Visiting Banff and Lake Louise in the fall is the perfect time to come and live your adventure.
The golden hues of larch trees stretch across the Bow Valley, popular hotspots are noticeably quieter, and cool evenings make for a perfect night by the fireplace.
It's also an amazing time to discover the rich culinary scene in Banff and Lake Louise. Celebrating the best of Alberta and British Columbia - it's the ideal time of year to tuck into some Alberta beef and raise a glass of Okanagan red.
To celebrate the world-famous Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival (October 27 to November 4), local chefs have created some delicious and diverse dining events to showcase the growing culinary reputation of Banff and Lake Louise.
As the colours of Banff National Park come to life, here are 16 culinary events to get you excited for fall.
RISE ‘N SHINE BREAKFAST
A hearty breakfast is a perfect way to prepare yourself for a day of adventure in the mountains.
1. The Juniper Hotel & Bistro - 25% discount off full-price breakfast menu
October 27 – November 4, 2018, 7 a.m. – 10 a.m.
The Juniper Bistro produces locally-inspired food that’s the ideal complement to a day of adventures. Show your Festival ticket and receive a 25% discount on the full-priced breakfast menu.
Enjoy a delicious dinner before heading to an evening at a Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival screening.
2. 1888 Chop House - 3-course dinner for $70
October 30 – November 30, 2018, Available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
1888 Chop House presents a 3-course dinner for $70 per person. The culinary team presents a modern twist on the authentic chop house with a menu focused on prime cuts of Alberta beef, sustainably sourced wild game, and Ocean Wise Seafood. Please present your Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival ticket to receive this offer.
3. Baker Creek Bistro - 3-course dinner for $39
October 27 – November 4, 2018, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
The authentic Canadian cuisine at the Baker Creek Bistro is sure to inspire! Enjoy a three-course meal with locally and regionally sourced ingredients. Please present your Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival ticket to receive this offer.
4. The Evergreen Restaurant - 3-course menu for $38
October 27 – November 4, 2018, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
The Evergreen Restaurant at the Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge offers a cozy atmosphere with an open kitchen which allows guests to watch the amazing culinary team transform locally sourced and regional ingredients into fabulous feasts. Come and enjoy the special Banff Mountain Film Festival three-course menu. Please present your Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival ticket to receive this offer.
5. Eden at The Rimrock Resort Hotel - 4-course dinner for $59
October 28 – November 2, 2018, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Eden is renowned for its delicately crafted French cuisine, influenced by fresh local ingredients. Relax in the luxurious atmosphere and take in the incredible mountain views while enjoying a multi-course menu. Available Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wine pairing additional.
6. The Juniper Hotel & Bistro - 3-course set menu for $59
October 27 – November 4, 2018, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
The wall-to-wall glass at the Juniper Bistro looks out over one of the most renowned vistas in North America. Enjoy an early dinner seating so you can enjoy a three-course set menu before attending an evening Festival event. Please present your Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival ticket to receive this offer.
7. Nourish Bistro - Cocktail + Appetizer Special
October 27 – November 4, 2018, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., 9 p.m. - Close
Nourish Bistro offers delicious, creative food, fresh from farm to table, and organic wine, spirits, and beers at an elegant eco-bar. Enjoy a pre or post-film meal and show your Festival ticket to receive one tapas menu item or one craft cocktail for $10 each. Please present your Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival ticket to receive this offer.
8. The Vermillion Room, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - 3-course lunch for $40
October 29 – November 30, 2018, Available weekdays between 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
The Vermillion Room welcomes you with open arms, a delectable menu and effortless charm. Step into a grand space that sweeps you off your feet and into a beautiful brasserie with a bustling atmosphere and a menu to delight in. Enjoy a three-course lunch for $40 per person.
BANFF’S BEST BITES
The perfect end to a day of adventure, indulge in apres film food and drink specials.
