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Noel Hendrickson
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The Real Banff / Published: Thu, 10/22/2020 - 16:13

Things To Do in Banff and Lake Louise in November

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Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival: October 31 - November 8, 2020

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.

New this year, the festival is going digital and is accessible from the comfort and safety of your own home, anywhere in the world! The digital festival will feature epic adventure and mountain culture films, speaker interviews, a virtual marketplace and beer tent, book readings, panel discussions, and more. 

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

Have a cozy fall getaway 

Take the one you love and head into the mountains for a cozy getaway. Check out some of the great cozy cabins of Banff National Park where you'll be able to spend the day adventuring and then settle into an incredible meal featuring the best of authentic regional cuisine. For more inspiration, check out our guide to a cozy cabin holiday. 

Wining and dining

Spend a night out on the town at The Radiant, Banff's speak-easy style lounge and restaurant. In honour of the Taste for Adventure foodie celebration, they have a special dessert event planned on November 4; a battle where kitchen vs bar to find out who makes the best dessert! Check out their event calendar for a weekly schedule of burlesque and comedy events, to name a few.
 
If you're in a beer kind of mood, we have good news! Three Bears Brewery will be opening on November 8, head in to try craft beer made in house and locally sourced food to pair. 

Ski and snowboard season begins - early November

Powder season is upon us and runs at  Mt. Norquay are already open! Banff Sunshine and Lake Louise Ski Resort won't be far behind with scheduled openings early this month. 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. 

Have an adventure

Not only does November mark the start of the ski season, but it's also the perfect time to try some other great mountain adventures. Join a guide and travel deep into the earth with Canmore Cave Tours. Explore ancient geological formations as you climb, slide and squeeze your way more than 100 feet underground. Or soar to new heights with Alpine Heli​copters or Rockies Heli on a unforgettable scenic flight over the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountains. 

Banff Craft Beer Week: November 20-29, 2020

This week-long celebration led by Alberta Beer Festivals, will feature a variety of unique beer-themed offerings and events at restaurants, bars and hotels across the destination. Stay tuned for more information on Banff Craft Beer Week coming soon.

Taste for Adventure

From now until November 13, visit participating restaurants in Banff and Lake Louise for your chance to win the ultimate adventure. The region's top chefs are cooking up exclusive menus and dishes for you to enjoy as a part of the Taste for Adventure celebration. 

Lake Louise wellness retreats

As the temperature starts to drop and snow settles on the mountains, take the time to slow down and reconnect with yourself. Get inspired by nature on a mindfulness, wellness or yoga retreat in Lake Louise. Multiple dates and retreats are available throughout the month.

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