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The Confederation Lounge

  • The Confederation Lounge

Photo credit: Macri Photography  

The downtown Edmonton address for an après work cocktail or sophisticated date night. This estate library-style lounge boasts a warm and charming atmosphere, with stunning floor-to-ceiling windows and unparalleled views of the North Saskatchewan River Valley. 

Sit back, relax,and enjoy a selection of premium liquors, handcrafted cocktails, or a glass of your favourite red. A menu of innovative cuisine and decadent sweets round out The Confederation Lounge's extensive offerings.

Looking for that unique experience:

‘Quintessence’ means “perfect embodiment” and this limited edition expression of The Dalmore truly lives up to this definition. Exclusively available at Fairmont Hotel Macdonald's Confederation Lounge, offered at $200 and served in a handmade crystal glass.

Forged in eight hand-beaten copper stills, the unique combination of small and large stills add layers of character, complexity and depth of flavour, creating the perfect canvas to create visionary expressions using hand-selected, rare and exclusive casks from around the world. It combines whisky matured in bourbon casks and finished in five different types of Californian red-wine casks: Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Pinot Noir.

Experience aromas of black forest fruits, marmalade and honeycomb with a palate of tropical fruits, ginger and sun dried raisins with a finish of orange and fresh baked banana. 

Hours of Operation

Sunday - Thursday
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
(Food service until 11:30 PM)

Friday & Saturday
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
(Food service until 12:00 AM)

Dress Code




Please Note

A Brief History of The Confederation Lounge:
Since The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald opened its doors in 1915, the beckoning atmosphere of The Confederation Lounge has always charmed our guests. A striking detail of the lounge is the 18-foot wide and nine-foot high Fathers of Confederation reproduction above the fireplace.

The portrait, painted by Frederick Challener, is a copy of the Robert Harris original which hung in the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa until 1916, when it was lost in a fire. In 1962, the painting became the centre of controversy when experts debated both the completion date of this and another Challener copy of the Fathers of Confederation (which hangs in Ontario's Queen's Park legislature building in Toronto) and about the issue of whether or not they were originals or copies. A solution to this debate has never been reached since the Harris original is no longer available.*

In 1965, the Fathers of Confederation reproduction was almost ruined when the floor of the terrace above the lounge was being repaired. Heavy rains caused water to leak through, soaking the plaster and dripping lime across the painting. A specialist was called in and was able to restore this heritage piece back to its original condition.

* Information from The Mac, Edmonton's Historic Hotel Macdonald by Robert White and Sarah Baxter.

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