The following is an article originally published on my personal website in 2015.
Ghostly Tales of the Banff Springs Hotel
Perhaps the most famous of all the luxury Canadian railway hotels is the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, located in the town of Banff, Alberta. Initially marketed towards European sportsmen and tourists seeking a luxury wilderness experience, the aptly-dubbed “Castle of the Rockies” was built at the behest of CPR president William Van Horne in 1888. Since its grand opening to the public, countless guests from all over the world- among them Marilyn Monroe, Queen Elizabeth II and Helen Keller- have checked in to the hotel. According to a number of legends ostensibly born from the first-hand accounts of hotel patrons and staff, some these guests never checked out.
Here are some interesting personal stories from the original article:
The staircase you show is not where the tragedy happened. The hotel was renovated and the old staircase is gone. I worked at BSH in 1981-83. The staircase was inside the dining room and it ended at the ceiling. The stairs were closed off to the honeymoon suite after the tragedy. It was creepy in there at night, with that staircase ending at the ceiling of the dining room. Many people reported hearing laughter, crying, screaming from this area when I worked there. As employees we were told not to tell guests anaything about this “ghost” situation.
Hi….. Once or twice a year I stay at this hotel. When I was there about 3 months ago I saw this girl and and a lady walking in the hallway and when I looked at them agin they where not there. Also at night in the hall it was about 1:30 am I heard a man laughing and then it just stopped….. It was pretty creepy, but I always love going there it is a place to go its amazing but the halls are long and creepy.
Julie of Cardiff:
Stayed at this hotel 2006, new nothing about any ghost tales but woke while laying on the bed having an afternoon nap when the room felt cold and something grabbed my foot. Not experienced anything like this before or since.
My dad worked at the Banff Springs in the mid to late 30s as a bell hop. He mentioned that a movie star staying the committed suicide by jumping off an outside balcony. Is this true or him making a story?
I stayed there last Christmas and i really enjoyed my stay there especially with all the ghosts around, Sam really likes to help with the elevators. I’m going again this year.
Dell Marie Lamb:
We stayed at the Banff Springs Hotel many times. One time, had a room with a fireplace, on a return trip, asked for that room and were told no rooms with fireplaces. I have our pic.s taken in front of the fireplace, but was told no their were no rooms with a fireplace. A ghost room…..
I was just at Fairmont a couple of days ago. We went for supper at Castelos (sorry if I spelt that wrong). After my family and I were taking pictures in the hall outside of the restaurant, during this I had felt something tugging on my dress but no one was behind me and it was not possible for it to be stuck there. So I don’t know if this could have been a ghost but I thought it was pretty cool!