publication Date: May 16, 2023
Book Dimensions: 5.5 in. x 8.5 in.
256 Pages
$22.95 CAD

About the Book

A fully illustrated social history profiling forty-two historic hotels spread over six regions of the southern interior of British Columbia, covering the time period of the 1890s to 1950s.

Room at the Inn reveals the long-forgotten histories of British Columbia’s early hospitality industry, through the riveting stories of the men and women who built, ran, and frequented hotels, hostelries, resorts, and roadhouses in the southern Interior. From the Similkameen town of Keremeos to Spences Bridge at the confluence of the Thompson and Nicola Rivers, east to the Alberta border along the Trans-Canada Highway, and south to the Canada–US border, the history of these hotels mirrors the history of BC’s mining towns and boom-bust economy of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as waves of prospectors, settlers, and eventually tourists shaped the culture of the province that we know today.


Of the forty historic hotels profiled in this book, all contributed to their communities in various ways. They provided more than just a roof over the heads of weary travellers; they were often the sites of live entertainment, places where community members could meet and socialize. Some even doubled as makeshift hospitals during wildfires and floods. Through colourful anecdotes, meticulous research, and fascinating archival photography, Room at the Inn transports readers to a bygone era and pays tribute to the pioneers, entrepreneurs, and hard-work men and women who built and operated these historic accommodations.


About the Author(s)

Glen A. Mofford was a historian and a writer with a passion for sharing the social history of British Columbia. He held a degree in history from Simon Fraser University and was the author of two previous books on BC’s historical hotels and their drinking establishments: Along the E&N and Aqua Vitae. He passed away in 2022.

Greg Nesteroff is the former editor of the Nelson Star, former news director of the Vista Radio stations in the West Kootenay, and the co-author of Lost Kootenays: A History in Photographs. He runs "The Kütne Reader," a blog about local history.