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Friday, July 29, 2011

Banff Culture Walk Weekend August 5 & 6, 2011

Be sure to be in Banff for the Culture Walk Weekend taking place August 5 & 6, 2011.

Of interest there is a "Doors Open Banff" which you are invited to view approximately 20 heritage homes and buildings in Banff.

Doors Open takes place from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturday and it is a self-guided walking tour of the following properties:

Bison Courtyard - 211 Bear Street
Old Crag Cabin - 211 Bear Street
Cascade No. 5 Masonic Lodge - 103 Caribou Street
Whyte Residence - 111 Bear Street
Moore Residence
Windy Warden Cabin
Mather Cabin
St. Paul's Presbyterian Church
St. Georges in the Pines Church
Rundle Memorial United Church
The Fairmont Banff Springs, Heritage Hall
Holmes / McGinn Residence - 214 Beaver Street
Beaver Lodge - 212 Beaver Street
Banff Fire Hall - 201 Beaver Street
Luxton Historic Home - 206 Beaver Street
Charlie McAulay House - 132 Otter Street

This self-guided tour is a social and cultural way to see the development of Banff and learn about the people who made Banff what it is today!

See you in the Rockies soon.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Keep Our Wildlife Wild

Here in Banff National Park along with Yoho, Kootenay and Jasper, we are very privileged to see bears and a moose on ocassion.

Recently in June, guests; Ellen & Gert Rieder had the opportunity see a mother Black Bear along with her three cubs plus a young moose calf on the way from Radium, British Columbia to Banff.

We would like to share these pictures with you. Please sure to click on the picture to enlarge it. Enjoy.


Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Royal Visit

Press Release from our Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau:

New Royal Legacy for Historical Skoki Lodge

Everybody needs a break these days. After weeks of speculation on where the Royal couple would find quiet personal time during their whirlwind tour of Canada, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge finally chose Skoki Lodge in Banff National Park for a very special overnight getaway.

Set in the high alpine, normally accessed by an eleven kilometre trail up the Skoki Valley from the Lake Louise Ski Area, hikers and skiers from all over the world arrive at one of Canada’s most famous backcountry lodges. For Kate and Will it was a bit easier, flying in by helicopter, but no less special. For everyone who visits, Skoki Lodge offers breathtaking mountain ridges and alpine lakes, and the opportunity to explore five different adjoining valleys.

“Visiting this part of the world, one cannot escape the significance of this landscape and the importance of preserving it forever,” says Julie Canning, president & CEO of Banff Lake Louise Tourism. “We’re confident the young royals will be equally touched by the uniqueness and hospitality of Skoki Lodge and Banff National Park”.

The lodge, a National Historic Site, was the first facility built specifically to cater to ski-tourists on a commercial basis in Canada, and possibly North America. It was built by a group of Banff residents who formed the Ski Club of the Canadian Rockies to manage the operation.

The first guests arrived for skiing in the spring of 1931. The main building was made of local logs with saddle-notched corners. A log one-storey kitchen was added in the summer of 1931.

In l935-1936, Jim Boyce made a series of additions, including the upper floor and roof dormers and what is now the living room. He also added three or four log cabins for sleeping to increase the original capacity. Like the builders of several other backcountry lodges in the area, Boyce started out as a tour guide and outfitter.


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

2011 Travel Agent's Choice Awards

Banff Voted Top Spot by Canada’s Travel Agents

Fourth Consecutive Year as Canada’s Favourite Attraction

Banff, Alberta, Canada (June 29, 2011) – Banff National Park has once again been chosen as the top domestic attraction for the fourth consecutive year by Canadian travel agents in the annual Travel Agents Choice Awards.
Now in its 12th year, the 2011 Travel Agents’ Choice Awards survey has become a hallmark in the industry, giving voice to Canadian travel agents who vote for their favourites in 24 different categories including favourite industry suppliers, organizations and destinations.

Nearly 4,800 travel agents across the country cast their votes through ballots in Canadian Travel Press and Travel Courier and online at www.travelpress.com, recognizing Banff National Park as the top attraction in Canada.

“We continue to be honoured by the recognition we receive from the Canadian travel trade as the nation’s top destination,” says Julie Canning, president & CEO of Banff Lake Louise Tourism. “Travel agents are critical partners in our success as a tourist destination and we want to express our heartfelt gratitude for their continued support.”

Along with the Travel Agents Choice Award, Banff National Park has been also been recognized in 2011 with the following accolades:

 Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Award, #1 Destination in Canada

 Westjet Up! Magazine Readers Survey, #1 Favourite Canadian Park

 Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Awards, #3 Top Family Destinations in Canada

 RVwest Magazine Readers Choice Award, #1 Favourite Overall Destination in Alberta