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Posted on: August 15, 2017

Essential Local's Guide to Banff

The Essential Local's Guide to Banff Fall 2017/Winter 2018 edition is now available. Download the guide to find programs and classes offered locally, or pick up a copy of the guide at Town Hall. Registration for all classes and programs opens August 28. ...Read on...
Posted on: July 11, 2017

RCMP Musical Ride Returns to Banff

The RCMP Musical Ride is stopping in Banff as part of their Canada 150 tour. Watch this truly iconic Canadian event, as 32 riders in red serge perform intricate figures and drills choreographed to music. 

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Posted on: July 18, 2017

Fire Ban Issued in the Town of Banff

July 18, 2017 10:25 a.m. 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. Parks Canada has a...Read on...
Posted on: August 16, 2017

Wildfire Update from Parks Canada - Aug. 15, 6:50 p.m.

Parks Canada is actively managing the Verdant Creek wildfire. Recent precipitation and cooler temperatures have slowed the spread of fire and allow crews to continue to work directly on the fire’s edge. The fire does not directly threaten any lo...Read on...

Posted on: August 12, 2017

Wildfire Update from Parks Canada - Aug. 12, 11:30 a.m.

Parks Canada is actively managing the Verdant Creek wildfire. The fire does not directly threaten any local communities or the Bow and Columbia valleys. Crews are working directly on the fire’s edge on the north to suppress the fire and continue...Read on...

Posted on: August 9, 2017

Wildfire Update from Parks Canada - Aug. 9, 11:10 a.m.

Parks Canada is actively managing the Verdant Creek wildfire. The fire does not directly threaten any local communities or the Bow and Columbia valleys. Visitors and residents should expect increased smoke as temperatures rise. The north part of the fire...Read on...

Posted on: August 8, 2017

Wildfire Update from Parks Canada - Aug. 8, 1 p.m.

What is new 1. As of Tuesday, August 8 the backcountry campground Re21 near Ball Pass in Banff National Park is closed. Additional areas may be closed proactively for the safety of the public, to reduce the potential for additional fires and t...Read on...
Posted on: August 7, 2017

Wildfire Update from Parks Canada - Aug. 7, 11 a.m.

Parks Canada is actively managing the Verdant Creek wildfire. The fire does not directly threaten any local communities or the Bow and Columbia valleys. Visitors and residents should expect increased smoke as temperatures rise. The north part of the fire...Read on...

Posted on: August 5, 2017

Wildfire Update from Parks Canada - Aug. 5, 2 p.m.

Parks Canada is actively managing the Verdant Creek wildfire. The fire does not directly threaten any local communities or the Bow and Columbia valleys. Visitors and residents should expect increased smoke as temperatures rise. The north part of the fire...Read on...

Posted on: August 4, 2017

Wildfire Update from Parks Canada - Aug. 4, 12:30 p.m.

Verdant Creek Wildfire Update Parks Canada is actively managing the Verdant Creek wildfire. The fire does not directly threaten any communities at this time, however visitors and residents should expect increased smoke as temperatures ri...Read on...
Posted on: August 3, 2017

Wildfire Update from Parks Canada - Aug. 3, 3:10 p.m.

Parks Canada is actively managing the Verdant Creek wildfire. The fire does not directly threaten any communities at this time, however visitors and residents should expect increased smoke as temperatures increase. The fire remains on the West side of the...Read on...

Posted on: August 2, 2017

Wildfire Update from Parks Canada - Aug. 2

Update - Aug. 2 9:15 p.m.Highway 93 through Kootenay National Park is now open. However, this highway continues to be affected by wildfire, smoke and fire suppression activities. Check www.DriveBC.ca and www.alberta511.ca for possible temporary closures...Read on...

Posted on: August 1, 2017

Wildfire Update from Parks Canada, August 1, 3:45 p.m.

Verdant Creek Wildfire Update from Parks Canada:

What’s new Visibility on Highway 93 South through Kootenay National Park and the Trans-Canada Highway (HWY 1) through Banff National Park is being affected by wildfire smoke and fire suppression a...Read on...

Posted on: July 31, 2017

Wildfire Update - July 31, 1:15 p.m.

