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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas in the Rockies 2012

We are just two sleeps away from the official start to the Holiday Season; Saturday December 01 is Banff's Santa Claus Parade of Light.  It starts at 5:30pm and takes place on Banff Avenue (100 and 200 blocks).  I've been in the parade for the last two years with the First Banff Sparks and it is such a fun experience...definitely helps me get get into the festive spirit :)

I encourage everyone in the area to come and celebrate the start of the holiday season.  Ensure you are in town early in the day so that you can participate in all of the family fun activities.  Spend time at Cascade Plaza and enjoy face painting, Christmas craft making and photos with Santa!  Wagon rides are available along Banff Avenue and you may even run into Carolers spreading some holiday cheer.  Visit the Bison Courtyard (Bear Street) to watch an ice sculpture be carved from a block of ice.  There is even a 'Little Chippers' carving station for the kids to have a turn.  Here is a video from 'The Real Banff' that shows some of the festivities from last year. 

The Women's World Cup Downhill Ski Racing is also taking place this coming weekend at Lake Louise Ski Area.  The full schedule can be found here.

The hotel has a couple of rooms left for this coming weekend - give us a call at 1-800-661-0227 to check on rates and availability.  Look forward to seeing you at the Parade!

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Coming Home

I have just spent the last three weeks on my Honeymoon in southern Italy enjoying the fabulous food, wine, shopping, swimming, scenery, etc.  We started off in Sicily where one of the places we stayed was an organic fig & olive farm called La Rosa dei Vendi Villa d'Arte.  It was such a cool experience to be apart of a typical Sicilian family and the Olive Oil that they produce is phenomenal!  We also spent some time in Tropea; known as Italy's 'hidden gem'.  If ever in that area, you must check out In Italy Tours.  We did a cooking class with them that was one of the top highlights of the trip! 

We had a phenomenal time and I thought that I would dread coming home after the three weeks ended...especially after seeing that home was receiving a massive snow storm and I would probably have to put my new cute Italian sandals back in the closet for the next eight months...

The awesome thing about living in Banff is that really, it is never hard coming home.  I'm always so happy to see the mountains that any dread of the holiday being over is pushed away by my excitement!   I've said this a million times; I am so lucky to live in Banff and have a National Park at my doorstep.  I recently had a few friends/family out for my wedding and I was so proud to take them around and show them some of the cool things I am able to do here (hiking, canoeing/kayaking, Eating& Drinking, etc).

Things I see daily in Banff National Park never cease to impress me and I urge everyone to come and visit Banff National Park at least once to experience its amazingness :)

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Corporate retreat, meeting and conference facilities at the Banff Aspen Lodge in the Canadian Rockies
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P.O. Box 1017
Banff, Alberta
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