Banff Lake Louise is so much more than a scenic mountain destination – it’s an unforgettable meeting experience. March/April 2010
Meetings & Incentive Travel Advertising Feature
Banff Lake Louise
For more than 125 years, the natural beauty and surroundings of the Banff Lake Louise region has been a source of inspiration. As Canada’s first National Park, Banff has been welcoming travellers from around the world to a pristine environment that has evolved into a premier four-season destination, with a supporting infrastructure of world-class facilities, amenities and activities. But on top of that, Banff Lake Louise is so much more than a mountain destination—it’s an unforgettable and inspirational experience.
Rocky Mountain meetings have evolved into a seamless blend of awe-inspiring natural beauty and modern amenities. For more than a century, the architectural beauty of The Fairmont Banff Springs has been a symbol of Rocky Mountain magnificence.
While maintaining its original elegance and air of sophistication, Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies” is also renowned for its 76,000 sq. ft. of versatile meeting spaces, its championship golf and its world-class spa. Banff Lake Louise’s largest hotels and resorts offer more than 160,000 sq. ft. of combined meeting spaces, from the turquoise shoreline of The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, to the central town setting of the Banff Park Lodge.
Beyond the region’s hotels and resorts, 21st century Banff Lake Louise conferences include dedicated, state-of-the-art meeting facilities in the heart of town.
The Banff Centre features 72,000 sq. ft. of space in 60 unique facilities, ranging from meeting rooms and lecture theatres, to auditoriums for up to 1,000 people. In July, 2010, The Banff Centre will open the Kinnear Centre for Creativity and Innovation, featuring 21,000 sq. ft. of flexible function space in 19 meeting rooms with breathtaking views.
Banff Lake Louise is so much more than a supremely scenic mountain destination—it’s an unforgettable and inspirational experience.
Banff Lake Louise is a planner’s creative dream, with stunning backdrops like nowhere else on earth. From mountaintop champagne receptions, to tented dinners along the shores of glacier-fed Lake Louise, Banff Lake Louise gives new meaning to the term ‘unique venues.’ Groups can wine and dine in mountain style at the Mount Norquay Cascade Lodge, or indulge in an authentic cowboy evening at the Mount- View Barbecue. A Banff dine-around offers more than 125 restaurants, bars and lounges to choose from, including 14 restaurants with private function rooms.
Meetings and conferences in Banff Lake Louise can be rejuvenating experiences, with endless adventures and team-building opportunities seemingly worlds away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
No matter what your level of adventure, Banff Lake Louise provides a plethora of experiential activities that will exhilarate, renew and refresh, from a casual stroll to the shores of beautiful Lake Louise, to heli-hiking up to a glacier picnic. Summer activities include championship golf, biking, fishing, kayaking and whitewater rafting, while the winter months are equally inspiring with skiing and snowboarding at three world-class resorts, dog sledding across the Continental Divide and guided walking tours through ice canyons.
If rest and relaxation is preferred, indulge in Banff’s famous hot springs, visit one of Banff Lake Louise’s world-class spas or visit one of the region’s museums or National Historic Sites.
For environmentally-conscientious planners, what could be greener than meeting in a National Park? More than 50 per cent of Banff Lake Louise hotels exceed minimum guidelines for linen reuse, recycling, energy efficiency and water conservation. The Town of Banff is Canada’s first municipality to operate hybrid buses on its public transportation route and is ranked third in North America for its sustainable meetings infrastructure by MeetGreen. The new Kinnear Centre for Creativity and Innovation was designed for LEED Silver Status Certification and has received 4 Green Key status from the Hotel Association of Canada’s Green Key Eco-Rating Program.
Banff Lake Louise fulfills the most stringent group requirements, from state-of-theart meeting facilities and amenities, to competitive rates, extraordinary off-site venues and an infrastructure of experienced suppliers. Banff Lake Louise is embraced by natural beauty, and an inspirational setting in which to bring people together.