News Releases

Banff Celebrates Successful Winter Games Bid

Banff, Alberta, Canada (September 7, 2011) - The Town of Banff and Banff National Park are celebrating the awarding of Alberta’s 2014 Winter Games to the Bow Valley and inviting all Albertans to come to the iconic mountain park and UNESCO World Heritage Site to join in the excitement of the games.


Top Triathletes Set to Compete in Banff National Park

Banff National Park will once again play host to the Subaru Banff International Triathlon on September 10, 2011. Quickly becoming known to triathletes as one of the most scenically beautiful races in the world, this year’s event is expected to attract hundreds of participants from around the globe.


Banff Charts Course for Destination Competitiveness

 A report on destination competitiveness has been released by industry leaders and stakeholders from across all tourism sectors within Banff National Park. In January 2011, in partnership with the Town of Banff and Parks Canada, Banff Lake Louise Tourism initiated a bold new initiative seeking innovative ways to enhance competitiveness of the destination’s primary industry - tourism. A Competiveness Initiative Panel was established to understand current tourism trends and how the destination can be better positioned for future sustainability. Most importantly, the goal was to gain unity in building community engagement while executing short, medium and long-term planning.


Myth Meets Momentum in Banff National Park

Lake Minnewanka, also known as ‘Lake of the Evil Water Spirit’, will again play host to the 4th Annual Banff National Park Dragon Boat Festival. This local First Nations moniker refers to a mythical ‘half-human, half-creature’ who was believed to prey upon unsuspecting boaters who dared to ply the waters of the lake. On August 13th & 14th, nearly 500 ‘full’ humans will defy the myth, applying furious momentum to power their spiritually inspired dragon boats across the same waters just outside of the town of Banff.


Banff’s Heritage Comes Alive at Banff Culture Days

Banff National Park will add to a slate of centennial festivities by celebrating its unique mountain heritage during the fifth annual Banff Culture Days. Parks Canada marks its 100th anniversary this year, and for well over a century, Banff National Park has been a source of inspiration for First Nations people, explorers, naturalists, artists, performers, and photographers alike. Their contributions to the park’s legacy will be highlighted throughout this three-day event.

Banff Culture Days takes place Friday through Sunday, August 5-7, providing a special opportunity for visitors and residents to experience Banff’s most interesting historic and cultural attractions. This year’s event includes the Banff Culture Walk, Stoney Nakoda Family Camp, and Doors Open Banff, among many others.


Canadian Tourism Commission launches ‘Signature Experiences Collection’

Banff, Alberta, Canada (July 11, 2011) – The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism) presided over the unveiling of the Canadian Tourism Commission’s newest marketing program which encapsulates Canada’s signature experiences for consumers and the travel trade.


Awesome Aussies wanted for Extraordinary Adventure in Banff

Banff, Canada – June 22, 2011 – Two lucky Australians will be winging their way to Banff, Canada, this November for an extraordinary Winter Wonderland adventure and a one-of-a-kind modeling gig.  Whilst enjoying two weeks in Banff National Park, the winning pair will also be featured in the Paddy Pallin Winter 2012 catalogue.


Banff National Park Bike Fest – Tunnel Mountain Ride

June 20, 2011 (Banff, AB) – Sunday’s Stage 4, Tunnel Mountain Road Race, the final event for the men, greeted riders with no rain and even some sun to show off Banff's amazing scenery. The 143km course featured a 13km loop around Tunnel Mountain with the start/finish on Beaver Street just off Banff Avenue. The course consisted of a flat stretch through town, a climb up Tunnel Mountain Drive, a rolling technical section along the top of the climb, and then a fast, roller-coaster descent, past Surprise Corner back into town to the finish.
 


Banff National Park Bike Fest – Lake Minnewanka Loop

June 18, 2011 (Banff, AB) – The riders were greeted with partially sunny skies as they prepared for the start of the Stage 2 Individual Time Trial on this double-stage Saturday at the Banff National Park Bike Fest. It was a welcome change from Friday's rain but with a stiff breeze coming from the west, all racers would have another obstacle to contend with as they tackled the tough 21km Lake Minnewanka Loop, just outside of Banff.


