Mythical Chinese Dragon Returns to Banff National Park

    Registration Opens as Event receives Approval

    BANFF NATIONAL PARK, AB, May 11 /CNW/ - The second annual Dragon Boat
Festival in Banff National Park has been approved to glide across the mystical
waters of Lake Minnewanka on August 15 and 16. Registration opens today for
the races which are set to enhance the visitor experience while showcasing a
low impact activity offered in a national park environment.
    The centuries-old dragon boat race requires teams of up to 20 paddlers to
bring their unified competitive spirits to successfully cross the finish line.
This year's non-motorized long-boat canoe races include heats of 200 and 500
metre stints as well as a specialty cup courses including include Breast
Cancer Survivors and Emergency Medical Services.
    "Last year there were 15 boats that took part in the first ever Dragon
Boat Festival in Banff National Park and we are anticipating more entrants
this year," says Stu Back, director of in-resort services. "New for 2009 we
are adding commentary and a Jumbotron to enhance the spectator's experience
and all racers will be using mandatory shuttles to get to and from the race
    "The Alberta Dragon Boat Race Foundation is excited to once again be
apart of the 2nd Annual Banff National Park Dragon Boat Festival at Lake
Minnewanka. We look forward to this event being as successful in 2009 as it
was in 2008," indicates Theresa E. Seitz, president, Alberta Dragon Boat Race

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    A Heritage Moment

    Archaeologists have discovered that people of the First Nations have been
visiting Lake Minnewanka for over 10,000 years. These early visitors were
attracted by the abundant water supply, a river and lake that supported a huge
fish population and nearby mineral licks that attracted large animals.

    About Banff Lake Louise Tourism

    Banff Lake Louise Tourism is a destination marketing organization for the
Town of Banff, Community of Lake Louise and Banff National Park. Banff
National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, offers visitors the opportunity
to enjoy the rugged raw beauty of an unspoiled landscape with a lavish array
of world-class amenities. From the finest bottle of wine to relaxing in a
natural hot spring with the world's finest view, it can all be found in Banff
National Park. General media inquiries, please contact Tulene Steiestol,
Senior Manager, Travel Media Relations at 403.762.0290 or,

For further information:

For further information: Tulene Steiestol, Senior Manager, Travel Media
Relations, Office: (403) 762-0290

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