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! 🙂

54 thoughts on “Monday Walk: Banff Springs (Part 1) And Bench Series #32

  1. I once had the opportunity to work in the Banff hotel, but I headed east instead. One of those crossroad moments in life! But that would have been a fantastic place to work in. Thank you for the addition of those lovely blue benches. They could do with some of them outside the hotel it seems, to rest on whilst the queues go down!
    Jude xx

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  2. What a GRAND and spectacular place this is. The building is massive and the scenery is breathtaking. Though I’ve heard the name, I knew nothing about Banff till your post – thank you! And thanks for sharing Jude’s link to the benches – all so intriguing and unique.


    • I appreciate so much of your comment, Bj! The second floor is even more fabulous… I hope to bring it up later this month. Jude has a monthly bench challenge, I have seen some unique and beautiful benches from her posts. 🙂

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  3. I really appreciated this look inside Banff Spring Hotel, Amy. I liked the long distance shot of the outside, as well as the details and beauties of the inside. I liked that you added that the photos were taken early in the morning, explaining why a popular busy hotel is so quiet. Great post! 🙂


    • I appreciate your kind comment, Jet. I don’t normally review hotels or restaurants through my blog. But, this is a historical place, a icon of Canadian spot, as Sue said. So glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

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    • Thank you, Jo! This is not a regular outdoor walk… The terrace was my favorite spot, but we only got to sit there a couple of times. There are so many places to see to visit, we were out of the hotel before 8 am and back after 8 pm. 🙂

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