VIEW-1634 | C.P.R. Hotel, Banff, AB, 1887

C.P.R. Hotel, Banff, AB, 1887
William McFarlane Notman
1887, 19th century
Silver salts, frosting on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Architecture (8646) , commercial (1771) , Photograph (77678)
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Keys to History

The CPR hotel at Banff (named after the Scottish home of two of the company's directors) was built close to natural hot springs. The beauty of the Rockies was always a big drawing card for the railway, and the mineral hot springs were a bonus. The CPR built the hotel to increase passenger traffic, since at first it was accessible only by rail. The hotel was expected to show a profit, as well. The rooms originally cost $3.50 a night, expensive for 1888. The present hotel was completed in 1928, and is a world class resort, where room rates now range from $180 to $1,500 for the presidential suite.

Source : Forging the National Dream [Web tour], by William R. Morrison, University of Northern British Columbia (see Links)

  • What

    The Banff hotel was CPR's grandest resort hotel.

  • Where

    The hotel in Banff, Alberta, was put up on the site of hot springs discovered by the men who built the CPR. The area is now a world-famous ski resort and national park.

  • When

    The photo was taken in 1887.

  • Who

    Tens of thousands of people from all over the world have stayed at this hotel and its successor to enjoy the hot springs, the famous scenery and the other attractions of the region.