Update from the Town of Banff:The Town continues to monitor the Verdant Creek wildfire situation and we are working with our partners to ensure residents, visitors and stakeholders are kept up-to-date. Smoke columns will likely build in the afternoon, f...Read on...
Posted on: July 31, 2017

Wildfire Update from Parks Canada, July 30

Verdant Creek Wildfire Update: July 30, 2017

http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/securite-safety/feu-fire-verdant CURRENT CONDITIONS The Parks Canada fire management team continues to cooperatively manage the Verdant Creek wildfire with BC Parks and B...Read on...
Posted on: July 26, 2017

Wildfire Update from Parks Canada - July 26, 2:45 p.m.

Banff and Kootenay National Parks Update: Verdant Creek Wildfire

NOTE: Further updates regarding the Verdant Creek wildfire will be provided only when there are significant changes. Parks Canada continues to actively manage the Verdant...Read on...
Posted on: July 25, 2017

Wildfire Update from Parks Canada - July 25, 4 p.m.

http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/securite-safety/feu-fire-verdant Parks Canada continues to actively manage the Verdant Creek Wildfire and crews have made good progress to keep the fire from spreading in priority areas. Our fire management specialis...Read on...
Posted on: July 19, 2017

Wildfire Update for Town of Banff Residents

July 19, 2017, 11:45 a.m. 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. The Town is not in imminent d...Read on...
Posted on: July 24, 2017

Wildfire Update from Parks Canada - July 24, 9:30 a.m.

Wildfire Update from Parks Canada - July 24, 9:30 a.m.http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/securite-safety/feu-fire-verdant Parks Canada continues to actively manage the Verdant Creek Wildfire and crews have made good progress to keep the fire from spr...Read on...
Posted on: July 23, 2017

Wildfire Update from Parks Canada - July 23, 11:45 a.m.

Parks Canada continues to actively manage the Verdant Creek Wildfire and crews have made good progress to keep the fire from spreading in priority areas. Our fire management specialists are confident in our actions and that the fire is not a risk to commu...Read on...

Posted on: July 22, 2017

Wildfire Update from Parks Canada - July 22, 2:30 p.m.

Update: Verdant Creek Wildfire The Parks Canada incident management team is actively managing a wildfire in Kootenay National Park and Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park. The fire remains on the west side of the Continental Divide, approximately 24 km fro...Read on...
Posted on: July 21, 2017

Wildfire Update from Parks Canada - July 21, 2:20 p.m.

Wildfire Update from Parks Canada - July 21, 2:20 p.m. The Parks Canada incident management team is actively managing a wildfire in Kootenay National Park and Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park. The fire remains on the west side of the Continental Divide,...Read on...
Posted on: July 21, 2017

Wildfire Update from Parks Canada - July 21, 10 a.m.

Parks Canada has posted Frequently Asked Questions about the Verdant Creek wildfire on their site http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/securite-safety/feu-fire-verdant Download a PDF of the FAQsRead on...
Posted on: July 20, 2017

Wildfire Update from Parks Canada - July 20, 1:45 p.m.

Wildfire Update from Parks Canada - July 20, 1:45 p.m.
From Parks Canada's Important Bulletins site http://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/scond/Rec_Rep_e.asp?opark=100092 The Parks Canada incident management team is actively managing a wildfire in Kootenay N...Read on...
Posted on: July 19, 2017

Wildfire Update from Parks Canada - July 19, 4:45 p.m.

Wildfire Update from Parks Canada: July 19, 2017 4:45 p.m.

http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/securite-safety/feu-fire-verdant The Parks Canada incident management team is actively managing a wildfire in Kootenay National Park and Mount Assiniboine P...Read on...
Posted on: July 19, 2017

Area east of Compound Road closed for Helipad

July 19, 2017 11:18 a.m. The area east of Compound Road, between the Trans-Canada Highway and the CPR tracks, is closed to provide an area for a Helipad for increased air traffic due to the Verdant Creek wildfire. Only personnel who are conducting fire...Read on...
Posted on: July 17, 2017

Squirrel Street Road Closure by Elementary School

Part of Squirrel Street will be closed for approximately three weeks beginning Wednesday, July 19 to construct a raised crosswalk by the new elementary school. Squirrel Street will be “local traffic only” between Elk and Moose Streets...Read on...
Posted on: June 6, 2017

Municipal Census Underway

Be sure you and your household are counted in the municipal census which begins Monday, June 12 in Banff. The municipal census, required every three years by the provincial government, is used to determine funding and grant levels to the community. The ...

