From changing leaves to Autumn breeze, September in the Rockies has its own unique and magical allure. This month continues to bring pleasant warm days, festivities celebrating summer’s abundance, and an energy in the air as the mountains slowly transition to another chapter of the year.
Although the town does start to slow down, this quieter pace makes a visit here all-the-more appealing. Re-energise and re-centre as you embrace the finer details of the mountains with these events and activities.
Chase Summer at the Mountain Market
For many, this event is the epitome of summer - think local artisanal creations, fresh produce, delicious offerings from food vendors, and an upbeat local vibe. September brings the weekly Wednesday Farmer’s Market to a close, so be sure to stop by, stock up on your fall fruits and veggies, and bask in the last of those warm sunny days. The last market is on October 2.
Hike a Classic Larch Trail
The golden hues of the changing Larch trees commemorate the end to a beautiful hiking season in Banff National Park. The vibrant yellow larches give these classic Banff hikes a surreal beauty, especially so when dusted with a fresh layer of fall’s first snowfall. Be sure to prepare for these shoulder season hikes by anticipating all seasons within one day.
Taste the Banff Whisky Experience
The shifting of the seasons pairs beautifully with a well-rounded and nuanced whisky. Both embody intertwined intricacies to delight the senses. Hosted at the Banff Centre, the Banff Whisky Experience brings two days of tasting the fruits of some of the best whisky distilleries across the world (including the Banff’s very own Park Distillery). As the evenings begin to take on a chill in the mountain air, this event is the perfect antidote to warm up from the inside out.
Wind Your Way Through the Forest
Driving or biking the Bow Valley Parkway is an easy, tried and true way to escape the excitement of downtown Banff. A speed limit of 60km/hr is in place to protect the abundant wildlife that frequent this valley, which also gives you a unique opportunity to slow down and take in more details. Pop into Baker Creek Bistro, just west of Castle Mountain Junction, to break up the journey and treat yourself to locally-sourced Canadian cuisine. Or, head south at Castle Junction for a quick detour to Storm Mountain Lodge and indulge in a bite there.
Enjoy Banff’s Top Attractions
As the temps gradually begin to decline, so too does the popularity of some of Banff National Park’s most sought after attractions. Banff National Park’s jewels like Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House and Lake Agnes Tea House, and Johnston Canyon already see fewer visitors once September rolls around, giving more space for fall guests to wander awhile.
Local Tip: Did you know that during peak periods there is a wait for parking lots and shuttles? The quickest way to travel to your favourite attractions, including Lake Louise and Johnston Canyon, is to take transit directly from Banff. Skip the queue and spend more time exploring!
Feel the Energy of Melissa’s Road Race
Banff’s longest running road race, Melissa’s Road Race celebrates its 40th birthday this September! With distances ranging from five to 21 kilometres, this classic event takes you throughout the town of Banff and has special post-race celebrations planned for all to enjoy. Whether a participant or spectator, it’s easy to get caught up in the energy of this long-standing community tradition!