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Noel Hendrickson
The Real Banff / Published: Sun, 10/29/2017 - 16:13

7 Excuses To Visit Banff and Lake Louise In November

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1. The Wub Gathering - November 9-12, 2018

Experience the best of mountain wellness at the first-ever WUB Gathering. Hosted at Banff Centre For Arts And Creativity, the WUB Gathering brings together some of the leading minds in the fields of yoga, mindfulness, sound healing, and more, for an all-inclusive, four-day gathering in Banff National Park. 

2. Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival: October 27 - November 4, 2018 

Every fall, authors, photographers, adventurers, and filmmakers from around the world arrive in Banff ready to explore the best in adventure film and literature. With a rich history stretching back to 1976, the week-long festival hosted at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity has become the world’s premier destination for all things mountain culture. If you're attending Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival, don't miss out on these 16 Delicious Events that have been specially crafted for Festival attendees.

Larry Shiu, Cascade Mountain, Banff National Park © John Price

3. Ski and Snowboard Season Begins - Early November

Powder season is upon us! Banff Sunshine VillageLake Louise Ski Resort, and Mt. Norquay will be opening soon. Check in with SkiBig3 for the latest resort conditions or have a peek at their webcams to see how your favourite mountains are shaping up. *All opening dates dependent on conditions. 

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4. Santa Claus Parade: November 17, 2018  

There is no better place to celebrate the holiday festivities than Banff and Lake Louise. The weekend of festivities begins with Light Up Banff – the official kick-off of Christmas in Banff. On Saturday, November 17, kids can have their photo taken with Santa at the Banff Train Station (10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m). At 6 p.m., experience the magic of the Banff Santa Claus Parade of Lights joining locals and visitors alike as we ignite our Christmas spirit in the Canadian Rockies.    

5. Banff Craft Beer Festival: November 22-24, 2018  

When was the last time you raised a glass at the very site where Canada’s national park system was founded? Well here’s your chance! Come to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site in Banff National Park for a weekend filled with amazing craft beer from across Alberta, sample some local food and meet some of the talented brew masters that make your pint possible. Don't miss local's favourites Park Distillery Restaurant & Bar and Banff Avenue Brew PubTickets go on sale October 1, 2018!   

6. Banff Christmas Market: November 22-25, 2018 

Get started on your holiday shopping early this season at the Banff Christmas Market. Visit Warner Stables and explore unique mountain-inspired goods and tasty culinary treats in a festive and charming setting. 

7. Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup: November 24-25 & November 30 - December 1, 2018

Redefine your understanding of speed and watch the world’s best ski racers compete for world cup glory at one of the most beautiful locations in the world - The Lake Louise Ski Resort. Join fellow supporters at the finish line and watch racers zoom by at over 120km/h! The Men’s competition runs November 24-25, and the Women’s competition runs November 30 - December 1. There is a free fan zone and kid’s area, so no lift tickets are required to watch the event. For more information visit our World Cup Page


BONUS: Free admission to Banff National Park - November 23, 2018 

Here's your chance to discover Banff National Park, Kootenay National Park, Yoho National Park and Jasper National Park for free. If you fall in love with the parks (and we think you will!), you can get your very own Parks Canada Discover Pass - learn more with our Guide To The Parks Canada Pass.

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