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Posted on: May 26, 2017

Check Travel Times, Parking Availability & More

Before you head out on the roads, check travel times, parking availability and traffic cameras in the Town of Banff with the Traffic Dashboard. Park your car and walk, bike, or take transit everywhere you need to go. Check out all the bus and s...Read on...
Posted on: May 1, 2017

Interactive Map Show Development Projects Under Review

The Town of Banff has launched an online tool to help residents find out more about development projects under review in their neighbourhood. The online Development Permit Viewer gives a small description, the status of permits, which Town planner is rev...Read on...
Posted on: March 20, 2017

Province commits $11.9 million to affordable housing in Banff

The provincial government is investing $11.9 million in the Town of Banff’s newest affordable housing development on Deer Lane. The funding, announced in the provincial budget on Thursday, March 16, amounts to 50 per cent of the construction co...Read on...
Posted on: March 20, 2017

Banff resident satisfaction telephone survey underway

If the call display on your ringing telephone or cell phone shows Ipsos Reid over the next few weeks, answer it. The research firm has been contracted by the Town of Banff to conduct a random telephone resident satisfaction survey, starting Monday, Marc...Read on...
Posted on: March 2, 2017

Housing development on track to break ground this spring

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. The affordable housing development on Deer Lane is in the final stages of the enviro...Read on...
Posted on: March 1, 2017

Mock disaster tests preparedness

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 l...Read on...

Posted on: February 21, 2017

Homegrown Art Show Opening Reception March 3

Celebrate local art and artists at the opening reception of the Homegrown Art Show on Friday, March 3 from 7-9 p.m. at Town Hall. This is a great community event to support and celebrate local art. All pieces have been created by residents of the Bow Val...Read on... Homegrown Art Show
Posted on: 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.  As part of a two-year pilot, the service from the Town of Banff to Lake Minnewanka will be extended from the May long weekend to mid-Septemb...Read on...
Posted on: February 21, 2017

Snow Removal Schedule for Feb. 21-23

Scheduled Snow Removal*Snow removal has been scheduled in the following areas. Check for temporary 'no parking' signs on the following streets. Roads may be temporarily closed to facilitate snow removal.

    Tuesday, February 21
    • Middle Springs Drive
    • Fairholme ...
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    Posted on: February 16, 2017

    Family Day in Banff

    Celebrate Family Day at The Fenlands! Enjoy free curling, skating and kids activities from 12 – 3 p.m. Or head to the Sally Borden Recreation Centre for swimming and rock climbing from 1-6 p.m.For rock climbing, there will be 45 minute sessions...Read on...

    Posted on: January 26, 2017

    Homegrown Art Show Applications Due Feb. 15

    The Homegrown Art Show is a chance for residents of the Bow Valley to showcase their work at a month-long exhibit. All ages and skill levels are welcome to apply to display their work at Banff Town Hall for the month of March. A wide variety of art is fe...Read on...
    Posted on: February 3, 2017

    SnowDays wraps up with The Big Bear, All-Star Curling Feb. 3-5

    The SnowDays winter festival comes to a close this weekend, but not without two big celebrations. The Big Bear rail jam takes over the train station grounds as skiers and snowboarders show off their skills on a custom built terrain park. on Fri...Read on...
    Posted on: January 26, 2017

    Special Screening of Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age on Feb. 2

    Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age is a documentary exploring the impact of screen technology on children/youth and features challenges that many families are facing around this issue. A special screening will be held on Thursday, February 2, 6:...Read on...
    Posted on: January 24, 2017

    Special Meeting of Council Jan. 25

    A special meeting of council has been called for Wednesday, January 25 at 9 a.m. The purpose of this meeting is to consider the following: Bylaw 380 – Land Use Bylaw Amending Bylaw – Apartment Housing Parking. This meeting will be hel...Read on...

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    Posted on: July 17, 2017

    Squirrel Street Road Closure by Elementary School

    Part of Squirrel Street will be closed for approximately three weeks beginning Wednesday, July 19 to construct a raised crosswalk by the new elementary school. Squirrel Street will be “local traffic only” between Elk and Moose Streets...Read on...

