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The Real Banff / Published: Tue, 09/01/2020 - 11:54

Things To Do In Banff and Lake Louise in September

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From changing leaves to autumn breeze, September in the Rockies has its own unique and magical allure. This month brings pleasant, warm days and adds a new energy to 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 Banff Farmer's Market

For many, this event is the epitome of summer - think local artisanal creations, fresh produce, delicious food, and an upbeat vibe. September is the last full month of the weekly Wednesday Farmer’s Market in Banff town, so be sure to stop by, stock up on your fall fruits and veggies, and bask in the last of the warm sunny days.

The last market of the year is on October 14, 2020. Entry is staggered due to social distancing requirements, but you can book a free ticket online to guarantee your entry time.

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 hikes a surreal beauty, especially when dusted with a fresh layer of fall’s first snowfall. Be sure to plan ahead for these late-season hikes - bring plenty of layers, carry bear spray and arrive early to avoid crowds. The Canadian Rocky Mountains are the real deal, so only choose trails that suit your ability level. 

Did you know? Between September 14 - October 12, 2020 Roam Transit is operating a direct daily service from Banff to Moraine Lake.

Moraine Lake Larch Hike, Banff National Park, AB

Cycle Through the Forest

Biking the Bow Valley Parkway is an easy way to escape the excitement of downtown Banff. This year, sections of the road have been closed to vehicle traffic, which allows cyclists and pedestrians to enjoy the road at their own pace. The Bow Valley Parkway is a great place to spot wildlife, so be sure to have your cameras ready, and always remember to give animals plenty of space.

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 in a rustic log cabin.

Cycling the Bow Valley Parkway in Banff National Park
Paul Zizka
Bow Valley Parkway

Enjoy Top Attractions on a Tour

Getting to all of the top sights in Banff and Lake Louise may seem overwhelming to coordinate. Take the pressure out of planning, and leave it to the professionals at one of the region's exceptional tour operators. Join Discover Banff Tours on their Discover Banff and its Wildlife tour, which hits all of Banff's key landmarks.

If you are looking for a different way to get around town, try Pursuit's new Open Top Tour, which will transport you back to 1930s Banff. 

Guided hikes are a great way to learn more about the landscape and local flora and fauna, not to mention the secret spots that only locals know. Try one of White Mountain Adventure's guided day hikes to take your trek to the next level. 

Feel the Energy of Melissa’s Road Race

Banff’s longest-running road race, Melissa’s Road Race goes virtual in 2020! With unlimited spots, this is your opportunity to get in on the usually sold-out race and to receive commemorative race souvenirs. Run outside, on a treadmill, or make the trip to Banff to run the scenic race path, or any of the other spectacular trails in the park. 

Running along the Banff pedestrian bridge
Pam Doyle
Banff Pedestrian Bridge

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