The post originally appeared on the Travel Alberta website.
The rugged beauty of Banff National Park in Alberta is a special place, but there is a fine balance between keeping it accessible to the millions who visit every year and preserving that natural splendor. So how did a group of developers maintain that balance while building the first new hotel in the mountain town of Banff in nearly a decade? They turned to a herd of moose.
OK, not a real herd of moose, but more than 350 moose images and sculptures that adorn the walls and landscape of the aptly named Moose Hotel and Suites. The creative team let their imagination flow, respectfully combining elements of forest trails, the mountains and the colors of the wilds. They also cleverly included the heritage of Banff by honoring a local landmark.