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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)

 

 

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

 

6 of the Best – Banff Bars

18 Aug

I’d like to introduce our guest blogger, Nick Coates. He wrote the following article for us based on his bar experiences in Banff. Here are his top six Banff bars:

Melissa’s
Home of the infamous $2.75 high ball, Mel’s is a lively bar with a great atmosphere. A firm favourite with both Banff locals and visitors alike due to its chameleon nature; Mel’s is a sports bar, steak house, and party bar all rolled into one!
The ground floor restaurant serves up huge slabs of meat, chargrilled to perfection, while the 2nd Floor bar caters for all your sport watching and party needs. It’s also a great spot to pick up breakfast if you’re feeling a little fragile the next day!
Quick tip: don’t forget to tip the barman if you want to get served quickly and never ask to change the channel from Ice Hockey!

The Storm Cellar
Situated on the ground floor of the Banff Alpine Lodge at Tunnel Mountain, this lively bar is a firm favourite with young travellers and locals alike. Offering some of the most reasonably priced drinks in town along with regular open mic and karaoke nights, this lively little bar is the perfect place to start a night out in Banff. There’s also a darts board, table football, big screen TV, and an Ice Climbing wall outside. So if you’re feeling adventurous why not see if you can scale this icy behemoth… just leave the beers for afterwards!

Trapper’s
This lively mountain bar can be found at the top of the Sunshine Village high speed gondola. Trapper’s boasts some of the finest food available on mountain; serving up huge plates of Nachos, delicious pulled pork sandwiches, as well as all the usual Canadian favourites. It’s also perfect for sunny days on the hill thanks to its extensive outdoor seating area and sun terrace.
There’s really no better place to grab a cold one after a hard day’s riding with your buddies!

Wild Bill’s Saloon
One of Banff’s more lively venues, Wild Bill’s hosts regular live music nights with both local and international acts passing through on a regular basis. As the name suggests there’s a bit of a western vibe going on here, where else can you cattle roping in the mountains?! So if you fancy playing cowboy/cowgirl for a night or just want to check out some awesome live bands head on down to Wild Bill’s! They also throw a mean Superbowl party…

The Dancing Sasquatch
Not only is this nightclub the number one contender for our “Best named club in the world. Ever” award, it’s also a great place for a night out. With local and international DJ’s gracing the decks playing the very best in Dubstep, Hip-hop, Techno and everything in between coupled with unbeatable drinks deals the Dancing Sasquatch is definitely the place to party after hours in Banff!

Aurora Nightclub
The other of Banff’s nightclubs, with a relaxed atmosphere and some of Canada’s finest DJs passing through Aurora is a great place to party. Complete with pool tables and its own take-away pizza stand Aurora ticks all the boxes for a great night out! It also throws a killer Australia Day party for all you Aussies out there!

The author, Nick Coates, recommends SnowSkool for snowboard instructor courses

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Banff Gondola Alpine Lights

29 Jan

Banff Alpine Lights is one Banff Après Ski activity you won’t want to miss!

Banff Gondola is still rated number one attraction in Banff on Trip Advisor, and experiencing the Banff Gondola in the evening time is a whole new exciting experience.
Operating every Tuesday night through the winter time, you can take the Banff Gondola up Sulphur Mountain at around 6pm.  At the top of the gondola in the restaurant is a reception and live entertainment followed by a buffet dinner, perfect for a skier’s appetite!  More  live entertainment then follows and the last gondola departs 9:30pm. 
There are plenty of opportunities to take a photo of Banff at night, so remember your cameras!
Booking in advance is very much recommended as this new popular activity will be sure to book up.  Booking is easy, simply contact rocky-peak Ski Holidays on 1-888-PH-ROCKY (1-888-74-76259) or on +1 403-609-0286 or contact rocky-peak Ski Holidays through their website.
A flyer is included below to give you a taster of what to expect!
 
 
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