Traveller, physical fitness enthusiast, and freelance writer living in the beautiful country of Canada.
Published March 23rd 2013
A jewel in the Rockies
The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is one of the most definitive landmarks in Banff National Park. The hotel is known as the "Castle in the Rockies" and 2013 marks its 125th anniversary. Hotel construction began in 1887 and the hotel opened in 1888. The original hotel was built of wood and burned down in 1926. The present hotel was built beginning in 1928.
The hotel provides great proximity to numerous summer and winter activities. Those visiting in the summer months can visit the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Resort. This course winds along the Bow River with Mount Rundle and Sulphur Mountain in view. The hotel's numerous restaurants will provide tastes for all palettes. Guests can relax and enjoy pampering in the world class Willow Spa. Guests can also browse the hotel's high end shops featuring furs, jewellery, clothing, and other goodies.
It is said that the hotel is haunted and that there are three ghost stories associated with the hotel. One story involves Sam Macauley. Sam was a bellman at the hotel and retired in the 1960s. Reports have Sam still helping guests with their luggage as if he never retired. The second story involves The Bride. Legend says that a young bride was coming down the staircase in her wedding dress when she tripped and fell down the stairs resulting in her death. Guests of the hotel have reported seeing a woman in a wedding dress descending the staircase, plus have seen her roaming the halls dressed as a bride.
The third story involves Room 873. This room has been closed off and patched over with a wall. Legend has it that a family was murdered in the hotel. Visitors report an odd feeling at the location and report seeing spirits of a family exploring the hotel. Please note that those looking for Room 873 to have their own "The Shining" experience will be ushered off the floor. Non-registered guests can only explore the lobby and mezzanine floors.