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$249 to get creative in Banff

vicky vacay deal of the dayTravel Deal for August 16, 2013

To celebrate its 125th anniversary, the Fairmont Banff Springs in Alberta is offering the Artist in Residence Package in partnership with Mountain Galleries.

On the third weekend of every month, hotel guests choosing this package will be invited to a Friday evening welcome reception and attend a seminar on Saturday with the artist in residence.

An artist chosen by Mountain Galleries will live and paint in the hotel for one week, working from designated areas throughout the hotel and giving guests the chance to watch the art come to life from the first stroke of the brush to the last. You will love seeing the artists up close, and you may even become inspired to pick up a brush yourself!

Starting from $249 per night, this opportunity is based on double occupancy and is available until the end of 2013. A two-night minimum stay is required for this adults-only package. Available dates are August 30-31, September 20-21, October 18-19, November 22-23 and December 20-21.

Package Includes:

  • Two nights luxury accommodation held on the third weekend of each month
  • Friday evening private welcome reception
  • Seminar on Saturday with the artist
  • Spa access
  • Housekeeping and porterage gratuities Tours National Parks

Great art is only one reason why you’re going to love Fairmont Banff Springs. Banff National Park is all around you and just itching to be explored and discovered — a true Canadian gem.

When Deputy Editor Rod Charles caught up with Bob McDonald, the TV personality talked about the beauty of Canada’s national parks — and why he sees them as being among the country’s greatest cultural symbols.

Charles: ”One thing that makes [McDonald’s] eyes light up is when he talks about Canada’s national parks. He’s had the opportunity to visit several in his career, including in 2012 when he travelled to Alberta as a guest speaker at the Jasper Dark Skies Festival. There he praised the beauty of the region and the educational value of the event, saying, ‘I think that’s an important lesson when you look at the dark skies, like we are in Jasper. You see that the earth is only one planet of a family of planets going around one star, that’s part of a huge galaxy that’s rotating through space, and that galaxy is only one of billions of other galaxies out there in an expanding universe, and even though we’re tiny, we know that. And that’s profound that we know our place.’”

To see a McDonald’s “Science of Travel” video, produced by, and read the rest of the story, click here.

To book with The Fairmont Banff Springs: Call 1-866540-4406 or email

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