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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

 

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.

 

First Grizzly Bear Sighting of 2011

08 Apr

Even though the snow keeps coming and it’s April 8th 2011, the bears are now starting to wake up. Dan Rafla of Parks Canada managed to snap the first photo of a grizzly bear in Banff National Park just a few days ago. This grizzly certainly has a sleepy face!

Click to enlarge:
The frist grizzly bear sighting in Banff National Park for 2011
Meanwhile, the ski resorts in Banff National Park are in incredible shape. Below are a couple of webcam snapshots from today. Fresh powder and cooler temperatures are creating some of the best spring skiing seen for years!

Lake Louise [Banff National Park] snapshot from today:
Lake Louise webcam snapshot
Sunshine Village [Banff National Park] snapshot from today:
Sunshine Village, Banff, ski cam snapshot from today

 

Snowfall warning still in effect – Banff National Park

02 Apr

It seems we just keep getting these snowfall warnings this year! Environment Canada once again posted a snowfall warning for Banff National Park and surrounding area with good reason. The snow has been coming down heavily all day today with no end in sight! It’s April 2nd 2011 – where is the spring??! With temperature highs of below zero degrees centigrade today, this new snowfall is not going anyway and as a result, the ski resorts are in incredible shape.

Sunshine Village ski resort, in Banff National Park received 12cm in past 24 hours. That’s 47cm in the past 72 hours and the snow has been coming down hard all day. Can’t wait to see tomorrow’s report!

The highway cameras in Alberta give you a good idea of the current driving conditions in Banff National Park – if you must drive, please drive safe or take one of the ski shuttles instead. The locals who drive these buses know the roads better than anyone!

Here is the current weather conditions for Banff:

SNOWFALL WARNING IN EFFECT, Banff

Posted: April 2nd, 2011 05:46 PM

Persons in or near this area should be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and take necessary safety precautions. Issued: 3:46 PM MDT Saturday 02 April 2011


Current Conditions: -2.7°C

Posted: April 2nd, 2011 06:00 PM

Observed at: Banff 4:00 PM MDT Saturday 02 April 2011
Temperature: -2.7°C
Pressure / Tendency: 100.8 kPa rising
Humidity: 82 %
Wind Chill: -7
Dewpoint: -5.4°C
Wind: E 9 km/h
Air Quality Health Index: N/A


Saturday night: Snow. Low minus 4.

Posted: April 2nd, 2011 06:00 PM

Snow ending this evening then cloudy. Amount 2 to 4 cm. Low minus 4. Forecast issued 4:00 PM MDT Saturday 02 April 2011

Banff Current Weather Source: Rocky Mountain Holidays


Thanks for reading and be sure to share your experiences in Banff National Park with us below. When this storm blows through, the ski conditions will be incredible tomorrow.

Will spring ever arrive in Banff National Park?!

 

Bear safety in Banff National Park

06 Apr

Banff is in the wild and beautiful Banff National Park and so there may be a chance that you are lucky enough to see a bear.

There are two types of bears here: the black bear and the grizzly (or brown) bear. Don’t let the names fool you, you may see a brown or cinnamon coloured “black bear” like the cub with her mother photographed below:

Black Bear, Brown Cub photo

Black Bear

A Black Bear in Banff National Park

Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear in Banff National ParkThe grizzly bear can be identified by it’s distinctive hump on the back of it’s neck.

A grizzly bear is also larger than a black bear.

Each year, people get too close to wildlife especially bears. I personally have seen families stand in front of a bear cub on the side of the road to take pictures. This is not fair for the bear, especially the mother who is watching and may decide to protect her cub at anytime.

Please don’t put bears, or any other wildlife, in this position, it simply isn’t fair.

The bear safety information below has been sourced through Parks Canada:


What should I do if I see a BEAR?

If you are driving: stay in your car, and consider not stopping.

