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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Family Day the Banff Way


Every year since 1989, communities across the province of Alberta recognize the importance of family on the 3rd Monday in February. So, being Banff’s finest family accommodation, and with Family Day (February 21st 2011) fast approaching, we at the Douglas Fir Resort felt it was necessary to take a look at all the fabulous, fun and affordable activities that will ensure that you and your loved ones have a special stay in Banff.

Slide n’ Splash: Douglas Fir Resort’s Waterslides
What would Family Day stay at the Douglas Fir Resort be without a visit to our magical waterslides? Slide down one of our two huge, indoor slides into our perfectly heated pool, splash around in our kiddies pool, or simply relax in the 24-person Jacuzzi. Adding to your family fun, but not taking away from your wallet, the Douglas Fir Resort waterslides are free for registered guests of our hotel, and open for the use of the general public at a small cost.

The Water Park will be open from 10am till 9:30pm for the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the Family Day long weekend.

Ice-cream Treats
In my opinion it is never too cold for ice-cream, especially when you have a huge variety of delicious flavors to choose from. Why not drop in for a sweet treat at my favorite ice-creamery in town, Cows located on Banff Avenue.

In 2006, Reader's Digest magazine voted Cows ice cream the best in Canada. It is made with high butterfat milk and only the finest ingredients are used, such as pure vanilla from Madagascar, quality Dutch cocoa powder, and fresh Island strawberries.

Cows ice cream is served in hand-made waffle cones, and the range of over thirty flavors includes such delights as Smores, Moo Crunch, Wowie Cowey, Moo York Cheesecake and Turtle Cow. Spotted the cow theme yet?

Enjoy the simple and pure pleasure of indulging in an ice-cream treat as a family at Cows.

Ice-Skating, Tobogganing & Hot Chocolate
Some of the most special memories I have created during my time in Banff have been on the toboggan hill, behind the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel.

With the beauty of the Rocky Mountains as your backdrop, enjoy a Family Day of care-free winter fun on Banff’s prime tobogganing terrain. There is a small ice-skating rink conveniently located next to the toboggan hill, with a covered changing area for putting on skates. My favorite part of the day is to warm up next to the bonfire pit which is often blazing at the ice skating rink – such a great way to defrost!

After you have had your fun in the snow, a great idea is to head into the Waldhaus Pub and Restaurant nearby to warm up over hot chocolate.

Toboggans are available for purchase at Banff's Home Hardware on Bear Street.

Ice skates can be rented through:
-Banff recreation centre
-Snow Tips/Backtrax, located on Bear Street in downtown Banff
-Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
-Wilson Mountain Sports at Samson Mall in Lake Louise
-Monod's Sports in the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Slide & Glide: Banff Recreation Center
Join the Town of Banff Children & Youth Programs and Community Services as they host a celebration of Family Day at Banff’s newest family gathering spot: the Banff Recreation Center. It is a great opportunity for you to ice-skate, curl, eat, make crafts and celebrate from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m!

Crafts 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Face-painting 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Curling 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Skating 12 - 3 p.m.

If you would like further details call Community Services at 403.762.12

On behalf of the Douglas Fir Resort and Chalets, wishing you and your family a special and memorable Family Day in Banff.


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