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Canada Day Weekend 2013 – Banff National Park

28 Jun

Celebrate Canada Day Weekend in the beautiful natural surroundings of Banff National Park.

Experience all the fun and festivities that Banff National Park has to offer with jam-packed schedules including the ever popular Canada Day parades, live entertainment, family activities, fireworks, and much more!

Entry to the national park on Canada Day is FREE to all visitors.

June 30

Banff ‘hearts’ Canmore Benefit for the Bow Valley

Brewster Travel Canada, in partnership with Discover Banff Tours, the Rimrock Resort Hotel and several local businesses, will be hosting a flood relief benefit at the Banff Gondola.

The fundraising event will run between 4-7 pm and include a variety of exciting activities, musical entertainment, a silent auction and refreshments. In addition, Brewster Travel Canada will also be offering rides on the Banff Gondola by donation in lieu of the normal ticket fee to all residents of the Bow Valley.

Fundraising Concert at the Shaw Ampitheatre

The Banff Centre presents “Classified with Zeus The Eerie Green and Elk Run and Riot” and will be collecting and matching donations for Bow Valley Flood Relief.  Doors open at 4pm.  Tickets available from The Banff Centre.


July 1, Banff

Town of Banff
8:00 – 10:00 am | Pancake Breakfast presented by Melissa’s & Banff Park Lodge
Lynx St. between Banff Park Lodge and Homestead Inn
10:30 am | Canada Day Sidewalk Art
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies5:00 – 6:30 pm | Canada Day Parade**
Banff Avenue
**Note road closures for this event.**Central Park

12:00 noon | Opening Ceremonies
12:25 pm | Singing of O Canada by Heather Jordan
12:30 pm | First Nations Blessing by The Hunt Family

1:00 pm | Family Fun Zone opens & Entertainment on the Gazebo stage

7:00 pm | Live music
11:00 pm |Fireworks, best views from Central Park

Full details available on Town of Banff’s website


July 1, Lake Louise

Lake Louise Rec Centre

8:30 – 10:30 am| Pancake Breakfast presented by the fire department

12:30 pm | Cake Cutting and Singing of  ‘O Canada’
12:30 – 3:30 pm | Family Fair incl. Magician show at 1:00 p.m., Face Painter, Bouncy Castle and BBQ until 2:00 p.m.

8:00 pm – 1:00 am | Evening Dance Party *over 18 only, no dogs allowed

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
9:00 – 9:15 am| Flag raising ceremony
9:15 – 10:00 am | Family Canoe Races

11:30 – 12:00 pm | Polar Bear Dip
12:00 – 4:00 pm | Children’s Play Zone

Lake Louise Village
10:00 – 2:00 pm| Celebrations at Samson Mall including traditional drumming, dancing, singing and food.
12:00 noon | Canada Day Parade
Village Road


Parking in the Town of Banff

The Town of Banff has launched a mobile website to help visitors find parking in town. Visit banffparking.ca to view the available parking spots, directions and time frames.

Source: Banff Lake Louise Tourism

 

Snow Days in Banff National Park

24 Jan

Experience the Ice Magic Festival in Lake Louise, centrepiece to SnowDays, a month-long celebration of winter in Banff National Park.

Little Chippers Weekend – January 26 & 27 

Join us as we celebrate the young and young at heart. Marvel at the finished ice carvings from last weekend’s international competition and enjoy loads of activities and experience focused on family fun.

Little Chippers Carving & Ice Playground – 11am to 2pm
Your kids can learn the art and science of ice carving for $2, crawl through an ice tunnel and cruise down an ice slide at the Samson Mall.

Ice Carving Demo – 12pm to 12:30pm
Learn from a master carver during the 10 block ice carving demo on the shores of Lake Louise.

Lake Side Fun – 12pm to 3pm
Skate with the Ice Queen on magnificent frozen Lake Louise.

Cozy Corner Kids Indoor Activity Centre – 12pm to 3pm
The Cozy Corner includes face painting, crafts and more at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise! $2 entry.

Snowy Treats and Snowshoes – 1pm to 5pm
Enjoy snowshoeing, hot drinks and snacks at the Mountaineer Lodge.

