July 19, 2017 – Wildfire Update for Town of Banff Residents
July 19, 2017 – With increased smoke and helicopter activity around the Town of Banff, the following should provide residents with important details about the impact of the Verdant Creek wildfire to the community.
July 18, 2017 – Fire Ban Issued in the Town of Banff
July 18, 2017 – The Banff Fire Department has issued a fire ban for the Town of Banff. The fire hazard conditions are currently listed as extreme. All outdoor fires, including campfires, are prohibited until further notice.
July 14, 2017 – NHL Centennial Fan Arena Coming to Banff
July 14, 2017 – A one-of-a-kind hockey experience is coming to Banff this month. The NHL Centennial Fan Arena – a touring tribute to Canada’s game – will be at the Fairmont Banff Springs soccer field July 28 – 30.
June 6, 2017 – Municipal Census Underway
June 6, 2017 – Be sure you and your household are counted in the municipal census which begins Monday, June 12 in Banff.
March 23, 2017 – Banff pilots Neighbourhood Connections program
March 23, 2017 – How well do you know your neighbours? A program being launched by the Town of Banff will help residents build stronger ties to their neighbours and neighbourhoods.
March 20, 2017 – Banff resident satisfaction telephone survey underway
March 20, 2017 – If the call display on your ringing telephone or cell phone shows Ipsos Reid over the next few weeks, answer it.
March 20, 2017 – Province commits $11.9 million to affordable housing in Banff
March 20, 2017 – The provincial government is investing $11.9 million in the Town of Banff’s newest affordable housing development on Deer Lane.
March 2, 2017 – Housing development on track to break ground this spring
March 2, 2017 – The community’s newest housing development is on track to break ground this spring, with the building expected to be ready for occupancy by the summer of 2018.
March 1, 2017 – Mock disaster tests preparedness
March 1, 2017 – By the time you see the smoke pillowing in the distance beyond Sulphur Mountain, a fire is already raging, fuelled by high winds and dry, hot temperatures, and moving toward town. The community is full of residents and visitors enjoying the sunny August long weekend, unaware of an emergency that could blow into town.
February 10, 2017 – Roam to Lake Minnewanka this summer
Parks Canada and Roam Public Transit jointly announced new Roam service to Lake Minnewanka this summer.
December 21, 2016 – New Year’s Eve family event launches Canada 150
December 21, 2016 – Iconic downtown Banff Avenue comes alive this New Year’s Eve with street entertainment, music, campfires and songs, mascots, games, activities and food trucks for the
family friendly launch of Canada’s sesquicentennial.
October 3, 2016 – Every smoke alarm has an expiration date: what’s yours?
October 3, 2016 – Most Alberta homes have at least one smoke alarm, but residents often don’t know how old the alarms are, or if they need to be replaced.
June 24, 2016 – Smarter parking signs make it easier to explore Banff
June 24, 2016 – Visitors entering the townsite from the west will be able to make smarter parking decisions this summer, getting them out of their cars and involved in their chosen activities faster and easier.
June 10, 2016 – Town of Banff’s solar program wins prestigious Emerald award for innovation
June 10, 2016 – The Town of Banff’s Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Production Incentive was recognized June 8 by the Alberta Emerald Foundation at the 25th Annual Emerald Awards, which celebrate outstanding environmental achievements across all sectors in Alberta.
June 2, 2016 – Grant awarded to Town of Banff for wildfire prevention
June 2, 2016 – The Banff Fire Department will be hard at work this summer completing over 50 hectares of wildfire prevention work within the Banff townsite.
May 19, 2016 – Traffic dashboard helps summer trip planning
May 19, 2016 – Residents and visitors have a new tool to help avoid traffic congestion on Banff’s roads this summer.
May 13, 2016 – Banff Emergency Services raising money for mental health support programs
May 13, 2016 – When the smoke clears and the sirens fade, the crisis may seem over for our emergency services personnel. But for some, the battle has just begun.
