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selecttraveler.com 23 M A Y / J U N E 2 0 1 7 BANFF: A FRIENDLY FORTRESS Our drive from Lake Louise to Banff was the shortest of the trip. We took our time and were there in an hour or so. If its staff were not so gracious, the Fairmont Banff Springs could be intimidating. Built more than 125 years ago by the Ca- nadian Pacific Railroad, the Banff Springs is a massive mountain fortress perched high above the Bow River. It has nearly 800 rooms, and we were placed in a golfers' wing quite a way from the main hotel. Perhaps they knew I had a tee time. This was our last stop, and we relaxed a bit. We spent a day browsing the shops in downtown Banff. I played the golf course with two pilots from Switzerland. We bought some local art in one of the shops in the hotel and had dinner at its Samurai Sushi Bar. At the Banff Springs, we lived by one rule: Whenever we ran out of things to do, we'd grab a table on their alpine patio, sit fac- ing the Bow River valley and toast our good fortune. FAIRMONT HOTELS W W W. FA I R M O N T. C O M Chairs overlook the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. By Mac Lacy

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