We just posted some photos from the Santa Claus Parade of Lights in Banff, Canada, taken Saturday December 5, 2009.
ROCKY MOUNTAINEER WINS A PRESTIGIOUS WORLD TRAVEL AWARD FOR THE FOURTH TIME
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (November 9, 2009) – Rocky Mountaineer, Canada’s internationally renowned rail experience, has been honoured with a World Travel Award in the category of “World’s Leading Travel Experience by Train” for the fourth year. The World Travel Awards are highly regarded in the global travel network and have been described by the Wall Street Journal as the ‘Oscars’ of the tourism industry. Every year, hundreds of thousands of travel professionals from across the globe cast their votes to determine the winners. Rocky Mountaineer representatives attended this year’s 16th annual World Travel Awards gala event in London, England on November 8, 2009 along with over a thousand international travel and tourism officials.
“Our organization is delighted to be the recipient of this distinguished award for the fourth time,” says Randy Powell, President & Chief Executive Officer of Rocky Mountaineer. “For 20 years, we have provided the most spectacular travel experiences in the world and it is truly an honour to be recognized amongst so many internationally renowned and iconic trains.”
Fellow nominees for the “World’s Leading Travel Experience by Train” award included: The Blue Train (South Africa), Rovos Rail (South Africa), The Royal Scotsman (Scotland), Venice-Simplon Orient Express (Europe), Eastern & Oriental Express (South East Asia), The Ghan (Australia), Hiram-Bingham Express (Peru), The Golden Chariot Train (India) and The Indian Maharaja (India).
The World Travel Awards were established in 1993 to acknowledge and recognize excellence in the world’s travel and tourism industry. Now celebrating its 16th anniversary, the awards are considered the very highest achievement that a travel provider could ever hope to receive. Votes are cast globally by fellow industry professionals in 919 different categories with 3600 nominees. This year’s winners were determined by thousands of travel professionals from 183,000 travel agencies, tour and transport companies and tourism organizations in over 160 countries.
Rocky Mountaineer offers unique Canadian vacation packages and four spectacular rail routes through British Columbia and Alberta. Best known for the internationally-acclaimed Rocky Mountaineer train, a two-day, all daylight rail journey through Canada’s West and the Canadian Rockies, the company also offers a three-hour experience between North Vancouver and Whistler, BC. Since its inception in 1990, Rocky Mountaineer has grown to become the largest privately owned passenger rail service in North America and welcomed its one millionth guest in 2008. In 2009, Rocky Mountaineer was named one of the “World’s Greatest Trips” by National Geographic and ranked as the number one train experience in the world by The Society of American Travel Writers.
Last night we received a nice amount of snow in Canmore (Canadian Rockies) as our picture indicates. For this time of year, this kind of snowfall is normal and with the cooling temperatures as the Canmore average temperatures indicate, most of it will likely stay!
We now have LIMITED confirmed RED TICKETS for the following Calgary Flames games:
|Wednesday December 9, 2009||7:30 pm||Atlanta Thrashers|
|Wednesday December 23, 2009||7:30 pm||St Louis Blues|
|Wednesday December 30, 2009||7:30 pm||Los Angeles Kings|
|Monday January 25, 2010||7:30 pm||St Louis Blues|
|Thursday February 11, 2010||7:30 pm||Dallas Stars|
|Saturday February 13, 2010||8:00 pm||Anaheim Ducks|
|Wednesday March 3, 2010||8:00 pm||Minnesota Wild|
|Friday March 19, 2010||7:00 pm||San Jose Sharks|
|Tuesday March 23, 2010||7:00 pm||Anaheim Ducks|
|Wednesday March 31, 2010||7:30 pm||Phoenix Coyotes|
|Tuesday April 6, 2010||7:30 pm||San Jose Sharks|
|Thursday April 8, 2010||7:30 pm||Minnesota Wild|
The rate is $250 each including return transportation from Banff and Canmore. Rate includes 5% tax.
To book, visit rocky-peak Holiday’s Banff Ice Hockey page.
WHISTLER, BC August 6, 2009 – Whistler is readying itself to welcome the world with Kokanee Crankworx, the world’s largest freeride mountain bike festival, kicking off in just two days. Now in its sixth year, the event has grown from a grassroots celebration of gravity-fueled mountain biking, to a festival spanning nine days; drawing over 300 of the world’s best mountain bike athletes, over 150 accredited media and tens of thousands of spectators.
“Kokanee Crankworx is another great opportunity for Whistler to test its ability to host a major event,” says Jeremy Roche, General Manager of Kokanee Crankworx. “Our pinnacle event, the Monster Energy Slopestyle, drew over 20,000 spectators to the base of Whistler Mountain last year and on Saturday, August 15 we are anticipating to host at least that many again.”
Kokanee Crankworx’s free events, coupled with incredible deals on accommodation and dining in Whistler, bode well for a successful festival, and are expected to drive attendance as visitors seek out high-value experiences this summer..