April 21, 2016 – Commonwealth Walkway to Honour Queen
April 21, 2016 – A Commonwealth Walkway will be created in Banff to mark the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and celebrate Canada’s role as a member of the Commonwealth.
April 19, 2016 – Help create your community of choice
April 19, 2016 – Navigating the world of municipal planning can be a complex, sometimes confusing journey. But it doesn’t have to be.
March 30, 2016 – Volunteerism growing in Banff
March 30, 2016 – The number of volunteers giving back to the community is growing. More than 500 volunteers donated their time to the Town of Banff’s social programs last year, showing a trend towards a growth in volunteerism in the community.
March 8, 2016 – Open house sheds light on 2016 projects
March 8, 2016 – The underground world of Banff is yours to discover at Connect 2016, the Town’s annual open house on major projects and initiatives. A demonstration about Banff’s wastewater system and the odd, un-flushable things that clog it, is just one of the many interesting and informative displays at the event, Wednesday, March 16 at The Fenlands.
Jan. 20, 2016 – Community invited to open house on affordable housing developments
Jan. 20, 2016 – Learn about upcoming affordable housing developments at a community wide open house Thursday, February 4, hosted by the Town of Banff at the Scout Hall.
Dec. 17, 2015 – Council approves purchase of land for affordable housing
Dec. 17, 2015 – Council unanimously approved the purchase of 12 parcels of land released by Parks Canada earlier today. They also approved a budget for public consultation, preliminary civil engineering work, and other pre-design costs.
Nov. 16, 2015 – First report of benchmarking project released
Nov. 16, 2015 – A benchmarking program undertaken by 10 municipalities has proved to be an invaluable exercise, say participating CAOs that will benefit all of Alberta’s local governments.
Sept. 30, 2015 – 2015 Fire prevention week
Sept. 30, 2015 – Location matters when it comes to your smoke alarm. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!”
Aug. 14, 2015 – Town to trial greenway this fall
Aug. 14, 2015 – The Town is trialing a dedicated, two-way path northbound along Banff Avenue this fall to connect cyclists, skateboarders and rollerbladers to the Banff Legacy trailhead. Installation of the temporary greenway will begin the week of August 24.
Aug. 5, 2015 – Record traffic volume, delays down
Aug. 5, 2015 – The town experienced record traffic volumes on the August long weekend, but travel delays were down compared to 2014.
June 17, 2015 – Banff throwing a huge celebration for Canada Day
June 17, 2015 – Canada Day is the biggest celebration of the year in Banff, and this year’s event is packed with activities and entertainment all day long.
May 27, 2015 – Bear Street comes alive this summer
May 27, 2015 – Downtown Banff will have its first ever living street this summer.
May 26, 2015 – Help celebrate bike month and ride to work and play
May 26, 2015 – June is Bike Month in Banff, as well as in the rest of Canada, and to celebrate, the Town of Banff is holding a variety of events and activities focused on getting around Banff by bike.
April 29, 2015 – Are you ready for an emergency?
April 29, 2015 – May 3 to 9 is national Emergency Preparedness Week, and the Town of Banff is reminding all residents that emergencies can happen at any time.
April 13, 2015 – Volunteerism strong in Banff
April 13, 2015 – More than 300 volunteers contributed nearly 5,000 hours to the Town of Banff’s social programs last year, indicating that volunteerism is strong and growing in the community.
April 7, 2015 – Bear Street Woonerf trial proposed for summer
April 7, 2015 – The 200 block of Bear Street may get a temporary makeover in time for summer to encourage leisurely exploration by visitors and residents.
Feb. 25, 2015 – As seen on Dragon's Den, compostable bin at Connect open house
Feb. 25, 2015 – You’ll want to arrive early at Connect 2015, the Town of Banff’s annual open house on major projects on Tuesday, March 10. The Town will be offering free Greenlid compostable bins to the first 100 residents who visit the display on Banff’s food recycling program. Connect 2015 runs from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10 at The Fenlands recreation centre.
Feb. 17, 2015 – Town forms new partnership with Canadian Council on Social Development
Feb. 17, 2015 – A new partnership with the Canadian Council on Social Development will give the Town of Banff access to valuable data on social programs throughout the country.
