The blueprint started in 1887 with William Cornelius Van Horne's vision, build an impressive hotel in the Canadian Rockies. The hotel enjoyed continuous renovation until the Fire of 1926 where its wooden foundations were burnt down. A few years later, the hotel was rebuilt to a bigger castle and with a much more resilient structure. During the Great Depression, the hotel closed for 3 years and was reopened but struggled to reclaim travellers due to location and the economic crisis. By the '70s, the hotel regained its glory thanks to the increasing influx of travellers in Banff. Today it's regarded as the prestigious "Castle in the Rockies".
Fairmont Banff Springs has the rumor of being haunted since guests report a ghost of a bellhop who disappears after helping them and it is believed, that it is the spirit of a former employee who died soon after he retired. Also, some guests report feeling a "freezing draft" on the staircase where once a bride fell to her death.