The Drake Hotel (southeast corner of 40th Street & 118th Avenue) The site of the Drake Hotel was a busy one. Recollections of early settlers say a livery stable was on the property at the time of the early mines. Later, the post office and then a half finished retail development stood on this spot. On May 21, 1951 the Drake Hotel opened its doors. It got its name from the Mallard ducks that frequented a large slough nearby. In 1964, the bar with separate men's and ladies' and escort's sections was added to the rear of the existing hotel. There have been five owners since 1951. The current owner purchased the hotel on May 21, 1972 investing the insurance money he received when the old Donald Hotel in Grande Prairie burned to the ground.
I sure picked up some sexy women at the Drake.