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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New Banff Events Calendar!

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Hotel in Banff? Check
Stunning Scenery? Check
Family Events & Festivals…….?


As if jaw dropping scenery, friendly locals and Banff's rich heritage wasn't enough; Banffites go a long way to make your stay spectacular.

With ongoing events, festivals and activities throughout the year, you are spoilt for choice on your next vacation to the Rockies!  To make things easier, Banff Lake Louise Tourism has just unveiled their new and easy to use events calendar so you can plan your next trip with ease. Here are a few upcoming event highlights:



Blitz Snowshoe Fun Run
Where - Mt. Norquay       When – March 3rd 10am      Cost – FREE          
Enjoy the beautiful scenery from outside your hotel in Banff with the Blitz Snowshoe Fun Run! An event for all ages and abilities, you can enter either the 5 or 10km course or choose to cheer from the side lines.


Lake Louise Loppet
Where – Chateau Lake Louise    When – March 4th 11am-4pm  Cost - FREE
Now into its 40th year, this annual event attracts tiny tots to national ski racers for this fantastic (and often hilarious event). Watch the en masse start as skiers don their fabulous fancy-dress frocks to race around on the lake itself. Spectators can marvel at the scenery (and the costumes) from the lakeside. Hot chocolate is optional but highly recommended.


First Nations Storytellers
Where – Banff Y Mountain Lodge     When – Thursdays, March 1st, 15th &; 29th, 6-7pm, Cost - FREE
Listen to a firsthand account from a First Nations elder about the history of the First Nations People and their unbreakable bond to Banff National Park.


This is just a small sample of the wonderful events on offer for your next trip to a hotel in Banff. Click here to view the full events calendar.


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

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pets Stay Free at the Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets April 9th – 30th

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As part of our continued appreciation for our four-legged friends, we are excited to announce that between April 9th and April 30th all dogs stay free at the Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets!

Pet stays usually include a pet fee, but for the month of April, you can bring the furry members of your family to stay for free at your Banff hotel, in one of our Pet Friendly Rooms.


Choose from our comfortable Pet Friendly One Bedroom Condo which sleep up to four people, or our spacious Pet Friendly One Bedroom Loft Condo which accommodates up to six people. All of our rooms come with fully equipped kitchens which help you save as well as walk-out patios or balconies, fireplaces, free firewood, free Wi-Fi, free parking and free access to the town shuttle bus.

Plus as the only hotel in Banff with two giant indoor waterslides as well as hot tubs, saunas, steam room, private guest pool, giant indoor kids Playzone, outdoor BBQ stations and acres of space, there is something for everyone! Although we regret to say, no dogs down the waterslides please.

Prices start from $111 for our Pet Friendly One Bedroom Condo in April with our Book Now & Save promotion!


For more information and availability on your pet friendly hotel in Banff, click here.

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

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Top 10 Winter Activities in Banff

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Banff prides itself on being a year round destination and with something for everyone you’re certainly not stuck for things to do in the National Park. But just in case you needed some inspiration outside of your Banff hotel, here are our Top 10 winter Activities.


1. Tubing – For those of you who aren’t keen on hurtling yourself down a mountain on thin pieces of wood, we would highly recommend tubing at Mt Norquay. Everyone can enjoy this family friendly activity as you glide down the tubing run in a big rubber ring. This year you can also try night tubing!


2. Ice Skating – Don your skates and limber up for a triple axel as you chose from three fabulous skating locations in Banff.
Best Location – Banff High School located on Banff Ave.
Best Canadian Experience – Skating on the Bow River ice rink.
Best Backdrop – Banff Springs Golf Course complete with fire pit, toboggan hill and stunning scenery.



3. Skiing & Snowboarding – When in Banff…take your pick from three amazing ski locations right on the door step of your Banff hotel.  Discover Banff’s backyard at the closely located Mt Norquay or head a little further down the road to Sunshine Village.  Or why not sample some world class terrain at Lake Louise which is just an hour from your hotel in Banff. All three ski hills offer fantastic ski school lessons for kids and adults alike!
Tip – Mt. Norquay hosts night skiing every Friday and Saturday night for only $20 (plus the tubing park is open too!).



4. Waterslides – Of course, we had to mention the only hotel in Banff with waterslides! Free to guests of the Douglas Fir Resort and available to non registered guests for a fee.  You can spend an afternoon whizzing down our newly renovated waterslides.


5. Ice Climbing – HI Hostel in Banff (opposite the Douglas Fir Resort) offers this unique Canadian winter experience. Impress your friends as you scale the ice wall or simply sit back and enjoy watching others attempt it from cosy Cougar Pete’s restaurant.


6. Gondola – View Banff’s famous snow-capped peaks from…a snow capped peak! Enjoy the smooth 8 minute ride to the top of Sulphur Mt. where you are greeted with amazing panoramic views of the Canadian Rockies. You might even be able to spot your Banff hotel from up there!