9. Baker Creek Bistro - 2-for-1 Appetizers
October 27 – November 4, 2018, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Situated on the scenic Bow Valley Parkway, Baker Creek Bistro is the perfect place to enjoy tasteful cuisine in the warm ambiance of a log cabin in the woods. Visit during the Festival period and show your ticket to receive 2-for-1 appetizers. Please present your Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival ticket to receive this offer.
10. Banff Ave. Brewing Co. - 20% off regularly priced food
October 27 – November 4, 2018, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Banff Ave. Brewing Co. is Banff’s first and only brewpub. All of the beer is brewed in-house with true rocky mountain water – and all the minerals that come with it. Show your Festival ticket to receive regular 18oz beers for $6 and 20% off regularly priced food. Please present your Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival ticket to receive this offer.
11. Buffalo Mountain Lodge - Food & Drink Specials
October 27 – November 4, 2018
Happy Hour is extended to all Festival guests in the Sleeping Buffalo Lounge. Show your Festival ticket to receive 15% off charcuterie platters or indulge in a great selection of Alberta craft beers, glasses of Prosecco or an Aperol Spritz cocktail for just $6 each. Please present your Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival ticket to receive this offer.
12. The Evergreen Lounge - Après Film Charcuterie Platter
October 26 – October 29, 2018, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Enjoy an Après Film Charcuterie Platter for one in the Evergreen Lounge at the Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge. Featuring Valbella’s cured bison, house-made game pate, smoked duck breast and artisan cheese. Served with fresh grilled baguette, crackers and a glass of House Wine or Domestic Beer. $25 per person. Please present your Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival ticket to receive this offer.
13. Grapes at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - Free corkage
October 28 – November 30, Available Sunday – Thursday.
Grapes will be offering free corkage to all guests on Sundays - Thursdays. This hide-away room is the perfect place to dine on delicious pâtés, candied salmon, freshly baked bread and delicious pickled vegetables. Come to get cozy at the historic and charming Grapes | Charcuterie | Bar | Cellar, the atmosphere is set!
14. Eat The Castle - Receive 20% off
Friday, October 26, 2018, 3 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Alberta Food Tours partners with iconic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel to bring special access to the culinary side of this National Historic site. Meet the chefs and enjoy four sumptuous food and beverage pairings at STOCK Food and Drink, the Vermillion Room Brasserie, Grapes Wine Bar and Cellar and the signature restaurant – 1888 Chophouse. Use offer code BCMBFF to receive 20% off the ‘Eat the Castle’ tour on Friday, October 26.
15. Baker Creek Bistro - Murder Mystery Dinner
Friday, November 2, 2018, 6 p.m.
A fun-filled, interactive evening rich with laughter, intrigue, mystery, and classic Rocky Mountain Cuisine. Enjoy a four-course meal, with a welcome glass of sparkling wine, and be entertained by a live, epic murder mystery show. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the main event beginning at 6:30 p.m. $115 per person.
16. Banff Tea Co. - 10% off all loose tea and tea bags
Banff Tea Co. is a local, specialist, tea store offering over 40 exclusive blends and carrying over 180 varieties of loose leaf and herbal teas. Drop in during the Festival period for some tea supplies to warm your mountain adventures. Show your Festival ticket and receive 10% off all loose tea and teabags.
Bonus: Dine and Stay Packages
Dine & Stay at Baker Creek Mountain Resort
October 25 - November 9, 2018
Relax, retreat, and indulge in the Canadian Rockies at Baker Creek Resort. Lodge suite rates starting from $159 per night (weekday), $179 per night (weekend).
Dine & Stay at The Rimrock Resort Hotel
October 28 – November 4, 2018, Available Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Enjoy the Canadian Rockies in style with a stay at the Rimrock Resort Hotel. Enjoy one-night accommodation and a four-course dinner menu for two in Eden, Banff’s finest dining experience. From $280 per night.
Dine & Stay at The Juniper Hotel
October 26 – November 4, 2018
Enjoy a Hotel & Dinner Package including a one night stay and a $59+ three-course Pre Theatre Dinner Menu. Your dinner seating is at 5 p.m. so you can enjoy the Canadian cuisine before attending an evening festival event. Please present your Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival ticket to receive this offer.