Feb. 13, 2015 – Connect with community at open house on major projects
Feb. 13, 2015 – Banff residents can learn more about upcoming major projects at Connect 2015 open house, Tuesday, March 10, from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Fenlands recreation centre.
Feb. 13, 2015 – Town receives grant for Banff Legacy Trail connector
Feb. 13, 2015 – Residents and visitors in Banff will enjoy enhanced trail connectivity on the Banff Legacy Trail - a leg of the Trans Canada Trail - thanks to a $50,000 grant from the National Trails Coalition. Wild Rose MP Blake Richards announced the grant Thursday, February 12 in Banff.
Jan. 20, 2015 – All eyes on The Fenlands during All-Star Curling Skins Game
Jan. 20, 2015 – The spotlight was on The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre this weekend thanks to the return of the Pinty’s All-Star Curling Skins Game.
Dec. 2, 2014 – Huge toy donation for Santa’s Anonymous
Dec. 2, 2014 – Christmas came early for Santa’s Anonymous.
The Banff charity, which provides food and toy hampers to families in need over Christmas, received a donation of more than 5,000 toys from MasterCard Canada on Sunday, November 30.
Nov. 27, 2014 – Town receives approval for N-Viro enhancement
Nov. 27, 2014 – The Town of Banff has received approval from Parks Canada to process the Town of Canmore’s biosolids at the Banff N-Viro Recycling Facility, located at the town’s wastewater treatment plant.
Nov. 14, 2014 – Banff bridge a winner
Nov. 14, 2014 – The Bow River Pedestrian Bridge in Banff has won a prestigious, international award for structural engineering. The Institute of Structural Engineering announced Banff took first place in the pedestrian bridge category at a ceremony tonight in London, England.
Nov. 7, 2014 – Film festival short to be replayed at Council
Nov. 7, 2014 – Banff residents who didn't get tickets to the sold-out DamNation event at the Banff Mountain Film Festival will still have an opportunity to view at least part of the show.
Sept. 3, 2014 – Banff receives 2014 Google eTown Award
Sept. 3, 2014 – Google Canada announced today that Banff has received a Google eTown Award for 2014. The Google eTown Awards celebrate the towns and cities across Canada whose businesses are embracing the power of the web to grow and fuel their local economies.
Aug. 29, 2014 – More transit added to manage long weekend traffic
Aug. 29, 2014 – The Town of Banff is implementing a number of measures over the Labour Day weekend to manage anticipated high traffic volumes.
Aug. 18, 2014 – More residents counted in 2014 census
August 18, 2014 – Banff’s 2014 municipal census was a resounding success, with a 99.9 percent completion rate by identified households and a more accurate total population count of 9,386 permanent and temporary residents, says Town of Banff officials.
Aug. 5, 2014 – Unprecedented traffic volume on weekend
Aug. 5, 2014 – Traffic volumes were unprecedented in the town of Banff over the August long weekend. Sunday, August 3, saw the greatest volume of traffic ever recorded in town, with 30,677 vehicles entering and exiting the townsite over 24 hours. Saturday was at 29,195 and Monday at 25,842.
July 8, 2014 – Traffic Up, Delays Down
July 8, 2014 – The numbers are crunched and despite high volumes over the long weekend and on July 1, traffic delays through downtown Banff were minimized.
April 30, 2014 – Are you ready for an emergency?
April 30, 2014 – May 4 to 10 is Emergency Preparedness Week across the country, and the Town of Banff is reminding all residents that emergencies can happen at any time.
April 25, 2014 – Scramble crosswalks open
April 25, 2014 – Banff's scramble crosswalks trial officially begins Thursday, May 15.
The Town is trialing scramble crosswalks at its three busiest intersections on Canada’s most iconic main street, Banff Avenue, at Caribou Street, Wolf Street and Buffalo Street. Monitoring in 2012 showed that more than 5,000 pedestrians crossed Banff Avenue at Caribou Street during peak periods, compared to 1,800 vehicles.