Park & Ride!

Avoid the hassle and take advantage of the FREE shuttle running from the Samson Mall to The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, returning every 20 mins: Saturday & Sunday January 26 & 27from 10:30am – 5:30pm. Please drive carefully, obey all no parking signs and watch out for pedestrians.

SnowDays This Weekend

January 26 & 27

Central Park

  • Learn to Snowshoe (Saturday only) – Join a local Banff expert who will share basic skills – free.
  • Banff Park Museum – Known as the “University of the Hills”, the Banff Park Museum is one of Canada’s best examples of a Victorian-era natural history museum. Special winter opening hours!
  • Ice Playground – Kids will love the ice slide and other interactive playground features – free.
  • Cave and Basin Discovery Camp – Get a taste of what camp life was like for the crew that built the Canadian Pacific Railway through the Bow Valley in 1883 – free.

Banff Avenue Square

  • Sled Dog Meet and Greet (Saturday 6:30pm) – Meet the dogs, learn about the different breeds with Kingmik Dog Sled Tours – free.
  • Roasted Chestnuts (Saturday only) – All proceeds to the Banff Community High School Sports Program.
  • Ice Climbing Wall – Here is your chance to try ice climbing on a 40ft wall of ice.  Equipment and instruction provided for free.  Saturday until 8pm and Sunday until 6pm.
  • Banff Ave Base Camp – Have your photo taken for free against an epic mountain backdrop with a selection of vintage skis plus enjoy tea tastings courtesy of the Banff Tea Co – free.

Additional Activities

  • Culture Crawl (Saturday only) – Experience Banff’s rich art, culture and history. Canada House Gallery, Willock & Sax Gallery and Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont Banff Springs.
  • 2013 Heritage Swim (Sunday only) – Dare to wear a heritage bathing costume and compete in dog paddle relay races and more at the Banff Upper Hot Springs.
  • Lake Louise Historical Walking Tours – Walking tours departing from the ice castle at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – free.

SnowDays Mid Week Activities

Monday & Friday

  • Movies for a Nickel – Parks Canada’s Mountain WIT brings it all back with a collection of classic celluloid from days gone by at the Banff Visitor Information Centre – free.

Tuesday

  • Banff/Canmore Speed Skating Demo – Watch the club practice their skills at the Downtown Skating Rink in Banff.

Tuesday & Wednesday

  • Brewery Tour & Tasting – The Banff Ave Brewing Co invites you to an exclusive brewery tour and tasting. Reservations required – free.

Wednesday

  • Mountain Film Wednesdays – The Banff Mountain Festival World Tour brings a selection of the best short winter films from past festivals to the Elk & Oarsman Pub & Grill – free.

Friday

  • Sub Zero DJ Disco Skate – Skate to the beats and lights on Friday nights with DJ Dark Buddha at the Downtown Skating Rink in Banff.

SOURCE: BANFF – LAKE LOUISE TOURISM

 

New Year’s Eve 2011 in Banff

29 Dec

Banff National Park is an excellent place to see in the New Year and there is certainly no shortage of things to do and places to go!  As always, Banff Avenue at midnight is the place to be to see the fireworks!

Lake Louise Torchlight Dinner & Ski

Start with après refreshments and live music mid-mountain, followed by first tracks on a freshly groomed run, and then finish off with dinner and entertainment in the Sitzmark Lounge. Book in advance.
4:00 PM | Lake Louise Ski Area | $65 | Lake Louise Torchlight Dinner & Ski Details

NYE 2011
Bubbles flowing, campfire roaring, taste buds exploding: it must be NYE at The Bison!
5PM ($85) & 6:30PM ($125) Seatings | Bison Restaurant & Terrace, 211 Bear St.