    Council Updates

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    Posted on: August 15, 2017

    Council briefs for August 14, 2017

    Council gave three readings to Bylaw 385, an amendment to the Assessment Review Board Bylaw, and appointed Anne Marie Mullane and Ken Sawatzky as members of the board for a term starting August 15 until December 31. The bylaw allows the appointment of qua...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: July 19, 2017

    Council briefs for July 17, 2017

    Council received an update on the Verdant Creek wildfire that was first detected on July 15 in Kootenay National Park. Smoke from the fire continues to be visible in the Town of Banff, but there is no immediate risk to the community. The Banff Fire Depart...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: June 27, 2017

    Council briefs for June 26, 2017

    Council voted in favour of having a question put on the October municipal election ballot regarding pay parking. The question will read, “Is there ever a time the Town of Banff should implement user paid parking?” Eligible voters will ...Read on...

    Posted on: June 13, 2017

    Council briefs for June 12, 2017

    Lorraine Widmer-Carson, executive director of the Banff-Canmore Community Foundation, spoke as a delegation to council giving an update on the organization, their recent projects and grant initiatives. Rob Buffler was also introduced as the foundation&...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: May 24, 2017

    Council briefs for May 23, 2017

    Council gave three readings to the 2017 Tax Rate Bylaw. The overall tax levy increase is 5.93%. During budget preparation, it was estimated the overall tax increase would be 4.75%, but with the actual municipal levy, education levy, Bow Valley Regional Ho...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: May 9, 2017

    Council briefs for May 8, 2017

    Council received a briefing on the results of the recently completed Resident Satisfaction Survey. The Town conducts this scientifically accurate telephone survey during election years so a new council and staff can use the information to help set priorit...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: April 26, 2017

    Council briefs for April 24, 2017

    Council received an update on various recreation projects in town:

    • The detailed design for the new skateboard park is complete with some site work underway relocating underground utilities. Weather permitting, construction will begin in May, and will be ...
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    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: April 11, 2017

    Council briefs for April 10, 2017

    Council gave three readings to Bylaw 381 – Fees and Charges Bylaw Amendment No. 1 (Festival and Special Event Fees) and approved changes to the Festival and Events Policy C5001. The bylaw and policy set fees for temporary, seasonal, and non-resi...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: March 28, 2017

    Council briefs for March 27, 2017

    Mariana and David Shackleton spoke to council as a delegation, requesting changes to the traffic bylaw to allow pedicabs on certain roads. The Shackletons are interested in opening a pedicab business to shuttle riders from The Fenlands to the IGA and from...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: March 13, 2017

    Council briefs for March 13, 2017

    Council approved procedures for the 2017 municipal election. Approval included appointment of the municipal clerk as returning officer, the director of corporate services as the alternate returning officer, and the authorization to hold advanced votes. No...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: February 28, 2017

    Council briefs for February 27, 2017

    Council gave second and third reading to residential and non-residential waste bylaws. Bylaw 376, the residential waste bylaw, introduces a fee of $240 per tonne for disposal of treated wood. Bylaw 377, the non-residential waste bylaw, includes some fee c...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: February 14, 2017

    Council briefs for February 13, 2017

    Council gave second and third reading to Bylaw 379, which amends development fees. Council voted to reduce the cost of filing a subdivision or development appeal from $200 to $100, as was originally proposed in the fee changes on December 19, 2016. At a p...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: January 25, 2017

    Council briefs for January 25, 2017

    Council gave second and third reading to Bylaw 380, a land use bylaw amending bylaw on apartment housing parking. The bylaw incorporates provisions of Policy C122 – Residential Apartment Housing / Off-street Parking and Alternative Transportatio...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: January 24, 2017

    Council briefs for January 23, 2017

    A public hearing on Bylaw 380, a land use amending bylaw regarding apartment housing parking, was held at 9 a.m. The bylaw proposes incorporating provisions of Policy C122 – Residential Apartment Housing/Off-Street Parking and Alternative Transp...Read on...

