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The Real Banff / Published: Mon, 09/16/2019 - 16:13

Things To Do in Banff and Lake Louise in November

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Things may look a little different in 2020, but we’ll still be celebrating the holidays in Banff and Lake Louise! Stay tuned for more information – we’re working on the best way to keep visitors and locals safe this festive season.

Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival: October 26 - November 3, 2019

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. 

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. 

Ski and Snowboard Season Begins - Early November

Powder season is upon us! Banff SunshineLake 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. 

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 into The Canadian Rockies. 

Santa Claus Parade: November 16, 2019

There is no better place to celebrate the holiday festivities than Banff and Lake Louise. On Saturday, November 16, kids can have their photo taken with Santa at the Banff Train Station. Then, 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.    

Santa Claus Parade during the Winterstart festival held in Banff and Lake Louise, AB

Banff Craft Beer Festival: November 21 - 23, 2019 

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. Don't miss local's favourites Park Distillery Restaurant & Bar and Banff Avenue Brew PubTickets go on sale in October.  

Banff Christmas Market: November 15-15 & 22 - 24, 2019

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. 

Banff Christmas Market, Banff National Park
Devaan Ingraham

Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup: November 30 - December 1 & December 6 - 9, 2019

Redefine your understanding of speed and watch the world’s best ski racers compete for world cup glory at one of the most beautiful locations in the world - Lake Louise Ski Resort. Join fellow supporters at the finish line and watch racers zoom by at over 120km/h! The Men’s competition runs November 30 - December 1, and the Women's competition runs December 6 - 9. There is a free fan zone and kid’s area, so no lift tickets are required to watch the event. 


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