Canaan ribbon cutting set

DAVIS – The construction of a new lodge at Canaan Valley Resort State Park is complete and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has invited the public to join him and other officials in a ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“Visitors are now able to enjoy modern and comfortable facilities in the new 160-room lodge,” said Frank Jezioro, director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. “The nearly four-decade-old lodge structures this replaces served the public well beyond expectations, and we invite visitors who haven’t been to Canaan in a while to come back and enjoy the improved complex any time of year.”

The ribbon cutting ceremony is a special addition to the 2013 Governor’s Conference on Tourism agenda being held at Canaan Valley Resort State Park. Gov. Tomblin will do the honors and will make remarks following the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Attendees are encouraged to call Judy Smith at 304-866-4111 if planning to attend so refreshments can be prepared, or email, with the subject line: Canaan Valley Lodge.

The revitalization and construction of the Canaan Valley Resort Lodge began in May 2012, and the structures were completed in August 2013. Decorative aspects continue in the public areas and some sleeping rooms.

The North and South wings of the new lodge are four levels with each level having 42 rooms. The configuration, which includes eight suites, creates a total of 160 sleeping rooms. Some guest rooms include fireplaces, balconies, ADA access, VIP suites and individual climate control.

The additions and renovations utilize 94,637 square feet of new guest room and public space that transforms Canaan Lodge from a sprawling collection of detached units with exterior walkways into a grand resort hotel of great convenience and comfort for individual vacationers, skiers and groups alike.

Four elevators, updated fire protection, electrical and plumbing updates, parking lot repairs, landscaping, loading dock and meeting room upgrades also are part of the renovation process. The project covers approximately 3.5 acres.

The lodge rooms are decorated with colorful soft goods and case ware.

“There is a comfortable retro-feeling as you enter a lodge room,” said Canaan Valley State Park Superintendant Rob Gilligan. “The valley and mountain views are exceptional. Folks visiting Canaan for the first time and those who remember the original structure will be amazed.”

Canaan Valley State Park is accessed from State U.S. 32.

To learn more about Canaan Valley Resort, accommodations, camping, golf and four-season outdoor recreation in Tucker County, visit