Ownership and History
Afamiliar landmark lying between Old Town and Downtown in Yellowknife is now a highlight of a visit to this thriving northern centre. In the words of local owners Anthony Chang and Elaine Grundy with TC Enterprises, ''Our goal was to create a truly exceptional northern experience in a place with real character. People staying with us are here to work hard or play hard and we want them to have a place to relax, refresh and rejuvenate where they can count on good service.''
The new name ''Arnica Inn'' comes from the arnica plant; a daisy like flower that thrives in difficult conditions including the Northwest Territories, and possesses healing powers. ''It's a perfect symbol of the kind of refuge we strive to provide,'' notes Chang. As their cards say, It brings beauty to places defined by nature at its purest and people at their best.
Founded in 1978 TC Enterprises has grown from two employees to over 100 employees and has established a reputation as one of the most community oriented companies with the philosophy of recognizing needs and responding well to them.
When they purchased the Red Coach Inn from their former owners they applied this philosophy by investing in many upgrades to bring the Inn up to par for any kind of traveler. They are converting all the doors to swipe card entry. They've made huge strides on satisfying the business traveler with wireless internet, a business centre and meeting room available, in addition to their kitchenettes for customers that require a longer stay. Guests can now book on-line as well or call their toll-free reservation number.
This transformation has special meaning to the owners. Everything about the Arnica Inn represents all the wonderful attributes of the north. The name is rooted in the north, the service is typical friendly northern hospitality and the amenities are reflective of what a leisure or business traveler needs to thrive up here.