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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. A Taste For Adventure: October 24 - November 6 

Have you always wanted to try a bison flank steak enchilada? How about elk osso bucco? Visit one of our Visitor Centres, your local Hotel Concierge or a participating restaurant and grab a copy of your restaurant guide to A Taste for Adventure. Explore fixed-price menus of over 30 participating restaurants in Banff. Lunch menus range in price from $9-$19 and 3-course menus range from $29-$49 for dinner. Check out the complete listing with downloadable menus here

Jake Dyson

2. Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival: October 29 - November 6 

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.   

Thomas Senf

3. Ski & Snowboard Season Begins: November 3rd!

Powder season is upon us! Sunshine Village is now open, Lake Louise Ski Resort  will be opening November 10* 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 18 & 19  

There is no better place to celebrate the holiday festivities than Banff & Lake Louise. The weekend of festivities begins with “Light Up Banff” – the official kick-off of Christmas in Banff. On Saturday, November 19, kids can have their photo taken with Santa at the Banff Train Station. (10am - 4pm, Please bring a $10 donation for Santa’s Anonymous.) At 6pm, 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 25 & 26  

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 

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! Men’s competiton runs November 26th & 27th, Women’s competition runs December 2nd to 4th. 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