The FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS HOTEL
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During my last photoshoot to the Canadian Rockies, we stayed in this very opulent hotel for a few days.
The Banff Springs Hotel is a luxury hotel that was built during the nineteenth century as one of Canada's grand railway hotels, being constructed in Scottish Baronial style and located in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. The hotel was opened to the public on June 1, 1888.
The original building was designed by American architect, Bruce Price. It was built between the Spring of 1887 and that of 1888 by the Canadian Pacific Railway at the instigation of its president, William Cornelius Van Horne.
The hotel is located within a spectacular setting in the Rocky Mountains, just above the Bow Falls, close to thermal springs. The main view from the hotel is across the valley and toward Mount Rundle, which frequently is cited in geology books for its exposed and tilted ancient seabeds. The hotel is within walking distance of the resort community of Banff.