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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sam Roberts Band to Play at Banff’s Performance in the Park

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Yet another exciting big of news for your hotel in Banff! June 23rd will see Banff’s annual outdoor concert, Performance in the Park, hosted by none other than The Sam Roberts Band!


Experience the ultimate outdoor concert in the heart of the Rockies as you rock out to the indie-urban rock sound of Montreal’s Sam Roberts Band.


Step into summer from your hotel in Banff as you take in the beautiful surroundings of Banff National Park with yet another amazing piece of entertainment brought to your by Parks Canada, The Banff Centre and Banff Lake Louise Tourism.


Tickets for the family friendly concert are available from the Banff Centre Box Office and Ticketmaster and will go on sale April 3rd. Performance in the park has been a sell-out event year after year and with a top name act, tickets are set to be in popular demand.


Enjoy a summer’s evening from your Banff hotel with this year’s Performance in the Park


Douglas Fir Resort, Banff’s Finest Family Accommodation.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Earth Hour in Banff

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Branded as the biggest environmental event in history, Earth hour sees 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries switch off their lights, as hundreds of millions of people, business and governments around the world unite to address a global issue.


As a hotel in Banff located within a National Park, we want to spread the message on how we can make our planet greener.


Between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m on Saturday the 31st of March, we are encouraging our Banff hotel guests to participate in this year’s Earth Hour by taking a few small steps to address the issue of climate change and to keep our National Park beautiful in the process.


What you can do:


•Turn off the lights in your room and enjoy dinner by candlelight or board games by your open fire.
•Turn down the thermostat in your room – not a problem when you have your fire going!
•Refrain from using any electrical appliance such as television, stereos and dishwashers.
•Make sure chargers are unplugged.
If you are in downtown Banff during Earth Hour, you can watch Banff’s Mayor ceremoniously switch off the main streetlights of the 100 and 200 block of Banff Avenue at 8:30 p.m.


Fortis will be measuring Banff’s energy use against the results of the 2010 Earth Hour results to see how much of an impact we can make.


Join in this year’s Earth Hour to take a step towards a cleaner Earth.


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

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Monday, March 26, 2012

The Douglas Fir Resort Pet of the Year – We Have a Winner!

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Never mind the Hunger Games! 


It was a two dog race; battling it out to be crowned the undisputed winner to claim the prestigious title of the Douglas Fir Resort Pet of the Year. We couldn’t decide who to pick as the winner for your Banff hotel, so we put it to your vote.


With a staggering 294 Facebook ‘Likes’, the photo of a very windswept Alife took the crown! His owner tells us the photo was taken one hot summer’s day in the Rockies as they drove around Lake Minnewanka. They rolled down the window and Alfie took prime position. With his paws tightly clutched to the window, he stuck his head as far out as he could and let the wind blow through his hair.


Alfie’s owners tell us, ‘Alfie is a character and a very funny little dog. He sings along to our daughters recorder, rides on her longboard home from school and knows how to say ‘I love you’ when he wants a treat. We took him in after his previous owner couldn’t keep him anymore and he has become a true member of our family’.


Alfie wasn't available for comment at the time of print, but he was seen gorging on bacon treats in celebration of his win! He wins a two night stay at the Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets.


We would like to send a very heartfelt thanks to Captain Suki and her family for coming in a very close second with 216 votes, as well as a huge thank you to everyone who took part in our Pet of the Year competition. As a pet friendly hotel in Banff, we're celebrating by offering a Dogs Stay Free month! From April 9th – 30th all dogs stay free at the Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets. More information on can be found here. Keep your eyes peeled for more giveaways soon!


There’s nothing happier than a dog with its head out the car window.


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

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring Champagne Powder - Skiing in Banff!

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Did someone say something about a record snowfall?


Banff is famous for its Spring ‘Champagne Powder’ Season and this year hasn’t disappointed. Last season’s La Nina was a hard act to follow, but Banff has done it yet again! With Sunshine Ski Village closing in on an all-time record snowfall (and its only March!!) there is something to be said for the high calibre of spring skiing in Banff.


Dive face-first into Banff’s famous spring powder with the amazing ski packages on offer from your Banff hotel.


Q. What you want - Multiple days skiing to make the most of the hill
A. What we can give you - Ski & Stay


This multi-day ski package provides a ski ticket for every adult, for every night of your stay! Not only that, but you’ll also receive our hugely popular Bed and Cook your Own Breakfast package to set yourself up before a  day on the hill!


Q. What you want - The ultimate Rocky Mountain ski experience
A. What we can give you - Ultimate Ski Getaway


Want to really experience the Rockies? Try our Ultimate Ski Getaway package where you take advantage of  4 adult tri-area ski passes (which include the cost of transport to and from the ski hill and shuttle pick up point), a Cook Your Own Breakfast Kit and one $100 dinner voucher for a selection of Banff’s finest restaurants.


