Stables and a championship golf course on the resort grounds
An award-winning spa, decked with waterfalls and a mineral pool
Jaw-dropping Bow River views
There are 11 restaurants, cafés, and bars onsite
What To Know
This resort was once dubbed “ The Castle in the Rockies” and owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway
Families should book a room in the more spacious Stanley Thompson wing
Don’t miss neon blacklight bowling at the property’s entertainment center
Ski season stretches from mid-November to mid-May here
Parking on site
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Historic Scottish Baronial Castle-inspired retreat, chock full of modern conveniences and outdoor adventures, at the foot of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains
Guests choose this 125-year-old resort for access to world-famous ski slopes, hikes, and “champagne powder,” as the inimitable snow on Rocky Mountain is called—though the wow-factor isn’t just limited to its natural surroundings. With its turrets and stonewalls, the dramatic exteriors of this alpine castle are a worthy match for its picture-perfect backdrop, while in-room flourishes like chandeliers and crown molding hint at its 19th-century origins (the property’s initial wood incarnation burnt down in 1926, but was swiftly replaced two years later). Despite nearly 800 rooms and suites, the resort’s grand and almost overwhelming scale is juxtaposed with personalized service: the friendly mixologist at the Rundle Lounge is always ready to stir up a custom-made cocktail, while the attentive concierge staff has been known to assist with wedding proposals. The extensive dining selection here is practically a culinary kingdom of its own; highlights include a seasonal sushi bar, a high tea service, and a fondue restaurant housed in a picturesque Bavarian cottage.
In the Area
The resort is an hour and half’s drive from Calgary, though you’re most likely here to escape the city. With a trio of the area’s best mountains just short drives away, you can ski a different summit every day (guests have access to ski at the Fairmont’s other properties, in Sunshine Village, Lake Louise, and Banff Mount Norquay). During the summer months, opt for a self-guided road trip—the concierge can help you plan—that hits area attractions like a 1930s-era bathhouse, the Banff Gondola, and Mount Norquay Road, where you’ll spy plenty of wildlife such as bighorn sheep, elk, and even bears.
Fairmont Banff Springs
405 Spray Ave
How to Get There
The preferred airport for The Fairmont Banff Springs is Calgary, AB (YYC-Calgary Intl.) - 108.5 km / 67.4 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property’s location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.