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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Banff Family Events – Drawn to Nature

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Ages 7+ and families     Banff Park Museum National Historic Site 7-9pm    FREE

Looking for an alternative family activity for your family on your next trip to your hotel in Banff?

Get arty with Parks Canada’s, Drawn to Nature event this June 8th!

In collaboration with the Banff Centre, Parks Canada will be hosting an evening where your little ones can get creative in the Banff Park Museum National Historic Site.

With an interpretive session lead by guest artists, your little ones can learn still-life sketching techniques when the museum is open after hours for your family to explore on a fun evening out from your Banff hotel.

The family friendly event is open to all ages and experience levels. Advanced registration for the event is required before the event and is done so through calling 403 762 6281. All materials are provided.

Enjoy this and many other fantastic family friendly events this summer with a vacation to your hotel in Banff. Our Summer Saver rates are now available!

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


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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Moraine Lake Road is OPEN!

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Another sign that the spring thaw is really here and that summer is just around the corner!


The road to one of the most iconic views in Banff National Park is now OPEN for the season!


Also fondly known as the Valley of the 10 Peaks because of the monstrous 10 mountains which reside there, Moraine Lake is a must for many visitors on vacation to their hotel in Banff to capture that oh-so-famous shot. 




Parks Canada worked hard last week shovelling, digging and plowing through the remaining snow to have the road open for you weekend at your Banff hotel. And all that hard work paid off!


If you’re looking for a fantastic day out from your hotel in Banff, you can access to the Moraine Lake road on you drive up to the Chateau at Lake Louise. You will find a left turn when you’re almost at the top of the hill and from there it is a scenic 11km drive to Moraine Lake. Worth every kilometre!


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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Banff Council Approves Off-Leash Dog Park!

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Happy Dogs in the Dog Park


Can you hear that? The sound of happy pet paws dancing to go out for ‘Walkies’.


If your dog is anything like ours, you know that even mentioning the word ‘Walkies’ sends your dog into a spin.


While the trails and hikes from your hotel in Banff are great for your dog to snoop, sniff and explore, there is a strict leash ban imposed within Banff National Park in place to protect your pet from harassing the local wildlife (and vice versa).  This means your dog can only venture so far!


This is why the latest news of a new Off-Leash in Banff is so fantastic!


Coming to Banff this summer, the off-leash dog park will be a one and a half acre park located at the North end of town. The park is set to be completed by July!


Your Banff hotel welcomes dogs in all shapes and sizes as long as they are well behaved and friendly! Check out our Pet Friendly page for more details about bringing your four legged friends on your next vacation to your hotel in Banff.


Did You Know: We donate 5% of the Pet Fee we charge to the Bow Valley SPCA every 6 months! It’s a small way we can return the love that animals give to us.


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

Alison Jones
alison@douglasfir.com


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Monday, May 28, 2012

Bears, Banff and Taking Care of our Beautiful Wildlife

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Bear 64 with her cubs

Think of your hotel in Banff National Park and the image of bears often come to mind.

While bear sightings around your Banff hotel are rare, you don’t need to venture far to catch a glimpse of some of Banff’s beautiful wildlife.

Mama & Cubs taking a dip in the Bow River- May 23rd 2012
That has certainly been true of late with the arrival of a beautiful bear family around Banff townsite. Bear 64 and her three cubs have woken up and spent the majority of last week grazing on the snow-free grass just outside of downtown Banff. Sighted at the Cave and Basin site, Fenland trail and even taking a dip in the Bow River, these bears have been very active (and close) to downtown Banff.




Mama & Cubs taking a dip in the Bow River- May 23rd 2012
While you don’t need to worry too much about coming across mama bear and her cubs, as Parks Canada has a close eye on this young family, including fitting her with a shiny new tracking collar, it is incredibly important to be aware of wildlife when visiting Banff National Park.


Drive With Care – All too often we hear of bear’s struck and killed by cars on our roads and highways. Animal road deaths are avoidable by driving within the posted speed limits and keeping a keen eye out for crossing wildlife. Plus when you drive at a slower pace you can enjoy the scenery around your Banff hotel even more!

Check for Closures – Before you head out for the day from your hotel in Banff, check the Parks Canada website and trailhead notices for any closures or hiking/biking restrictions.

Safety First – Adhere to hiking regulations (enforced hiking numbers), carry bear spray (know how to use it) and make lots of noise when enjoying Banff National Park. Remember not to feed any wildlife, whether it is squirrels or bears. Animals who are fed by humans are likely to become reliant on this source of food and will engage more with humans. This can often develop into problem behaviour forcing authorities to take action such as relocation and sometimes euthanization of a bear. Remember, ‘A fed bear is a dead bear’.

Dawn and her two cubs, last May before she was killed. Photo by John E. Marriott


In other news from legendary wildlife photographer, John E.Marriott, the orphaned cubs of bear Dawn (who was sadly killed on the CP railway last year) have survived the winter and have been recently sighted! Wonderful news from a sad beginning.

Please help us keep our park beautiful and wild by taking a few steps towards creating a safe environment for Mama Bear, her three cubs and every other animal in Banff National Park.

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

Alison Jones
alison@douglasfir.com


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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Banff Community Art & Craft Market - Saturday May 26th

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May 26th 10:30am – 4pm
Banff Elementary School Gym Adults $3 Kids 13 and Under are FREE!


