With over a metre of new snow blanketing Banff National Park, all three of the park’s world-class ski resorts are experiencing truly exceptional conditions.Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise ski resorts are all heralding the massive snowfall as the perfect start to a great spring ski season in Canada’s flagship national park.
For the next three weeks Canadians from coast to coast will have the chance to turn a dream into reality for a group of students. Public voting for “Canada’s Coolest School Trip” opened today with organizers of the contest expecting to generate thousands of votes in the first 24 hours.
Banff National Park, Alberta (January 5, 2011) – We’re waxing our skis, sharpening our skates and polishing our pucks as Banff National Park’s month-long celebration of winter is set to begin with a flurry of activities during the first-annual ‘SnowDays’ festival.
Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada (November 15, 2011) – The town of Banff and hamlet of Lake Louise are celebrating the culinary triumphs of their local restaurants with a new ten-day festival that offers visitors and diners a chance to sample the destination’s finest foods at discounted prices.
Banff residents have long known that they live in a gastronomical paradise, but that fact has now been confirmed by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website, with its announcement that Banff is amongst Canada’s top ten food & wine destinations.
Banff, Alberta, Canada (September 13, 2011) – Fans of The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s Mozart on the Mountain performances can rejoice once again as the glorious sounds of classical music return to the Rocky Mountains on September 17 in Banff’s spectacular new, outdoor Shaw Amphitheatre.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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