7. Hot Springs –Open year round, there is something to be said for soaking in Banff natural upper hot springs in -20 degrees. The Upper Hot Springs are the reason Banff became Canada’s first national park and you can enjoy the beautiful views as you soak up some history.


8. Tobogganing – nothing says winter fun like hurtling down a hill on a toboggan! We highly recommend heading to the Banff Springs golf course by Bow Falls to sample one of the best toboggan runs in town.


9. Family Snowshoeing – Discover Banff Tours has an amazing array of sightseeing tours, including a comfortable 3km snowshoeing adventure to the Paint Pots (hot maple taffy included!)  Click here for more details.


10. Dog Sledding – One of the most highly recommended tours in town! With a variety of companies and lengths of tour, you can experience a real Canadian tradition in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.


After all that you’ll be ready to cosy on up in front of a fire at your hotel in Banff.


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

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Early Bird Pricing Returns – Save 15% or More!

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This weekend we saw 14cm of fresh snow in Banff. Next weekend’s forecast? More of the same! 


Banff National Park is graced with some of the best snow in the world (not to mention in North America) and to celebrate our famous powder we’ve brought back our Early Bird Pricing on our winter packages! You can enjoy some of the finest skiing in Banff’s backyard and save 15% or more when you call before February 29th! Here’s a rundown of our popular winter packages:


• Ski & Stay
-    Receive an adult lift pass for every adult, for every night of your stay 
-    PLUS a Cook Your Own Breakfast Package!


• Family Ski Getaway
-    Receive two adult lift passes total
-    Cook Your Own Breakfast Kit 
-    Two adult passes to the Banff Upper Hot Springs!


• Ultimate Ski Getaway
- Includes four adult lift passes total (including transportation)
- One Cook Your Own Breakfast Kit 
- Plus a $100 dinner voucher for some of Banff’s finest restaurants


• Banff Winter Wonderland package - Our popular ‘Non-Ski’ package
- Two adult passes to the Banff Upper Hot Springs
- Two adult passes on the Banff Gondola
- Cook Your Own Breakfast Kit
- A $40 dinner voucher for some fabulous local cuisine


To view all of our packages including prices for both winter and summer, click here. Plus with our two giant indoor waterslides, indoor kiddies Playzone, two hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, kiddies pool and astounding views, there is something for everyone on your next mountain getaway at the Douglas Fir Resort in Banff.


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

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Upcoming Events & Activities in Banff!

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When you’re looking for a hotel in Banff for your weekend in the Rockies, you know to expect stunning surroundings, snow and winter fun. Nevertheless, we like to go the extra mile for your stay. So not only have our Early Bird Ski and Winter Package rates returned, we also provide our list of our favourite upcoming events in and around Banff for your next stay.


Mountain Film MondaysMountain Film Mondays
Location – Wild Bills       Cost – FREE        
Time & Date –6-7pm, Monday’s
Experience the rush of winter in the Rockies with this free event showcasing heart stopping and visually stunning ski films. Mountain Film Mondays feature a selection of spectacular footage from years gone by, as well as more recent reels which will excite your senses. With footage provided by Banff Heritage Tourism, CMH Heli Tours, the Banff Mountain Film Festival and the Whyte Museum Banff, the calibre of films is fantastic!




Concerts at the Banff Centre – Club Series presents Royal Canoe
Location – The Banff Centre     Cost - $12      
Time & Date – February 24th. 7:30pm
A band which boasts its ability to make you want to move, Royal Canoe is an experience within itself. Their amazing array of falsettos, guitars, effects pedals, drums, basses, tambourines, shakers and a six-keyboard setup ensure you will rock the night away. Why not make an evening out of it with our Mom & Dad’s Date Night package. You can enjoy the concert while your kids are kept busy with 3 hours of professional babysitting! Perfect.


Feel like a family event at the Banff Centre? Sunday, May 20th sees two children’s classics come to life through the magical art of backlight puppetry. Presented by Corbian Visual Arts & Dance who will perform the tales of the Ugly Duckling and the Tortoise and the Hare.


Snow Days – Elizabeth Parker and the Alpine Club of Canada 
Location - Banff Springs Hotel Manor Lounge    
Cost – FREE    Time & Date  Friday’s, 6-7pm
There is a reason why your hotel in Banff exists where it does today. Banff’s heritage is rich and varied and you can relive a part of it. Experience the remarkable story of how a woman, who had never climbed a mountain, became the forefront of the Alpine Club of Canada.


Ice Sculptures & Sleigh Rides
Location – Chateau Lake Louise         
Cost – FREE & $28 for Sleigh Rides            Time & Date – Ongoing
Marvel at the magnificent ice sculptures on show at the stunning Chateau Lake Louise. On show from the recent professional ice carving event, you can wander through the wonderful ice creations with a world class backdrop. Afterwards you can take a sleigh ride around the famous (and frozen) Lake Louise, before returning to your hotel in Banff to cozy on up by your fire.


Enjoy a night in the Rockies with a hotel in Banff this winter. Plus with mid-week rates starting at $126, you can do it all!


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

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

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