“This summer we are seeing strong numbers from our destination and regional visitors. This speaks to the momentum and strength of the mountain bike industry, and to the kinds of experiences Whistler Blackcomb offers in the summer, as well as some of the great deals that can be found,” says Roche. “Whistler is now on the ‘must-do’ list with experiences like the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola; and events like Kokanee Crankworx where sport merges with art and music to create an incredible festival experience.”
Kokanee Crankworx will feature free, world-class mountain bike competitions; the Deraylor Music Festival featuring artists like K-OS; and the inaugural Saint Deep Summer Photo Challenge slideshow event at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. The Crankworx calendar features mountain bike events nearly every day, a Bike Expo and Demo Zone snaking through the village, and athletic spectacles around every bend including the mind-blowing technique of trials gurus Ryan Leech and the Baia Brothers. For those who can’t be in Whistler, organizers are anticipating a worldwide, online audience of over 150,000 through live feeds of the following events in the Pacific Time Zone: Air Downhill, August 13, 5:30-7:30pm; the VW Trick Showdown, August 14, 6-9pm; and the iconic Monster Energy Slopestyle, August 15, 5:30-7:30pm on Go211.com and www.crankworx.com.
While Whistler Blackcomb has been affected by two wildfires on Blackcomb Mountain in the last week, they have been quickly managed thanks to the Ministry of Forests and Range, the Whistler Fire Department and Whistler Blackcomb staff. At this point there is no concern that wildfires could impact Kokanee Crankworx as these occurrences have been in isolated areas high on Blackcomb Mountain. Extreme caution is being exercised with on-mountain operations, and sightseeing and hiking continues on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.
We have a long-term lease available for a one-bedroom unit in Whistler starting November 1 2009. It is located in the Marquise building with ski-in/ski-out close by.
You don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy a NHL Ice hockey game! The Calgary Flames never disappoint! Support the Flames in the Calgary Saddledome and enjoy every action-packed moment!
Transport and ticket packages are available throughout the winter ski season from Lake Louise, Banff and Canmore from just CDN$100 per person.
A great night out for friends and family, be sure to take the Banff Ice Hockey Tour!
Calgary Flames NHL Hockey Schedule
|Date||Opponent||Departs Banff||Game Time|
|OCT 11||Canucks||5.15 pm||8.00 PM|
|OCT 14||Avalanche||4.45 pm||7:30 PM|
|OCT 17||Oilers||4.15 pm||7.00 PM|
|OCT 21||Capitals||4.45 pm||7:30 PM|
|OCT 28||Avalanche||4.45 pm||7.30 PM|
|OCT 30||Bruins||4.15 pm||7.00 PM|
|NOV 4||Coyotes||5.15 pm||8.00 PM|
|NOV 6||Predators||4.45 pm||7.30 PM|
|NOV 11||Maple Leafs||4.45 pm||7:30 PM|
|NOV 18||Avalanche||4.45 pm||7.30 PM|
|NOV 22||Red Wings||5.15 pm||8.00 PM|
|NOV 25||Kings||4.45 pm||7.30 PM|
|NOV 29||Canucks||5.15 pm||8.00 PM|
|DEC 2||Stars||4.45 pm||7.30 PM|
|DEC 12||Panthers||4.15 pm||7.00 PM|
|DEC 19||Blackhawks||4.15 pm||7.00 PM|
|DEC 23||Ducks||4.15 pm||7.00 PM|
|DEC 27||Senators||5.15 pm||8.00 PM|
|DEC 29||Wild||4.15 pm||7.00 PM|
|DEC 31||Oilers||5.15 pm||8.00 PM|
|JAN 6||Sharks||5.15 pm||8.00 PM|
|JAN 8||Islanders||4.15 pm||7.00 PM|
|JAN 13||Blues||4.45 pm||7.30 PM|
|JAN 17||Coyotes||5.15 pm||8.00 PM|
|JAN 21||Blue Jackets||5.15 pm||8.00 PM|
|JAN 28||Sabres||3.15 pm||6.00 PM|
|JAN 30||Predators||4.15 pm||7.00 PM|
|FEB 5||Blackhawks||4.45 pm||7.30 PM|
|FEB 7||Ducks||10.15 am||1.00 PM|
|FEB 9||Canadiens||4.15 pm||7.00 PM|
|FEB 17||Canucks||4.45 pm||7.30 PM|
|FEB 24||Blue Jackets||4.15 pm||7.00 PM|
|FEB 27||Wild||4.15 pm||7.00 PM|
|MAR 1||Lightning||3.15 pm||6.00 PM|
|MAR 18||Stars||4.15 pm||7.00 PM|
|MAR 20||Blues||4.15 pm||7.00 PM|
|MAR 23||Red Wings||4.45 pm||7.30 PM|
|MAR 28||Wild||5.15 pm||8.00 PM|
|MAR 30||Sharks||4:45 pm||7.30 PM|
|APR 6||Kings||4.45 pm||7.30 PM|
|APR 11||Oilers||5:15 pm||8.00 PM|