Fairmont Banff Springs, Travel Monday

I know that my travel posts are typically on Thursdays, but I don’t want to “drag out” my Banff posts for a month or more to only post on Thursdays! So, here is a Travel Monday post that I hope you enjoy. While my Travel Thursday post was all about my afternoon tea experience at the Fairmont, I spent some time wandering about the hotel before and after. I decided to do a separate post to showcase the rest of the hotel and my time there, so I hope you enjoy!

Fairmont Banff Springs

Originally built in the 1880s to serve passengers on the Canadian railways, the hotel was designed by Bruce Price and led by the President of the Canadian Pacific Railway, William Cornelius Van Horne. The buildings you see today were built in the 1910s and the 1920s, with continual redesigns and additions throughout the years. In addition to the Rundle Lounge that hosts tea, there are 10+ dining options to choose from, spa treatments available at the Willow Stream Spa, golfing, and a conference centre. It’s also a short walk from the main strip in the town!

Fairmont Banff Springs Exterior 1

Thankfully it was a beautiful 23Β°C and it made for a beautiful walk. Because it was a Thursday afternoon in early May, it was not particularly busy. What I wouldn’t give to make my way through all of these buildings- I suppose it will have to wait for my next visit!

Fairmont Banff Springs Exterior 2

William Cornelius Van Horne himself- this statue dominates the roundabout. It was pretty entertaining to see several tourists take selfies with the statue- I overheard some saying that they thought it was a king or the Prime Minster of Canada. (If you know your Canadian history, you could make the argument that the President of the Canadian Pacific Railway is close to a PM, but that’s a discussion for another day…)

Fairmont Banff Springs Statue

The hotel is a historian’s dream- a modern hotel with all the amenities you could imagine while maintaining the heritage of those who built it! I was really blown away by all of the details such as the flower arrangements throughout the lobby and the detailing on the light fixtures and chandeliers!

Fairmont Banff Springs Staircase

Fairmont Banff Springs Chandelier

Fairmont Banff Springs Wall Sconce

Semper Eadem is a fitting motto for a hotel like the Fairmont- “Ever the same” is the reason why people go out of their way to come to the Fairmont. As a historian who studied and used Latin, I loved seeing this throughout the hotel. Many hotels are quick to embrace the future and forget the past; displaying their motto is the perfect way to maintain those ties.

Fairmont Banff Springs Semper Eadem

Of course I had to grab a quick selfie with the hotel and Mount Rundle in the background! Overall, this was a fantastic afternoon and I can’t wait for my next visit. Next trip I’ll be staying a night there!

Fairmont Banff Springs Selfie

What hidden piece of history have you discovered? 

Until tomorrow,
The Historian!

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17 thoughts on “Fairmont Banff Springs, Travel Monday

  1. emfletche August 5, 2017 / 5:10 am

    I’ll be in Banff in just over two months time…ridiculously excited! Thanks for sharing your pics Jessica πŸ™‚

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      • emfletche August 5, 2017 / 10:16 am

        As mush as possible! We have three days in Vancouver, then train to Jasper. Pick up car in Jasper and spend two nights there, overnight at the Glacier, three nights in Banff, then drive to Whistler with overnight stops in Revelstoke and Kamloops. Final drive back to Vancouver via Sea to Sky (or vice versa in our case) highway. Sound like a plan? πŸ˜„

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        • anhistorianabouttown November 11, 2017 / 8:31 pm

          WordPress marked this as spam for some reason 😦 I’m absolutely loving your posts!! Your photos are gorgeous, and they are bringing back so many wonderful memories for me!! I hope that you will be back to Canada for more, we have so much more to offer!!! πŸ˜€

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          • emfletche November 12, 2017 / 3:54 am

            Boo to me being spam! Thanks Jess, we loved Canada so much and it’s fun to relive it through the posts πŸ˜€

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  2. Ritu August 5, 2017 / 5:17 am

    The building and features are beautiful! Gorgeous even!

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    • anhistorianabouttown August 5, 2017 / 7:26 am

      It really is!! A lot of older buildings are redone and lose those elements and pieces, but the Fairmont is being conserved beautifully!!

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  3. lisaorchard1 August 5, 2017 / 9:23 am

    Your pics certainly capture the beauty there! Thanks for sharing with all of us!

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  4. josypheen August 5, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    Argh! I can’t wait to go to Banff!

    I love the way it looks like the mountains are sprouting from the top of the hotel!! πŸ˜€ ❀

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    • anhistorianabouttown August 5, 2017 / 9:12 pm

      It’s just such a spectacular view no matter where you look!! Do you have a trip on the horizon,by any chance?!?!? 😁😁😁

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      • josypheen August 5, 2017 / 9:47 pm

        Not yet, but I’m sure we’ll go! We’re going through the close by hikes first!

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