Take it from a local, the fall season is one of the best times to visit Banff and Jasper National Park. From the vibrant-coloured landscapes and cooler hiking weather, to the quieter trails and attractions, there is no shortage of outdoor adventure once the summer winds down. Mix all of this adventure with cheaper accommodation and exciting events and festivals, it is clear to see that this is a fantastic time to visit the Rockies. Here are just some of the upcoming events that you do not want to miss!
Jasper Dark Sky Festival Oct 14 – 23, 2016
Jasper National Park is home to the second largest dark sky preserve in the world. Jasper Dark Sky Festival runs in mid-October offering an abundance of activities including space exploration, Parks Canada interpretive sessions, Symphony Under The Stars, photography sessions and dark sky viewings. Check out the starry skies and ancient glaciers evening tour
, embark on a tour to the Columbia Icefield and board the Glacier Adventure with an astronomer from the Royal Astronomical Society. Following a buffet dinner you will experience the Glacier Skywalk for an exclusive stargazing tour with your astronomer host.
Banff Mountain Film Festival Oct 29 – Nov 6, 2016
2016 marks the 41st Banff Mountain Film & Book festival at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Adventurers present their awe-inspiring journeys and experiences from across the globe through photography, films and the written word. Purchase the latest adventure gear at the Mountain Marketplace or find a unique hand crafted item from a regional mountain artist at the Mountain Art & Craft during the festival. Elk + Avenue hotel
and Mount Royal Hotel
are great options to consider if you plan to do an overnight to catch a full weekend or late night showing. Don’t miss out on our Banff Mountain Film Festival special hotel rates starting from $99 at Mount Royal Hotel
and $119 at the Elk + Avenue
A Taste For Adventure Oct 24 – Nov 6, 2016
Banff’s own culinary extravaganza runs almost parallel to the Banff Mountain Film Festival. As international visitors showcase the world by book and film, restaurants and chef’s around Banff showcase their food. Local cuisine or international flare is all part of this Banff Lake Louise Tourism initiative. Participating restaurants present set priced menus at varying price points. For example a $9 brunch at Ricky’s All Day Grill
, three-course dinner at Toque Canadian Pub
for $29. Or elevate your senses and dine Above Banff
at the Sky Bistro for a fabulous set three-course menu at $49 which includes admission to the Banff Gondola
Banff Craft Beer Festival Nov 25 - 26, 2016
Cave and Basin
National Historic site is host to the Banff Craft Beer Festival in late November. The beer festival features food from some of Banff’s best pubs and restaurants and beer samples from Alberta breweries. Beer samplings take place Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening. Tickets go on sale on October 5. Make sure to organize your overnight stay
in advance so you can enjoy your beer sampling events!
Banff Christmas Market Nov 25 – 27, 2016
Get your Christmas shopping done early and visit Banff late November. Get your shopping started on Banff Avenue, an abundance of brand name stores, boutiques and gift shops. Then continue with a visit to the Banff Christmas Market on Friday evening, Saturday or Sunday featuring handcrafted gifts, live entertainment and fantastic food. Activities also feature guided walks, photos with Santa, wagon rides and Christmas caroling. fabulous fall colours painting the landscape.
Also don’t forget! Banff attractions
are open until mid-October and you’ll enjoy the fabulous fall colours painting the landscape.