Where the Adventure Began
Spreading our love of adventure across the continent
The Travelodge story began when building contractor Scott King opened the King’s Auto Court motel in San Diego to coincide with the 1935 World’s Fair. The popularity of the fair resulted in the motel being fully booked for all of 1935.
With the success of King’s Auto Court, Scott recognized the need for guests to stay close to their next great adventure. Leveraging his own background as a contractor, Scott decided to expand, and opened 24 locations across Southern California over the next five years.
In 1940, the first motel named Travelodge was opened and, in 1954, the brand’s Ambassador of Adventure — Sleepy Bear — was introduced. Then, in 1973, the first Travelodge opened in Canada in Medicine Hat, Alberta.
Today, the brand has now grown to over 100 locations across Canada from Victoria, British Columbia to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and over 4,000 locations worldwide. Travelodge continues to embrace adventure, just as we did in 1935. With locations near downtown centres, beaches, National Parks, hockey rinks and everything in between, Travelodge accommodates adventure seekers of all ages. Plan your next adventure, then book the Travelodge next door. Your basecamp awaits.