April 9, 2018

Banff: architecture, adventure, and the experience of a lifetime

Waking up to the sunrise in Banff National Park, visitors see the light peaking over the mountains, forcing glimpses of orange and yellow hues to dance along the ridges, welcoming the new day.

Banff is located in southwestern Alberta about 80 miles west of Calgary and is connected by the Trans-Canada Highway. The Trans-Canada also connects the National Park to the Southwest corner of Jasper National Park.

After being named in the Top 10 Incredible Locations to See in 2016 by National Geographic Magazine, tourists flocked to the site to see what the park had to offer.

Originally owing its existence to the Canadian Pacific Railway, when two workers came across the now world famous hot springs, Banff National Park was established in 1885 as Canada’s first National Park, and now its most visited. The town of Banff was established in 1886 and was used as the service and transportation center for the tourism industry.

The popular Banff Springs Hotel was built shortly after, in 1888, and was a desirable destination for those who had the means to get there. Many people recognize the Banff Springs hotel as the ‘Castle in the Rockies’, and it thrives today as a focus in many motion pictures. It dazzles visitors with its remarkable mountain views, year-round activities and strollable distance to the town of Banff.

The nearby and popular Lake Louise and Lake Moraine offer easy access to endless adventures during any season and an awe-inspiring view of the surrounding wilderness. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is nestled directly next to Lake Louise and is just a short hike from Lake Moraine. The Hotel offers a breathtaking Voyageur Canoe Sunrise Experience for guests and more active canoe experiences for the public.  An unmatched focus on the preservation of nature, access to sublime adventures and care for the park’s guests ensure that Fairmont properties have and will continue to astound its visitors for decades to come.

Although the summer and fall are the busier times of the year for travelers, winter remains one of the best times to visit for those who enjoy snow activities. From dog sledding to ice castles and skiing to roaring fire places, Banff continues to offer something exceptional for guests of all activity levels.