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The Fairmont Banff Springs
405 Spray Avenue
Banff, Alberta T1L 1J4

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Saturday
Mostly cloudy. Cool.
47/31 °F
9/-1°C
Sunday
Snow changing to an icy mix. Mostly cloudy. Chilly.
40/32 °F
5/0°C
Monday
Snow changing to an icy mix. Mostly cloudy. Chilly.
35/23 °F
2/-5°C
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About Banff, AB

It is largely serendipitous that Banff exists at all today. In 1883, prospecting railway workers happened upon a heated mineral spring that became known as the Cave and Basin. Promoted as therapeutic, the spring began to draw visitors, and the area around it was named a nature reserve. It was later to become Banff National Park. To attract and accommodate tourists, the Canadian Pacific Railway erected a train station and the spectacular Banff Springs Hotel, and the town mushroomed. Nowadays, the spring is secondary to the area's ski slopes, art galleries and stylish hotels. The charming village caters to an upscale clientele with terrific restaurants, fashionable shopping, and cultural opportunities. Its natural beauty draws tourists throughout the year, and the village is close enough to Calgary to be a wonderful getaway for the city's residents.
Banff, AB Factoid
Much of Canada was settled by Scottish immigrants, who named newly-built towns and cities after some of their favorite places back home. The name "Banff" comes from Banffshire, Scotland, which happened to be home to two of the original directors of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

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