Travel notes: What’s on the horizon at home and away – Calgary Herald

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Michele Jarvie

All Santa Suites at the Fairmont Banff Springs are pet friendly. Courtesy, Curt Woodhall
All Santa Suites at the Fairmont Banff Springs are pet friendly. Courtesy, Curt Woodhall jpg
Banff dining dome
Dusk is the best time to take in Banff’s 360° Dome. Photo by Jody Robbins

Christmas at the Castle

There are few places as festive as the Fairmont Banff Springs at Christmas.

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The hotel is gearing up its Christmas at the Castle programming from Nov. 27 to Jan. 2, 2022. It will host its first Christmas Concert Series this year on select dates. The performances showcase Canadian acts such as Jess Moskaluke, Nice Horse and Dan Davidson.
The event is available to hotel guests only and admission is complimentary. VIP tickets are available for $100 and include a table for four guests and a bottle of wine or bucket of beer. Check out the full lineup and showtimes.

In addition, Ramsay Bar will be transforming into the Thirsty Reindeer holiday bar. Designed by Cory Christopher, the kitschy Christmas-themed bar will serve festive-inspired cocktails from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Dec. 10 and 11, and daily from Dec. 17 to Jan. 2, 2022.

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Other holiday programs and treats include the 360° Dome outdoor private dining venue from Dec. 17 to 31, a private dining experience in Santa’s Dining Room, specially designed Santa Suites and the return of the family-friendly A Christmas Carol. To view showtimes and to book, click here .

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Sailing off Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
Sailing off Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Photo by David Rogers /Getty Images

Island hopping

The Cayman Islands just got a little closer.

OK, they didn’t actually move but both WestJet and Air Canada Rouge are re-starting direct service in December from Toronto to the Caribbean hot spot, with easy connections from across Canada.

Air Canad Rouge begins its four-hour non-stop service on Dec. 4 with WestJet following hot on its heels on Dec. 16.

The Catman Islands closed to international visitors in March 2020 and only began accepting fully vaccinated leisure guests without quarantine this month. Shutting down the islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman to tourists helped the country mitigate the effects of the pandemic. As of Nov. 22, they’ve had a total of 5,532 cases and four deaths.

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The country is now in phase 4 of a five-phase re-opening plan and health officials continue to monitor the rate and spread of the virus. At all phases, all inbound travellers are required to make a declaration of travel and vaccination status on the Travel Cayman Portal  and present the declaration certificate and vaccination documents along with proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival. For more information on travelling to the Cayman Islands and what’s required, go to www.visitcaymanislands.com .

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Basecamp Lodge Golden is set to open on Dec. 10, 2021.
Basecamp Lodge Golden is set to open on Dec. 10, 2021. jpg

Leaps and bounds

A Canmore-based lodging company is at it again.

Basecamp Resorts is expanding once again, this time to Golden. Basecamp Lodge Golden, a 15-unit hotel beside the Kicking Horse River downtown, will open on Dec. 10. Amenities include patios and a fireplace lounge, reading area and entertainment areas. The hotel also offers a large backyard with a firepit seating area and space to play bocce ball, croquet and badminton.

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It is the latest addition to the Basecamp arsenal, which has four properties in Canmore (Basecamp Resorts Canmore, Basecamp Lodge Canmore, Lamphouse Hotel and the recently opened Basecamp Suites Canmore), as well as a fifth property in Revelstoke, which opened in December 2020.

“I am stoked about our latest acquisition into the Basecamp family,” said Sky McLean, CEO of Basecamp Resorts. “The property is a stunning lodge-style timber-framed building and offers easy access to the famous Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and fabulous outdoor adventures, for both families and adventure seekers alike.”

All Basecamp Resorts have an automated check-in system. www.basecampresorts.com

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