    Posted on: January 10, 2017

    Council briefs for January 9, 2017

    A public hearing was held on Bylaw 379 – Development Fees Amendment. The bylaw would increase some development fees related to new construction permits, bed and breakfast homes, late application fees, compliance certificates and development appe...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: November 29, 2016

    Council briefs for November 28, 2016

    Council gave three readings to the 2017 Temporary Borrowing Bylaw 247-11. A borrowing bylaw is passed annually by council to authorize administration to borrow funds to cover operating expenses in the time before the Town has raised budgeted revenue for t...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: November 16, 2016

    Council briefs for November 14, 2016

    Parks Canada biologist Karsten Heuer spoke to council as a delegation to give an update about the reintroduction of bison to Banff National Park. Parks Canada is in the final public consultation phase of the plan, collecting input on the detailed environm...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: October 25, 2016

    Council briefs for October 24, 2016

    Banff Marathon event director Paul Regensburg spoke to council as a delegation, giving an overview of the 2016 event that took place in June. Participants from the event came from 23 countries, 32 US states, 11 provinces and 110 communities in Alberta. Th...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: October 12, 2016

    Council briefs for October 11, 2016

    Council voted to extend the 2015/2016 overnight winter parking restrictions trial for one year to collect more data. A section of downtown Banff has overnight parking restrictions in place throughout the winter months to allow for efficient snow removal p...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: September 28, 2016

    Council briefs for September 26, 2016

    Prior to the start of the meeting, Mayor Karen Sorensen announced the 2016 winners of the #WeAreBanff employee commuter challenge. Parks Canada employees won the “Rusty Handlebar” trophy with 91 per cent green commute days versus days worked. Employees fr...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: July 19, 2016

    Council briefs for July 18, 2016

    Angelo Mancuso spoke to council as a delegation, requesting Policy C122 be changed to allow fourplex housing the option of applying for reduced parking. Policy C122 allows apartment complex developers to apply for reduced parking provided other requiremen...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: June 28, 2016

    Council briefs for June 27, 2016

    Council postponed second reading of Bylaw 359, a land use bylaw amendment in the CA accommodation district, which proposes increasing the allowable gross floor area for convenience store space in service stations from 10% to 70%. Council requested more in...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: June 14, 2016

    Council briefs for June 13, 2016

    The Banff Greenhouse Gardening Society presented to council as a delegation, discussing the success of the organization and their plans for the future. The two greenhouses in the community have been so popular the society had to decline 44 applications fo...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: May 10, 2016

    Council briefs for May 9, 2016

    Council waived the rental fees for the use of Central Park and 101 Bear Street for the Filipino Organization in the Rocky Mountains’ upcoming Philippine Independence Day celebration on June 12. Jun Cacayuran spoke to council as a delegation on behalf of t...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: April 26, 2016

    Council briefs for April 25, 2016

    A public hearing was held on Bylaw 359, a land use bylaw amendment to increase the allowable gross floor area for convenience retail stores/eating and drinking establishments at gas stations in the CA district, going from 10% to 70%. Seven people spoke at...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: April 11, 2016

    Council briefs for April 11, 2016

    Council voted to postpone first reading of Bylaw 364, a borrowing bylaw to fund the purchase of 221 Beaver Street, until the April 25 meeting. Council also asked for additional information on a business plan for projected revenues and expenses for the bui...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: March 30, 2016

    Council briefs for March 29, 2016

    Council approved the Employee Compensation and Benefits Policy C2001, which had been amended at council’s request at the March 14 meeting to include a definition on comparative markets. The policy comes out of the Town’s 2015 external market compensation ...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: March 17, 2016

    Council briefs for March 14, 2016

    The Town will increase the level of snow and ice clearing on sidewalks leading from seniors’ residences into downtown beginning in October 2016. Council had asked for an update of when the increased service, approved at the February 22 meeting, could be e...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: February 23, 2016

    Council briefs for February 22, 2016

    Council approved Banff’s participation in a regional collaboration looking to reinstating a passenger rail service between Calgary and the Bow Valley. Approving the collaboration allows the town and partners to apply for funding from the Alberta Community...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: February 16, 2016

    Council Briefs for February 8, 2016

    After receiving three verbal submissions from public, and a failed motion to postpone third reading to the first meeting in March, council gave second and third reading to Borrowing Bylaw 355 – 535-547 Deer Street and 145-155 Cave Avenue Lands. The bylaw...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: January 26, 2016

    Council briefs for January 25, 2016

    Council will recommend the Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission waive transit fares on Roam for a year for up to eight Syrian refugees living in the area as part of the Bow Valley Syria Refugee Project. Representatives of the project spoke to c...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: January 11, 2016

    Council briefs for January 11, 2016

    Council gave first reading to Bylaw 355, a borrowing bylaw to fund the purchase of a lease of land for an affordable housing project. The total project cost to acquire 535-547 Deer Street and 145-155 Cave Avenue, and to do a preliminary engineering analys...Read on...