Banff National Park Bike Fest – Day 2 Results

June 18, 2011 (Banff, AB) – Stage 1, Day 2, at the Banff National Park Bike Fest slated the 81km Lake Louise Road Race along the scenic Bow Valley Parkway, home to one of Alberta's premiere bike races. Cool temperatures and a light rain prevailed, making for a somewhat cautious approach to race tactics. Adding to the caution were recent sightings of wolves and grizzlies along the popular route.


Banff Bike Fest

June 17, 2011 (Banff, AB) - With the threat of a storm brewing overhead, the fourth annual Banff Bike Festival got underway at 4pm on Thursday with the Cascade Plaza Prologue amidst the majestic Rocky Mountains in Banff National Park in Alberta. If the 1.5km scenic uphill time trial was any indication of things to come, riders and spectators were in for a treat.


Bike Fest Returns to Banff and Lake Louise

Banff National Park, Alberta (June 9, 2011) – Banff National Park is hosting the fourth annual Banff National Park Bike Fest, June 16 through 19. Road racers will tackle five exhilarating courses through some of the most beautiful scenic routes in the Canadian Rockies. Events include a Prologue, an Individual Time Trial around the Lake Minnewanka Loop, the Lake Louise Road Race along the Bow Valley Parkway, a Criterium through the streets of Banff, and the Tunnel Mountain Road Race.


The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra to mix mountains and music in Banff

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra heads to Banff on September 17 for an afternoon of music in the mountains, set in the spectacular new outdoor performance venue, the Shaw Amphitheatre at The Banff Centre.


TripAdvisor Announces Top Canadian Destinations

The annual TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Best Destinations Awards have just been released for 2011 – and Banff National Park is rated # 1 amongst the Top 25 Destinations in Canada.


Banff National Park announces a Great Big outdoor concert

Following on 2010’s hugely successful open-air concert at Cascade Gardens in Banff National Park, Canadian folk-rock stars Great Big Sea will bring a music celebration to the Park on June 25. A family-oriented outdoor show filled with music and surrounded by spectacular scenery; tickets for Great Big Sea go on sale Tuesday, April 26 through the Banff Centre Box Office and Ticketmaster


Banff National Park Only Canadian Destination Featured in Historic Expedia Facebook Promotion

BANFF, ALBERTA, CANADA, April 6, 2011 –Banff Lake Louise Tourism today announced that a luxury vacation to Banff National Park for six lucky friends is among over a million dollars’ worth of travel prizes that Expedia.com, the world’s leading online travel agency, is awarding to Facebook friends. The Expedia® Friendtrips™ Game is the largest sweepstakes ever hosted on Facebook. The game began March 31 and will run for six weeks. At the game’s conclusion, a vacation to Banff and Lake Louise valued up to $60,000 will be awarded to a winning entrant and five friends.


More Beauty in Banff National Park, Alberta

Banff, Alberta, Canada Trailblazers, photographers and outdoor enthusiasts have been drawn to the natural beauty of Banff National Park for more than 125 years. Captured on film by millions of visitors, rarely has this beautiful landscape appeared as attractive as today within the highly coveted pages of the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.  


Sorcerers, Fairies and Dragons Make Lake Louise Magical

Banff, Alberta(January 18, 2011)-Every January for the past 17 years, the shores of Lake Louise host an impressive display of creativity and craftsmanship at the Ice Magic Festival. 12 professional ice carving teams from Canada, Armenia, the United States, The Netherlands, Japan, Russia and the United Kingdom will be converging this weekend at Lake Louise creating enchanting sculptures for this year’s theme of Magical Madness.


Cowbells and Sleigh Bells Ring in Banff National Park

Banff National Park, Alberta– One of Banff National Park’s most anticipated annual festivals, The WinterStart Festival, returns with two weekends of ski racing and a day to celebrate all that is Christmas in the Rockies.


Banff Lake Louise Events Bulletin-Issue Two, August 27 to September 11

As we continue to celebrate summer, Banff National Park’s 125th anniversary and the Summer Arts Festival at The Banff Centre we wanted to share with you some exciting events taking place over the next three weeks in Banff and Lake Louise.

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