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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Guest Comments~

Here are some comments from Mr. D MacNeil who stayed at the hotel this January:

"All of the employees were helpful and courteous all of the time....can't think of anything at the hotel to change...thank you very much for a wonderful holiday."

Thanks for staying with us and hope to have you stay with us when you are in Banff again~

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Emerald Lake Lodge

I had a wicked two day mini vacation to Emerald Lake Lodge last week. It is just over a one hour drive from Banff, located past Field British Columbia and is a true winter wonderland!

The food and wine are delicious and staff can be outstanding. We had one staff member build us a snowman one night after we made a jokingly comment about wanting one :)

We ate in the Mount Burgess Dining Room the first night and in the Lounge the second night...both places were awesome. I recommend the Ranch Elk Ribeye Steak and Roast Pumpkin Seed Crusted Lamb Rack.

There are some great cross country ski trails in the area, we did the beginner trail that goes along the lake and around the Alluvial Fan Loop. The scenery is gorgeous and the trail is flat for the most perfect for beginners :)

If you are looking for a secluded winter getaway, check out for more information ~

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Meeting the Travelocity Roaming Gnome

Last night I had the incredible experience of meeting the famous Travelocity Gnome. He is in Banff to "cure his cabin fever" for the weekend and was the guest of honour at a party at the Elk and Oarsman in downtown Banff.

I wasn't sure what to expect, as I know he is very worldly and I didn't know if we would have a lot in common. I was just so impressed at how nice he is and how he made time for everyone at the party. We chatted for a good 20 minutes and I feel that I've made a true friend :)

Gnomie (as I like to call him) was skiing the Delirium Dive at Sunshine Village yesterday; this is the most extreme terrain at Sunshine and you have to be a pretty incredible skier to do ski this area. He is up in Lake Louise today at Lake Louise Ski Area and enjoying the Ice Carving Competition at the Chateau Lake Louise (part of Ice Magic).

It was great meeting you Gnomie; Banff and Lake Louise are so glad to have had you visit and hope to see you again soon~

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Olympic Torch in Banff

I was in Banff's Central Park last night for the Olympic Torch Celebration. I got all decked out in my red and white gear to show my Canadian Pride:

It was a fabulous night with a great turnout. Performers included acrobats and drummers (kind of like Blue Man Group), Bomba (a Canadian Latin-Jazz Group) and the Canadian Tenors who sounded just awesome. I was standing in front of the line and was able to see Banff skier and Olympic medalist Karen Percy Lowe run by me with the was really an incredible experience.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Travelocity Gnome is Coming to Banff!

The results are in...the Travelocity Roaming Gnome is coming to Banff this weekend to cure his cabin fever! The people have spoken and feel that Banff is the better choice for the gnome for his first winter ski trip of the season and I couldn't agree more.

Enjoy your time in beautiful Banff National Park Roaming Gnome and please stop by the Banff Aspen Lodge for our delicious homemade granola if you have time :)

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Snowtips in Banff~

I am heading up to Emerald Lake Lodge on Sunday for a couple of nights and plan on doing some cross country skiing and snowshoeing. I personally do not own any snowshoes or cross country went downtown to Snowtips/Bactrax to see about renting some.

Snowtips is the ultimate rental store in town; you can rent downhill and cross country skis, ice skates, snowshoes, etc. They also have sleds, winter jackets, snow pants, helmets and ice walk crampons. The ice walk crampons are perfect to rent if you want to go and see Johnston's Canyon in the winter time.

Snowtips is located at 225 Bear Street, beside the movie cinema. All rental information is found at

The best thing about Snowtips? All Banff Aspen Lodge guests receive a 10% discount off all rentals! So I am now all set with some cross country skis and snowshoes and cannot wait for my weekend away :)

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Travelocity Roaming Gnome

Please help Banff win to bring the Travelocity Roaming Gnome to our beautiful town! The Travelocity Gnome has started a contest on Facebook to see where they should go on a ski trip; Banff or Whistler. Go to the following link and vote for Banff so that the best destination wins.

Reasons to vote for Banff:
1) Three incredible mountains
2) Champagne Powder on the ski hills!
3) Amazing restaurants
4) We are a relaxing 2 hour drive from the Calgary Airport (with gorgeous scenery along the way)
5) Fun nightlife!
6) The Banff Aspen Lodge :)

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Tunnel Mountain Drive in the Winter...

One of the first "hikes" that I did when I first came to town with my friend Katie was the path along the Bow River (parallel to Buffalo Street), up around Surprise Corner and then onto Tunnel Mountain Drive. It seemed like one of the longest walks of my life...especially since we turned around near the end and ran back the other way after an unknown animal walked across the path in front of us...

I've since learned that we were only 5 minutes away from the end of Tunnel Mountain Drive and that it really isn't a is more of a walk :)

It has become a favourite walk for me in the winter time. The road is closed once it starts snowing and walking along it leaves you feeling totally surrounded by nature. The walk ends when you reach Tunnel Mountain Road and you are forced back to reality as you see other humans, cars, etc.

The entire walk can take up to two hours and there is a lot of snow (usually). So make sure you dress warmly, wear the appropriate foot wear and do this walk while you are in is worth it!

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Banff Balkan

I had a lovely lunch at the Banff Balkan today; the food is delicious and I love the atmosphere in there! I had the Donair, along with some wine and it was perfect.

The Balkan is a family run Greek Restaurant, open for lunch and dinner. They have special Greek nights where there is belly dancing, plate smashing and my favourite...the Ouzo :)

If you go on your birthday you also get to smash some plates and are "given" a nice glass of Ouzo, which of course makes for a fun evening! The Balkan is located at 120 Banff Avenue; check out for more information

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