New Years Eve 2011 with Cronic
Dinner buffet with live entertainment, two seatings.
6:30 PM | St. James Gate Olde Irish Pub | $75

New Year’s Gala
Enjoy a four course meal while Barry Shaw and The Fairmont Banff Springs Orchestra play in the back- ground.
7:00 PM | Fairmont Banff Springs, Van Horne Ballroom | $295

Torchlight Parade
Join us to ring in the New Year with our Torchlight Parade down North American Chair, which can be seen from the town of Banff.
7:00 PM | Banff Mt. Norquay

The Rocky Mountain New Year’s Eve Experience
Live DJ, all party favours and champagne included.
8:00 PM | Dancing Sasquatch | $99

Masquerade Ball
Banff’s best party with DJ Strength
9:00 PM | HooDoo Lounge | $69.99

Banff New Year’s Party, Greek Style
Enjoy a fantastic 3 course Greek feast, Banff’s only live dinner show (belly dancing, Greek dancing & plate smashing), party favours and a glass of champagne to ring in the New Year! Reservations required.
9:30 PM | Balkan Restaurant, 120 Banff Ave. | $75

Masquerade Ball New Year’s Party
Featuring the music stylings of Project Mayhem, enjoy the ball with or without dinner.
10 PM | Rose & Crown | $110 Dinner & Ball, $60 Ball

Banff’s Biggest & Best New Year’s Party
Amazing light show, 3 drinks and delicious appetizer.
10:00 PM | Aurora Night Club | $99

Matt Beatty and the Second String Cowboys
Enjoy live country music, balloon drop, champagne toast, party favours and a late night appetizer buffet.
10:00 PM | Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon | $40

ONGOING EVENTS

Christmas Social Printings & Drawings
With works by John Snow, Margaret Shelton, George Weber, D. Helen Mackie, Dwayne Harty, Peter von Tiesen- hausen, Jean Sheppard, James Agrell Smith, Harry Wohlfarth, Illingworth Kerr, Kenojuak Ashevak, Chris Stoffel Overvoorde, Kananginak Pootoogook, Tom Willock, Napachie Pootoogook, John Topelko and others.
December 1—30 | Open daily 10 AM—6 PM | Willock & Sax Gallery, 211 Bear St.

Christmas at the Castle
Join the parade of Christmas characters as they wind their way through the grand hallways of the hotel, led by San- ta. The majestic mountains beckon all to experience a Christmas holiday filled with laughter and lasting memories. Throughout the holiday season we blend new and old world traditions together with activities designed to intrigue, spoil and inspire you.
December 19—January 2 | The Fairmont Banff Springs | Reservations – 1-866-540-4406

Current exhibits at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, 111 Bear Street Bow Valley Fibrearts
Whether revealed through fabric, yarn or other materials, the artistic ambitions of the Bow Valley are explored in this exhibition. A selection of quilting, knitted soft sculpture and painting on silk are just some of the examples fea- tured in this informal survey.

Small Treasures Art Show & Sale
Good things come in small packages! A favourite tradition of locals and visitors, the Museum hosts its annual holi- day season Art Show and Sale. Choose from individual works of art or handcrafted artisan-made gift items.

Women of Fibre & Bow Valley Fibrearts
Whether revealed through fabric, yarn or other materials, the artistic ambitions of the Bow Valley are explored in this exhibition. A selection of quilting, knitted soft sculpture and painting on silk are just some of the examples fea- tured in this informal survey.

UPCOMING EVENTS

SnowDays | January 14—February 12, 2012
New events such as the Mountain Adventure Weekend and “Take it to the Street” hockey tournament on Banff Ave, combined with the ever popular Ice Magic Festival, now two weekends of fun, will add to the excitement of the season. Throw in a new outdoor skating rink decked out with lights, festive atmosphere and new programming by Parks Canada and Banff Heritage Tourism, we’ll all have something to celebrate and share. Full details coming soon…

Watermedia in the Rockies | January 21 through March 20, 2012 | Whyte Museum Watermedia has been a traditional medium for artists in the Rocky Mountains. Keeping with tradition this show will feature the work of watermedia artists who have portrayed their love and respect for the Rocky Mountains and areas nearby.

 

Boxing Day 2011 in Banff National Park

23 Dec

Here are a couple of things for you to do on Boxing Day in Banff National Park:

Free Tea Tasting
Enjoy this educational and entertaining weekly event.
6:30—8:30 PM | Banff Tea Co, 208 Caribou St.

