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    Canada Day in Banff 1st of July

    by Twan Updated Feb 19, 2012

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    Canada Day is the national holiday of Canada and takes place every year on July 1. The holiday was originally called Dominion Day in 1982 but received its present name.

    During Canada Day parades are regularly held and other festivities. Often the evening a fireworks show.

    History of Canada Day

    On June 21, 1868, a notice signed by Governor General, Lord Monck, stating that Her Majesty everyone in Canada called for the Confederation of Canada to celebrate on July 1, 1868. The rest day on July 1, was established in 1879 under the English name Dominion Day.

    At the 50th anniversary in 1917, the new Centre Block of Parliament Buildings, which was still under construction, dedicated as a memorial to the Fathers of Confederation and the exploits of the Canadians who fought in the First World War. During the Diamond Jubilee was the cornerstone of the Confederation Building on Wellington Street submitted by the Governor General and the carillon in the Peace Tower was dedicated.

    In 1958 the government decided that every year a celebration to be held on Canada's national day. On this day there is an afternoon Trooping the Colours ceremony and a ceremony at sunset, followed by a concert with many bands, and finally a grand fireworks display.

    During the 100 th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II visited Canada in the festivities. This was one reason for a large-scale ceremony.

    The idea of ​​the ceremonies changed in 1968 with the addition of multicultural and professional concerts were held on Parliament Hill. These were including a national television show. Until 1975, the festivities were under the name Festival Canada held in the National Capital Region during the month of July and included numerous cultural, artistic and sporting events.

    Since 1985 in every province and district of Canada set up a committee to plan, organize and coordinate local Canada Day ceremonies. Money for this is provided by the government for such committees.

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    Dinner and the show Oh, Canada, eh?

    by 807Wheaton Updated Sep 13, 2008

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    We wanted to do something on our 44th Wedding Anniversary so I called Oh Canada, Eh? for reservations on the day of our anniversary. They were closed that day! Just before we got to Banff I called and asked them if we just showed up would we be able to get seats, and we were assured we could come.
    We drove into Banff, found the Rundlestone Lodge, unpacked and ventured over to Canmore to see the show.
    We were seated immediately and offered our drink, followed by Canadian Split Pea Soup with Ham and warm bread. By this time a couple of other families were seated at the table for the family style dinner. About the time our salads were served, the show started. The entree was broasted chicken, roast beef and fried white fish with red skin potatoes (which I love) and green bean and carrot vegetable medley. Dessert was a chocolate carmel concoction.
    The meal included coffee. We paid $62 each which was a Senior price. Of course, when this came on our credit card, the cost was about $12 less due to the good currency exchange right now.
    It was nice to have other folks to meet and chat with during the dinner and parts of the show.
    The show was a comedy spoof about Canadian history and customs. It was a nice evening event and I would recommend it.

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    Random Falls

    by arv1 Written Feb 26, 2006

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    Make sure you wonder around the area, and also, if you are in a car and there are enough people, take side roads and just look around!!

    I found this random spot but boy was it beautiful!!

    I also have a mini video clip of this place...let me know if you want me to email it to you...

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  • If You Plan to Do Any Driving At All....

    by kenv98223 Written Aug 27, 2005

    By all means, stop at the "Bear and Butterfly" and pick up the new Audio Guide. This isn't just an audio cassette like you may have used in the past. It has a built-in GPS receiver so it knows exactly where you are at any moment, and tailors the narration for exactly what you're seeing thru you windshield. Imagine "...you're now crossing the XYZ river, and the mountain at 2 o'clock is called..." Everything is automatic, and you hear it through your car's FM radio. It has commentary for literally thousands of points in the area, and we found it to be an entertaining mix of geography, history, science and folksy stories. We used it up and down the Icefields Parkway with no problems at all, and it led us to several stops we would have never known about.
    The store says the system is still under test, and will eventually rent for $60 per day. Currently, though (August 2005) they're only asking for a donation of $20, making it a "must" if you're going to do any car touring around the area.

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    Tour the lakes!

    by Jefie Written Apr 28, 2005

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    There are many beautiful, turquoise-colored lakes located in Banff National Park. Perhaps the best-known ones are Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Peyto Lake. You can hike around those lakes and read the interpretive panels to find out more about the area's flora and fauna. You can also bring a picnic and simply enjoy the scenery! It's also a great spot for photography.

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    Sight seeing in Banff

    by doreenellen Updated Nov 16, 2004

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    Banff was my favorite place and would be very tempted to stay there forever.
    Cascade Mountain towers over the little town. When you are standing in Banff Avenue it towers above you so majestic.
    The Cascade mountains surround the lake and the time we were there it was made more magical by the snow.
    In Banff Avenue, you will find a little church and several cafe and shops, including two shopping malls.
    We found Joe's Diner which was great for breakfast and the Irish Bar just off Banff Avenue for a great home cooked meal.
    There are 3 museums in Banff.
    One being the history of Banff, next was an animal museum housing lots of Stuffed Animals ranging from Bears, to Birds.
    The last one is the Luxton Indian Museum which had on show, all the history of hte indians with full life models and battle dress etc. Very interesting

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    At times the clouds are prettier than the hills

    by zrim Written Aug 23, 2003

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    With the ever changing weather in Banff, one often scans the skies for an indication of weather to come. Sometimes the skies are dazzling blue, sometimes dismal gray and sometimes the clouds put on a show.

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    Mountains abound all around

    by zrim Written Aug 23, 2003

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    The town of Banff is encicled by flamboyant mountains of all shapes and sizes. We could see Cascade Mountain, shown here, from our bedroom window and often it would create clouds around its summit. We could sit back with some wine and watch the clouds form and then dissipate in the late evening sky.

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    The hills are alive with the sound of color

    by zrim Written Aug 10, 2003

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    Look at this brilliantly colored hill in front of the beige mountain in the background. It is just one of the mesmerizing sights in and around Banff. This photo was taken from Tunnel Mountain Road just above the townsite.

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    sunrise

    by banffrider Written May 22, 2003

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    ahhh.......sunrise on a perfect day, the sun throws its colours onto the mountains surrounding little banff. its quite a sight to see! the town is still in darkness but the mountains high above are all different colours, purples and reds, its best in mid winter when there's a thick blanket of snow covering the peaks.

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    NATURAL BRIDGE

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    NATURAL BRIDGE: Originally a waterfall, over time the surge of water caused the rocks to erode & from a new course of crevices through which the river now flows.

    Natural Bridge is in Yoho National Park & Yoho is the Cree word to express wonder or awe. It's the 2nd smallest of the Canadian Rocky Mountain parks (1313 sq km) with Banff to the east & Kootenay to the south. Yoho N. P. was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1984.

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    House Shopping!

    by lohki Written Jan 19, 2006

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    There are some wonderful homes in Banff. The newer ones are amazing, but I love the older huge log homes, and the many odd gates that surround them!
    Take a walk, take a drive... see what you see!

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    Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

    by lohki Written Jan 19, 2006

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    Didn't actually have the time to see the galleries this round, but I am looking forward to my next trip home.

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    edge of the mountains

    by MURRA Written Dec 16, 2004

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    Canadas rocky mountains are raw snow capped hard rock walls with valleys having spruce and meadows . Not like cultured swiss or warmer climates

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    River in Banff

    by mydreamquest Written Nov 16, 2004

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    Just a river I took a picture of in Banff. If you're into white water rafting, I'm sure they have it in Banff

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