With an incredible Canadian rocky mountain setting, the iconic Banff Springs Hotel is one of the most photogenic hotels in the world. This collection of Banff Springs Hotel images celebrates the storied history of this luxury Banff hotel built by CP Railways in 1988.
This collection of Banff Springs Hotel pictures are primarily from Banff postcards from the 1900s to the 1940s. We have presented them by decade. Best efforts have been made to present accurate dates for these historical Banff Springs Hotel images, but in most cases the actual date cannot be 100% verified.
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Banff Springs Hotel Images from 1900s
By the turn of the century, the Banff Springs Hotel had become one of the top resorts in North America. Eager to capitalize on its growing international fame, the Canadian Pacific Railway expanded and renovated the Banff Springs Hotel on an annual basis. The Banff Springs Hotel pictures from this decade showcase its wilderness setting, with Mt. Rundle and the Bow River making an appearance in most images.
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Banff Springs Hotel Pictures from 1910s
The popularity of the Banff Springs Hotel resulted in many esteemed guests being turned away due to capacity issues. As a result, the CPR decided to ramp up their expansion efforts. As you can see from these Banff Springs Hotel images, the decade between 1910 and 1920 resulted in major changes to the hotel.
On back of postcard:
“The Banff Hotel, owned and operated by the Canadian Pacific Railway, is located at Banff in the Canadian Rockies. It is the head quarters of the Canadian National Park, an area of 5,732 square miles, embracing parts of the Bow, Spray and Cascade Rivers, Lake Minnewanka [sic] and several magnificent mountain ranges. It is the largest park in the world, being nearly half as large again as the famous Yellowstone Park.”
Banff Springs Hotel Images from 1920s
Disaster struck the Banff Springs Hotel in March 1926, when a massive fire destroyed much of the beloved Banff hotel. Repairs were conducted with remarkable speed and the hotel reopened in phases between July 1926 and 1928. The final 1920’s Banff Springs Hotel image showcases the new fire resistant hotel constructed from steel, concrete and stone.
To: Master T. Image
Springs Hotel, Banff
“Had a long run through the Prairies on Monday between Winnipeg & the Rockies.
Dear Tom: Arrived here Tuesday morning 8:45, staying here for a few days. This is in the Canadian Rocky Mountains & the most lovely spot we have yet struck. Mountains all round the Hotel & snow is on them all the year round. Ma & I have had a lovely swim in the sulphur pool this afternoon. This pool is filled by a warm spring. It was snowing here this morning.
Postmark Date: 1920-06-24 Banff, Alberta
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Banff Springs Hotel Photos from 1930s
As you can see from the 1930’s Banff Springs Hotel pictures, the reconstructed hotel was nothing short of remarkable. Many described the 1930’s as the Banff Springs Hotel most glamorous decade, which was capped with a visit by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1939.
To: Mr. & Mrs. Ainslie
“Dear folks: Fun and frolic. Please try and come out on Sunday cause I’m lonely, miserable, and sick, but having fun. Deep in planning stunts with kids, church services with leaders. [?] new potatoes. Up to now, good meals but insufficient. Last night it poured and wouldn’t [?] … everyone had diarrhea (I think) except me. [Anne?]“
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Banff Springs Hotel Images from 1940s
With the onset of World War II, international tourism dropped, impacting the Banff Springs Hotel. The hotel closed its doors from 1942 to 1945 to support the war effort.
Dated: August 9, 1948
“Hello [?], We are here in Banff for the night. Cool today and quite chilly tonight – raining every other [?]. Wonderful mountains all around. We leave tomorrow for a motor trip to Lake Louise & will get back on the train tomorrow night. Hope you are ok. Love Elianior”
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Sources of the Historical Banff Springs Hotel Pictures
The historical Banff Springs Hotel images within this collection of photos were sourced from the Internet Archive. Every effort has been taken to ensure copyright law has been respected. If you have a copyright concern, please contact us at info [at] travelbanffcanada.com with details.