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Paul Zizka
The Real Banff Blog / Published: Mon, 10/02/2017 - 14:35

15 Excuses to visit Banff and Lake Louise this October

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Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival - October 25 to November 8 

Don’t miss nine epic days filled with stories of remote journeys, ground-breaking expeditions, and cutting-edge adventures told through the eyes of adventurers, authors, photographers, and filmmakers from around the globe. 2017 features legends and pioneers including Sir Chris Bonington, Tommy Caldwell, Tamara Lunger, Mayan Smith-Gobat, and so many more! For your complete guide to the full Festival experience, visit How to Festival

River of No Return Film Viewing - October 5

Watch Marilyn Monroe explore the Bow Falls in Banff in this classic film at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.  Check out the film and all of the other great events in The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies event calendar.​

Illuminations at Lake Minnewanka - October 5-7

Illuminations human/nature is hosted by the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity and Moment Factory. Toolkit in hand, you’ll explore the multi-media display at Lake Minnewanka area, discovering the connection between humans and nature through a guided tour with Sarah Fuller. Tickets are almost sold out for this free event, so book your tickets today

Gallery & Wine Hop - October 7

The Gallery & Wine Hop is back with ten participating venues. Taking place from 2-5p.m. you can visit galleries and museums at your leisure to experience Canadian art and culture while trying select Canadian wines for $1 tastings.

Iconic Rockies Photo Tour - October 1-6 

Spend five luxurious nights in the majestic Lake Louise. Make the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise your ultimate base camp while you capture the beauty of the Canadian Rockies and fine-tune your skills under the guidance of experienced photographers on this once-in-a-lifetime photography tour.

Paint Night at Good Earth Coffee House - October 7 

Join fellow painters and create a mountain scene at Banff’s newest café Good Earth Coffee House. New and experienced painters are welcome and food and drink will be available for purchase, this venue is licensed. Book your spot today.

Dream your Dreams Women’s Retreat - October 13-15 

Hosts Chantal Plowman and Maureen Dobranksi present a three-day women's only retreat at the Rimrock Resort Hotel. Discover your desires and learn how to move towards your dreams by learning about yourself and what makes you passionate about life. Explore your inner-self through exercise, creative practices, and introspective journeys. 

Rockies Shred Fest - October 19 

Kick off the snow season with the “best of” local ski and snowboard films at Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon. Tickets have sold out the past two years, so secure your spot​

Taste for Adventure - October 25 to November 9

Taste for Adventure is back for its third year in a row. Come enjoy new flavours at the 16-day culinary celebration that features Dine and Stay Packages, Culinary Experiences, Appetizing Events, and Signature Menus. Taking place at the same time as the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival there will be plenty of options for entertainment. Learn more at the Taste For Adventure page

Banff at Night: An Introduction to Astrophotography - October 27-28 

Paul Zizka Photography and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity host a two-day workshop exploring the possibilities of night photography. The course takes you through in-class preparation, capturing images in the field, and in-class post-processing. 

Banff Women’s Weekend Retreat - October 27 

Allow the Juniper Hotel & Bistro to welcome you to a weekend retreat that focuses on restorative yoga, guided meditations, and amazing food with time built into allow you to fully unwind and enjoy your mountain getaway.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Wellness Retreats - Various Dates Between October 13-November 2

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise provides the perfect setting for a variety of wellness retreats and workshops. For a full list of program details and prices click here. Fall classes include:

  • Mindfulness and Yoga October 13-15, 2017 Find peace and calm with Tracey Delfs through yoga and mindfulness exercises. This event is fully booked but the waitlist is available.
  • Spirit Medicine October 17-20, 2017. Dr. Eva Selhub helps you focus on connecting with the wisdom of your body, nature, and spirit medicine. 
  • Capture the Wow October 22-26, 2017. Cynthia Morris guides you through an exploration of inspiration, insights, and connections with creativity. 
  • Pause, Reboot, Recreate your Life October 29 to November 2, 2017. Kim Roberts helps you redesign your life in alignment with your true purpose rather than someone else’s expectations.