What's New in Banff and Lake Louise for 2015
Banff Lodging Company
Construction has started on Banff soon to be newest hotel the Moose Hotel & Suites - Scheduled to open spring 2016.
Banff Lodging Company has acquired Bumpers Inn on Banff Avenue Bumpers Inn will begin operating December 1st, 2014.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
The Fairmont Banff Springs is expanding their Fairmont Gold Floor product. The renovation is currently scheduled to take place from mid-January through to the end of April 2015, and will create 41 new Gold Floor guest rooms and suites on the fourth floor, plus an additional Gold Lounge on the fifth floor. The new rooms will have the same design and feel as the existing Gold rooms on the fifth floor. As well as rooms, the Fairmont Gold Floor will also undergo renovations to the existing check-in area and Gold Lounge.
Set within the impressive Fairmont Banff Springs, 1888 Chop House is the next chapter in the tradition of fine dining restaurants at the Castle. This new restaurant will be in place of the former Banffshire Club. Executive Chef JW Foster presents a modern twist on the authentic chop house with a menu focused on prime cuts of Alberta beef, sustainably sourced wild game and Ocean Wise seafood. A culinary destination for all occasions, we invite you to settle in with friends or to pull up a seat at our intimate bar and allow our mixologist to entertain you!
This winter, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will undergo soft and case good renovations to 143 guest rooms. This will take place from late February - mid April. There is not expected to be impact to the guest experience during this time. In addition, Chateau Lake Louise will be expanding the Fairmont Gold product with the addition of 14 new Gold guest rooms and an expansion of the existing Gold Lounge. Anticipated closure dates for Fairmont Gold during the renovations is February 16 - April 15.
Discover Banff Tours
Offering visitors the opportunity to experience Banff to the fullest, we offer tour operators the option of adding and selling daily tours to their itinerary. Considered “add-on” tours, our wide range of products includes local attractions and evening outings.
Discover Banff Tours Evening Wildlife Safari
Starting in the evening, our most popular tour focuses on wildlife management while searching for photo opportunities. This tour does not affect most daytime itineraries and is the perfect add-on to anyone’s visit.
Mount Norquay’s Sightseeing Chairlift offers magnificent views just on the edge of town. A short trip from local hotels, they offer a complimentary shuttle and a newly renovated bistro at the top. Opened last summer, this is the latest and greatest attraction here in Banff (#1 on TripAdvisor).
Both of these options are able to be purchased in advanced or sold onboard the day of the tour, offering tour operators the flexibly of adding this value to their already fantastic itineraries.
Tour operator programs - Unique, custom and private for your group
These tour add-ons are designed exclusively for your group to enjoy as a scheduled portion of their visit to Banff. Being private, this allows the group to take full advantage of their needs (ex. translator) without being concerned for the general public.
A great example is Holiday on Horseback’s new “Mini-Ranch Tour”.
See behind the scenes of a working horseback outfitter. See and pet the horses, learn about what it takes to be a cowboy and enjoy snacks and refreshments on this private tour!
Ski Banff Lake Louise Sunshine
Ski Banff‐Lake Louise Sunshine is the newest destination to join The Mountain Collective. This pass grants access to 15 mountains with more than 38,000 acres of terrain, 212 lifts and an unmatched reputation for snow quality, quantity and steeps. Ski Banff‐Lake Louise‐Sunshine will join six existing premier independent ski destinations in North America including AltaSnowbird, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows and Whistler Blackcomb giving skiers and riders even more variety and value.
Released in October 2014, Sculpted in Time, was shot on location in Banff National Park and features four notable characters and experiences The Wiseman (Mt. Norquay); The Character (Lake Louise Ski Resort); The Artist (Sunshine Village); and The Innovator (Banff National Park Backcountry). www.SkiBanffNationalPark.com
Moving into the 2014/15 season, family and flexibility continues to be Mt. Norquay’s main focus. 2014/15 will see further development and expansion of the ever growing snow school program, terrain parks and onsite tube park as well as improvement and widening of several runs from Mystic Chair.