This weekend sees the first Banff Community Art & Craft Market held down the road from your hotel in Banff at the Banff Elementary School.


Come and view the wonderful artisan crafts on offer from local artists this Saturday for only $3 for adults and kids 13 and under are FREE!


Located in downtown Banff, you can catch the town shuttle bus from your Banff hotel as we offer FREE and unlimited bus passes to guests staying at the Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets. 


See the map for more information on how easy you can get to the Art & Craft Market from your hotel in Banff.






Enjoy family friendly activities from your Banff hotel this weekend, with rates from $142 for two adults and 2 kids in our spacious Studio Suite!


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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Banff Bike Fest 2012!

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June 14th – 17th will see cyclists from across Western Canada descend on the doorstep of your hotel in Banff for the Annual Banff Bike Fest!


Over four days, five events and two family friendly events, spectators can ‘ooo’ and ‘ahh’ over the fantastic feats of fitness as cyclists battle it out for $20,000 in prize money across 250km of race trail.


The 5 events; Lake Louise Road Race, Tunnel Mt. Loop Road Race, Cascade Plaza Prologue, Time Trial and Criterium , will take place around the Banff townsite as well as on route to Lake Louise and even past your very own Banff hotel in the Tunnel Mt. Road Race!


Family Friendly Events! The Cruiser Crit challenge will see kids (and fully grown adults) dress in their finest fancy costumes to cruise down Banff Ave. Tandem bikes, low riders and unicycles are all welcome!


Click here for more details on how you can get involved and for a full list of event times!


Enjoy one of the many exciting Summer festivals happing near your hotel in Banff this season.


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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Top 5 Family Friendly Bike Trails in Banff

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Feel the wind in your hair and relive your childhood by getting on your bike from your Banff hotel this summer!

With a number of family friendly bike trails on the doorstep of your hotel in Banff, you can hit the open road and experience Banff National Park from your bike seat.

Here is our Top 5 Family Friendly bike trails in Banff

Bow River Trail
2-9km 10-20minutes
Accessible  from downtown Banff, the Bow River trail is a smooth ride along the beautiful Bow river. Start at Muskrat Street, continuing underneath the Bow River Bridge, towards the Blue Canoe Docks and out of town towards the fantastic Fenland trail. There are lots of benches to stop at and take in the stunning views. Local Tip: Look out for the Bow River Beavers swimming around!






Fenland Trail
2km 30-45 minutes
Breathe deep as you take this fun woodland trail through a white spruce forest along a beautiful Rocky Mountain creek. You’ll find interpretive maps and guides along this short route while you and the family explore this easy, off-road adventure.







Bow Falls Trail
1.2 km 20-25 minutes
See Banff’s beautiful Bow Fall’s starting from the Bow River Bridge, past the roaring rapids to the look-out point below. Remember to take your camera before you leave your Banff hotel as the iconic falls are not to be missed!





Vermillion Lakes

4km 1hr
Located just off the Fenland Trail, this paved bike trail takes you to some of the most iconic scenic spots in Banff. Capture the ultimate shot of Mt. Rundle as you enjoy this route, stopping at the various docks, perfect for picnics brought along from your hotel in Banff.





Sundance Canyon
4.3km 1.5 hours
The family friendly trail may the longest trail on the list, but the scenery and end result is well worth it! Follow the trail out to Cave and Basin where you will find a smooth paved trail that takes you past the Bow River, through a forested area and finally to the rushing waters of Sundance Canyon. You’ll find a picnic area and toilets along your route.




We offer discounted bike rentals from Backtrax on Bear St. to guests staying at the Douglas Fir Resort. Backtrax offers 5 different bike types from city to mountain; to kid and junior bikes (complete with training wheels), helmets, repair kits and more!

Get out and enjoy Banff National Park from your hotel in Banff with a day biking in some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Summer Activities - Lake Minnewanka Boat Tour!

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Lake Minnewanka; described as one of the must-see’s while on your Banff vacation, it truly is a sight to behold.

Just a short 15 minute drive from downtown Banff, Lake Minnewanka has captivated visitors for many years. Originally called ‘Lake of Spirits’ the Stoney people inhabited and hunted along the lake for more than 100 centuries. They respected and feared this lake for its resident spirits and recorded archaeological sites how shown artifacts that cover a 10,000 year period!
Fun Fact! 
Did someone leave the tap on?

There is an entire town under the surface of Lake Minnewanka! The original location of a summer resort village called Minnewanka Landing was established here in 1888, complete with avenues, streets, hotels and restaurants. However the site was flooded in 1941 by the Calgary Power Co. under the War Measures Act, and now it's a 'high altitude' dive site! Exciting stuff!

You can enjoy the spectacular views of the Canadian Rockies from the Lake Minnewanka boat tour as part of your Banff hotel’s Cruise, Soak & Soar package. The ultimate Canadian Rockies experience!

This three night package showcases the best of Banff! Relax on a cruise along the stunning Lake Minnewanka on a boat tour and then head up the Banff Gondola to get unparalleled panoramic vistas of Banff atop Sulphur Mt. before heading to the Upper Hot Springs to soak in the mineral waters.

The hassle of feeding the family is taken care of with groceries for your Cook Your Own Breakfast provided upon your arrival in your Banff hotel room and a $100 dinner voucher for some of Banff’s finest restaurants.

Enjoy this family friendly activity on offer to your from your Banff hotel.

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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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