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Banff Gondola – Autumn/Winter 2010

14 Oct

Please note that the Banff Gondola has started operating under the new autumn/winter hours:

October 11 – November 28 2010
8:30am – 4:30pm

November 29 – December 31 2010
10:00am – 4:00opm

Check out the live Banff live webcam from the top of Sulphur Mountain – it’s a beautiful autumn day today!

 

Rocky Mountaineer Record Departure

30 Sep

The Rocky Mountaineer train departing tomorrow from Vancouver, October 1st 2010, is the company’s largest departure in their history, and will set a record for the largest passenger rail train in North American history – a total of 1331 guests!

Rocky Mountaineer Record Departure

This will be one of the last Rocky Mountaineer train departures for 2010 but 2011 Rocky Mountaineer packages are now available for booking with early-bird savings of up to $1,400 per couple.

 

Banff National Park 125 years old

04 Jul

This year, 2010, celebrates 125 years of National Parks in Canada. It is the 125th birthday of Banff National Park – the first National Park in Canada.

 

Canada Day in Banff – July 2010

24 Jun

With just one week to go until Canada Day on July 1st, we thought we should update you with what is going on in Banff!


What is Canada Day?

Canada Day is Canada’s birthday! Canada was established as a self governing country in 1867 making Canada 143 years old next week on July 1st 2010.


What is happening in Banff on Canada Day?

There will be lots going on across the country – here is what will be happening in Banff (hosted by Parks Canada):

– 9:00am – 10:30am. Pancake breakfast at the Parks Administration Building, 101 Mountain Avenue.

– 12:00 – 5:00pm. The celebrations including live entertainment will continue at Central Park.

– 5:00pm Canada Day Parade

– 6:30pm – 11:00pm. More live entertainment and fun to be had at Central Park. Fireworks finale at 11:00pm.

With Banff National Park also celebrating it’s 125th anniversary, this Canada Day in Banff is set to be a really awesome day for all.


More Information:

– Entry into Banff National Park is free on July 1st!

Banff weather forecast is predicting sunny skies and temperatures close to 30°C (86°F).

– More information can be found on Parks Canada’s website: www.parkscanada.gc.ca


More Details from Town of Banff:

9 – 11 a.m.
Parks Canada Pancake Breakfast
Parks Canada Admin Grounds
$3 per person

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sidewalk Art
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Community Art Committee Sidewalk Art
Banff Town Hall

Noon
Central Park Activities Commence

5 – 6:15 p.m.
Banff Canada Day Parade
Banff Avenue

6:30 – 11 p.m.
Central Park Entertainment

11 p.m.
Banff Canada Day Fireworks
View from Central Park or Bow Avenue

Central Park Activities

  • 12 noon Opening Ceremonies
  • 12:30 p.m. The Hunt Family – Stoney First Nations Dance
  • 1 p.m. Mountain Raks Belly Dancers
  • 1:30 p.m. Alberta Zirka Ukrainian Performers
  • 2 p.m. Steve Harmer’s Motivational Magic
  • 2:30 p.m. Banff’s Stupid Pet Tricks
  • 3 p.m. Parks Canada Mountain Wit Theatre
  • 3:30 p.m. Banff Springs Hotel Filipino Dancers
  • 6:30 p.m. Calgary Fiddlers
  • 7:15 p.m. Keith Hitchner & Highwood – Country
  • 8 p.m. Suds – Country/Rock
  • 9 p.m. Suzie Q – High Energy Hits
  • 10 p.m. Boneyard – Banff’s Local Rockers
  • 11 p.m. Fireworks Finale

What to Bring:

  • lawn chair(s) or blanket(s)
  • sunscreen and hat
  • an umbrella! – this event is “rain or shine”
  • cash – no debit or credit cards will be accepted on site
  • Share the spirit! Bring flags or wear shirts or hats sporting the maple leaf!

Banff Canada Day Parade Maps

Banff Canada Day Parade Route Map

Banff Canada Day Parade Map - Downtown

 

Win a Trip to Banff 2010

26 May

The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) is holding a contest giving US residents the chance to win an ultimate Canadian vacation. The winner will choose from 5 Canadian adventures, one of which includes a four night stay in Banff National Park.