Lake Louise Ski Resort
Visitors to the Lake Louise Ski Resort can look forward to an even greater on‐hill experience in 2014/15, with improved grooming and snowmaking, a new Chef offering a wide variety of food and beverage choices, healthier food options and enhanced amenities. The newly revamped mid‐mountain Whitehorn Lodge Restaurant was completed towards the end of the 2013/14 season and offers an alpine themed menu and on the backside, Temple Lodge will see further improvements this year also.
Upping the ante on exceptional guest service, Sunshine Village keeps on delivering a unique ski experience in one of the most iconic destinations in the world. Recently named one of Canada’s Signature Experiences by the Canadian Tourism Commission, Sunshine Village’s Historical Snowshoe and Fondue tour will return in 2014/15 inviting guests to be led off the beaten path by local guides and to be served a traditional Swiss‐style cheese fondue following the trek. Going into its second season, Sunshine Village’s Restorative yoga and ski retreat combines a majestic Rocky Mountain ski experience with the serenity and relaxation of an on‐mountain yoga practice. The weekend retreats include a specialized healthy, organic menu and a guided mountain experience with one of Sunshine Village’s certified ski instructors.
Banff Aspen Lodge
With your stay we will provide a Full Canadian Rockies Breakfast, offering a variety of both hot and cold items daily. Enjoy a premium beverage from the Whitebark Café, along with a fine pastry or light snack. Guestrooms have a fresh, modern feel and room rates include our full breakfast, wireless internet and parking.
Banff Avenue Resorts
The Rundlestone Lodge has begun full renovations to all the guest rooms has been completed as well as all common areas, the lobby, pool area and the fitness equipment.
At the High Country Inn full renovations to all the guest rooms have now been completed.
New Banff Avenue Restaurant - The Park Distillery
Formerly Giorgio’s Banff Avenues soon to be newest Restaurant and Bar, The Park Distillery is due to open its doors in spring 2015.
Park Distillery has been artfully designed to reflect & compliment the surrounding beauty of Banff National Park. This truly is a place where you can relax after a day at the hill or on the trail with an après drink & indulge in locally inspired wood fired cuisine. As the name suggests, there is a full on-site distillery - the only distillery in all of Banff National Park. Our Master Distiller will be making white spirits, 100% Alberta grain Whiskey and Bitters. The exciting distilling process will be showcased behind a beautiful glass enclosure and distillery tours will be a great activity for visitors. The restaurant's designers have carefully configured the space to create distinctive private areas - ideal for any host who aims to make a lasting impression on their guests. Park Distillery also features a large Mountain View patio situated above Banff Avenue, a two story fireplace, and floor to ceiling waterfall windows that provide a glimpse into the adventures that await you outside our front doors.
New Tour - Discover the Night Sky
Star-Gazing in the Rocky Mountains Long after our stores have served their last customers, hotels are full for the evening and our restaurants have closed their doors. Banff continues to amaze and inspire a lucky few.
The Rocky Mountain National Parks have a dark side. Each night, far from settlement lights, we bask in the glow of millions upon millions of celestial bodies in the soft light of the night sky allowing our imagination to transport us to faraway worlds and, if we’re lucky, sit lakeside in awe one of Nature’s greatest shows, the Northern Lights.
Our knowledgeable and engaging night-time guiding team will escort you away from the Banff Town site to our favourite locations, well known amongst our resident photographers for offering clear skies and the opportunity to get up close and personal with the stars. If you have a camera and a tripod, bring them along! Our staff have experience and knowledge in Astro-Photography and will happily provide tips and advice on achieving those beautiful Milky Way shots.
With telescopic equipment available to use, we will guide you through the constellations, offer glimpses at the planets and maybe even spy a meteor or two amongst some of the most beautiful scenes in the Canadian skies. Please contact your chosen Receptive Tour Operator or Discover Banff Tours directly for more information.
Wild Bill's Legendary Saloon - Dinner & Entertainment Package
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