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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Australia Day the Banff Way

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Banff can undoubtedly be classified as a ‘multi-cultural melting pot’, with an array of nationalities either visiting the town, or calling it home. However, when the snow arrives each year there is a very clear shift in the town’s inhabitants, as Banff plays host to a booming Australian population escaping the scorching heat to experience the Canadian ski-season.

Tomorrow, January 26th, Banff’s thriving Australian populace will be celebrating the day which commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788, Australia Day.

Being a proud Australian myself, I wanted to dedicate a blog to my almighty ‘mother land’, and to those finding themselves in the buzzing town of Banff this Australia day. As always, the town of Banff never disappoints, providing an array of activities for all age groups. Below outlines two of my favorites this year:

Lake Louise Ski Area
Lake Louise Ski Area would like to say thanks, and ‘good on ya’, to the fine imports that hold their ski town together by holding a HUGE Australia Day Party.

The festivities will be centered around the Kokanee Kabin where there will be plenty of Australian themed activities to take part in and heaps of Aussie treats to be won. The JJJ Hottest 100 will be counting down all day long and the barbie will be fired up for a Sausage Sizzle!

Location: Kokanee Kabin
Time: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Cost: Free Access to the Kokanee Kabin

Schedule of Events
All Day: JJJ Hottest 100 playing at the Kokanee Kabin
11:00AM - 2:00PM: Sausage Sizzle
1:30PM: Australian Eating Contest
2:00PM: Nutbush City Limits Dance Off
2:30PM: Australian Curling

Sunshine Village
Home to many the Aussie this ski season, Sunshine Village is inviting everyone to join them on the slopes, donning their finest yellow and green colored apparel.

Australia Day themed events will be raging all day long including a snow rugby game and ‘thong toss’ – which translates as a ‘flip flop toss’ for Canadians.

Sunshine Village will also be offering Australian fare such as sausage sizzle, pies and beer. Yum!


On behalf of the Douglas Fir Resort, wishing you the happiest of Australian Days!

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