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34 Historical Banff Springs Hotel Images

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.

Image of Banff Springs Hotel in front of Cascade Mountain  - Banff National Park, Canada

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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.

Historical image of Banff Springs Hotel with horse drawn carriage and Mount Rundle - circa 1905
CPR Banff Springs Hotel Postcard featuring Mount Rundle and a horse drawn carriage – circa 1905
A 1907 picture of the Banff Springs Hotel above the Bow River Rapids in Alberta, Canada
A Banff Springs Hotel postcard of the Bow River Rapids and the C.P.R. Hotel – dated July 8, 1907
image of original Banff Springs Hotel, Canada
1907 postcard – Banff, Canada, Banff Springs Hotel and Sulphur Mountain
A 1909 promotional painting of the Banff Springs Hotel in front of the Bow River and Mount Rundle
A painted Banff Springs Hotel image from a 1909 postcard

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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.

An image of the Banff Springs Hotel in 1910 in front of Mt. Rundle
“CPR Hotel and Rundell [sic] Mountain’ – postmarked August 11, 1910
Historical image of Banff Springs Hotel and Bow River in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Photo of original Banff Springs Hotel with Bow Falls – circa 1910
A painting of the Banff Springs Hotel from 1915
A mother and child walk near the Banff Springs Hotel – circa 1910

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.”

A picture of the Banff Springs Hotel and the Bow River at night under the stars and moon
A 1918 Postcard of a moonlit Banff Springs Hotel in front of the Bow River
1910s postcard of CPR Banff Springs Hotel, Mount Rundle and horseback riders
Hand-tinted photograph of the Banff Springs Hotel with Mount Rundle in the background. Two horseback riders in the foreground. – Circa 1910-1920
1915 Postcard of Banff Springs Hotel, Golf Club and Spray River
1915 Postcard “Canadian Rockies – Banff Springs Hotel, Golf Club and Spray River”
Photograph of the Banff springs Hotel from 1910s
Banff Springs Hotel across from Bow River – circa 1911
Guests of the Banff Springs Hotel enjoy the hot springs pools in 1915
Sulphur Baths, Banff Springs Hotel, Banff – circa 1915

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.

images of Banff Springs Hotel from 1920s
This 1926 image of the CPR Banff Springs Hotel shows an early rendition of the famous Banff hotel.
Colorized picture of Banff Springs Hotel from 1920s
Banff, Alberta, Canada – circa 1920s
Image of the hot springs pool at the Banff Springs Hotel from 1925
Hot Sulphur Bath, C.P.R. Hotel, Banff, Canadian Rockies – Circa 1925
Postcard image of Banff Springs Hotel in Canada - Front (estimated date 1920)
FRONT: C.P.R. Hotel, Banff Postcard – Circa 1920
Message written on back of 1920s Banff Springs Hotel Postcard. 1920 Canada 1 cent stamp
BACK: C.P.R. Hotel, Banff Postcard – Circa 1920

To: Master T. Image
Springs Hotel, Banff
June 23rd/20

“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.
Pa “


Postmark Date: 1920-06-24 Banff, Alberta

1920s image of the open air hot springs pool at the Banff Springs Hotel
Banff Springs Hotel postcard featuring Open Air Sulphur Baths
Banff Springs Hotel photos are often taken from across the Bow River
Banff Springs Hotel image from 1920s postcard
A Rocky Mountain Tours automobile stops for a view of Banff Springs Hotel and Sulphur Mountain in the Canadian Rockies
The logo on the car says “Rocky Mt Tours” – circa 1920s
A view of the Bow River Valley and newly-snow-capped mountains from The Banff Springs Hotel in Banff National Park.
“View from C.P.R. Hotel showing Baths and Bow Valley, Banff, Canadian Rockies” – circa 1920
Historic Banff Springs Hotel Postcard - The Hotel and the Bow Valley - hand colored - 1925-1940
A hand colored postcard of the Banff Springs Hotel and the Bow Valley – circa 1925-1940

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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.

1930s image of 18th hole at Banff Springs Golf Course
Front: 18th Hole at Banff Springs Golf Course, Banff, Canada – B.N.P. 30
Back of Banff Springs Hotel Postcard from 1930s - Canada 1 cent stamp - Canada 4 cent stamp

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?]

A birds eye image of the Banff Springs Hotel from 1937
“Bird’s Eye View Banff Springs Hotel and Bow Falls, Banff, Alberta” – circa 1937
A painted image of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer in front of the Banff Springs Hotel, Canada
RCMP sits atop a horse in front of the Banff Springs Hotel
Hand colored photo of Banff Springs Golf Course and Banff Springs Hotel from 1930
“Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta – from Golf Course” – circa 1930

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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.

History of Banff Springs Hotel - image from August 1941 postcard
Banff Springs Hotel postcard – Circa: August 1941
Historical Banff Springs Hotel images - postcard with view of Banff Springs Hotel and the Bow River Valley, Banff, Alberta (1940-1960)
Postcard of the Banff Springs Hotel and the Bow Valley – circa 1940-1960
Photo History of Banff Springs Hotel and Golf Course
Postcard caption: “Banff Springs Hotel & Part of Golf Course, Canadian Rockies” – circa 1940-1960
1940s image of Banff Springs Hotel, Tunnel Mountain, Bow River and Bow Valley
Postcard caption: “Bow River Valley, showing Banff Springs Hotel, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. B.N.P. 3” – circa 1940
Picture of the Banff Springs Hotel taken from or near lookout point on Buffalo Street. Sulphur Mountain is behind. (circa 1940-1960)
Image of the Banff Springs Hotel taken from or near lookout point on Buffalo Street. – Circa 1940-1960
Hand-colored photograph of the Banff Springs Hotel with a panorama of the Rocky Mountains in the background. Hand-colored photograph by J. Fred Spalding 1943
Hand-colored photograph of the Banff Springs Hotel – circa 1943
Colorful 1940s postcard featuring an image of the Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta, Canada
Colorful Banff Springs Hotel image – circa 1940s
Banff Springs Hotel Photos from 1940s
Banff Springs Hotel in the Canadian Rockies – circa 1940-1960
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Back of Banff Springs Hotel Postcard from 1948 - Canada 3 cent stamp
BACK

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.

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