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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.
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Jul 19 2012 19:52 GMT roncarlin PRO
Baniff is so beautiful. Excellent entry.
Jul 19 2012 20:24 GMT wijnie58
Beautiful entry, John...Have a wonderful weekend..:-))
Greetings to Joyce...:-))
Jul 19 2012 20:27 GMT hans55 PRO
a great entry John !!
Jul 19 2012 20:49 GMT 25barb
This is truly an exceptional scene and photo.The angle taken is excellent...The pov makes one want to immediately make plans to visit this lovely hotel...What a nice spot to spend some time...I like the softness of the colors and I thank you for
giving history to the photo.
Excellent... Always enjoy your time there and as often as you can.
Jul 19 2012 20:57 GMT FRIESIAN
Great entry John!!
Jul 20 2012 00:14 GMT fhelsing PRO
What a grand hotel! I hope to visit there someday.
Jul 20 2012 05:06 GMT marijke06
impressive hotel!
Jul 20 2012 07:06 GMT senna3
Impressive and majestic, superb entry!
Jul 20 2012 10:09 GMT bandsix
Thanks for showing this one John....my Dad was here when he was a pilot in the RAF during WW11, and we went to visit it on our visit to the Rockies...what an amazing place!!
Jul 20 2012 11:04 GMT Papagena
An impressive building !! It looks rather like a fortress !!
Jul 20 2012 13:04 GMT elsje323
impressive hotel, great entry
Jul 20 2012 13:44 GMT martini957
Fantastic hotel entry...impressive
Jul 20 2012 16:04 GMT T1MELESS PRO
That sure is one great big hotel !! a great choice for this weeks theme John !!!!
Jul 20 2012 16:37 GMT pauli3522
wwwwwwwwwwwwoooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww..looks fantastic and confortable place
Jul 20 2012 17:16 GMT sini
Very impressive!:)
Jul 20 2012 21:50 GMT MargNZ
Stunning hotel and location John ... super entry :)
Jul 21 2012 05:51 GMT superJoan
John we saw this hotel, but to stay in it must have been a wonderful experience....great entry
Jul 21 2012 14:28 GMT Riet
Goodness! I thought it was a palace!!!
I think it is unique!
Thanks for showing us, John:-)
Jul 24 2012 08:46 GMT abojovna PRO
Fantastic work, John! What a beautiful panoramic photo!
Jul 25 2012 02:59 GMT will
i've seen this and it's magical! )