I was invited up north to moderate several panels at last week's Banff World Media Festival in Canada (you may remember my last-minute passport renewal follies), and couldn't pass up the chance. Although I didn't get to stay at the grand Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (I was put up in a small hotel on the other side of Banff), I still spent so much time at the conference (held at the Fairmont) that it almost felt like I was staying there. Almost.
Here's what Fairmont has to say about the hotel: "Few hotels in the world rival the majesty, hospitality and grandeur of The Fairmont Banff Springs resort. Located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle, The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel, a National Historical Site of Canada, has been turning moments into memories for our guests for over 125 years. The opening of the hotel in 1888 marked the birthplace of tourism in the Canadian Rockies."
Originally built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1888, the hotel was part of a big push for tourism across Canada. The Banff Springs hotel was later completely rebuilt, starting in 1911. The hotel is situated next to the Bow River and its Bow Falls, and is surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains. It's about a 20 minute walk into Banff. Here are a few more shots from the hotel.
Hidden in the trees
Snow-capped mountains behind the Fairmont
More views from the Fairmont
View from behind the Fairmont
Statue at the Fairmont