I am a lifelong Albertan and I have heard the stories of the Banff Springs Hotel. From its history to its beauty to its resident ghost. Say what? Yes, I said ghost. Tell me more you say. Read on my friend.
History of Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
The construction of the hotel began in 1887 under the guiding eye of William Cornelius Van Horne. The hotel was built at the convergence of the Bow and Spray Rivers with a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains.
The hotel opened to the public in 1888. The hotel became a popular destination for travellers from North America and across the world. This meant the hotel went through upgrades from 1900-1910 and again from 1910-1928. Disaster struck in 1926 when the original wood built hotel burned down. It was rebuilt and with almost continual additions and improvements being made appears as it does today. (see above)