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Banff and Lake Louise: Jewels of the Canadian Rockies

To best appreciate Banff National Park, visits to its most noted landmarks are key. Originally constructed as lures for the jet-set crowd (albeit long before jets), Fairmont Banff Springs and Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise continue to draw those who seek more plush accommodations. Each of these long-time national icons were built along the Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway line in the late 1800s to provide deluxe digs to those traveling the rails in style.

Ensconced within a national park and surrounded by the dramatic backdrop of the Canadian Rockies, the structural styles of the two properties are striking. Fairmont Banff Springs projects Scottish Baronial while Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is reflective of French Renaissance design. However, each is punctuated with distinctive elements—whether towers and turrets, spires and swirling staircases, pitched roofs and porte-cocheres or Gothic gables—and each evokes the feel of a European castle. Through the years and despite almost complete replacement, periodic reconstruction and continued renovation, the results remain the same: majestic.

Cynthia Dial

Cynthia Dial is an admitted travel writing addict, and shares that she pinches herself each time she steps onto the promenade deck of a cruise ship, boards a train or settles into a plane seat to go to work. She's taken a city tour of Melbourne, Australia, from the back of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, hiked the Austrian Alps and learned to surf in Waikiki -- all for a good story. A special corres...(Read More)

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