Thursday, 27 October 2011


We love seeing your photos and stories about past seasons here with us in Banff. Also, for those  you who are here in Banff this season, some current events and photos would be great, please send them to us so we can share them on the blog! Send them to this address ( and we will post our favourites.

While some of you are putting your own video's together this season, check out the Travel Alberta video of winter...

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

The gondola operators started their training today at Sunshine Village! The snow is definitely accumulating up there, here is a picture that Sunshine posted today of snow on the divide lift. 

The ski season is looming in the near future and the resorts are prepping for their respective opening days. This means a large number of the gappers will be starting work shortly.

We hope everyone is excited for the resorts to open, we know we are!

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Snowmaking Begins at Lake Louise!

Winter has arrived! The cold temperatures we've had this past week have helped the Lake Louise ski resort with their snowmaking operations that have been underway since the 15th of September. The recent snowfalls have also contributed to the mountain's snowpack.

The more snow they can make, the better their opening date of November 5th will be.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Banff Ave. "The Nest"

Ben and Matt in The Nest will have some new housemates shortly. The Banff Ave. house will fill up within the next week with the arrivals of Colin later today, Craig on Friday, James Welchman on Sunday, and James McCrae on Tuesday.

 The Nest
The living room and kitchen
View from the front porch

We hope you enjoy your stay!

Steak Night!

Every tuesday night is steak night at the Elk and Oarsman! For only $8 you can get a steak sandwich served with fries and salad. The "Elk night" as we call it, is a nearly weekly tradition for the gappers.

The first official group steak night!

Get ready Elk and Oarsman, next week we are going to need a table for 50!

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Bike Rentals!

If you're looking for a quick way to get around town, Noel and Nancy have a small fleet of cruiser bikes that you can rent for just $10 per bike. The money just goes into the kitty for repairs and maintenance so that all you gappers can enjoy the use of the bikes year after year.

The Fleet
Email or text us if you want to rent one.
Text: +403 763 7015

Wolfpack Polar Bear Swim!

On the way back from getting their SIN numbers, a portion of the Wolfpack crew stopped at Johnson Lake just outside Banff. There they pledged to go swimming some time in the coming weeks. I would suggest doing it sooner rather than later, because the longer they wait, the colder the water will get.

The pledgers at Johnson Lake

Around this time of year, on average, the water temperature of the lake is hovering around freezing. 
Brave Swimmers of Wolfpack Chalet, we wish you luck!

Monday, 17 October 2011

Grizzly house is now half full! Next arrivals are Matt, Jenni and Tim, who are arriving on Friday the 21st.

The living room, dining room, and kitchen area.

We Can't wait until you all get here!

Friday, 14 October 2011

Cedar Chalet

With the arrival of Laura this afternoon, Lorna finally has some more company at Cedar Chalet. There are now two gappers in residence! We are all looking forward to everyone else's arrival.
For those of you in Cedar, this will be your home for the season.
The entrance
Living room
The Kitchen


Angus and Alex have arrived in the Wolfpack chalet, we are looking forward to having the rest of you here soon.

The front yard and entryway.

Kitchen on the main floor.

The main floor living room.

The basement apartment's kitchen/living room.

See you soon!

Thursday, 13 October 2011


Welcome to our new Gap Year Canada blog!

We are hoping this will be useful to share some pictures and videos with others that are planning to come out in future seasons, as well as your family and friends at home if they are interested.
We also have included a few links and apps we like and use all the time here in Banff!
Snow reports, weather, ski shops, and web cams.

Check it out and hopefully some of you will share some of your pictures and experiences with others this season with us to use on the blog.