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125 years of legendary hospitality

The ‘castle in the Rockies’ – the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel – is celebrating with special events and packages

12 June 2013

If you’ve ever been to Banff, you’ve seen the lavish, picture-perfect castle nestled amid the Rocky Mountains. Me? I’ve slipped from horseback into the elegant charms of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel a few times. The only problem was slipping back out.

Railway pioneer Sir William Cornelius Van Horne was eager to export Banff’s panoramic beauty but decided to import the tourists instead. He opened the opulent landmark hotel in 1888.

Today, you can disappear inside the famous 786-room castle. Legends and leaders have done it, including Marilyn Monroe, Michael Douglas, Indira Gandhi and almost every Canadian Prime Minister. Director Norman Jewison worked there, as did Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo fame.

Wrap yourself up in celebrity and raise a 125th specialty cocktail surrounded by mountains and mahogany. Sink inside a waterfall spa tub or enjoy a special 125th anniversary five-course tasting menu for two. Other highlights include special stay packages, architectural heritage tours and a guided nature walk. Events and offers are running throughout the year.

You can also play a round of heritage golf at the circa 1920s course, complete with hickory-shafted clubs. The plaid, baggy knickerbockers are optional.

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