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Banff National Park Ski Resorts Open Early for 2012-2013 Ski Season

24 Oct

After many days of snowfall in the Canadian Rockies over the past week, the ski resorts in Banff National Park are opening early. Nakiska ski resort, which is located outside of Banff National Park, announced yesterday that they were opening this weekend. Just a few hours ago, Banff Mt. Norquay announced that they are opening tomorrow (Thursday, October 25 2012) at noon, just a couple of days before Nakiska’s scheduled early opening (and thus stealing Nakiska’s thunder) – way to go Banff Mount Norquay! This is the earliest ski resort opening in Canada’s history (to our knowledge).

The Lake Louise Ski Area and Sunshine Village are currently scheduled to open on November 9th 2012 for the 2012-2013 winter ski season.

Cheap lift passes are available through the U.K. website SkiHolidaysCanada.co.uk but you have to contact them direct for rates. Their early-bird deadline is December 15 2012 so you’d better get your skates, or should I say, skis on!!!

Have a great season and feel free to post comments – we love to hear from you!

 

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 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

 

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

 

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 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.

 

Banff Norquay Night Skiing

05 Feb

Banff Norquay now offers night skiing on Wednesday nights as well as Friday nights.

There are many excellent ski specials available for Ski Holidays in Banff. Specials include up to 20% or more off accommodation as well as 2-for-1 spring lift passes.

 

Banff Ice Hockey

09 Oct

Banff Ice Hockey Tours to see the Calgary Flames play in the Saddledome are a great way to experience a Canadian passion. Ice Hockey to the Canadians is like soccer to the British!

For the 2008-2009 winter season, NHL ice hockey tours are once again offered from Banff to Calgary. Pick-ups from Canmore and Lake Louise can also be arranged. Our ticket packages include coach transportation, an onboard guide, a hockey souvenir and of course, your hockey ticket!

For most games, we offer Green and Black seating. See the seating diagram below:

The 2008-2009 Banff Ice Hockey Tour schedule is listed below:

2008-2009
Calgary Flames NHL Hockey Schedule
Date Opponent Departs Banff Game Time
OCT 11 Canucks 5.15 pm 8.00 PM
OCT 14 Avalanche 4.45 pm 7:30 PM
OCT 17 Oilers 4.15 pm 7.00 PM
OCT 21 Capitals 4.45 pm 7:30 PM
OCT 28 Avalanche 4.45 pm 7.30 PM
OCT 30 Bruins 4.15 pm 7.00 PM
NOV 4 Coyotes 5.15 pm 8.00 PM
NOV 6 Predators 4.45 pm 7.30 PM
NOV 11 Maple Leafs 4.45 pm 7:30 PM
NOV 18 Avalanche 4.45 pm 7.30 PM
NOV 22 Red Wings 5.15 pm 8.00 PM
NOV 25 Kings 4.45 pm 7.30 PM
NOV 29 Canucks 5.15 pm 8.00 PM
DEC 2 Stars 4.45 pm 7.30 PM
DEC 12 Panthers 4.15 pm 7.00 PM
DEC 19 Blackhawks 4.15 pm 7.00 PM
DEC 23 Ducks 4.15 pm 7.00 PM
DEC 27 Senators 5.15 pm 8.00 PM
DEC 29 Wild 4.15 pm 7.00 PM
DEC 31 Oilers 5.15 pm 8.00 PM
JAN 6 Sharks 5.15 pm 8.00 PM
JAN 8 Islanders 4.15 pm 7.00 PM
JAN 13 Blues 4.45 pm 7.30 PM
JAN 17 Coyotes 5.15 pm 8.00 PM
JAN 21 Blue Jackets 5.15 pm 8.00 PM
JAN 28 Sabres 3.15 pm 6.00 PM
JAN 30 Predators 4.15 pm 7.00 PM
FEB 5 Blackhawks 4.45 pm 7.30 PM
FEB 7 Ducks 10.15 am 1.00 PM
FEB 9 Canadiens 4.15 pm 7.00 PM
FEB 17 Canucks 4.45 pm 7.30 PM
FEB 24 Blue Jackets 4.15 pm 7.00 PM
FEB 27 Wild 4.15 pm 7.00 PM
MAR 1 Lightning 3.15 pm 6.00 PM
MAR 18 Stars 4.15 pm 7.00 PM
MAR 20 Blues 4.15 pm 7.00 PM
MAR 23 Red Wings 4.45 pm 7.30 PM
MAR 28 Wild 5.15 pm 8.00 PM
MAR 30 Sharks 4:45 pm 7.30 PM
APR 6 Kings 4.45 pm 7.30 PM
APR 11 Oilers 5:15 pm 8.00 PM

Tickets this year are $104.76 for Black Tickets including transportation and $133.33 for Green. Both rates are subject to 5% Goods Services Tax.

For more information including how to book, visit Banff Ice Hockey.

Go Flames Go!
 
 
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