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Banff Springs Hotel: 1905

Banff Springs Hotel: 1905

Alberta, Canada, circa 1905. "Mount Rundle and the Banff Springs Hotel." Nineteenth-century Canadian Pacific Railway resort that gradually morphed into the vast stone edifice rising above Bow Falls today. View full size.

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I knew that looked familiar!

I've been there in real life, but it was around 95 years after this picture was taken.

A Shining Edifice

It does rather remind me of a certain Overlook Hotel.

Well, it did burn down in 1926

But that allowed them to put it facing right way round when they rebuilt it in stone. Great place to stay, wonderful example of CPR Gothic style, wonderful views from the terrace of the Bow River (and the Falls).

In the front courtyard there's a statue of Van Horne pointing at the mountains, supposedly pointing out where he wanted the hotel, but we long term CPR employees always figured it was his "Hey, you, I see you, get back to work!" pose.

Circa 1905

the same year Alberta became a Province of Canada.

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