The adventures don't end when summer does in Banff and Lake Louise. Fall in Banff National Park is the perfect time to enjoy the charm and natural beauty of the fall season - with beautiful fall colours. If you're looking for a retreat to actively relax after a busy summer, Banff and Lake Louise have plenty of activities for you to unwind and recover. There's so much to do during shoulder season that you'll want more than a weekend.
Fall: What to Do in Banff
- Walk in the fall colours of larch season
- Paddle the lakes
- Bike the Bow Valley Parkway
- Unwind through Forest Bathing
- Go on a Medicine Walk
- Relax in an outdoor hot tub or hot spring
- Get Cozy in a Cafe
See Banff's Fall Colours
During the fall season, Banff National Park adorns itself with a stunning palette of colours thanks to golden larch forests and aspen trees. Take a leisurely hike (or go for a summit) along Banff's trails to witness the fall colours displaying their vibrant hues.
Remember that the larch season is short, so timing is crucial. Take the chance to admire the fall colours at popular spots like Larch Valley, Saddleback Pass, and Taylor Lake.
If you're looking for the most immersive hiking experience, head out on a guided hiking experience where a knowledgeable local will guide you through some of Banff's most beautiful trails.
How to See Banff's Fall Colours
Paddle Banff's Lakes
Fall is an ideal time to paddle on one of Banff's lakes. Rent a canoe or stand-up paddleboard and embark on a serene journey across the turquoise waters around the national park.
Going out on the water gives you a new view of Banff's fall colours, allowing you to soak in your surroundings.
From September 1st to 30th, the Bow Valley Parkway is closed to public vehicles from the Fireside entrance (closest to the Banff townsite) to Johnston Canyon.
This closure presents a wonderful opportunity for cyclists to explore the picturesque stretch of road. Hop on a bike and pedal through scenic beauty, taking in the fall colours that line the route.
Start your bike from the Banff townsite, and you get to bike past Vermilion Lakes and the incredible views of Mount Rundle and Sulphur Mountain. Rent a bike or an e-bike in town, so you don't need to worry about transporting your own.
Consider combining your biking adventure with a hike at Johnston Canyon, where you can marvel at the captivating waterfalls.
Immerse yourself in the therapeutic practice of forest bathing. Slow down and embrace the calming atmosphere as you wander through Banff's enchanting forests. Follow the serene trails and let the beauty of nature envelop you, providing a refreshing escape from the stresses of everyday life.
Head out with Forest Fix for a guided experience that will help you connect with nature.
Discover the wisdom of Indigenous culture through a medicine walk experience with local guides Mahikan Trails. Accompanied by knowledgeable guides, delve into the medicinal properties and cultural significance of Banff's diverse flora and fauna.
This immersive experience will deepen your connection with nature and offer insights into the healing power of the land.
Outdoor Hot Tubs in Banff and Banf Hot Springs
Treat yourself to the ultimate relaxation by indulging in outdoor hot tubs and hot springs surrounded by Banff's soaring peaks. Banff and Lake Louise offer a range of options where you can unwind and rejuvenate amidst breathtaking views of Mount Rundle, Cascade Mountain and beyond.
Get Cozy Indoors
After a day of exploring the outdoors, it's time to treat yourself to some delicious food and drinks in Banff and Lake Louise. Cozy restaurants and cafes are abundant in the park, where you can satisfy your cravings and relax in a friendly atmosphere. For a cozy coffee before your adventures, try Wild Flour Bakery or Good Earth.
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