March 26, 2014 – Banff and N-Viro finalists for prestigious award
March 26, 2014 – Banff N-Rich organic waste recycling project, implemented by the Town to manage biosolids and kitchen food waste, is up for a prestigious environmental award.
March 17, 2014 – Council adopts strategic priorities for 2014
March 17, 2014 – Housing, transportation and civic pride are the top priorities for Council in 2014.
Feb. 10, 2014 – Residents proud to live in Banff - survey
Feb. 10, 2014 – The results of the 2013 Citizen Satisfaction telephone survey, conducted last fall by the Town, show 99 per cent of residents rated the overall quality of life in Banff as good or very good. And 98 per cent said they are proud to live in Banff.
Jan. 13, 2014 – Successful send-off of Canada’s Olympic athletes
Jan. 13, 2014 – Banff helped send Canada’s Olympic athletes to Sochi in style over the weekend at the hugely successful Canadian Olympic Team Block Party.
Dec. 16, 2013 – BHC announces land acquisition
Dec. 16, 2013 – The Banff Housing Corporation (BHC) announced today that it has acquired two parcels of land located at 338 and 340 Banff Avenue.
Oct. 21, 2013 – Mayor re-elected, two new councillors for Banff
Oct. 21, 2013 – Incumbent Mayor Karen Sorensen was re-elected Monday, October 21 with 946 votes. Mayoral candidate Jim Abelseth received 703 votes and Cynthia Anderson received 211 votes.
Sept. 25, 2013 – Banff receives trees in recognition of 75th anniversary of Alberta credit unions
Sept. 25, 2013 – Employees from the Alberta credit union system will be planting trees in Central Park and on Banff Avenue today, National Tree Day, in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the Alberta credit union system, and to aid in the recovery of the community and lift the spirits of its residents impacted by the June floods.
Sept. 17, 2013 – NHL Rangers train in Banff
Sept. 17, 2013 – Banff hockey fans will get a preview of new head coach Alain Vigneault’s New York Rangers this week, as the Broadway Blueshirts bring their pre-season training camp to The Fenlands, Banff Recreation Centre, at 100 Norquay Road.
Aug. 27, 2013 – Additional Service Hours for the Roam Canmore-Banff Regional Public Transit Service
Aug. 27, 2013 – Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission has added three hours per day to the Roam Canmore – Banff public transit service.
Aug. 22, 2013 – Banff Town Hall goes solar
Aug. 22, 2013 – The last panels were installed on the roof at Banff Town Hall on Friday and by Monday morning, the town's new solar photovoltaic system was generating power.
July 3, 2013 – Parking fines increase
July 3, 2013 – Disobeying the Town's traffic bylaw could cost you more. Council approved an increase in fines for parking tickets for time infractions to $50, the first increase in fine amounts in nearly a decade. The increase takes effect Monday, July 8, 2013.
July 2, 2013 – Pedestrian bridge opens
July 2, 2013 – The new Bow River pedestrian bridge and utility crossing in Banff, built to withstand the 100-year flood it experienced just 12 days ago, opens to the public today — a week after the original planned opening, but still three months ahead of schedule.
June 12, 2013 – Traffic and parking changes coming
June 12, 2013 – The first few recommendations from the updated Banff Transportation Masterplan are being put into action over the next few weeks.
June 12, 2013 – Green highway leads to Banff
June 12, 2013 – The Town of Banff, in collaboration with Sun Country Highway, has installed the Town’s first municipal-owned, publicly accessible electric vehicle charger in the Bear Street Parkade.
May 15, 2013 – Bow Valley communities and province partner on funding Legacy Trail extension
May 15, 2013 – The Legacy Trail connection to Canmore is closer to completion, with three local governments and two provincial ministries joining forces to fund the $2 million project.
May 6, 2013 – Roam to Cave and Basin National Historic Site
May 6, 2013 – Roam, Banff’s award-winning public transit service, will deliver visitors and residents to the front door of Cave and Basin National Historic Site when it reopens later this month.