Description below:
Sea to Sky. Gaze at a glorious sunset from your classy, coastal hotel. Take a deep breath of fresh clear air as you hike a Rocky Mountain trail. Take world-class city stays in Vancouver and Victoria,
British Columbia plus visits to two Alberta mountain resorts, top with serious pampering and luxe lodgings throughout and you have the makings of an unforgettable “sea to sky” experience.
· Three nights at 4-star Vancouver, British Columbia hotel
· Two nights at 4-star Victoria hotel on Vancouver Island
· Return transfer between Vancouver and Victoria
· Ride the Rocky Mountaineer to Canada’s Rocky Mountains
· Getaway in Banff National Park, Alberta including
· Two nights in Banff
· Two nights in Lake Louise
· Transfers and activity passes
Descriptions of the other four travel experiences can be found on the contest site: http://canadaseeitnow.com/
HURRY! This contest runs until May 31, 2010.
 

Banff Horseback Rides 2010

20 May

All Banff horseback rides are now operating for spring/summer/fall 2010. Giddy up and get yourself out here!

 

Banff Horseback Rides Spring 2010

15 Apr
Thanks to this beautiful Spring weather the 2 hour Sundance Loop Ride will open tomorrow, April 16th 2010.

Banff Horseback Tour
With weather and temperatures like this, the 3 hour Bow Valley Loop ride should open before the end of the month. Cookouts and day rides are scheduled to open May 15th and the Spray River Corrals located by the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel should be open for the 1 hour Spray River Ride on May 1st 2010.

This 2 hour Sundance Loop trail ride travels through the woodland, along the Bow River, climbs the backside of Sulphur Mountain over Windy Knoll and loops around the marsh.  This ride will depart at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm daily.

The cost for the 2 hour Sundance Loop trail ride is $72 per rider and payment can be made using your credit card.  Jeans and a close-toed shoe, like a sneaker or light-hiking boot, are best to wear while riding.

Reservations are recommended for this ride and guests can call 1-888-747-6259 (in North America), 0800-567-7542 (in U.K.) or  +1 403-609-0286 direct to speak with a Canadian Rockies based reservations agent or contact us here at Banff Blog.
 

More snow in Banff National Park – Spring 2010

10 Apr

Mother Nature has been kind to us once again and we have received more fresh snow in Banff National Park over the last 24 hours.

Lake Louise received 18cm (7.01in), Sunshine Village 6cm (2.4in) and Banff Norquay 1cm (0.4in). There is still some last minute hotel availability in Banff.

Banff’s Sunshine Village opens until May 24 2010, Lake Louise May 2 2010 and Banff Norquay (due to it’s elevation) will be closing April 18 2010.

With fresh powder and the sun shining, spring skiing doesn’t get much better than this!

 

Banff Spring Powder 2010

09 Apr

As predicted by weather experts, after our milder El Niño winter this year, the snow has kept coming in the spring making for great spring powder days at the Banff ski resorts.

The ski resorts in Banff National Park are in excellent shape. Today, Banff National Park is enjoying another POWDER DAY!

Sunshine Village Banff received 25cm in the last 24 hours

In the last 24 hours, Sunshine Village received 25cm (9.8in), Banff Norquay 20+cm (+7.9in) and  Lake Louise 13cm (5.1in). These ski resorts are all included in your Tri-Area Ski Lift Pass which includes the frequent ski shuttles to and from Banff.

With extended spring lift opening, you now have more time to play in the powder. At Sunshine Village, lift times have been extended to run until 4:30pm (Jackrabbit 5pm) until season close (May 24 2010).

Contact us at Banff Blog if you require more information!

 

Banff Horseback Rides

01 Apr
The sun is out and the horses are back in town! Time to saddle up and head out for the Bow River Ride!

Banff Horseback Tour

Opening tomorrow! (April 2nd 2010)

This 1-hour trail ride travels through the woodland, along the Bow River and loops around the marsh.  This ride will depart hourly daily starting at 10am with the last one departing at 5pm.

Reservations are recommended for this ride and you can call +1-403-609-0286 (1-888-747-6259 North America / 0800-567-7542 U.K.) to speak with a local reservations agent.  The cost is $40 per rider and payment can be made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express.

Please check in at Warner Stables 10 minutes before your ride’s scheduled departure time.  The stables are located at the end of Sundance Road just off Cave Avenue. No shuttle service provided.  Gloves and hats are highly recommended for this time of year!

For more Banff Horseback Riding Tours, contact us at Banff Holidays.

 
 
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