MP-1979.36.5 | Banff Springs Hotel from Tunnel Mountain, AB, 1892
Banff Springs Hotel from Tunnel Mountain, AB, 1892
Anonyme - Anonymous
1892, 19th century
20 x 25 cm
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Keywords: Architecture (8646) , commercial (1771) , Photograph (77678)
Keys to History
The fact that a number of station names on the Canadian Pacific Railway echo place-names in Scotland reflects the interests of the company's Scottish directors. Indeed, the CPR's first land commissioner, the man who chose the station names, was also a Scot. Calgary, for example, is a place in Scotland, on the Isle of Mull. Banffshire is one of the counties of Scotland, and its name was given to what in 1885 became Canada's first National Park. The Banff Springs hotel was built in 1888, and the park soon became an internationally famous tourist destination.
The Banff Springs Hotel is probably the best known of the CPR's resort hotels in the Rockies.
Banff was Canada's first national park; it was created in 1885 to keep the hot springs on Sulphur Mountain for public use.
The hotel was first built in 1888. The current hotel, which is much larger, is the centre of Canada's first National Park.
William Van Horne, the general manager of the CPR, is credited with recognizing the tourist potential of the hot springs near Banff. He said, "Since we can't export the scenery, we shall have to import the tourists."