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Banff Springs

"A world-renowned symbol of Canadian hospitality, the Fairmont Banff Springs is a Canadian castle in the Rockies."

How the Stage was Set HISTORY IN BRIEF 1886: Opening year of the hotel. Missing image1928: The hotel reopened after a fire devastated the original wooden construction.
1995: Opening of Willow Stream spa. HISTORY IN DETAIL 1886: William Van Horne, General Manager of Canadian Pacific Railways, commissioned Bruce Price of New York, one of the foremost architects of the day, to draw up plans for a hotel to be built above the confluence of the Bow and the Spray Rivers overlooking the beautiful Bow Valley. Van Horne recognised the tourist potential of the hot springs near the station of Banff. His vision was fueled by the philosophy 'If we can't export the scenery, we will import the tourists' and thus began the campaign to design a luxury hotel amidst the beautiful mountain scenery of the Canadian Rockies. To travel there, the visitors would naturally arrive via the Canadian Pacific Railway, and Van Horne proposed the establishment of a series of luxury hotels along the railway line through the Rocky and Selkirk Mountains. The hotel was designed by architect Bruce Price. 1887: Construction began on the hotel. 1888, June 1: Opening date of the hotel. 1926: The hotel had to be rebuilt after a terrible fire. 1928: Reopening of the hotel. 1969: Since then the hotel has been open year round. 1989: A new golf clubhouse and nine additional holes were added to the Banff Springs Golf Course, rolling out 27 holes of spectacular mountain golf. 1991: A $23 million state-of-the-art conference centre opened , increasing the total meeting space to 76,000 sq ft. 1992: The Fairmont Banff Springs was declared a historical site by the Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. 1995: Opening of Willow Stream, its fabulous European-style spa. 1999: Canadian Pacific spun-off Canadian Pacific Hotels, along with all its properties. The new company was renamed Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in an effort to reflect its growing global presence and ambitions

Managed by: Fairmont
770 Rooms

Alarm clock-radio Cable television with in-room pay movies and video games Coffee/Tea maker Hair dryer Iron and ironing board Telephone with voice-mail High Speed Internet Access (complimentary for Fairmont President's Club members) Windows that open for fresh mountain air

Presidential Suite

The hotel is within a spectacular setting in the Rocky Mountains, just above the Bow Falls, close to thermal springs. It is within walking distance of the resort community of Banff.

Golf Course Club House -------------------- Grapes Wine Bar ------------------- Ramsay Lounge ------------------ Rundle Lounge ------------------ Banffshire Club ------------------ Bow Valley Grill ------------------ Castello Ristorante Castle Pantry Waldhaus Restaurant Waldhaus Pub

Take a gondola ride up the side of the mountain to spot grizzlies, elk and bighorn sheep against the background of the spectacular Rockies.

Extensive skiing facilities -------------------- Tennis ------------------ Golf Indoor and outdoor swimming pools

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Banff Springs
Country: Canada
City: Banff
Opening date: 1888, 1 June

Note from the Host

General Manager

David Roberts


PO BOX 960
Alberta T1L 1J4 Canada, Banff

Tel: +1-403 762 2211
Fax: +1-403-762 5755

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