Banff and Lake Louise offer a spectacular natural setting for memorable meeting and incentive programmes. April 25, 2011
Banff and Lake Louise
Meetings & Incentive Travel Advertising Feature
Discover the beauty of the world’s finest national park and meeting destination—Banff National Park.
A World UNESCO Heritage Site and Canada’s first national park, Banff’s rich history dates back to 1885, with the discovery of a natural hot spring. Today, Banff and Lake Louise offer a landscape of possibilities for meetings and incentives.
An experienced group destination, Banff National Park can handle more than 1,000 delegates. Yet, smaller meetings will find tranquil spaces at boutique hotels and modern mountain lodges that offer competitive pricing to fit every budget.
Few hotels offer the grandeur and opulence of the Fairmont Banff Springs—an icon of Canadian hospitality. An ideal choice for larger meetings, the property is home to the largest resort meeting space in Canada under one roof. With 768 guestrooms, 76,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a 27-hole golf course and full-service Willow Stream Spa, planners will delight in this mountain resort. History melds with luxurious amenities and group functionality at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, which offers 36,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and 550 alpine-inspired guestrooms, with outdoor experiences at your doorstep.
The Banff Centre, a member of IACC (International Association of Conference Centers), features 72,000 sq. ft. of meeting space in 60 unique facilities for up to 1,000 people. The LEED-certified Kinnear Centre for Creativity and Innovation features 21,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, with breathtaking views of the Bow Valley.
Whether attendees seek a relaxing experience or an adrenaline-pumping thrill, there is something for all interests during all seasons.
In the summer, attendees can golf, canoe, raft the rapids, fly-fish in tranquility, bike, horseback ride or hike amidst a carpet of wildflowers. Winter provides opportunities for guests to ski and snowboard on champagne powder at three world-class resorts, snowshoe, cross-country ski, dogsled across the Continental Divide, take guided walking tours through ice canyons, enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride, and ice skate with views of mountain peaks. Sightseeing activities are available year-round by helicopter or gondola.
Professional development takes on new meaning in Banff Lake Louise, as teams encourage each other to take the leap at the Rope Course, paddle in unison in a Voyageur Canoe, or make a difference with environmental contributions.
Planning a dine-around is easy, with more than 125 restaurants to choose from. Delve into delicious, regionally focused cuisine, a Greek feast, or Swiss-style fondue—the options are as vast as the majestic vistas.
For a unique winter group experience, consider hosting an evening of private skiing under the night lights at Mt. Norquay, followed by a delectable meal and dancing in the spacious Cascade Lodge.
The infamous ‘Donut Tents’ provide an authentic mountain cowboy experience at Brewster’s MountView Barbecue. Revel in western hospitality with BBQ Hip of Beef and dancing around the bonfire. In Lake Louise, a horse-drawn wagon will transport your guests to the Brewster Dance Barn, where historic photos cover the walls, creating a uniquely Rocky Mountain experience.
A stunning backdrop of mountains and glaciers makes Banff and Lake Louise a planner’s creative dream. Meeting planners have access to experienced local professionals with insider knowledge of the area and the know-how to seamlessly deliver group services.
From Calgary, the journey to Banff is a scenic hour and a half, and Lake Louise is a two-hour transfer. Local professional transportation suppliers provide customized service with privately chartered motorcoaches and vehicles at affordable rates. Alternatively, regularly scheduled airport shuttle service is both reliable and convenient.
The combination of spectacular natural beauty, first-class accommodation and flexible meeting space makes Banff Lake Louise the ideal meeting and incentive destination for programmes that encourage attendees to discover their motivation, creativity and productivity.