Monday Walk: Banff Springs (Part 1) And Bench Series #32

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The Banff Springs Hotel is located in a spectacular setting in the Rocky Mountains, just above the Bow Waterfalls.

The above photo was captured locally known as Surprise Corner (but there is no sign). This is the spot where most of the famous pictures have been taken of the historic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

The hotel was built in 1888 budgeted for $250.000. Guests had to book it for the entire summer for $1,000.

Below is the registration place. During this busy season, there is always a long waiting line. There are 750 rooms (some said 800 rooms), so you can imagine the traffic inside and outside of the hotel. Photos below were taken before 6:00 am.

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The other side is where you can book Banff Natinal Park tours:

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The stairway is one of the most popular photograph spots in the hotel:

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Here is the grand dinning room:

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People were waiting in the hallway for hotel checking in:

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This large terrace is located in the back of the hotel, where you can enjoy food/drink while admiring the Rocky Mountains and the Bow River:

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This beautiful gate leads you to the gardens of the hotel:

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A few facts According to our tour guide:

  • William Cornelius Van Horne, appointed general manager of Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) has been credited with recognizing the tourism potential of the Canadian west.

  • The hotel publicly opened on June 1, 1888.

  • Disaster struck in 1926 when the original wooden hotel burnt down, and it was rebuilt in 1928.

  • 75-million dollars in restoration and expansion of the hotel to reposition Banff Springs as one of the worlds leading hotels.Originally a Canadian Pacific Hotel, the Banff Springs became a Fairmont hotel in the fall of 1999. More about the history of the Fairmount Banff Springs, click HERE….

Jo is taking us to the beach at Seaham for a walk. Jo said, “it is one of the best locations I know for finding it.”  Visit Jo’s Monday Walk.



Bench Series #32: Banff Downtown

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This bench photo is submitted to Jude’s Bench Series #32 of August (Colorful Benches). I captured this colorful bench at the Banff Downtown.

Jude said, “I shall post a bench each Sunday within a particular theme which will change each month. You are invited to join in by posting one or more of your own benches within the month that fit into the theme…” Click HERE to view beautiful benches.

Have a great week! 🙂

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