Fall in Banff is fleeting: just a few weeks from mid-September before the first snow falls in early November. But that’s what makes it extra special! Enjoy cooler weather, a more relaxed, local feel in town and the spectacle of nature transforming for the season.
Weather and Packing Tips:
No surprise, it’s all about the layers. Sunny days can feel pretty warm, but you’ll want long pants and a good fleece for when the wind picks up. Waterproof jacket and shoes are a must.
This fall, you could…
Take Spectacular Photos
Crisp mountain air and quieter trails and attractions make fall a great time to line up the perfect photograph! The changing season also creates some unique views of popular Banff landscapes. Fall colours in the Bow Valley come from larch trees in our forests. By late September, their leaves turn bright yellow, a stunning contrast with the surrounding evergreens. Heading out on a larch hike is a great way to see them in their full glory. They’ll add a beautiful pop of colour to your pictures – and your memories.
Want to develop your photography skills right here in the mountains? Check out workshops and classes from local legend Paul Zizka.
Immerse Yourself in Mountain Culture
The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival is famous around the world, bringing tales of outdoor exploration to life on the page and the big screen. Watching at home can’t capture the magic of attending the festival in Banff. You can brush shoulders with sporting legends, join campfire conversations and get seriously stoked for your next adventure. The 2022 festival runs October 29th-November 6th. Watch out for the schedule announcement on September 29th and early-bird ticket sales from October 4th.
For even more mountain culture and history, don’t miss out on Banff’s museums. The Whyte Museum and Banff Park Museum are close together near central park. Cave & Basin National Historic Site is known as the birthplace of Canada’s national park system, though it’s story begins thousands of years before European ‘discovery’. Still, the underground cave and exhibits are well worth the trip over the bridge.
Eat Your Way Around Town (and maybe pay a little less…)
Banff’s culinary scene has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Fall is a great time to dine your way around town, enjoying our eclectic mix of regional favourites and international flavours. As we head into October, local restaurants offer a variety of specials, happy hours and set menu deals. Many take place during the Taste for Adventure food festival, which in 2022 runs from October 28th to November 13th. Stay tuned for menu announcements and start planning your great value foodie experience.
Need some tailored advice on your trip from the people who live, work and play here? Call us anytime: 1-800-551-2281.
Ready to start planning your fall adventure?