Grant Slavin Boxing Day Special
10:00 PM | Rose & Crown

 

Christmas Day 2011 in Banff National Park

23 Dec

The HO! HO! HOliday festivities continue on Christmas Day in Banff National Park.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!

Banff Gondola Skating Rink
Enjoy free skate rentals, cookies and hot chocolate while skating with the Brewster Bear.
10 AM—4 PM | Banff Sulphur Mtn. Gondola

Santa Family Photo Days
Get your photo taken with Santa and his elves & receive a complimentary e-card! (Santa hits the slopes at 2pm.)
11 AM—1 PM | Lodge of Ten Peaks, Lake Louise Ski Area

Torchlight Dinner & Ski
This ultimate way for your group to wrap up a wonderful day on the slopes. The excitement begins at Whitehorn Lodge, where you will enjoy après drinks, appetizers and live music in a majestic setting.
Where? Lake Louise Ski Area (tickets still available)

 

 

Christmas Eve 2011 in Banff, Canada

23 Dec

If you are lucky enough to spend Christmas in Banff National Park in the beautiful Canadian Rockies, be sure to check out the following this Christmas Eve:

Santa Family Photo Days
Get your photo taken with Santa and his elves & receive a complimentary e-card! (Santa hits the slopes at 2pm.)
11 AM—1 PM | Lodge of Ten Peaks, Lake Louise Ski Area

Hockey & Karaoke
Hockey, karaoke and dancing, to please every taste!
5:00 PM | Beaver Bar, Samesun Hostel, 433 Banff Ave.

Heavy Metal Techno Christmas
Archimedean Groove & No World Order II Live
10:00 PM | Bruno’s

3 Days of Christmas
Grant Slavin kicks the Scrooge for 3 straight nights
10:00 PM | Rose & Crown

Dave Lang and the Black Squirrels
Country/Swing
10:00 PM | Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon

 

What’s happening in Banff? December 23 2011

22 Dec

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23 2011: EVENTS

Tea House, Sightseeing & Tubing Opening Day
All Day | Mt. Norquay

Santa Family Photo Days
Get your photo taken with Santa and his elves & receive a complimentary e-card! (Santa hits the slopes at 2pm.)
1 AM—1 PM | Lodge of Ten Peaks, Lake Louise Ski Area

Country Christmas
Enjoy a sleigh ride followed by a delicious dinner and live music! Reservations required, 403-522-1898
6:30 PM | Brewster Dance Barn, Lake Louise

Daniel Sky Live
A singer/songwriter originally from Winnipeg. In September he released his new record “Spider Milk.”
9:00 PM—11:00 PM | The Beaver Bar, SameSun

3 Days of Christmas
Grant Slavin kicks the Scrooge for 3 straight nights
10:00 PM | Rose & Crown

Dave Lang and the Black Squirrels
Country/Swing
10:00 PM | Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon

Stan Jacobs Live!
Offering up the best in 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s pop, blues, R&B, jazz standards, light rock, reggae, calypso and country music styling’s.
9 PM| Rundle Lounge, Fairmont Banff Springs

Al Barrett Trio
9:30 PM | St. James Gate Olde Irish Pub

 

What’s happening in Banff – December 22 2011

22 Dec

DAY & EVENING EVENTS FOR: Thursday December 22 2011

Greek Night
With live belly dancing, Greek dancing Zorba-style and plate smashing, this is a weekly treat not to be missed!
8:30 PM | Balkan Restaurant, 120 Banff Ave.

Drawn to Nature
Hour-long Winter Solstice drawing session open to anyone in the community. Participants will be welcomed to explore various still-life sketching techniques in an informal drawing session.
6—8 PM | Banff Park Museum National Historic Site

MasqueRave VIII
SantaRave with Piranha Piranha
10:00 PM | Dancing Sasquatch

Party Beats
Featuring DJ Laela. Season pass giveaway to Lake Louise.
10:00 PM | Hoodoo Lounge

3 Days of Christmas
Grant Slavin kicks the Scrooge for 3 straight nights
10:00 PM | Rose & Crown

Sailesh
World Famous Hypnotist
10:00 PM | Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon | $5

 

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

 

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!

 
 
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