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Noel Hendrickson
The Real Banff Blog / Published: Mon, 10/17/2016 - 16:13

7 Excuses To Visit Banff In November

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1. Taste For Adventure: October 25 - November 9, 2017 

Have you always wanted to try waygu beef? How about house-cured wild salmon? Visit Taste for Adventure for more information on the 16-day culinary celebration for Dine and Stay packages, Culinary Experiences, Appetizing Events, and Signature Menus. Stop by one of our Visitor Centres, your local hotel concierge or a participating restaurant to grab a copy of your restaurant guide to Taste for Adventure.  

Jake Dyson

2. Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival: October 28 - November 5, 2017 

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. Check out the trailer for this year’s line-up or explore the complete itinerary of amazing speakers.   

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

3. Ski and Snowboard Season Begins: November 10, 2017*

Powder season is upon us! 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. 

Jake Dyson

4. Santa Claus Parade Weekend: November 17-18, 2017  

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 18, kids can have their photo taken with Santa at the Banff Train Station. (10 a.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 23-25, 2017  

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.  

6. Banff Christmas Market: November 25-27  

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 26-27 & December 1-3, 2017

Redefine your understanding of speed and watch the world’s best ski racers compete for world cup glory at The Lake Louise Ski Resort. Join fellow supporters at the finish line and watch racers zoom by at over 120km/h! The Men’s competiton runs November 25-26, and the Women’s competition runs December 1-3. 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