Bow Falls Trail

Bow Falls Trail is a walk in Banff, Canada that follows the south shore of the Bow River to Bow Falls.

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It is a 1.2 km walk from the Bow River Bridge to the Bow Falls. The is a segment of the Bow River Trail.

There are separate trails for pedestrians and cyclists. Bicycles are not permitted on the clifftop part of the track. The clifftop part of the track is closed during the winter.

The Bow Falls is adjacent to the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. The waterfall itself is rather wide and shallow.

It is a nice walk from Banff township along the riverbank to the falls.

If you don’t want to walk the trail there is a parking lot off Bow Falls Drive.

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Fairmont Banff Springs

Fairmont Banff Springs is a luxurious hotel in Banff, Canada.

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The Fairmont Banff Springs, which was designed by architect Bruce Price opened in 1888 as one of Canada’s grand railway hotels. The hotel which is now a National Historic Site of Canada was originally a five storey wooden building with 250 rooms. Rooms started at $3.50 a night.

As Banff and the Canadian Rockies became an increasingly popular tourist destination it was decided to update the hotel in stages.

The 11 storey centre tower, which was designed by Walter Painter, was constructed between 1911 and 1914.

In 1926, a fire burnt down the north wing of the original hotel. A new north and south wing were rebuilt and completed in May 1928.

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The hotel is built in the style of a Scottish baronial castle. The limestone blocks on the exterior came from Mount Rundle.

Today the hotel has 764 guest rooms, a spa and health club, fitness and aquatic centre, art gallery, boutique shops, restaurants, bars, and a golf course

The hotel is located 405 Spray Avenue, just above the Bow Falls.

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