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Banff Lake Louise Guide

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4 BANFFLAKELOUISE.COM/MEETINGS The history of Banff and Lake Louise is intertwined with the birth of Canada's national park system. The Cave and Basin National Historic Site recreates the discovery of the natural hot springs at the base of Sulphur Mountain by three Canadian Pacific railway workers. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it traces the history of the springs and the national park system that was developed to protect it. Areas of the site are available for group events and include: Story Hall, the Gallery Building (with a 40-seat theatre), the Belvedere Viewing Decks and the Historic Pool Deck. THE OUTDOORS AWAITS The sky's the limit when work is done and it's time to play. Getting outside is a top priority in Banff and Lake Louise. This alpine playground revs up the adrenalin with a longer than usual skiing and snowboarding calendar. Diverse group activities abound in all four seasons—like scenic lake cruises, golfing, cycling, hiking and water sports. The region's panoramic views will enthrall even the most jaded urban sophisticate. Planners may be surprised to discover that contrary to what they might think, Banff and Lake Louise are considerably less busy in the winter months. A visit during this fairy-tale time of year almost guarantees a group excursion to some of the best skiing on the continent. Whether you are a novice or expert skier or rider, our three resorts offer terrain for all abilities. Lake Louise Ski Resort is one of the largest ski areas in North America— on three mountain faces—and features 139 runs. Sunshine Village has a 12-acre terrain park and Mount Norquay, the town of Banff's closest mountain, ups the wow quotient with night skiing on Fridays and Saturdays. PROTECTED PARKS Chateau Lake Louise was the first to employ professional mountain guides from Switzerland in the late 1800's to safely guide guests amidst the stunning scenery. At the turn of this century, the hotel has revived the Mountain Heritage Program, led by award- winning naturalists, with a passion for the wilderness but respectful of its great power. During the winter, guided snowshoeing, cross- country skiing or an icefalls walk will surround your group with the pristine alpine landscape and the grace of nature. Try the Night Owl Snowshoe for a journey of mystery, stillness and a million twinkling stars. MOUNTAIN HIKING A perfect counterpoint to the lure of physical exertion is the relaxation opportunities that await— whether that includes a spa visit, a soak in the famous Hot Springs or the lively dining and bar scene of downtown Banff. Banff's international allure for its naturally occurring mineral hot springs has welcomed visitors for over a hundred years, and the Banff Upper Hot Springs is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Others may want to take to the waters at the luxurious Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Banff Springs, rated as Canada's Top Hotel Spa by Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards in 2015.

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