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Friday, December 31, 2010

A Big Banff Welcome to 2011!

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With less than 12 hours until we welcome the New Year, we at the Douglas Fir Resort thought we would take a look at what is going on in the bustling town of Banff over the month of January!


New Years Eve Fireworks
Foremost, what more of a magical way to ring in January 1st 2011 than with Banff’s annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

This year’s display will take place from the rear of the National Parks Administration Grounds at midnight. For the best views we suggest you head downtown on Banff Avenue – the 100 and 200 Block of Banff Avenue will be road-blocked for the New Year's celebrations between 9:00pm and 12:30am.


Ice Magic, International Ice Sculpture Competition and Exhibition
Held from the start of January until March, this event attracts experienced teams of ice sculptors from all over the world. Transforming huge blocks of ice into breathtaking works of art along the shore of Lake Louise, this has become one of Banff's premier events and draws large crowds of spectators, with a number of workshops available.

 
Visiting Artists Series
The Banff Center will be playing host to the ‘Visiting Artists Series’ which will be taking place here from January 15th until the 23rd of April.

Kicking off the series are the Brothers of Baladi - an incredible mix of vintage Middle Eastern influences with a world-beat sound. Other performers include national treasure Anton Kuerti, The Manitoba String Quartet and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Check out The Banff Center website for the full-schedule:
http://www.banffcentre.ca/events/listings/by-category/visiting-artists-series.mvc



Mount Norquay
For all you snow bunnies, Banff’s closest ski mountain has some great activities and deals for you over the month of January!

Perfect for all you skiers and snowboarders around on the first Thursday in January (6th), Mt Norquay is offering full day passes for only 85 cents! I would definitely make a trip of it, even if just to make the most of all this amazing new snow!

And for both the big and the little kids, Norquay’s tube park is now open! A unique way to enjoy the slopes this season, the park features a snow tube rope tow and large sliding lanes to go down along with your group of friends or your family.

For those that feel a little more competitive, on Wednesday January 26th between 5-10pm Mt Norquay is holding its ‘Cardboard Sled Derby’. The Derby is at a costjavascript:void(0) of $10 to enter your sled.

To view other activities going on at the hill visit:
www.banffnorquay.com.




That’s all from us for 2010. On behalf of all of us at the Douglas Fir Resort, wishing you all a happy, safe New Years and all the best for 2011!!

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