If you are not in a vehicle:

  • Stay calm. If a bear rears on its hind legs and waves its nose about, it is trying to identify you. Remain still and talk calmly so that it knows you are human and not a prey animal. Bears may also bluff charge: run toward you and turn away at the last moment. A scream or sudden movement may trigger an attack.
  • Pick up children, stay in a group.
  • Back away slowly, don’t run.
  • Leave the area. If this is impossible, wait until the bear leaves; make sure it has an escape route.

To reduce your risk of a surprise encounter:

  • Make noise. Clap, sing or yell to announce your presence, especially where a bear might not otherwise smell, hear or see you coming. (Bear bells are not very effective.)
  • Travel in groups, on established trails, and during daylight hours.
  • Minimize odours by proper storage of food, garbage and toiletries.
  • Leave the area if you see a bear or fresh tracks, droppings, diggings; or if you come across a large dead animal (a bear may be nearby).

If you surprise a bear and it defends itself:

Use bear spray if you have it. PLAY DEAD, let it know you are not a threat: lie on stomach with legs apart, cover back of head and neck with hands, keep pack on to protect your back.

If a bear stalks you and then attacks, or attacks at night:

Try to escape, use bear spray if you have it. FIGHT BACK, let it know that you are not easy prey. (This kind of predatory attack is very rare.)


After many on-foot bear encounters myself with both black and grizzly bears, the best form of defence is avoidance. If you make lots of noise by talking loudly to your hiking friends, you are very likely not going to see a bear. Be aware of bear presence (scat/faeces), damage to vegetation etc. and leave the area. If you are unable to leave the area, make lots of noise.

Guides are easily available so if you are not comfortable hiking in the wilderness then local experts can certainly take good care of you.

rocky-peak Holidays is a local company based in Canmore, just 5 minutes outside of Banff National Park and can help you find a suitable guide. There are also group hiking tours available.

Have you had a bear encounter you would like to share with us and our readers? Please post it below!

 

Banff/Canmore Community Bus

24 Oct

Operates: Tuesdays and Thursdays- until December 17, 2009

The Town of Banff-FCSS, The Town of Canmore-FCSS and the Canadian Rockies Public Schools are partners that provide bus service between Banff and Canmore for all seniors in our communities and for low-income clients (under $24,000) with an agency referral.

The service is free but registration is required and the Banff YWCA, Town of Banff –FCSS or Town of Canmore FCSS must issue tickets. Banff seniors can use their taxi passes.

Clients must be able to get up/down the bus stairs. No oxygen or flammable items are allowed. Animals (unless used as aides) or children under 4 cannot be accommodated on the bus. Items that you bring must be able to fit in the bus seats; the aisles must be kept clear for safety purposes.

Please be ready and waiting for the buses.

BUS SCHEDULE
The bus will arrive at its destination approximately ½ hr after the last departure site.

Morning Departures from Banff:
Mount Edith House 8:25 am
Banff Park Lodge 8:30
Banff Seniors Centre 8:35
YWCA 8:40

Drop off locations in Canmore:
Sobeys, Canmore Seniors Centre, Miners Union Lodge

Afternoon Departures from Canmore:
Sobeys 2:00 pm
Miners Union Lodge 2:05
Bow River Seniors Lodge 2:10
Victory Thrift Store 2:15

Drop off locations in Banff:
Mount Edith House, Banff Park Lodge, Banff Seniors Centre, YWCA

Afternoon Departures from Banff:
Mount Edith Lodge 4:30 pm
Banff Park Lodge 4:35
Banff Seniors Centre 4:40
Banff YWCA 4:45

Drop off locations in Canmore:
Sobeys, Canmore Seniors Centre, Miners Union Lodge

***NO RETURN BUSES TO BANFF AFTER 2:15 p.m.***

If you have any questions please contact Nancy Lewis, Town of Banff FCSS at 403-762-1254 or Mavis Sautner, Town of Canmore FCSS at 403-678-7129.

 
 
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