March 11, 2013 – Banff Council defeats proposed quota on formula business
March 11, 2013 – Council defeated bylaw amendment 314 to the Banff Land Use Bylaw that would have imposed quotas on the number of formula-based businesses in the national park town. The vote was 5-1 with Councillor Brian Standish voting in favour of the bylaw and Councillor Chip Olver absent.
Feb. 11, 2013 – The Fenlands awarded LEED silver
Feb. 11, 2013 – Silver has been added to The Fenlands colour scheme.
Banff’s recreation facility was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification for its green building measures, the Canada Green Council announced Tuesday.
Nov. 21, 2012 – Town's benchmarking initiative nets grant
Nov. 21, 2012 – The idea of a province-wide benchmarking framework for Alberta municipalities, initiated by the Town of Banff, won approval and a $250,000 grant from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.
Nov. 13, 2012 – RCMP and town advise speed limit change
Nov. 13, 2012 – Banff RCMP and the Town of Banff are advising the public of a speed limit change on Banff Avenue.
Nov. 8, 2012 – Banff’s award-winning community plan guides us to a sustainable future
Nov. 8, 2012 – World Planning Day, November 8, usually goes by unnoticed at Banff Town Hall, though the Town’s planning department will sometimes acknowledge the day with a talk or newsletter on the virtues and importance of planning.
This year, however, there is an even better reason to recognize the importance of a strong, farsighted community plan to protect and enhance a community’s heritage and character while leading it to a sustainable future.
Dec. 18, 2010 – Quality of life even better say residents
Dec. 18, 2010 - Life in Banff is getting even better according to the results of a resident satisfaction survey presented by the Town of Banff today.
Dec. 8, 2010 – Ribbon Cut on Banff's Newest Recreation Facility
Dec. 8, 2010 - Pucks dropped, brooms crossed and ribbons cut today for the official opening of phase 1 of new public recreation centre in Banff.
Nov. 1, 2010 – Town Casts New Glow Over Banff Avenue
Nov 1, 2010 - The Town of Banff continues to test energy efficient streetlights.
June 28, 2012 – Off-leash dog park now open
June 28, 2012 – Tails will be wagging in Banff today. The community’s first off-leash dog park is open and ready for its four-legged clients, with their guardians.
June 6, 2012 – Banff senior honoured by premier
June 6, 2012 – One of Banff’s most inspiring and giving residents is to be honoured this week by Premier Alison Redford at the 2012 Minister’s Seniors Service Awards.
May 23, 2012 – Unique asset-management tool wins award
May 23, 2012 – A low-cost, GIS-based tool, developed in-house by Town of Banff staff to improve the town’s ability to track asset management, won the first annual Tereo Award, recognizing excellence in asset management in Canada.
April 25, 2012 – Mobile tool to report a pothole
April 25, 2012 – Did you just narrowly miss a pothole while driving on a local street in Banff? Now you can simply pull over, pull out your smartphone or tablet and report it directly to the Town for repair.
April 24, 2012 – Transportation plan update to help determine ways to go
April 24, 2012 – Results of a recent online survey about transportation in Banff revealed one thing —people are passionate about the ways of getting around in the national park community.
March 21, 2012 – TD Green Streets grant to benefit urban forest renewal
March 21, 2012 – Banff has been selected as one of 21 communities from across Canada to receive a TD Green Streets matching grant, it was announced today - World Forestry Day.
Jan. 23, 2012 – FCM’s Green Municipal Fund supports The Fenlands
Jan. 23, 2012 – Berry Vrbanovic, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and councillor for the City of Kitchener, Ontario, and Member of Parliament Blake Richards, representative of Wild Rose, today announced Green Municipal FundTM (GMF) loan and grant contributions for the Town of Banff. The town put the $4.4 million in funding toward a LEED-certified expansion of its recreation centre, to meet the growing community’s recreational and cultural needs.
Oct. 18, 2010 – Three new councillors, mayor acclaimed
Oct. 18, 2010 - The Town of Banff has announced the unofficial results of the municipal election held Oct. 18, 2010.