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Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween.

As the ghosts’n goblins trick or treat tonight, don’t forgot about the Banff Halloween Bonfire.

The bonfire starts at 8 pm at the Banff Recreation Grounds and free hot dogs and hot chocolate will be available.

Our Banff Fire Fighters Association co-ordinates this annual family Halloween celebration and has now been doing so for 15 years.

Thank you to our Fire Fighters for hosting this wonderful event.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Historic Haunting October 25-29, 2011

Historic Haunting
By Larissa Barlow - Banff Crag & Canyon


In the darkness of the museum, with only flashlights to guide the way, anything can play tricks on your mind.

It could be the sudden appearance of a mountain lion from the shadows, or an eagle looking as though it's about to take flight. But these creatures have been still for many years, long ago put on display at the Banff Park Museum National Historic Site. They're not moving anymore. Are they?

It may be that there's a little bit of life left in them. Or the afterlife. And on an evening in the "dead animal museum" with darkness all around, anything is possible. It's possible to see some ghostly apparitions floating about, like the legendary Wild Bill Peyto, who may lurk in the corners of the museum after dark.

So if you're up for a little bit of ghost hunting, and learning a little bit of history, there's only one place to be as the Halloween season comes upon us.

"It's a special spooky after hours tour," said Laurie Schwartz of Parks Canada's theatre troupe Mountain WIT. "If you think this place is creepy in the daylight, you should see it with the lights off."

Mountain WIT has put together a program called History Comes Back to Haunt You for the week leading up to Halloween, where they'll take visitors on a tour the museum after dark, exploring its many hidden secrets.

Schwartz said you'll find out who is haunting the museum and why, and maybe get a scare as you discover the spirits that haunt the building. The show will include a guided tour, and you'll also be wandering through the historic site with just flashlights to lead the way.

"We're hoping this can be a regular installation in our National Historic Site and breath a little life into the dead animal museum," Schwartz said.

"It really is extraordinary to see this museum by the light of a flashlight."

History Comes Back to Haunt You will be held from Oct. 25 to 29, with two shows a night, one at 7 p.m. and another starting at 9 p.m. The cost is $10.80 per person.

Space is limited, so pre-registration is required by calling 403-762-1558. The show is recommended for families with children 10 years old and up.


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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Dining Reservation Not Required - Everyone Welcome

We often recommend having dining reservations for special occasions whether it be a special Holiday Brunch or Dinner, but some days, no reservations are needed, especially for our local four legged wildlife.

With the Fall Season upon us, local flower beds have frozen and the frost must have made these flowers a lot sweeter, because our front flower bed was a buffet dining delight for this mule deer.

Enjoy the Brunch!


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Mt. Norquay Road Closure

Please be advised that the railway crossing at the Mount Norquay exit will be closed for construction on October 11, 12 & 13, 2011.

Mount Norquay road and the CP Rail crossing will be closed to all vehicle traffic. Access from the town to the Fenlands Recreation Center, Vermillion Lakes and the Trans Canada Highway will be detoured through town to the Lake Minnewanka exit, and west along the TransCanada back to the Norquay exit.

Pedestrian traffic will still be able to use the crossing during the construction. Please be reminded the fine for crossing the track at unauthorized crossings is $270.

The Town of Banff will set up a detour to re-route traffic through town.

Parks Canada will setup Highway signage at both Town’s entrances.

Please obey all signage and detours.


Town of Banff

Banff Town Hall, 110 Bear Street

Box 1260, Banff, Alberta, Canada T1L 1A1

P 403.762.1221 F 403.762.1260




Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Trelawny Male Choir to Perform at the Banff Gondola

Didn't have the opportunity to take in the concert performance, but it was a reported success!

Visitors to the Banff Gondola will be treated to an incredible mountain-top musical performance this coming weekend.

The 80-member Trelawny Male Choir from Cornwall, UK is scheduled to perform a free concert at the summit of the Banff Gondola on Saturday, October 8th at 2pm.

This performance is part of a Western Canada Autumn Tour that promotes Cornish music, culture and singing.

The Trelawny Male Choir consists of members from various male choirs throughout Cornwall and is lead by their incredible musical team: Elaine Tangye (Musical Director), Philip Taylor (Deputy MD, Organist) and Elizabeth Sidebotham (Pianist). The choir sings a varied range of music including sacred, secular, classical and popular pieces.

Tickets for the Banff Gondola can be purchased online at www.ExploreRockies.com/Banff-Gondola.

Visitors are encouraged to arrive at the Banff Gondola before 1 pm on Saturday, October 8th to take advantage of this free performance.

All proceeds collected from this special Western Canada Tour will be donated to local charities.

See you in the Rockies this weekend.

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