Q. What you want – Something to suit everyone
A. What we can give you – Family Ski Getaway


Want to experience the champagne powder and still make everyone happy? You can! Your Family ski getaway package at your Banff hotel includes two nights’ accommodation, two adult tri-area ski passes, two adult passes to Banff’s Upper Hot Springs and one Cook Your Own Breakfast Package. Tickets for your little ones can be added on as and when you please to create the perfect al la carte option for your Banff hotel vacation.


Q. What you want – Non-ski Winter adventures
A. What we can give you – Winter Wonderland Package


Just because you’re staying at a Banff hotel, doesn’t mean you have to hurtle down the slopes all weekend. Nor does it mean you have to hold-up inside for the season. Set yourself up for the day with your Cook Your Own Breakfast bundle and head out in the fresh Rocky Mountain air as you explore with two adult passes to the Banff Gondola and two adult passes to the Upper Hot Springs as well as dine out with a $40 dinner voucher at some of Banff’s best restaurants!


All of our ski tickets are tri-area, so you can sample all three of the world class ski hills on the doorstep of your hotel in Banff!


Click here for more information on our ski and winter packages. We also have a great selection of summer packages on offer!


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


Words - Alison Jones - alison@douglasfir.com

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

LIVE! With Kelly – Update!

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Celebrity star watch alert!

Exciting news for you celebrity spotters out there, Live with Kelly has just announced her famous special guests who will be gracing a Banff hotel near you!

Check out the line-up below.

April 2nd – Mark Consuelos will be co-hosting with Kelly as they interview none other than the comedy king himself, Mr. Jason Biggs from American Pie fame! Not only that, but there will be a live performance from the most recent eliminated American Idol contestant.

April 3rd – The Bachelor host, Chris Harrison takes his turn at co-hosting with Kelly as they chat with Glee star Jayma Mays and comedienne Caroline Rhea as well as a live performance from electro-pop group, Far East Movement.

April 4th – Twilight fever will descend on Banff as Peter Facinelli or Edward Cullen’s father, Carlisle, takes centre stage to co-host with Kelly. Big Bang Theory star, Johnny Galecki will also drop by for a chat!

April 5th – CTV’s eTalk anchor Ben Mulroney will drop by to co-host with Kelly as they chat to GCB actor David James and watch a performance from Canadian R&B singer, Melanie Fiona!

Wowza! Who knew so many stars would be within a stone’s throw from your hotel in Banff!

Excited to do some celebrity spotting this spring? Click here check our amazing Book Now & Save rate to book your hotel in Banff to be in prime starlet-spotting position.

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

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Virtual Tours – Experience It Before You Go!

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Before you book your hotel in Banff, you want to be sure that it’s the right fit for you and your family. So what better way to get a feel for your hotel in Banff than with a 360 virtual tour!

We proudly present to you, our sensational selection of virtual tour videos! We have a broad collection of 360 degree, panoramic images where you can control the camera to get a real feel for your Banff hotel room.

Check out our amazingly equipped mountain cabins, cosy fireplaces and full kitchens. Or how about a peak at our fantastic amenities; see how tall our Playzone really is and how giant our indoor waterslides are. Or why not see our amazing location for yourself with an outdoor 360 panoramic tour of the mountainous vistas which surround the Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets.

Click here to see what all the fuss is about and experience your Banff hotel before you visit with our virtual tours.

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

Just on a side note; our virtual tours give you a taste for what to expect from your Banff hotel room and while layouts are vastly the same, some may slightly vary in orientation. We guarantee all of our rooms will live up to your expectations.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Douglas Fir Resort Pet of the Year – You Decide the Winner!

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So we are facing somewhat of a dilemma at this Banff hotel. After receiving mountains of photos of your amazingly cute photos of you dogs, cats, rabbits and even donkey’s, we couldn’t decide who should claim the coveted title of the Douglas Fir Resort, Pet of the Year.

So we decided to let you pick our winner!

We have posted our top Pet of the Month entries on our Facebook page. All you have to do is ‘Like’ the pet photo that you think deserves to win the two night stay with us at the Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets. The final contenders are:

1.       Adventurer Fuzz
2.       Inquisitive Jade
3.       Lounging Luna
4.       Captain Suki
5.       ‘Deep in Dog Thought’ Leo
6.       Backflip Emma
7.       Windswept Alfie
8.       The Grill Family!
As a hotel in Banff that welcomes the furry and four-legged members of your family, we want to celebrate by offering a Dogs Stay Free month! So From April 9th – 30th all dogs stay free at the Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets. For more information on can be found here.

Click here to view our Facebook page to vote for your favourite pet photo!

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

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Action Packed Banff – Top 5 Adrenaline Junkie Activities in Banff

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When you think of Banff you typically picture serene views, gentle hikes and babbling brooks. What you don’t conceive are the adrenaline pumping, heart stopping, gut wrenching, bone rattling (have we made our point yet) activities on the doorstep of your Banff hotel!

Here are a few of our favourites.

