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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Canadian Citizenship Ceremony

Congratulations to Banff Aspen Lodge Housekeeping Manager Angel Santos who recently received her Canadian Citizenship at a ceremony at Lake Minnewanka. Angel was apart of a ceremony that welcomed 50 people from 17 different countries to become Canadian Citizens.

Angel is originally from the Philippines and came to Banff in September 2004. She choose to come to Canada so that she would be able to help her family in the Philippines financially. Angel started working at the hotel as a room attendant; she then moved into the Housekeeping Supervisor role and is now our Housekeeping Manager (currently on maternity leave). Angel met her husband here in Banff and they have an adorable daughter Lexi, who is six months old.

After the ceremony I asked Angel what being Canadian meant to her and she said "happy and healthy living". I love this answer! I am so lucky to have been born in this amazing country and Angel's story is a perfect reminder of this.

Angel enjoys living in Banff for the nature and the great friends she has here. She has been part of the Banff Aspen Lodge family for seven years this September and we are so blessed to have her!

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Banff Lake Cruise - Lake Minnwanka

My dad was visiting from Ontario recently and I decided to take him on the Banff Lake Cruise on Lake Minnewanka. I have been to Lake Minnwanka many times, but I've never had the opportunity to take the boat cruise; so this was the perfect opportunity! We got a ride on the "Sandra Lynne":

Lake Minnewanka means "Water of the Spirts" and is the largest lake in Banff National Park. It is located a 15 minute drive from Banff and has some of the most amazing views in the Banff area. Brewster runs a lake cruise giving people the opportunity to see parts of the lake that you are only able to see via boat, providing us with some incredibly unique photos. The cruises run from mid-May - mid-October and are an interpretive tour. We learned about the area's vegetation, wildlife and history; including stores of the First Nations people and early explorers who have made the area what it is today.

It was a cloudy day, but this is the view at the end of the lake:

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Day Hikes in Banff National Park

Hiking is one thing that I never really did before moving to Banff; it just never interested me. Since moving to Banff five years ago from Ontario, I have been able to really get into it and have been lucky enough to do some amazing hikes; some of which I've written about here.

Parks Canada has just released their new Day Hikes in Banff National Park brochure, so I thought I'd go over a few of them:

Easy Hikes; I've done all of these and would describe them as enjoyable, peaceful walks. Time to complete ranges from one - four hours and there isn't a lot of elevation gain:

Johnson Lake / Fenland Trail / Bow River/Hoodoos / Spray River Loop / Sundance Canyon

Medium Hikes; I've also done the majority of these hikes; they are definitely more intense with elevation gain ranging from 170 - 760 metres and longer distances (up to seven hours):

C-Level Cirque / Tunnel Mountain / Upper Hot Springs / Mountain / Stoney Squaw Mountain / Cascade Amphitheatre / Healy Pass / Bourgeau Lake / Rockbound Lake

*I've never done done Healy Pass and Rockbound Lake; but I hear they are incredible! I also really enjoy the Bourgeau Lake Hike and C-Level Cirque.

Difficult Hikes; I've never done either of these, but friends have and if you are up for a challenge, they would be perfect. Elevation gain is over 900 metres the hikes can take from 6- 8 hours.

Harvey Pass / Cory Pass Loop

For more information on the above hikes, please visit

Here are some tips from Parks Canada:
*Get advice from Parks Canada Information Centre Staff
*Study trail descriptions and maps before starting
*Check the weather forecast and trail conditions before leaving (and dress accordingly).
*Choose a trail suitable for the least experienced member in your group
*Travel in groups and make noise to avoid surprise encounters
*Do not feed, touch or approach wildlife. Stay at least 30 - 50 metres away from most animals and 100 metres away from bears
*Carry bear spray and know how to use it
*Pets must be on a leash at all times

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Corporate retreat, meeting and conference facilities at the Banff Aspen Lodge in the Canadian Rockies
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