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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The New York Times - Top 10 Winter Getaways

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The New York Times, synonymous with reliable news sources, up-to-date information and trusted recommendations. A newspaper which has been in publication for 161 years and one which has just recommended the Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets as one of its Top 10 Winter Getaways to Suit Every Age!

As one of many hotels in Banff, we pride ourselves on being the ultimate getaway vacation and we couldn’t be more delighted of the announcement. Featured alongside hotels in the Cayman Islands, Miami and Quebec, we are honored to have made the list as one of their top picks.

This accolade arrives on the heels of another amazing award from the Calgary’s Child Parents Choice Awards as the Number 1 Hotel to stay at as chosen by parents. With our giant indoor playzone for kids, two huge indoor waterslides, kiddies pool, private guest pool, saunas, steam rooms and outdoor BBQ’s we truly have something for everyone at the Douglas Fir Resort. So when you’re looking for your next hotel in Banff keep us in mind. Plus with room rates from $102 mid-week right now, we aren’t about to let success go to our head.

If you want to see the full New York Times list of Top 10 Winter Getaways, click here.
To see the full list of Calgary Childs Parents Choice Award winners, click here.

Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets, Banff’s Finest Family Accommodation

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Calgary’s Child #1 Family Hotel as Voted by Parents

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We have the absolute pleasure in telling you that we have been voted as the number 1 family hotel by those of you who know best…parents! The Calgary’s Child Parents’ Choice Awards is the trusted source for news and information for parents, by parents and has been a go-to for many families for the last 14 years. Seen as the ultimate in parental recommendation, you can see why we are so proud to hold the 2012 title of the #1 Family Hotel in the Calgary area.

What makes us a family favourite?Try two giant waterslides and a giant kids Playzone for kids to run free, hot tubs to soak away your stresses, steam room and sauna to breathe deep, BBQ’s, pools and fitness rooms, Condos, Suites and Chalets to suit your every need, acres of open space to explore and Rocky Mountain views out of every window.

Come enjoy our hospitality for as little as $105 when you stay mid-week before Feb 16th. Click here for prices and availability or check out our amazing winter, ski and summer packages because this hotel in Banff has something for everyone.

Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets, Banff’s Finest Family Accommodation (and Calgary’s too!).

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Ice Magic Festival January 20th – 29th

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This weekend sees the return of the fabulous family friendly Ice Magic Festival. Now into its 18th year at Lake Louise, the Ice Magic Festival is seen as the jewel in the crown of the Banff Snow Days celebration.

Jan 20th – 22nd International Ice Carving Competition
Against the backdrop of Lake Louise you can watch in amazement as professional ice carvers transform 300lbs blocks of ice into magnificent and enchanting sculptures.  Hosted at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, you can grab a cup of hot chocolate as you watch the sculptures take shape. You can also enjoy other events such as 1 hour speed carving, horse drawn wagon rides and ice skating on the famous Lake Louise.


Jan28th – 29th – Little Chippers Weekend
Let the little ones loose with an activity packed weekend for some fantastic family fun, which includes the brand new Ice Playground! Plus all of the magnificent ice carvings from the previous week’s competition will be on display for you to enjoy.

Banff Snow Days is jam packed with events including the Backyard Rail Jam at Mt. Norquay, Snowy Owl Sled Dog Meet and Greet, Heritage Geocache adventures and a lot more! Events run until February 12th and you can find a full list of events here.

With our room rates from $102 mid-week, you can enjoy Banff Snow Days, a series of events celebrating everything that is great about Banff National Park in winter.

Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets, Banff’s Finest Family Accommodation.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Snow Days in Banff National Park – January 14th – February 12th 2012

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Banff National Park has bragging rights for being a phenomenal year round destination. There is as much to do in winter as there is in summer and Banff Snow Days showcases just that. You can have your very own winter condo in Banff and sample the delights on offer.

Banff Snow Days kicks off four fantastic weeks filled with captivating events including ice climbing, open air skating, hockey, ice carving, curling, snow sculptures and much more.  Check out some of the highlights below:

Thursday January 12th – January 15th – The Fairmont Banff Springs Celebrity Sports Invitational
Ski the slopes with the superstars! Rubs shoulders with the likes of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Alec Baldwin and other top Hollywood stars as they head to Sunshine Ski Area to raise awareness for the North American Waterways while competing in fun-filled events!

Saturday, January 14th – Heritage Geocache
Engross yourself in this modern day hide and seek which will send you exploring the park, collecting six interactive geocaches which allow you to learn more about the captivating heritage of Banff National park. What’s even better, the first 10 people to find all 6 geocaches will receive a prize! More info can be found here.

Saturday January 14th - 15th- Mountain Adventure Festival
Try ice climbing in downtown Banff, skate on one of Banff’s four outdoor ice rinks, see a snow carving come to life and engross yourself in life in the Rockies with an action packed night of mountain adventure films and stories.


January 20th – 29th - Ice Magic Festival
Seen as the centre piece in the Snow Days calendar, the ice Magic Festival at Lake Louise showcases the international ice carving completion, little chippers weekend and the brand new Ice Playground!

All these events and not to mention the Kid Ski Free days, Mountain Film Monday’s, Wildlife in the Rockies,  Rail Jams, Sled Dog Meet and Greet, Mary Schaffer Story Tent,  Cardboard Sled Derby, Learn to Stargaze and so much more! Click here for a full schedule of Banff Snow Days 2011.

Keep your family busy through the snowy season with Banff Snow Days.
Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets, Banff’s finest family Accommodation.

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Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets

Tunnel Mountain Road
P.O. Box 1228
Banff, Alberta T1L 1B2 Canada

For reservations call toll free:
1-800-661-9267
Toll free fax: 1-800-267-8774
Calgary Direct Line: 264-2563
Phone: (403) 762-5591
Fax: (403) 762-8774
Email: stay@douglasfir.com

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