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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Not Just a Namesake!

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Did you know your Banff hotel is named after a tree?

Synonymous with longevity, there are Douglas fir trees in Banff National Park that have been recorded at over 700 years old. Due to its power of adaptation, the Douglas fir has withstood ecological changes across hundreds of years!

The Douglas fir tree is important to the ecosystem of Banff National Park as it provides habitat for many on Banff National Park’s wildlife. Useful for providing seeds for birds, bark for Bears and browsing habitat for the resident elk.

The Douglas fir is an extremely large tree that can grow up to a staggering 390ft/120m tall! It’s easy to understand how the Douglas fir tree towers above the treeline in Banff.

Fir Fact - You may better recognise the Douglas fir tree as decorated in twinkling lights in your living room, as it is the most commonly marketed Christmas tree in North America!

Fir Fact – The Douglas Fir can live up to 1,000 years old!

Fir Fact – The Douglas fir tree is not actually a fir tree at all! It is its own distinct species partly due to how its cones hang from its branches!

It’s easy to see why we named your hotel in Banff after a symbol of durability, heritage and robustness.

The Douglas fir can be found dotted around Banff National Park and this summer we are planning to hike to find the oldest Douglas Fir tree in Banff National Park! Stay posted for photos in the coming weeks!

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Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets

Tunnel Mountain Road
P.O. Box 1228
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