    Meeting Minutes (PDF)
    Posted on: December 8, 2015

    Council briefs for December 7, 2015

    Council gave second and third reading to Bylaw 250-3 Loan Guarantee Bylaw – Rocky Mountains Cooperative Housing Association and the Rocky Mountains II Cooperative Housing Association. Since 2006, the Town of Banff has guaranteed the mortgages on the prope...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: November 25, 2015

    Council briefs for November 23, 2015

    Council approved doubling the service of Roam regional transit for peak periods during the week. The increase – with funding already included in the budget – will have buses travelling between Banff and Canmore at 30 minute intervals. Council also support...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: November 12, 2015

    Council Briefs for November 9, 2015

    Council Briefs, Monday, November 9, 2015

    To facilitate snow clearing and removal, Council approved a one-year trial of winter parking regulations in downtown Banff. On-street parking is prohibited between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. on designated streets of Lynx...Read on...

    Summer Traffic Overview
    Posted on: October 26, 2015

    Council briefs for October 26, 2015

    Banff Public Library board chair Suzanne Rackover and head librarian Sarah McCormack spoke to council as a delegation, giving an update on programs and services since joining the Marigold Library System. The library has been able to increase programming a...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: October 14, 2015

    Council briefs for October 13, 2015

    Mayor Karen Sorensen presented awards to the winners of the #WeAreBanff commuter challenge. Employees from the Town of Banff, Parks Canada, Banff Lake Louise Tourism and The Banff Centre challenged each other to use active transportation to get to work ov...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: September 29, 2015

    Council briefs for September 28, 2015

    YWCA of Banff CEO Connie MacDonald spoke as a delegation to council, giving an update on the local charity’s organizational and strategic plan. She spoke of the success of their latest fundraiser, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, their goal to build a shelter in...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: September 18, 2015

    Council briefs for September 14, 2015

    Council approved funding for a new incentive program to remove crab apple trees from private property and replace them with native, non-fruit bearing trees. The program, being done in partnership with Parks Canada, aims to reduce the number of crab apple ...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: August 24, 2015

    Council briefs for August 17, 2015

    Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission board chair Sean Krausert and CAO Martin Bean spoke to council as a delegation, giving an update on ridership some upcoming projects. Year to date, ridership has increased 10 per cent. The route that was dou...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: July 21, 2015

    Council briefs for July 20, 2015

    Banff Farmers Market manager Rene Geber spoke to council as a delegation, giving more information about the proposed market at the train station, while also requesting council reconsider allowing a market to operate in that location. On May 25, a 3-3 vote...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: June 10, 2015

    Council briefs for June 9, 2015

    Council voted to apply for funding assistance from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, prioritizing the new skateboard park as a top project. The Canada 150 program, funded by the federal government, is accepting applications for projects rel...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: May 26, 2015

    Council briefs for May 25, 2015

    Librarian Sarah McCormack spoke to council as a delegation on behalf of the Banff Public Library, requesting council endorse the library board’s selection for representative to the Marigold Library System. Council voted to appoint Councillor Stavros Karlo...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: May 12, 2015

    Council briefs for May 11, 2015

    Council approved a municipal property tax increase of 6.21%. An average home, with an assessed value of $385,390, will see an increase of approximately $115. The commercial to residential mill rate split was set at 4:1. The tax rate bylaw will now be draf...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: April 14, 2015

    Council briefs for April 13, 2015

    A public hearing was held on two land use bylaw amendments: Bylaw 346 Exiting Commercial Gross Floor Area Transferability and Bylaw 347 Exiting Gross Floor Area Transfer Fees. There were four verbal presentations from the public and two written submission...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: March 24, 2015

