Whenever you see a promotion for Banff National Park, you see a picture of beautiful mountains and rivers with a large castle-like structure prominently displayed in the background. That is the Banff Springs Hotel in the town of Banff. It is one of the Canadian Pacific hotels built in the 19th century for travelers to stay in during their rail trips across Canada. They now stand as spectacular symbols of a bygone era. We stayed in another CP hotel, the Chateau Frontenac, during our class trip to Quebec City in 2019. Most people on that trip would say that the hotel was one of the greatest parts of the trip. I have taken 25 rooms at the Banff Springs Hotel on the dates noted above. I have elected to take the Fairmont Gold package the hotel offers, which gives us a very high level of service, our own lounge area with continental breakfast every day, late afternoon snacks and an honor bar. We did this at the Chateau Frontenac, and it was a huge hit with the group.

Banff itself is one of the most picturesque areas on the face of the planet. We will take day trips to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, which have amazed visitors for years. We will spend some time in the quaint town of Banff, and do some easy hikes in the area (there will be harder options for those who want them). But the main attraction is the beauty of the Canadian Rockies, and the hotel itself. We will arrange for a tour of the hotel as we did for the Frontenac.

I only took 25 rooms for this trip as it will be a bit more costly than our usual 4 day adventures. The cost will be around $5500-$6000  (assuming the exchange rate stays the same). That is due to the price of the hotel rooms. But this is a bucket list kind of journey, and well worth the cost.