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

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Friday
More clouds than sun. Cool.
30/15 °F
-1/-9°C
Saturday
Mostly cloudy. Cool.
27/14 °F
-2/-10°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.
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Banff National Park, Canada's first national park and the third in the world, was established in 1885. What started in 1885 as a 10-square-mile reserve around Sulphur Mountain Hot Springs now includes 6641 square kilometers (2564 square miles), more than 1600 kilometers (1000 miles) of hiking trails, over 1000 glaciers, and in excess of 2400 campsites. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is home to several national historic sites, including Skoki Lodge, Banff Park Museum, and the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

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