    Council briefs for March 23, 2015

    Council agreed to waive fees for the instillation of street pole banners promoting The Banff Centre’s Children’s Festival following a delegation from the organization’s new president, Janice Price. The one-day festival will be held May 16, and the Town wi...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: March 11, 2015

    Council briefs for March 9, 2015

    A delegation from the local chapter of the Association Canadienne Française de l’Alberta (ACFA) spoke to council, giving an update on the programs and services they provide to French speaking residents of the Bow Valley. One of the focus areas of the ACFA...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: February 23, 2015

    Council briefs for February 23, 2015

    Council adopted the Trails Master Plan to help guide the development of trails and trail maintenance for the next 10 years. The plan has 62 suggested actions that range from improving access to the Bow Falls in the winter, to including distance markers al...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: January 26, 2015

    Council briefs for January 26, 2015

    Council received a briefing on the Get Out Program, which encourages young Banffites and their families to be active throughout the year. The program originally started as a pilot project in 2011, and now runs Friday nights at the high school gym for stud...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: December 18, 2014

    Council briefs for December 18, 2014

    The Town of Banff’s 2015-2025 capital and 2015-2017 operating budgets were passed by council on Thursday, December 18. No further changes to the budget were made at the meeting. The overall tax increase is expected to be 4.52%. The average residential hou...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: December 8, 2014

    Council briefs for December 8, 2014

    Council gave three readings to amend both the water system bylaw and sewer system bylaw. The amendments altered the rates to more accurately balance the funds going into the respective reserves. In 2014, administration completed a 100-year analysis of the...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: November 25, 2014

    Council Briefs for November 24, 2014

    Banff Public Library board chair Ross Glenfield spoke to council as a delegation to explaining why they wanted to rejoin the Marigold Library System. Marigold is a consortium of 36 member libraries that share resources, an operating system, book collectio...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: November 10, 2014

    Council briefs for November 10, 2014

    Council voted to have the draft Trails Master Plan posted on Banff.ca and for it to be presented at a public open house at The Fenlands on Wednesday, November 26 from 6-9 p.m. The open house will give the public an opportunity to comment on the recommenda...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: October 29, 2014

    Council Briefs for October 27, 2014

    Council voted to adopt the Banff Community Housing Strategy as a guide when making decisions on housing issues. Housing strategy committee chair Leslie Taylor presented the draft document to council and recommended changes from the original following inpu...Read on...

    Council Agendas
    Posted on: October 15, 2014

    Council Briefs for October 14, 2014

    Olympian Heidi Widmer presented town council with a framed race bib from the Sochi Olympics. Widmer, a born and raised Banffite, said she wanted to show her gratitude for the support of the Banff community with the gift. The town will hang the bib in a ce...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: September 29, 2014

    Special Council Meeting Briefs for September 29, 2014

    Council gave second and third reading to Parking Initiatives Petition Bylaw 340. The user pay parking trial has now concluded, as well as the use of licence plate recognition technology. A report on the parking data collected during the trial will be pres...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: September 23, 2014

    Council Briefs for September 22, 2014

    Council voted to continue with a solar electricity incentive program, setting a target payback period and funding commitment for the project. The community-wide initiative will be funded through the Environmental Reserve, with an investment of $300,000 an...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: September 15, 2014

    Special Council Meeting Briefs for September 15, 2014

    Council gave first reading to the Parking Initiatives Petition Bylaw 340 and scheduled another special meeting for Monday, September 29 to give further consideration to the bylaw. The bylaw is in response to the petition that seeks to end the user pay par...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: September 9, 2014

    Council briefs for September 8, 2014

    Darcy Edison, CAO of the Bow Valley Waste Management Commission, presented the manager’s annual report during a delegation, giving a brief financial update and listing potential growth areas for the commission. The report also spoke about the organization...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: August 28, 2014

    Special Council Meeting Briefs for August 27, 2014

    A petition filed July 31 asking council to repeal a number of parking initiatives was declared sufficient by the town manager. The petition seeks to end the user pay parking trial and the use of license plate recognition technology for both parking enforc...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: August 19, 2014

    Council Briefs for August 18, 2014

    Banff Public Library’s new library director Sarah McCormack spoke to council as a delegation, introducing herself to the community and discussing some of the plans for the library’s future. She talked about how she’d like to introduce new events at the li...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: July 22, 2014