Heli-Skiing - While Banff boasts some of the finest skiing in North America at any one of its three, world-class ski hills, sometimes in-resort skiing just doesn’t quite scratch that adrenaline itch. Which is probably why heli-skiing was invented! Hit your own private run to really shred through Banff’s famous powder in a personally guided tour down untracked, virgin slopes with a heli-skiing tour. Choose from 1 to 5 action packed days full of champagne powder and heart pounding runs!

Snowmobiling – Strap yourself on to 660cc's worth of roaring engine and hit the open back country as you’re let loose as the driver of your own snowmobile. Visit a 1900’s deserted mining town atop 8,000 ft. peak or cruise the high alpine bowls for some free-riding as you get a taste for a real Rocky mountain adrenaline rush.

Frozen Waterfall Ice Climbing –  Don your harness, helmet and ice-picks as you scale some of the finest frozen waterfalls in Banff National Park. Waterfall ice climbing is an unbelievably exhilarating sport and local companies cater to all abilities (beginner to advanced). Equipment is supplied.

Cave Tours –Ever wondered what lies beneath those vast mountain peaks? Take a first-hand look as you immerse yourself into the tangled underworld of cave exploring. Discover the twisting tunnels of this 4km limestone cave system on Grotto Mt. with highly trained experts as your guides. Feel your heart race as you emerge from narrow passages into open caverns within the mountain. Minimum age for this tour is 10 – 12 years.

Flight of the Rockies – You don’t have to race through the back country to get your adrenaline kick. Take the ultimate sightseeing tour as you soar over the Rocky Mountains on your personal heli-tour! Choose from 12 to 30 minute flight times which showcase Banff’s beautiful mountain vistas and remarkable lakes. You can also try to spot your Banff hotel from above!


Phew! After that you’ll be ready to kick back by your open fire at your Banff hotel to settle your nerves..until the next day! Click here to view some of the winter adrenaline activities on offer to you!

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

By Alison Jones - Alison@douglasfir.com

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Monday, March 12, 2012

New Festival Coming to Banff – Spring StART

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 The snow in town is receding, the ice on the lakes is thawing and the warm weather is retuning. The signs are here, Spring is on its way to Banff.

Step into Spring with the brand new 2012 Spring StART festival! With emphasis on the diverse range of artistic activities on offer in Banff, you can sample inspiring live music, mountain-top photography workshops, ground-breaking theatre performances and stirring First Nations storytelling. With its historic roots to the pioneers of Banff National Park you can get a feel for Banff’s arts and culture history in a modern day setting.

Highlights

Your Personal Tour Through the Castle in the Rockies
Explore your way through the wondrous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel with your very own local historian to guide you through the magnificent history and grand architecture of Banff’s very own castle in the Rockies.




Moving Movies - I AM
April 7th


One of the most motivational, inspirational and critically acclaimed movies and its director is coming to a hotel in Banff near you. I AM is a stirring film posing two questions to its audience – What is wrong with our world and what can we do to make it better. This exclusive showing also allows you to ask the director himself exactly what inspired him to create I AM, with an on-stage interview and Q&A with Tom Shadyac.



 Live Music - Joel Plaskett
April 16th


World class entertainment is on the doorstep of your Banff hotel at The Banff Centre. Enjoy an evening of live music from Canadian indie artist Joel Plaskett. Described as two grumpy guys on bass and drums, Joel Plaskett is as grounded as they come and his concerts are famed for their intimate experience.




Heritage Home Visits

Step out of your Banff hotel and into some of Banff’s most beautiful and historic homes as they open their doors to you this Spring. Home to visual artists, philanthropists and world travellers, you can take an intimate look into the daily life of these celebrated, local and international inhabitants, each a pioneer in their own area.



Click here for a full listing of the Spring StART festival line up.

Experience Banff’s rich historical and artistic scene located in heart of the majestic Rockies with the brand new Spring StART festival, coming to a Banff hotel near you.

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

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Friday, March 9, 2012

The Famous GranFondo is coming to Banff!

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142km route
1,500 participants 
One GRANd event


The GranFondo is coming to Banff!


Usually featured across Europe, the famous GranFondo is a cycling event of epic proportions. Featuring rides of more than a hundred kilometres through some of the world most beautiful scenery, one of the best cycling events in the world is arriving on the doorstep of your Banff hotel this summer.


August 25th will see cyclists from all over the globe descend on Banff to take in the astounding sight of Banff National Park as they make their way across a 142km route through the Rockies. Starting and finishing in Banff, cyclists of all abilities are able to participate in this world famous event.


This GranFondo is one of the first to be featured in a UNESCO World Heritage Site and with the abundance of activities, the beauty of Banff and the amazing selection of Banff hotels, spectators and participants are sure to experience more than just your average cycling event this summer.


If you’re interested in participating in the GranFondo, registration opens 9am on March 15th 2012. Demand for a place is expected to be high so be sure to act quickly to secure your place. More information on the event can be found here.


Be sure to book your hotel in Banff early to ensure you have the best seats in the house for the Banff GranFondo this August 25th! Click here to check prices and availability for your hotel in Banff.


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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