    Council Briefs for July 21, 2014

    Alanna Pettigrew spoke to council as a delegation on behalf of Banff Residents Against Paid Parking. She said they had collected over 1,300 signatures on a petition that asks council to rescind the bylaws allowing a user-pay parking trial that will last t...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: June 24, 2014

    Council Briefs for June 23, 2014

    Banff Centre president Jeff Melanson spoke to council as a delegation, giving an update on the organization’s strategic plan for the future, and their campus development. Council also heard from the Banff Centre’s Marie-Eve Marchand on the launch of Banff...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: June 10, 2014

    Council Briefs for June 9, 2014

    Council voted to trial user-pay parking at five surface lots in the downtown core this summer. The lots represent 17% of the available parking in Banff. The trial will run from August 1 to October 31 at:

    Bear Street – 100 block next to Town Hall
    Bear ...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: May 14, 2014

    Council Briefs for May 12, 2014

    Council has asked for draft amendments to the Committee Appointments Policy that would allow residents who are not Canadian citizens the ability to sit on advisory committees. The motion was made following a delegation by David Michaels, a Banff resident ...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: April 30, 2014

    Council briefs for April 28, 2014

    Council voted to conduct a municipal census this year that includes the shadow population of Banff. The population count is the basis for calculating per capita provincial grants for municipalities, and the information can help in developing future plans,...Read on...

    Meeting Minutes (PDF)
    Posted on: April 15, 2014

    Council Briefs for April 14, 2014

    Mayor Karen Sorensen started the meeting by thanking Councillor Chip Olver for her 20 years of service on town council. Olver was first elected in a by-election in March 1994. Her election in October 2013 began her seventh term on Banff’s council. Council...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: March 25, 2014

    Council Briefs for March 24, 2014

    Mayor Karen Sorensen presented Banff Lake Louise Tourism with a plaque in recognition of their accreditation with the International Destination Marketing Association. To achieve accreditation, Banff Lake Louise Tourism underwent a rigorous audit of busine...Read on...

    Meeting Minutes (PDF)
    Posted on: March 11, 2014

    Council Briefs for March 10, 2014

    To encourage a shift to alternative modes of travel, and to encourage the development of smaller, more affordable apartments for Banff residents, Council adopted Policy C122, Residential Apartment Housing/Off-Street Parking and Alternative Transportation ...Read on...

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    Posted on: February 25, 2014

    Council Briefs for February 24, 2014

    Council postponed their vote on the Residential Apartment Housing/Off-Street Parking and Alternative Transportation Standards Policy C122 after making several amendments to the document. Council also asked administration to seek a legal opinion on a poten...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: February 12, 2014

    Council Briefs for February 10, 2014

    Jamie MacVicar, representing a group of neighbours of 405, 407 and 409 Beaver Street, spoke against a proposed housing development on Beaver Street. MacVicar asked council to block the development of staff housing in that area. Council explained it did no...Read on...

    Meeting Minutes (PDF)
    Posted on: January 14, 2014

    Council Briefs for January 13, 2014

    A committee from the 2014 Banff/Canmore Alberta Winter Games spoke to council as a delegation, giving an update on their finances, the games’ schedule and volunteer requirements. Games chair Bob Ellard said despite some early challenges gathering donation...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)
    Posted on: December 10, 2013

    Council Briefs December 9, 2013

    Council adopted the amended 2013 Recreation Facilities Master Plan as a guide for the development of recreation facilities in Banff over the next 10 years. Council had last reviewed the document in September, asking it be made available to the public for ...Read on...

    Agenda Package (PDF)

    Live Green

    1 Story
    Posted on: June 30, 2015

    It's just easier - Banff commutes 10,548 kilometers the green way

    Banff placed third in the province in the national commuter challenge held recently, following only Calgary and Edmonton for total number of participants, and fourth in total kilometers logged. The town came first in participation rate.

    Collectively,...Read on...


    Programs & Events

    1 Story
    Posted on: March 27, 2017

    Banff pilots Neighbourhood Connections program

    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. Based on similar programs in Edmonton and Okotoks, Banff’s Neighbourhood Connect...Read on...